Welcome back to What I’m Hearing, hopefully you’ve already left town for Thanksgiving week. (WIH is off on Thursday, back next Sunday.)
A few readers crowned a clear winner in my search last Sunday for the thirstiest awards season campaigner. Bradley Cooper raced to participate in a CBS Sunday Morning interviewwith Leonard Bernstein’s family to plug Maestro seemingly seconds after SAG-AFTRA called an end to the strike, thus making him first with a major campaign piece aimed at the older demo he needs to shore up. Great work, Bradley.
Speaking of awards, Fox found someone to host the rescheduled Emmys on Jan. 15. It’s...
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In a perverse side effect of the streaming age, Hollywood seems unwilling to call a flop a flop. Instead, the question of what is “profitable” or “value-additive” has become convoluted—especially if it involves a pure-play streamer or a Scorsese movie.
You’ll probably read many articles this week about how much money The Marvels will lose for Disney. The Marvel film, with a budget in the $250 million range, dropped an embarrassing 78 percent in the U.S. in its second weekend, bringing its global gross to about $160 million. This thing will likely top out at less than $200 million in theaters, or, doing the usual math and factoring in the marketing, about $400 million less than...
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