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Mark Wahlberg will produce a series charting the rise and fall of MoviePass

Mark Wahlberg is producing a documentary series charting the spectacular rise and fall of the infamous movie-ticket subscription service MoviePass, reports Deadline. The show is reportedly based on Insider reporter Jason Guerrasio’s award-winning coverage of the troubled company, which offered access to unlimited movie screenings for just $9.95 per month, from its founding by entrepreneurs …

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Our favorite films and VR experiences at Sundance 2021

Here’s what we’ve learned from covering the 2021 Sundance: Virtual film festivals can be awkward, but it’s still an absolute rush to get an early look at some of the year’s most interesting films. And unlike most other film events, Sundance also invested heavily in virtual reality, giving anyone with a VR headset the ability …

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Apple just paid a record $25 million to buy a Sundance movie

Sundance Film Festival Apple hasn’t been shy about spending lots of money to make TV+ a success, and that’s true even in an era when it can’t negotiate deals in person. Deadline and Variety report that Apple has bought Siân Heder’s coming-of-age tale CODA (“Children of Deaf Adults”) at the Sundance Film Festival for roughly …

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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ was so popular on streaming that it beat ‘The Office’

Pixar/Disney There was little doubt Pixar’s Soul would find a large audience by going straight to Disney+ in many countries, but it’s now clear just how successful that strategy was. Deadline reports that the existential movie topped Nielsen’s streaming rankings for December 21st through December 27th, racking up 1.669 billion minutes of viewing. It even …

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Apple will produce Ridley Scott’s upcoming Napoleon biopic

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Apple is determined to land more big-name movies as it grows its TV+ service. Deadline has learned that Apple will back and produce Kitbag, a Ridley Scott-directed movie starring Joaquin Phoenix of Joker fame as Napoleon Bonaparte. The movie will document the rapid rise of the French emperor through the lens of his …

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HBO Max’s ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ audience helps fast-track a sequel

Warner Bros. There’s little doubt that WarnerMedia had high hopes for Wonder Woman 1984’s simultaneous debut on HBO Max and in theaters, and that trust appears to have been well-placed. Warner Bros. is fast-tracking development of Wonder Woman 3 based on both its relative success at the pandemic-struck box office ($16.7 million in the US) …

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Sony says WarnerMedia’s HBO Max gamble helped its movie business

REUTERS/Danny Moloshok Directors aren’t thrilled about WarnerMedia’s decision to release every 2021 movie on HBO Max, and that’s proving to be good news for at least one rival. As The Verge reports, Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra told CNBC in an interview that his studio has enjoyed a “bit of a boom” from Hollywood creators …

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ rentals will start early in UK, where there’s no HBO Max

Warner Bros. Warner Bros. is using Wonder Woman 1984 to push HBO Max, but what happens in countries where the streaming service (or an equivalent partner) simply isn’t an option? Early rentals, apparently. Deadline and Variety have confirmed WW84 will be available for 48-hour digital rentals in the UK and Ireland on January 13th, just …

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YouTube is streaming the first 19 James Bond movies for free

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The new James Bond flick No Time To Die might be stuck in limbo thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you will have plenty of spy action to watch in the meantime. SlashFilm and io9 report that YouTube and MGM are now offering the first 19 James Bond movies through YouTube’s …

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Disney ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘Pinocchio’ remakes may skip theaters in favor of streaming

Remi BENALI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Disney’s shift toward streaming could have a dramatic effect on some of its highest-profile releases. Deadline sources understand the company is considering releasing live-action remakes Cruella, Peter Pan and Wendy and Pinocchio on Disney+ rather than in theaters. It’s not certain if Disney would make them free to subscribers or …

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