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Verizon Gives a Free Year of Disney+ to Unlimited Data Customers

Verizon customers with the carrier’s unlimited data plan will get a free year of Disney+, an aggressive move by the streaming service to get the platform on as many screens as possible. The deal, which coincides with the service’s November 12 launch, will include new Fios Home Internet and 5G Home internet customers.

It looks like a win-win for the two companies, according to Dave Heger, a senior equity analyst at Edward Jones. He noted that the partnership would ensure a large number of consumers have guaranteed access to Disney+, which could help bulk up its long-term user base.

“For Verizon, it’s a great way to retain existing subscribers and attracting new ones, as there seems to be a lot of interest in Disney+,” Heger said. “For Disney, this mean a huge potential base of subscribers who may at least consider signing up for it, and Disney also
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Monica Lewinsky-Produced Documentary on Public Shaming Set at HBO Max

  • The Wrap
HBO Max has picked up the documentary feature “15 Minutes of Shame” from Monica Lewinsky and former “Catfish” co-host Max Joseph.

The documentary, which Joseph will direct, takes an in-depth look at the public shaming epidemic in our culture and explore our collective need to destroy one another. Lewinsky and Joseph serve as executive producers on the film, which is from Six West.

“15 Minutes of Shame” features well known, bold-faced names and is a timely, irreverent roller-coaster ride through the world of public shaming. Using follow-doc storytelling, social experiments, and the examination of social behavior, this documentary film will feature individuals from around the globe who have been publicly shamed – while exploring the bullies, the bystanders, the media, psychologists, politicians and experts in between.

Also Read: 'South Park' Close to $500 Million Streaming Deal

“Monica Lewinsky is an anti-bullying activist with unparalleled authority, making her the perfect partner for this project,
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‘The Morning Show’: Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s Debut Drama

‘The Morning Show’: Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s Debut Drama
The Morning Show” is coming. Announced two years ago as Apple’s first foray into original programming, the hourlong drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell is set to debut November 1 along with the launch of Apple TV+ itself.

But what’s the rumor-starting series about? Per Apple’s official synopsis, “The Morning Show” explores the cutthroat 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 (Aniston and Witherspoon) working to navigate the minefield of high-octane jobs while facing crises in both their personal and professional lives, “The Morning Show” is an unapologetically candid drama that looks at the power dynamics between women and men, and women and women, in the workplace.

The drama has Kerry Ehrin serving as an executive producer and showrunner, while Mimi Leder is also on board as an E.
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‘Watchmen': Here’s How the HBO Series Ties Into Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Graphic Novel

  • The Wrap
(Warning: The following story contains Major spoilers from both the first episode of HBO’s “Watchmen,” and the DC Comics graphic novel.)

With the premiere of HBO’s “Watchmen, we finally know how Damon Lindelof is tackling the acclaimed graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons: with both broad strokes and targeted precision.

Lindelof has described his version of “Watchmen” as a “remix” of the original comic, and that’s true. Featuring a new story and a new host of characters, it’s set 30 years after the events depicted in the comic, swapping 1980s Cold War anxieties for a contemporary story centered on race relations and police authority.

But the show frequently also makes it clear that the world in which it exists stems directly from the events of the comic. Below, TheWrap has rounded up every way those events are referenced in the premiere episode,
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South Park Season 23 Episode 4 Review – ‘Let Them Eat Goo’

Liam Hoofe reviews the fourth episode of South Park Season 23… After taking on the Chinese government over the last couple of weeks, Trey Parker and Matt Stone decided to tone things down a little in ‘Let Them Eat Goo’ and simply target vegans and America’s current obsession with fake meat. The episode starts with […]

The post South Park Season 23 Episode 4 Review – ‘Let Them Eat Goo’ appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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‘South Park’ Plays The Go-Go Streaming Field With Bids Approaching $500M

  • Deadline
At the same time it finds itself in the middle of a controversy about China-u.S. relations, Comedy Central’s South Park is exploring the booming streaming marketplace for established shows.

Bids for the series, now in its 23rd season, have approached $500 million, sources confirm to Deadline. Netflix, interestingly, has dropped out of the bidding, according to people familiar with the situation.

Hulu, however, which has had streaming rights to the show since 2014, is among several companies in the mix. Another active bidder is CBS, sources tell Deadline. The company is about to merge with Viacom, the home of South Park linear airings and ad-supported streams. Subscription service CBS All Access, which has millions of subscribers, would be a logical destination for the show given its status as a signature company property.

An episode of South Park, “Band in China,” this month took no prisoners in roasting the contradictory stance of U.
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In China’s Shifting Winds, Viacom Escapes Harm After ‘South Park’ Poke, But Others Are Not So Lucky

  • Deadline
A string of events this month related to China and ongoing protests in Hong Kong has tarnished major U.S. brands from the NBA to Apple to Activision Blizzard. While Hollywood usually finds itself in the thick of such controversies, it has managed this time to mostly avoid major reputational damage, at least for now.

Viacom in particular has been on the front lines after one of its signature shows, Comedy Central’s often-risqué South Park, provoked China by brazenly mocking the nation’s strict customs (and Disney’s simultaneously). Gemini Man, a Paramount release in the U.S., is being distributed in China by Fosun and made an estimated $10.8M on Friday to top the local box office chart. The fates of future Paramount releases such as Terminator: Dark Fate and next summer’s Top Gun: Maverick are unclear, but as of now it appears unlikely they would feel heat.
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From Apple to ‘South Park,’ Entertainment Companies Grapple With Profit Versus Ethics in China

Apple TV+ shows are going to hit on a variety of topical themes, but don’t expect any of them to be critical of China. Apple’s upcoming streaming service made headlines late last week when BuzzFeed News reported that the company told some of its show developers to avoid angering the country, the latest news in a string of recent controversies regarding Western companies and their increasingly complicated relationships with China.

Although major American entities such as Apple, the National Basketball Association, and Irvine-based video game developer Blizzard Entertainment have done business with China for years, stateside discontent regarding those relationships has increased in the last few weeks in the wake of the ongoing Hong Kong protests. It’s creating a dynamic where companies have to choose between their morals and their bottom line – and growth, more often than not, wins.

Take the case of Apple. On one hand,
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Bidding War for ‘South Park’ U.S. Streaming Rights Could Hit $500 Million

  • Variety
A bidding tussle for domestic streaming rights to Comedy Central’s long-running, irreverent animated series “South Park” may result in a deal as large as $500 million for cable parent Viacom and show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Bloomberg first reported news of the impending deal, pointing to a closing date as soon as this weekend and a bidder pool that includes up to six companies. A source familiar with the situation, however, says that the deal may not close quite that fast.

Of those vying for the animated series, Netflix is no longer in the mix, according to a person familiar with the situation.

South Park,” which is currently available online on Disney-owned streaming platform Hulu, premiered in 1997 and was recently renewed for three more seasons through Season 26. Season 23 of the longest-running cable series premiered on Sept. 25 on Comedy Central.

Elbows are being sharpened in the fight for
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‘South Park’ Close to $500 Million Streaming Deal

  • The Wrap
Viacom is closing on a massive streaming deal for Comedy Central’s animated comedy “South Park,” TheWrap has learned.

The longrunning animated comedy could garner between $450-$500 million for rights to its past episodes, an individual with knowledge of the discussions told TheWrap. The news was first reported by Bloomberg.

South Park,” from creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, is currently in its 23rd season. It was renewed through Season 26 last month.

Also Read: 'South Park' Declares 'F-- the Chinese Government' in Latest Episode

HBO Max, Peacock and Hulu, which has held the streaming rights to “South Park” since 2015, are all vying for the series. Hulu’s current deal includes next-day rights to current-season episodes, which means they’re available on Hulu one day after they premiere on Comedy Central. Prior to Hulu, “South Park” streamed on Netflix.

Viacom hopes to reach a new deal by the
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Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood now banned in China

  • JoBlo
China is hot right now and I don't mean in a Kim Kardashian-esque, "That's so hot!" manner either. The Communist country has had an interesting couple of weeks. A recent South Park episode, "Band In China" poked fun at how the Hollywood rank and file go out of their way to appease Chinese censorship. Not surprisingly, the police-state country…
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Peak TV Is Only a Concern in the Gated Community of Hollywood

Let’s just cut to the chase. Yes, there’s too much television. Not only is there too much television, but there’s been too much television for quite some time. Not only has there been too much television for quite some time, but there is more television on the way, whether you like it or not.

But here’s the thing: Outside of Los Angeles and New York, very few people care. As passionate as I feel about HBO’s “Succession” and as much as it seems as though the entire world is obsessed with it, but the show’s spectacular Season 2 finale had just 1.1 million viewers between first run showings, encores and digital platforms. Or, approximately, the whole of the entertainment industry. That’s it.

There’s a disconnect between those inside the TV industry and the rest of the world. Look at Netflix’s earnings report this
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Blocked in China Over Bruce Lee Scenes?

  • MovieWeb
China has blocked Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood one week before it was set to premiere. China backer Bona Film Group is reportedly working with Tarantino on a new cut to appease China's National Film Administration. While there was no reason given for the change of plans, there has been speculation that it is due to Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, allegedly making a "direct appeal to China's National Film Administration, asking that it demand changes to her father's portrayal."

Actor Mike Moh portrays Bruce Lee in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, who is the only Chinese character in the movie. At the time of its release, many were critical of Tarantino's portrayal of Lee, including Shannon Lee and the late martial artist's good friend and collaborator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In the movie, Lee is shown as cocky and gets into a friendly fight
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'South Park' Streaming Rights May Fetch Up to $500M in Bidding War

'South Park' Streaming Rights May Fetch Up to $500M in Bidding War
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Viacom Inc., are nearing what's likely to be a rich deal for the streaming rights to South Park. 

Numerous companies are bidding for exclusive U.S. streaming rights to the full library, with sources confirming to The Hollywood Reporter a potential price tag of up to $500 million. Bloomberg first reported the bidding. 

Currently, the Comedy Central cartoon is available to watch on Hulu, which a source says is among the current bidders. Before that, it was on Netflix.

South Park is in the midst of its 23rd season and recently was scrubbed ...
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China Halts Release Of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ — Update

  • Deadline
China Halts Release Of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ — Update
Update 09:35 Am Pst: Still nothing concrete on why the China release of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has been postponed. One well-placed source in the country claims there was an appeal from Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee to Chinese authorities over the portrayal of her father, a local hero.

In the movie, a boastful Lee spars with Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth. The depiction ruffled some feathers and drew criticism from Shannon Lee after the movie’s U.S. release. However, on-screen violence is also a potential factor in the film’s sudden cancellation.

We hear Sony is being asked to make edits and that the request is being considered by the studio. Tarantino has final cut and it’s unknown whether he’d want to re-edit a key part of the movie but let’s see if a compromise can be reached.

Clearly, it’s
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‘South Park’ Already Roasted LeBron James Over His Response to Daryl Morey’s China Tweet

  • The Wrap
‘South Park’ Already Roasted LeBron James Over His Response to Daryl Morey’s China Tweet
South Park” has already dunked on L.A. Lakers star LeBron James over his response to Houston Rockets Gm Daryl Morey’s tweet about China.

“Yes, we do all have freedom of speech,” Cartman, who is recovering from a heart attack, yelled Wednesday night at a group of South Park Elementary students who are trying to remove meat from the cafeteria. “But at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself!”

“They’re trying to take people’s lunch,” Cartman complained to school counselor Mr. Mackey. “They don’t realize it harms people financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.”

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Also Read: 'South Park' Declares 'F-- the Chinese Government' in Latest Episode

Those quotes look familiar?

During an interview Monday after a preseason game,
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Universal’s Beijing Resort to Partner With Alibaba on Digitization

  • Variety
Amid fierce controversy about the leverage China has over U.S. entertainment firms with significant mainland operations, Universal Beijing Resort and Alibaba announced a strategic partnership Thursday to digitize the forthcoming theme park in China’s capital.

Facial recognition and the use of big data will be the norm at the new resort, which will use an Alibaba operating system for park management and operations, the companies said. For visitors, this means they will be able to use Alibaba’s facial-recognition technology to enter the park, access lockers and express lanes, and pay for merchandise and meals. They can also skip lines and order food via an Alibaba app. Tmall, Alibaba’s e-commerce platform, will work with the park to co-market products.

Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts made the trip to Beijing for Thursday’s announcement, marking the project’s importance for the company.

Roberts said that operating a
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‘South Park’ Takes A Swipe At LeBron James Amid China Controversy

  • Deadline
‘South Park’ Takes A Swipe At LeBron James Amid China Controversy
The latest episode of South Park again touched on China – this time by taking a swipe at LeBron James’ comments about the controversy that has dogged the NBA.

The episode, called “Let Them Eat Goo,” takes aim at the plant-based food craze, as lunches at South Park Elementary are replaced with faux meat.

Cartman yells at students who favor the change and are protesting for ethical food choices.

“We all talk about freedom of speech,” he says. “Yes, we do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you are not thinking about others and only thinking about yourself.”

That mirrored a quote that James gave earlier this week about Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, which he quickly deleted. James’ comments seemed to take issue with what Morey originally wrote on Twitter.
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'South Park' Episode Mocks LeBron James Over China Comments

'South Park' Episode Mocks LeBron James Over China Comments
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for the South Park episode "Let Them Eat Goo"]

South Park mocked NBA superstar LeBron James and his recent comments about the conflict between China and the NBA.

In Wednesday's episode “Let Them Eat Goo," the lunches at South Park Elementary School are switched with healthier options after some students complain.

Cartman, of course, becomes irate over the change and goes off when one of the students in favor of healthier lunches says they have the right to protest unhealthy options and have freedom of speech.

"Yes, we do have ...
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'Team America: World Police': THR's 2004 Review

On Oct. 15, 2004, Paramount unleashed Matt Stone and Trey Parker's Team America: World Police in theaters, where it would gross $50 million globally. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Team America: World Police is to political commentary what lap dancing is to ballet. There is no room for subtlety. Aiming a rude, foul-mouthed political satire everywhere — left, right and center — Trey Parker and Matt Stone blow up a good deal of the world, not to mention the egos of many Hollywood personalities in Team America. Unlike their South Park TV series and one hilarious movie, which ...
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