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Surprise, Universal’s Pete Davidson Movie Is Heading Straight To Homes

As the current climate of world events has thrown off the release strategy for many of 2020’s potential released, some films have stayed the course by getting creative. Universal Studios is one of the pioneers of that strategy, as their early VOD release of films like The Invisible Man and The Hunt, as well as the VOD debut of Trolls: World Tour have pivoted what could have been a disastrous scenario into an opportunity. Which makes the news that the hotly anticipated Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson movie The King of Staten Island will be going straight to VOD this June an even bigger deal.

In the vein of traditionally funny yet touching Apatowian comedies, The King of Staten Island is loosely based on Davidson’s own life experiences. Originally, the film was supposed to debut at this year’s South by Southwest festival, which then turned into a Tribeca Film Festival world premiere. But with both festivals cancelled, it looked like the film would be scrapped for the foreseeable future.

That changed today, as Universal officially announced that June 12th would be the release date. And with that announcement came a pretty hysterical video chat between Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow, celebrating the occasion in an Instagram post:

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If there was ever an appropriate manner to announce The King of Staten Island going to VOD, it has to be Apatow and Davidson riffing over the internet, adlibbing a conversation about what they should be doing with their film. Naturally, when you’ve got comedians like these guys in front of the camera, there’s bound to be something hysterical captured by the cameras.

You can read additional details on Cinemablend.

‘Little Women: Atlanta’ star Ms. Minnie dies after car crash

(CNN)Reality television star Ashley Ross, known as Ms. Minnie on Lifetime’s “Little Women: Atlanta,” died Monday from injuries sustained in a car accident, her publicist Liz Dixson told CNN.Ross was involved in an accident in Atlanta around 11 p.m. Sunday and died nearly 24 hours later at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Dixson said. She was 34 years old.Ross is survived by her mother, grandmother, aunt, uncle and other family members, according to Dixson.”Ashley was a sweet and kind person with a big heart. She was an advocate for St. Jude and young women,” Dixson said. “She will be remembered for her contagious smile.”

Zoom taps Oracle for cloud deal, passing over Amazon, Microsoft

By Senior Editor Cedric Nettles

It is amazing how COVID-19 impacted how we do business and interact with one another. So as filmmakers and creatives we have to position ourselves to be able to operate into a pandemic weary society. Zoom appeared to be just another video conferencing software company…Now their branding name is synonymous with COVID-19 alongside the doors it opened up. My fellow scribes,actors, videographers, let’s prepare for this new Brave World and learn to move with the subtlety and practicality of a house cat and the aggressiveness and agility of a roaring lion. Zoom saw something years ago, and they are in for big wins. Perhaps as creatives we will see a new genre of creativity under platforms like this.

(CNBC) Zoom selected Oracle to provide its Cloud Infrastructure service on Tuesday, bypassing major cloud leaders Amazon Web Services, Alphabet’s Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We recently experienced the most significant growth our business has ever seen, requiring massive increases in our service capacity. We explored multiple platforms, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was instrumental in helping us quickly scale our capacity and meet the needs of our new users,” Zoom CEO Eric Yuan said in a press release. “We chose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure because of its industry-leading security, outstanding performance and unmatched level of support.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed many companies and schools to remote work, which allowed Zoom to emerge as a key player. The videoconferencing software company last week surpassed 300 million daily users, up from 200 million in just weeks. 

Oracle said in a release that Zoom chose its service for Oracle’s “advantages in performance, scalability, reliability and superior cloud security.” It’s a surprising move from Zoom, as it chose Oracle over its larger competitors. According to research firm Canalys, Amazon had the largest cloud market share at the end of 2019 with 32.4%, followed by Microsoft (17.6%) and Google (6%). 

Oracle stock was little changed following the announcement.

Zoom’s massive growth has also raised security questions around the service. After several security snafus, the company said it would focus on beefing up its security over the next few months instead of rolling out new features it had planned.

Fox News Severs Ties With Offbeat Personalities Diamond and Silk

(Variety) Diamond and Silk are no longer on the list of contributors at Fox News.

The offbeat duo, Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson, who gained a profile on Fox News Channel in 2016 and then worked on the company’s streaming-video outlet, Fox Nation, are no longer contributing to Fox News venues, according to a report from The Daily Beast. Fox News did not respond to a query seeking comment.

The two had been creating weekly episodes for a Fox Nation streaming program, but have not done so since early April. In recent weeks, the pair took to social media and the Fox Nation program with remarks that questioned the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and whether the number of people reported to have died from the disease were inflated to undermine President Trump.

“What I need to know is how many people have passed away in New York, and what I need to know is: Who has the bodies?” Diamond asked during a recent streaming show. “Something’s not right here. Something is off here.” A day later, Twitter deleted a tweet from the duo suggesting Americans leave sheltering at home and expose themselves to coronavirus.

Fox News came under scrutiny in past weeks from critics who have questioned remarks made by primetime hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, “The Five” co-anchor Jesse Watters and others who took issue on their programs with the severity of the contagion. Trish Regan, a primetime host at Fox Business Network, was removed from the program after leading a segment suggesting liberals were overstating the effects of the spread of coronavirus to discredit President Donald Trump. A graphic that accompanied one segment that aired read “Coronavirus Impeachment Scam.” Regan and Fox Business parted ways soon after that program aired.

In mid-March, the two top executives at Fox News Media, CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace, issued a memo pointing out the severity of the pandemic, suggesting to employees that there was little room to waffle about coronavirus facts. The memo urged employees to “keep in mind that viewers rely on us to stay informed during a crisis of this magnitude and we are providing an important public service to our audience by functioning as a resource for all Americans.” Since that time, Fox News has expanded its overnight programming, held town halls centered around the effects of coronavirus on American life, hired new medical contributors and set daytime anchor Harris Faulkner in a new hour aimed at having doctors answer viewer questions.

Diamond and Silk were more a curiosity than expert contributors, video activists who managed to cultivate a wider circle in an age when social-media influencing is seen as a viable role. Other than supporting President Trump, however, their credentials to discuss weighty subjects had not been established in traditional fashion.

Idris Elba’s ‘Turn Up Charlie’ Canceled By Netflix

Netflix has canceled “Turn Up Charlie” after its first season. The comedy, starring Idris Elba, centered on a struggling DJ and bachelor who becomes a nanny for the daughter of a childhood best friend who has since become much more successful than him.

“’Turn Up Charlie’ will not return for a second season,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “We’re especially grateful to star and executive producer Idris Elba, who turned his passion for DJing into a witty, heart-warming comedy series. We’re also thankful to executive producers Gary Reich and Tristram Shapeero and co-executive producers Martin Joyce and Ana Garanito, along with the dedicated cast and crew, for bringing this story to life on Netflix. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Idris on future projects.”

Elba and Reich co-created the show, with Elba’s Green Door Pictures and Reich’s Brown Eyed Boy Productions producing the eight-part series.

The Cartel Teams With Untitled Entertainment to Produce 10 Movies

U.S. production, finance and management firm The Cartel is teaming up with management and production company Untitled Entertainment to develop and produce 10 movies for television and theatrical release as well as international distribution over the next two years.

The Cartel and Untitled Entertainment will jointly develop and produce the titles and The Cartel will finance and operate as the production service company. Untitled TV executive Laura Notarianni, formerly of Temple Street Productions (“Killjoys,” “Orphan Black”), will be creative point on the deal.

The Cartel, which has produced and financed more than 90 movies and series, is in pre-production on “Creepshow” season 2 for AMC’s horror streaming platform Shudder, and Syfy’s new 10-episode series “Day of the Dead.”

“Untitled is a tremendous management company and represents exceptional actors, writers and directors,” Stan Spry, co-CEO, The Cartel, said. “Michael Rosenberg (head of television, Untitled Entertainment) has been a friend and colleague for over a decade and has impeccable taste, and great development and production experience.”    TOP ARTICLES3/5READ MORETV RATINGS: ‘GOD FRIENDED ME’ FINALE FAILS TO SCORE HEAVENLY NUMBERS

Rosenberg said: “Stan and The Cartel provide great expertise in production and financing of movies and movies for television.” He added that the slate of movies “will not only utilize and showcase our diverse and exceptional talent roster but also provide entertainment and escapism to broad audiences.”

“This is a great fit that will leverage both company’s strengths in producing unique and engaging entertainment,” The Cartel co-CEO Eric Woods said.

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