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Apple TV+ Headed for November Debut, at $9.99 Per Month – Report

Apple is eyeing a November launch date for its premium a la carte streaming service Apple TV+, according to a report in Bloomberg. The date provides Apple a competitive slot amid the dizzying array of soon-to-launch streaming services, including Disney+, slated for November 12, and HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s latest over-the-top streaming package, which is set to bow in early 2020. AT&T and Comcast also has new a la carte services coming down the pike, all aimed at cord-cutters looking for alternatives to traditional set-top offerings.

Apple is expected to charge $9.99 a month for the service, slightly more than Amazon Prime Video and the most basic Netflix plan, which costs $8.99.

Apple TV+ will launch with a handful of new programs. With a reported content budget of $6 billion, Apple has deep enough pockets to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Apple is also said to be weighing release strategies for its series.
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‘The Morning Show’ Trailer: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Are Doing It Their Way in Apple Series

‘The Morning Show’ Trailer: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Are Doing It Their Way in Apple Series
At long last, the first full trailer for Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show” has arrived. The all-star cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Bel Powley. The series is inspired by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter’s 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which explored the morning show rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Here’s the official synopsis from Apple TV+: “Executive-produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who star alongside Steve Carell, ‘The Morning Show’ explores the high-stakes world of morning news and the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning. Told through the lens of two complicated women working to navigate the mine field of high-powered jobs while facing crises in both their personal and professional lives, ‘The Morning Show’ explores ego, ambition and the misguided search for power.
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2019 Adcolor Conference To Feature Conversation With M. Night Shyamalan

Today Adcolor, the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, announced the lineup for the 2019 Adcolor Conference, including an intimate conversation with filmmaker and philanthropist, M. Night Shyamalan.

Hosted by entrepreneur and producer Tai Beauchamp, Adcolor will host their largest conference to date. Featuring over 17 sessions on five stages, packed with opportunities and panels to hear from leading advertising, tech and business executives, and personalities, who are changing the way brands, media and entertainment represent and honor diversity in all aspects of their practices.

“The theme ‘Take A Stand’ has infused every aspect of Adcolor 2019 with meaning, purpose and the intention to send everyone back into their companies and the world stronger and more confident to make the necessary changes to build a better and more equitable society,” said Adcolor Founder and President Tiffany R. Warren.

The organization also announced the 2019 class of Adcolor Futures,
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‘The Morning Show’ First Trailer: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Bring Star Power to Apple TV+

When Apple’s new streaming platform Apple TV+ makes its big debut this fall, it’s going to have some major star power courtesy of “The Morning Show.” The upcoming series pairs Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston for a comedy-drama about the behind-the-scenes happenings at a popular morning talk show. Witherspoon is no stranger to television and is coming off the second season of HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies,” while Aniston is an Emmy winner from “Friends” but has not had a series regular TV role since wrapping her run as Rachel on the mega-successful NBC comedy series.

The Morning Show” is inspired by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter’s 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which explored the morning show rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The series’ plot specifics have yet to be revealed, although at an Apple TV+ event earlier
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MGM Television Inks First-Look Deal With Escape Artists

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MGM Television has struck an exclusive first-look deal with Escape Artists, the company behind Epix’s original series Perpetual Grace Ltd and box office hits such as The Equalizer 2 and The Upside. Under the agreement, the company founded by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and David Bloomfield, will work with Escape Artists Head of Television, Taylor Latham and her team to develop and produce original series across a variety of genres.

“We have had the great pleasure of working with Escape Artists on several projects including the Epix original series Perpetual Grace Ltd and have witnessed their passion and commitment to produce high quality projects, said Mark Burnett, MGM’s Chairman, Worldwide Television Group and Steve Stark, MGM’s President, Television Production and Development. “From concept through delivery, they are consummate professionals and we look forward to working with their very impressive team.”

“We could not be more
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A Haunted Set, a Star Moonlighting as a DJ and a Soundtrack That Spoiled Everything: 20 Fascinating Facts About The Sixth Sense

A Haunted Set, a Star Moonlighting as a DJ and a Soundtrack That Spoiled Everything: 20 Fascinating Facts About The Sixth Sense
When The Sixth Sense arrived in theaters twenty years ago, no one knew what to expect. Its writer-director, M. Night Shyamalan, only had two pictures to his name: one, a semi-autobiographical drama starring himself that only played the festival circuit, and the other, a drama about a Catholic schoolboy's search for God that only grossed $305,704 against a budget of $6 million. The studio that bet big on the script, Walt Disney Studios, so doubted the film that they sold the production rights to another and only retained a fraction of the film's potential box office receipts. (More on that in a minute.) And despite the attachment of a star like Bruce Willis, even the press slept on it. In Entertainment Weekly's...
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The Cast of 'The Sixth Sense,' Then and Now

The Cast of 'The Sixth Sense,' Then and Now
M. Night Shyamalan first brought his trademark plot twists to silver screens with his 1999 breakthrough, The Sixth Sense

After its Aug. 6, 1999, release, the Shyamalan flick collected a titularly appropriate six Oscar nominations and $518.8 million at the domestic box office (adjusted for inflation).

The Sixth Sense follows child psychologist Malcolm Crowe in his effort to help a child who claims he can speak with the dead. The film starred some of today's most notable names, like Bruce Willis and Toni Collette, and made a star of young Haley Joel Osment

To celebrate the film'...
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When the 'Sixth Sense' Was More than Just Its Twist

When the 'Sixth Sense' Was More than Just Its Twist
Twenty year ago, The Sixth Sense shocked audiences. M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural drama effortlessly delivered gasp-worthy scares and heartstring-tugging emotions when it opened Aug. 6, 1999. Yet, for all of the movie's deserved success, Hollywood failed to see what truly drove that success in its attempt to replicate it with several misfires. Execs eager to cash in made the “twist ending” the feature of subsequent projects, as opposed to telling a story that earns it.

The greatest thing Shyamalan pulled off was making his Sixth Sense a family drama first and a scary movie second. At its core, Shyamalan’s slow-burn ...
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M. Night Shyamalan's Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score

M. Night Shyamalan, the master of supernatural subject matter and twist endings, is one of the most famous directors working today. Whether they love his movies or hate them, everyone has heard of him. They go to his movies for the twist, and if they’re good, they stay for the memorable characters and the intriguing plot and the permeating sense of terror.

Related: The Coen Brothers’ 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes

His career started off strong and then fell into a slump before he came back with a vengeance, so his scores on Rotten Tomatoes are all over the chart, with some surprisingly high and others shockingly low. So, here are M. Night Shyamalan’s Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score.
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Word-of-Mouth Turned M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Sixth Sense’ Into a Sleeper Hit 20 Years Ago

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Word-of-Mouth Turned M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Sixth Sense’ Into a Sleeper Hit 20 Years Ago
It’s the 20th anniversary of “The Sixth Sense,” a success that took everybody by surprise, including the filmmakers. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan had made only two films, “Praying With Anger” and “Wide Awake,” which barely made a ripple in theaters. However, Variety reported Aug. 9, 1999, “In a surprise ending to rival the film’s twisty plot, Buena Vista’s supernatural thriller ‘The Sixth Sense’ stunned prognosticators by snatching the weekend box office title from odds-on favorite ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ The Bruce Willis starrer opened to an August record $25.8 million, according to studio estimates.” A month later, Variety declared it the “Sleeper of the Summer,” and said amid all the films with big marketing budgets and the studios’ newfound fascination with internet promotion, “Sixth Sense” had an old-fashioned reason for success: “This film has spectacular word of mouth,” Marc Pascucci, senior VP of marketing for Loews Cineplex U.S., told Variety.
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M. Night Shyamalan’s Discussed Directing An McU Movie With Marvel

M. Night Shyamalan‘s output isn’t all beloved, but some of his most fan favorite films include his “Eastrail 177” trilogy – the loose series of superhero-themed movies that encompasses 2000’s Unbreakable, 2017’s Split and 2019’s Glass. Seeing as the director is clearly a fan of comic books, then, has he ever considered teaming up with Marvel Studios to make something within the McU?

The answer, it turns out, is yes. Twice, in fact. Shyamalan spoke to Phawker and was asked this very question. The filmmaker admitted that he’d met with the studio a few times, with his discussions with the Marvel team being pleasant and positive.

“We’ve talked a couple of times. All good. I love what they do. They’re amazing.”

Shyamalan then went on to chat about his particular passion for 2008’s Iron Man, saying:

“The first Iron Man was excellent. Excellent. I remember meeting [director nm0269463 autoJon
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Is M. Night Shyamalan Getting Ready to Make His First Marvel Movie?

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Is M. Night Shyamalan Getting Ready to Make His First Marvel Movie?
Could M. Night Shyamalan end up directing a Marvel Cinematic Universe project? The director reveals he has spoken to the studio a few times and says he likes their work. Shyamalan released the highly anticipated Glass earlier this year and it was a success at the box office. However fans of the first two installments and critics were not impressed with what Shyamalan put out, which the director did not expect. He says the first reactions were so rough they made him shed tears.

As for working with Marvel Studios in the future, M. Night Shyamalan would not say. When asked theoretically if the studio were to reach out, Shyamalan said, "We've talked a couple of times. All good. I love what they do. They're amazing." Unbreakable changed the game for comic book movies back in 2000 and some of Shyamalan's influence can be found in the McU. It would be
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Keanu Reeves Is Moon Knight as Imagined by BossLogic

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Keanu Reeves Is Moon Knight as Imagined by BossLogic
BossLogic has given us a tease of what Keanu Reeves could look like in a potential Moon Knight movie. Fans of the actor are waiting for what seems like his inevitable introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rumors have recently kicked into high gear after Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige brought up the fact that the actor is considered for nearly everything they do and then again when director Kevin Smith floated the Moon Knight idea to the Russo Brothers.

Moon Knight isn't one of the most well-known in the Marvel Comics world, but the character has some pretty hardcore fans who have been waiting years for a big or small screen adaptation. Moon Knight, aka Marc Spector, has been described as a supernatural Batman by some fans, which sounds about right. The BossLogic artwork shows Keanu Reeves as one of the updated versions of the character and as always,
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‘The Sixth Sense’ Turns 20: M. Night Shyamalan and Haley Joel Osment Tell All

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‘The Sixth Sense’ Turns 20: M. Night Shyamalan and Haley Joel Osment Tell All
The Sixth Sense” was almost a serial killer film inspired by “The Silence of the Lambs.” In the original draft of the thriller by director and writer M. Night Shyamalan, Bruce Willis’ character was a crime photographer (instead of a therapist) with a son who experienced visions of the victims. Ten drafts later, Shyamalan morphed the script into what we know today: a psychological drama with a monumental twist ending that would launch the career of a young director with comparisons to Spielberg and Hitchcock.

The Sixth Sense” opened on Aug. 6, 1999 as an under-the-radar summer release with little fanfare and low expectations. But within only two weeks, the film made back its production budget of $40 million and received largely positive reviews. It ultimately earned a staggering $672 million worldwide, and it became the second-highest grossing movie of 1999 at the domestic box office, beating out blockbuster tentpoles such as “Toy Story 2,
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'The Sixth Sense': THR's 1999 Review

On Aug. 6, 1999, Buena Vista unveiled M. Night Shyamalan's breakout hit The Sixth Sense in theaters. The film went on to be nominated for six Oscars at the 72nd Academy Awards, including best picture. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 

Alternatively chilly and chilling, The Sixth Sense is a psychological thriller that relies on the psychological as its primary scare tactic rather than CGI overload. 

Summoning the spirit of The Omen and Truly Madly Deeply, the picture is probably too quietly purposeful and deliberately paced (read: slow) for the cheap-thrills, fright-night set. But writer-director M....
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"I Wasn't Bluffing": M. Night Shyamalan Recalls 'Sixth Sense' Pitch and Frenzy That Followed

In 1997, M. Night Shyamalan left Philadelphia with his wife and baby and flew out to Los Angeles to see if any studios were interested in his spec script for a psychological horror film called The Sixth Sense. "I got a room at the Four Seasons," recalls Shyamalan. The hotel he picked "was too expensive for me. I remember feeling, like, a gulp as I paid for the room. I was like, 'Well, if it doesn’t sell, I guess I will really be pissed I spent whatever it was for this room.'"

The script ...
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What Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 4 Would Have Been

Shamus Kelley Aug 2, 2019

Former head writer Aaron Ehasz gives us previously unheard details of what Avatar Season 4 would have contained.

Back in April the former head writer of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aaron Ehasz sent shockwaves through the Atla fan community. While the original series had ended with three seasons Ehasz revealed on his personal twitter that at one point a fourth season of the series was briefly considered.

The only major plot point he discussed was the character of Azula and that he had always planned for her to have a redemption arc. In her deepest and darkest moment she would have turned to Zuko for help, paralleling his own journey out of darkness. He also said that one of the reasons season 4 didn’t happen was that Atla co-creators Michael Dante Dimartino and Bryan Konietzko were focusing on The Last Airbender film directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

When
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Is Off to a Good Start, But It’s Not Tarantino’s Best

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Is Off to a Good Start, But It’s Not Tarantino’s Best
This weekend brought good, not great, results. With only two releases in the last 10 days (albeit both critically important), business was equal or slightly better than last year: Overall domestic box office approached $160 million.

The Lion King” kept its #1 slot, though a 61% drop was higher than anticipated. Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” delivered about as expected, at just over $40 million in initial estimates. This time last year, we saw “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” gross $61 million. So in sheer numbers, Tom Cruise and his franchise had 50% more appeal than Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Quentin Tarantino. That shows the challenge original films face today, no matter how acclaimed.

The year-to-date shortfall remains close to $500 million, or a little under 7%, and it appears that this summer will fall below last year’s total. It would take a surprise hit to close the gap over the next five months.

Where Tarantino’s last film,
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Film News Roundup: PETA Sponsors Rescued Lion in Jon Favreau’s Name

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Film News Roundup: PETA Sponsors Rescued Lion in Jon Favreau’s Name
In today’s film news roundup, PETA honors Jon Favreau for “The Lion King,” “Tigers Are Not Afraid” gets a theatrical release, a Kirk Franklin biopic is in development and “The Sixth Sense” gets an anniversary showing in Philadelphia.

Honor

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is sponsoring a rescued lion to honor director Jon Favreau’s decision to use computer-generated imagery to create the animals in “The Lion King.”

Disney’s “The Lion King” hits theaters this weekend. PETA selected Louie, who was taken from his mother as a cub in South Africa and forced to perform in film and television productions. Louie currently lives at the Lions Tigers & Bears sanctuary in Alpine, Calif.

“Jon Favreau’s ‘The Lion King’ brings to life compelling characters such as Simba, Nala, Pumbaa, and Timon without exploiting a single live animal,” said PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange. “In Mufasa’s name,
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‘Star Trek: Picard’: The Grounding Of Patrick Stewart’s Deep-Space Hero

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CBS All Access has released the key art for the high-profile series Star Trek: Picard and the images hint that this new iteration of the Star Trek brand will (at least initially) present a grounded tale instead of the usual planet-hopping quest.

The image (below) shows a contemplative Jean-Luc Picard, notably dressed in civilian garb instead of his familiar Starfleet-issued uniform, standing at the edge of a vineyard that stretches off toward the horizon. The sky is majestically ablaze from the setting sun and gleaming towers of nearby cities and the horizon seems to beckon with adventure but Picard either doesn’t notice or doesn’t care. Instead his downcast gaze is locked on the ground or, more likely, whatever memories he sees dancing there in the dust.

On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Picard once visited his family’s vineyard in France and presumably this is the same one.
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