Rumors about how Apple plans to conquer television have circulated for years. Initially it was thought the company intended to manufacture a television set. This led to speculation that it was putting together an over-the-top alternative to cable. Now reports have emerged that numerous deals between Apple and the TV industry have collapsed over the company’s aggressive negotiating tactics. Did Apple blow it by trying to tackle too much at once, or did television networks simply feel threatened?
We’ll also spend some time catching up on international movie box office. As much as Hollywood has discovered the benefits of doing business around the globe, so to have its movie stars and filmmakers. In addition, we discuss the flurry of mergers and acquisitions activity taking place among some of the world’s leading cinema chains.
In the publishing world it turns out that 2015 was a pretty good year with over $28 billion in sales just in North America. As well, it appears the release windows between formats like hardcover, paperback and e-books are collapsing or becoming non-existent.
Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the official end of the VCR, Netflix nabs the new “Star Trek” series and why the final installment of the “Divergent” franchise is headed straight to television.
comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of July 31, 2016
Movie Ticket Prices Hit Record High
New Movie Screen Slows for Glasses-Free 3-D at a Larger Scale
Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds
Everything You Need to Know About the AMC Acquisition of Odeon & UCI
AMC Increases Carmike Acquisition Offer to $1.2 Billion Ahead of Shareholder Vote
Wanda Poised to Spend $30 Billion in Year of Deals
Warner Bros. to Expand Korean Film Production
Emmy Nominations 2016: Full List of Nominees
Emmy Nomination Snubs and Surprises: Stephen Colbert to ‘The Americans’
AAP: U.S. Publishing Made $28 Billion in 2015
With No Buyer, Bankrupt Hastings Will Close All Stores
Review Roundup: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Like Magic, Muggles Make New Harry Potter Play Disappear From Bookstores
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Producers Consider a Broadway Run
Some ‘Divergent’ Stars Expected to Opt Out as Finale Shifts to TV
‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scandal Casts Wide Net of Suspicion
Last Known VCR Maker Stops Production, 40 Years After VHS Format Launch
Netflix to Be Exclusive International Home to New ‘Star Trek’ Series
Comic-Con: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Revival Set at Netflix With Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt
‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series Coming Exclusively to Apple Music
Netflix Only Added 1.7 Million Subscribers In Q2, Far Fewer Than Expected
Feds Seize KickassTorrents Domains, Arrest Alleged Owner
Movie Studios ‘Take Down’ Popular KAT Mirror
‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Episode Count, Premiere Date Revealed
TV Ratings: ‘Game of Thrones’ Now Averaging 25.1 Million Viewers
Amazon in Talks to Fully Finance Next Woody Allen Film for $25M (Exclusive)
Google Deletes Artist’s Blog and a Decade of His Work Along With It
The Blog That Disappeared
Can Viacom Really Stop Stephen Colbert From Playing “Stephen Colbert”?
Photos! First Look at the Return of Motown The Musical
‘Motown: The Musical’ to Close for Second Time on Broadway
Sesame Street Lays Off Longtime Cast Members
Pokemon Live-Action Movie a Go at Legendary
Roger Ailes Said To Be Out at Fox News Amid Sexual-Harassment Allegations
Internal Inquiry Sealed the Fate of Roger Ailes at Fox
Roger Ailes Resigns as Fox News Chief After Sexual Harassment Accusations
What’s Next at Fox News, With Ailes Out and Murdoch In?
Apple’s Hard-Charging Tactics Hurt TV Expansion
Marni Nixon, the Singing Voice Behind the Screen, Dies at 86
Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81
James M. Nederlander, Legend of American Theater, Dies at 94
Gary S. Paxton, Whose Mixed Bag of a Life Was Filled With Music, Dies at 77