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Showbiz Sandbox 507: Movie Theaters Come To Terms with Christopher Nolan’s “Tenant”

After COVID-19 forced movie theaters around the world to close for nearly six months, they are now set to reopen with one of the most anticipated films of the year; Christopher Nolan’s “Tenant.” There’s only one catch, the film rental terms Warner Bros. is asking for may make cinema operators want to manipulate time and go back to the simpler days when a studio got 50% of the box office and was happy. What’s more, increased film rental terms may be the new normal for movie theaters.

Meanwhile China may be showing the world how to reopen movie theaters as the historic drama “The Eight Hundred” rockets to more than $100 million at the box office. And to think just a few months ago the Chinese government banned the film.

Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including how the Berlin Film Festival is going gender neutral, Ron Meyer is out at NBCUniversal and the Tony Awards may happen this year after all.


‘The Eight Hundred’ Marches to $119 Million Total at Chinese Box Office

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/the-eight-hundred-china-box-office-2-1234745837/

Former eOne Strategy Chief Peter Micelli Launching Management Firm With Several Top Agents

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/former-eone-strategy-chief-peter-micelli-launching-management-firm-with-several-top-agents

Ron Meyer Exits As NBCUniversal Vice Chairman After Disclosing Affair & Extortion Attempt

https://deadline.com/2020/08/ron-meyer-exits-nbcuniversal-vice-chairman-affair-settlement-under-threatextortion-1203016461/

Netflix, Accused of Sexualizing Girls, Pulls Artwork for ‘Cuties’

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/21/movies/netflix-cuties.html

As Emmys Increasingly Overlook Broadcast TV Shows, Should the Networks Launch Their Own Awards?

https://variety.com/2020/tv/in-contention/emmys-saturday-night-live-broadcast-tv-1234739114/

Coachella Radius Clause Lawsuit Moving Ahead After All

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/9436939/coachella-radius-clause-lawsuit-moving-ahead

Crown to Crash Cuomo’s Covid-19 Account

https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/84122-crown-announces-andrew-cuomo-book.html

What Happens When the Tony Awards Go Virtual?

https://variety.com/2020/legit/awards/digital-tony-awards-questions-1234748234/

Berlin Film Festival To Make Acting Awards Gender-Neutral

https://deadline.com/2020/08/berlin-film-festival-acting-awards-...

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