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Andra Day and Leslie Odom Jr. Share Memories About Playing Billie Holiday and Sam Cooke

Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”) and Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”) sat down for a virtual chat for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Amazon Studios. For more, click here.The pop and soul singer Andra Day transformed her body and her sound to take on the role of a late-career […]

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Why Disney (and Disney+) Needs the Streaming-First Release of ‘Mulan’ to Succeed

Disney is just about ready to release its live-action reimagining of “Mulan” — just not in U.S. theaters. The studio is taking a bold risk putting the film on its streaming service for subscribers to purchase, but its previous success with shifting the musical phenomenon “Hamilton” to Disney+ from theaters paints a roadmap for “Mulan,” […]

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Disney Stock Jumps After Announcing 100M Streaming Subscribers, ‘Mulan’ Early VOD Release on Disney Plus

Shares of Disney were up more than 6% in premarket trading Wednesday, as investors rallied around the media conglomerate’s fast-growing streaming footprint and aggressive expansion strategy.Disney on Tuesday reported that its direct-to-consumer streaming services collectively surpassed 100 million paid subscribers worldwide. That includes 60.5 million for Disney Plus through July, nine months after the service […]

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Disney+’s ‘Hamilton’ Exec Producers on How Filmed Stage Productions Can Help Boost Broadway

What exactly is Disney+’s filmed version of “Hamilton”? Is it akin to a documentary, with a film crew observing the performance in the same way as its live audience? Or is it a narrative film, where the set just happens to be the stage of Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre?When talking about painstakingly produced, filmed versions […]

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‘The Old Guard’ Opens to Number One on Netflix as ‘The Outpost’ Flies High Again on VOD

This week looks to be the biggest yet for original feature films debuting online. We don’t have data for “Greyhound,” the Tom Hanks World War II drama that Sony sold to Apple for $70 million; ditto Sundance hit “Palm Springs” on Hulu, or what traction “Hamilton” had in its second Disney+ weekend.In a business-as-usual world, […]

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/Filmcast Ep. 574 – Hamilton

Devindra praises the start-up Carvana while David trashes the app Quibi. For the feature review, the cast finally streams Hamilton, the sensational Broadway musical created by Lin Manuel Miranda, now available on Disney Plus. Read Christopher Nolan’s position on chairs on set here. Read Vulture’s feature about Quibi here. Thanks to our sponsor this week: […]

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