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Showbiz Sandbox 544: The Existential Crisis Facing Theatrical Movie Releases

Anne Thompson, the editor at large at IndieWire, believes “a lot of things have to go right for the two-hour movie theatrical release to endure.” Thompson said as much in an opinion column she recently wrote for the New York Times. In a detailed opinion column for the New York Times. In a detailed conversation she explains four key challenges movie theaters face as they revive their business after the pandemic, including whether North American box office will ever again reach $11 billion.

One theatrical release that is doing better than some expected is Disney’s “Cruella.” The live-action spin-off has been popular enough for Disney to release a fashion line inspired by the outfits Oscar winning costume designer Jenny Bevan created for the film. They probably should have told her first since the Costume Designers Guild is none too pleased.

Of course we also cover some of the week’s top entertainment headlines including the big winners at the BAFTA TV awards, how SpongeBob SquarePants is able to avoid paying taxes and the Russian comedy that is getting lots of local language remake love.

The Latest ‘Conjuring’ Chapter Outscares ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ For The Top Spot At The Domestic Box Office With $24 Million

Reign Of Horror: ‘Conjuring 3’ Leads Weekend As Global Cume Hits $57M; ‘Quiet Place 2’ Grows To $139M WW

AMC’s Wild Week Ends With Nearly 85% Gain in Renewed Meme Stock Craze

Alamo Drafthouse Emerges From Bankruptcy, Plans to Open Five New Theaters

‘Cruella’ Designer Snubbed Over Licensing, Costume Designers Guild Decries ‘Unfair Practices’

Canceled ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Opens as Top Original Series in Nielsen Streaming Charts

‘SpongeBob’ and ‘Transformers’ Cost U.S. Taxpayers $4 Billion, Study Says

BAFTA TV Awards Winners: ‘I May Destroy You’ Triumphs

‘Holby City’: Stalwart BBC Medical Drama Canceled After 23 Years

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