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Disney Gives $1,000 Cash Bonuses to 125,000 Employees

The Walt Disney Co. said it would hand $1,000 bonuses to more than 125,000 employees and invest $50 million in a new education program designed to cover tuition costs for hourly employees. Taken together, these two initiatives represent an investment of $175 million in the fiscal year. "I am proud we are directing approximately $125 million to our cast members and employees across the country and making higher education more accessible with the launch of this new… Read


‘Gianni Versace’ Premiere Ratings OK, Off From ‘People vs. O.J.’ Record Highs

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the second installment in Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story FX limited series franchise, premiered at 10 PM on Wednesday to 3.6 million total viewers in Live+3, 1.5 million of them in the adults 18-49 demographic. That was down from the blockbuster launch of Versace predecessor, People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which opened with 8.3 million total viewers and 4.2 million adults 18-49 two years ago. Among the FX… Read


‘Get Out’s Jordan Peele Becomes First African American To Be Honored With Trifecta Oscar Nominations

Jordan Peele

Writer/director Jordan Peele’s Get Out was one of the sleeper hits of the year, debuting a year ago from Universal Pictures and — with very strong legs — ended up with a $176.5M domestic gross on a budget of around $4.5M to become one of the most profitable films of last year. Peele now has becomes the first time an African American has been honored with a Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay nominations in one year as well as the third filmmaker ever… Read


Oscar ‘Shapes’ Up & Gets It Right With Very Inclusive List Of Nominees – Analysis

On the surface, it looks like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t have a lot of apologizing to do for a change. Fears of a return to #OscarsSoWhite were dashed. The LGBTQ community was pleased with lots of inclusion. Women, both in individual achievement and stories of female empowerment, triumphed in numerous areas, while James Franco didn’t. Oscar dodged a bullet, but in the end it was a glorious, movie-soaked love story between a mute cleaning woman… Read


Oscars: ‘The Insult’s Ziad Doueiri On Lebanon’s First Foreign-Language Nominee, Despite Attempts To Ban Film

EXCLUSIVE: Franco-Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri had a rough road to get to a Foreign Language Oscar nomination today with his drama, The Insult — including being arrested just after it premiered in Venice. Still, there’s comfort in the first-ever nomination for Lebanon since it began submitting films in 1978. Doueiri’s West Beirut was the second-ever movie entered, yet no film prior to The Insult had ever even advanced to the shortlist. Today’s selection comes at a time… Read


Conan Offers Haitians Chance To Respond To Donald Trump’s “Sh*thole” Review

Days after Conan O’Brien tweeted that he's heading to Haiti "to explore and make some new friends," despite President Donald Trump’s very negative Yelp review of the republic, he previewed some video he’d shot there on his TBS late night show. Trump having insulted Haiti, Conan thought it only fair to give Haitians the chance to return the favor. "I want to send a message of love to the leader of America," responded one Haitian, adding, "Oprah, we love you!" Other… Read


BAFTA Names New York & LA Board Directors

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)  has shaken up its boards in New York and Los Angeles with a raft of new appointments. IFC Films and Sundance Selects exec Arianna Bocco has been named Chair of the Board of BAFTA New York. Bocco, who is Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Production at the AMC Networks labels, replaces Luke Parker Bowles, President of Production at Outlander co-producer Story Mining & Supply Co., who is stepping down to Vice… Read


Oscar-Nominated Director Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Inspired By His Own Harrowing Voyage

Dunkirk Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan, whose sweeping World War II epic Dunkirk was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director (his first as director), said part of what inspired him to do the film was an experience he had over two decades ago when he, his wife, producer Emma Thomas and another mate were in a small boat heading across the English Channel to Dunkirk. After dealing with bad weather and heavy waves, they finally made it, but it was a harrowing 19- to… Read


The Weinstein Effect Evident In Oscar Nominations

Oscars Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein, the ultimate impresario of the Oscars campaign, has again reshaped the Academy Awards — though in a way that he could hardly have anticipated while at the zenith of his power and influence. The allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Weinstein sparked a #MeToo movement that has removed others touched by the taint of misconduct from Oscar contention this year. James Franco, whose acclaimed portrayal of Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, was… Read


Jeff Zucker Seeks To Assure CNN Staff After Death Threats Cite “Fake News”

CNN Worldwide Chief Jeff Zucker has sought to calm Atlanta staffers after a report that a man had phoned multiple threats to the cable news network’s Atlanta operation, saying he was heading there to “gun” them all down because they are “Fake News.” In a memo to staff Zucker said he would address the threat and increased security, at his regular weekly broadcast company “town hall” [you can read it below]. FBI arrested the man at his home in the Detroit area last week… Read


National Geographic Partners “Modernizes,” Laying Off 1% Of Total Workforce

National Geographic Partners, the joint venture controlled by 21st Century Fox that includes cable networks and the storied nature magazine, has laid off about a dozen members of total workforce of just shy of 900 people. Reps for the venture cited an overall modernization and streamlining, which has been under way since Fox paid $725 million for control in 2015. “As we align our U.S. business with our growth objectives — where we continue to increase our investments… Read


‘The Resident’ Down In Regular Slot Debut, Lifts Fox Monday Viewership; ABC’s ‘The Good Doctor’ & ‘The Bachelor’ Top Night

The Resident

A day after its launch behind the NFC Championship game, Fox's The Resident made its regular time slot debut in the Monday 9 PM hour with a soft 1.0 adults 18-49 and stronger total viewers average, 4.7 million. That was down 62% in the demo and 46% in viewers from The Resident‘s Sunday preview vs. the 48% and 40% drops, respectively, for Fox’s X-Files revival in 2016, which followed the same pattern of launching behind the NFC Championship game before moving into its… Read