Crime Epic ‘Amsterdam’ Gets Early Digital Release on Nov. 11

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ and New Regency’s Amsterdam, written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker David O. Russell, is getting an early digital release nearly a month ahead of its disc debut, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution announced Nov. 6.

The epic crime murder-mystery will be available for digital purchase and rent on all major digital platforms on Nov. 11, with a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD release set for Dec. 6. 

Amsterdam is about three close friends in the 1930s who witness a murder, are framed for it, and then uncover a shocking plot to turn the United States into a fascist country. Equal parts fact and fiction, the film stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Rami Malek, Robert Niro, John David Washington, Alessandro Nivola, Andrea Riseborough, Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Rock, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Shannon, Mike Myers, Taylor Swift, Timothy Olyphant and Zoe Saldana.

The film was a flop at the box office, earning just $14.8 million in North American theaters, according to Box Office Mojo.

Amsterdam will be released with English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Weekend Box Office Looking at a Possible ‘Crocodile,’ ‘Smile’

Paramount Pictures’ sleeper horror hit Smile is looking to repeat its domestic weekend box office reign with a projected $14 million in second-week ticket sales. But that tally could come up short to the $15 million estimated for Sony/Columbia Pictures’ debut of Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, a live-action/animated musical comedy featuring the voice of singer Shawn Mendes as Lyle the crocodile.

The weekend’s second new release is Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ Amsterdam, a period comedy from director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), and featuring an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldana, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Taylor Swift, Rami Malek and Robert De Niro, among others.

Returning weekend movies include Sony’s The Woman King ($4.7 million), Warner Bros. Pictures’ Don’t Worry Darling ($3.9 million), Universal Pictures’ gay romance Bros ($2.9 million), and 20th Century Studios’ Barbarian ($2.1 million) and re-release of 2009’s Avatar ($2 million).

IBC Media Confab Free to Attend, Stream Online

The 2021 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) for the first time is allowing interested parties to watch the sessions free in person in Amsterdam or via streaming platform IBC Digital, which launches Oct. 21. The confab, which was delayed from September, takes place Dec. 3-6. IBC 2019 attracted more than 56,000 attendees from 150 countries.

The 52nd annual event will showcase the following themes: production and post production, content supply chain, over-the-top video, direct-to-consumer, live and remote production, and innovation.

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Keynote speakers include: James Gibbons, EVP and GM of U.K. and Nordics at Discovery; Mike Davies, SVP of field operations for Fox Sports; Johannes Larcher, head of international at HBO Max; Vincent Tauzia, VP of partnerships at Netflix; Yiannis Exarchos, CEO of Olympic Broadcasting Services; Superna Kalle, president of International Networks at Starz; Mike Wuetherick, head of M&E solutions at Unity Technologies; and Bob Hesskamp, EVP of engineering for WarnerMedia.

“We understand that not everyone will be able to join us in Amsterdam,” Imran Sroya, director at IBC, said in a statement. “As a result, we are launching IBC Digital to create a hybrid event that will be accessible to IBC’s 250,000 strong community, regardless of whether they’re joining us in Amsterdam or onscreen at home.”

The IBC Accelerator Media Innovation Program winners include: Al Jazeera Media Networks, Associated Press, the BBC, ITV, Olympic Broadcasting Services, Sky and WarnerMedia.

“There’s a huge desire for the industry to get together again and do business, which is exemplified by the recent sharp uptick in registration,” said Steve Connolly, director at IBC. “Visitors at this year’s show will have the opportunity to see live demonstrations from at least 700 exhibitors, including major industry players and companies making their IBC debut.”