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Today’s Top News
A24’s multiverse sci-fi film “Everything Everywhere All At Once” earned the most nominations for the 38th Film Independent Spirit Awards with eight, including best feature, best director and best lead actor for Michelle Yeoh. Focus Features’ “Tár” followed with seven nominations, including a lead actor nod for Cate Blanchett, while “Aftersun,” “Women Talking” and “Bones and All” also scored several nominations for the ceremony, which is scheduled for March 4. (The Associated Press)
AEG Presents, the tour promoter in charge of Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour,” blamed Live Nation Entertainment Inc.’s Ticketmaster entirely for last week’s ticket sales disaster, saying in a statement that it “didn’t have a choice” due to Ticketmaster’s exclusive partnerships with several venues on the tour. The statement rejected previous claims made by Ticketmaster and Liberty Media, Live Nation’s largest shareholder, that AEG elected to work with Ticketmaster, which continues to face scrutiny for its 2010 merger with Live Nation. (CNBC)
The California Film Commission shared in an annual report that production spending supported by the state’s film and TV credit program grew by $153 million last year, while in-state spending grew from $2.13 billion last year to $2.28 billion by the end of the fiscal year ending in 2022. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) raised the tax credit from $330 million to $420 million for the fiscal years in 2022 and 2023, while the commission predicted that spending will continue to see growth next year. (Variety)
YouTube TV subscribers filed an antitrust class action lawsuit last week against the Walt Disney Co. in a California federal court, alleging that the company, which owns Hulu and ESPN, operates under a single entity that allows it to “set a floor price” and inflate the cost of live TV streaming costs on the internet due to negotiated anticompetitive agreements with competitors. The complaint aims to represent about 5 million YouTube TV subscribers. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Matt Sullivan and Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone
Former Yeezy team members claim West showed them explicit images of Kim Kardashian and used fear and manipulation to assert dominance. A scathing open letter to Adidas claims execs “turned their moral compass off.”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Letitia Wright on Monday accused The Hollywood Reporter of waging a “personal vendetta” against her after an article grouped her with Oscar contenders who carry “personal baggage.”
Chinese authorities have notified Walt Disney Co. DIS -1.40%decrease; red down pointing triangle that “Avatar: The Way Of Water” will be released in China on Dec. 16, the same day it is slated to be released globally, according to people familiar with the matter.
Paramount+ announced that “Top Gun: Maverick,” the top grossing film of 2022, will be available to stream globally on the service beginning Thursday, Dec. 22 in the U.S. as well as in Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and previously announced markets – the UK and Latin America.
In the 10 years since the Gaineses became household names as stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” the two have expanded their brand into a multifacted operation with unrivaled reach and influence in the lucrative lifestyle sectors of home, hearth, food and family.
After tripling its budget at the box office, the little comedy became a franchise that has now even spawned its own streaming series: an Adam Devine–starring spinoff that’s a testament to the popularity of a cappella.
Tumblr will add support for ActivityPub, the open, decentralized social networking protocol that today is powering social networking software like Twitter alternative Mastodon, the Instagram-like Pixelfed, video streaming service PeerTube, and others.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ocasio-Cortez, a member of Congress’s Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, expands on her call to break up the companies and touching on the problems of the wider ticketing marketplace, citing many of the complaints fans and other industry insiders have leveled for years such as hikes in fees and an out-of-control resale market.
Viewers from countries not participating in the Eurovision Song Contest will be able to cast a vote for their favourite act next year for the first time in the competition’s history, the organiser said on Tuesday.
When Sheryl Lee Ralph opens her mouth, people listen — whether she’s playing take-no-guff kindergarten teacher Barbara Howard on “Abbott Elementary” or singing her Emmy acceptance speech in September, when she became only the second Black woman to win the award for supporting comedy actress.
The “Eras Tour” imbroglio doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know about the notorious ticketing company, but it’s cause to revisit the idea of suits versus artists. Ticketmaster, after all, functions as an agent for artists. Shouldn’t they shoulder some of the responsibility?