Lily Gladstone First Indigenous Performer to Win Best Actress at Screen Actors Guild Awards

Apple’s Killers of the Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone Feb. 24 made history at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, becoming the first-ever Indigenous performer to land a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her role in Martin Scorsese’s 10-time Academy Award-nominated movie.

The honor follows Gladstone’s history-making Golden Globe Award win for Best Performance, which is now streaming globally on Apple TV+ following its worldwide theatrical run.

Lily Gladstone at SAG-AFTRA Awards.

 

In addition to its Oscar nominations, the movie has been recognized as the Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review, which named star Gladstone as Best Actress, Martin Scorsese as Best Director and Rodrigo Prieto for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, as well as being named to the American Film Institute’s list of Motion Pictures of the Year.

The film has also received over 200 accolades from over 30 critics groups globally, and has been named the No. 1 Best Film of 2023 by The New York Times and The New Yorker, and Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle.

Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Gladstone), Killers of the Flower Moon is a western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with betrayal. The movie also stars Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons.

The movie generated $156.8 million at the global box office, including $67.8 million across North American screens.

Apple to Theatrically Re-Release ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Jan. 26 in Partnership With Paramount

On the heels of Killers of the Flower Moon landing 10 Academy Award nominations, Apple Jan. 24 announced that the feature will be re-released in theaters, in partnership with Paramount Pictures, for a limited theatrical run in 1,000-plus locations globally, beginning Jan. 26.

The film was nominated for Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography, as well as garnered history-making nods for Indigenous representation including nominations for Best Actress Lily Gladstone, artist Robbie Robertson for Best Original Score and Scott George for Best Original Song “Wahzhazhe (A Song for My People),”

The film recently received nine BAFTA Film Award nominations, including Best Picture, and has been honored as the Best Film of the Year by the National Board of Review, which named star Lily Gladstone as Best Actress, Martin Scorsese as Best Director and Rodrigo Prieto for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. The film has also been named to the American Film Institute’s list of Motion Pictures of the Year. The film has received more than 200 accolades, in addition to recognition from more than 30 critics groups globally, and has been named the No. 1 Best Film of 2023 by The New York Times and The New Yorker, and Best Film by the New York Film Critics Circle. Gladstone recently made history as the first Indigenous actress to win Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama at the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Killers of the Flower Moon is set at the turn of the 20th century, when oil brought a fortune to members of the Osage Nation, who became some of the richest people in the world overnight. The wealth of these Native Americans immediately attracted white interlopers, who manipulated, extorted and stole as much Osage money as they could before resorting to murder. Based on a true story and told through the improbable romance of Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Mollie Kyle (Gladstone), “Killers of the Flower Moon” is an epic western crime saga, where real love crosses paths with unspeakable betrayal.

Disney Movies, TV Shows to Begin Streaming on Apple Vision Pro Headwear

Disney Jan. 16 announced that beginning Feb. 2, consumers will be able to stream movies on Apple Vision Pro, Apple’s spatial computer headwear.

Disney+ on Apple Vision Pro is the result of innovation and collaboration between multiple technology teams at Disney, including Disney Studio Technology, Disney Entertainment & ESPN Technology, ILM Immersive, and Skywalker Sound, according to Disney.

At launch, viewers can navigate one of four Disney+ environments featuring animations, sounds, and Easter eggs from branded movies and franchises.

“Apple Vision Pro is a revolutionary platform that will bring our fans closer to the characters and stories they love while immersing them more deeply in all that Disney has to offer,” Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Co., said in a statement.

Disney+ subscribers will be able to stream the entire catalog — including thousands of TV shows and films, plus access to Hulu content for eligible Disney Bundle subscribers — from environments, including the Disney+ Theater, inspired by the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood; the Scare Floor from Pixar’s Monsters Inc.; Marvel’s Avengers Tower overlooking downtown Manhattan; and the cockpit of Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder, facing a binary sunset on the planet Tatooine from the “Star Wars” galaxy.

Vision Pro users will also have access to 3D movies, including Avatar: The Way of WaterAvengers: EndgameStar Wars: The Force AwakensElemental, and Encanto. Vision Pro users can also rent or purchase most 3D movies through the Store tab in the Apple TV app. Users who previously purchased Disney movies that include 3D versions from the Apple TV app will be able to access those 3D versions on Apple Vision Pro at no additional cost.

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Using Dolby Vision and Multiview High Efficiency Video Coding (MV-HEVC), 3D movies on Disney+ will deliver UHD resolution in HDR, unfiltered and independent for each eye, and at a high frame rate for several titles.

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Headed to Premium Digital Dec. 5

Apple Original Films’ Killers of the Flower Moon, from Martin Scorsese, will debut on premium video-on-demand (digital rental) and PEST (premium digital purchase) beginning Dec. 5 in collaboration with Paramount in more than 100 countries, before streaming globally on Apple TV+.

Directed by Martin Scorsese and written for the screen by Eric Roth and Scorsese, based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name, Killers of the Flower Moon is set in 1920s Oklahoma and depicts the serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation, a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons, Tantoo Cardinal, Cara Jade Myers, JaNae Collins and Jillian Dion.

Killers of the Flower Moon was named Best Film of 2023 and Lily Gladstone was awarded Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle. The film was also recently honored with the Gotham Historical Icon and Creator Tribute at the Gotham Awards and awarded Best Score — Feature Film from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. It is set to be recognized with the Vanguard Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards gala event next January.

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Killers of the Flower Moon was distributed theatrically starting Oct. 20 by Paramount Pictures. The film has earned $154.3 million at the global box office.

Apple TV+ Set to Bow Original Mark Wahlberg Action-Comedy ‘The Family Plan’ on Dec. 15

Apple Original Films has announced the premiere date for action-comedy The Family Plan, starring Mark Wahlberg, who also serves as producer, and Michelle Monaghan, and directed by Simon Cellan Jones. The movie will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Dec. 15.

Wahlberg plays a quiet devoted husband, father of three and successful car salesman. But that’s only half the story. Decades earlier, he was an elite government assassin tasked with eliminating the world’s deadliest threats. When enemies from his past track him down, Wahlberg packs his unsuspecting wife (Monaghan), angsty teen daughter, pro-gamer teen son and adorable 10-month-old baby into their minivan and takes off on an impromptu cross-country road trip to Las Vegas. Determined to protect his family — while treating them to the vacation of a lifetime — Dan must put his long-dormant skills into action, without revealing his true identity.

The movie, which also stars Zoe Colletti, Van Crosby, Saïd Taghmaoui, Maggie Q and Ciarán Hinds, is written by David Coggeshall. David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger produce for Skydance, alongside Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson through Municipal Pictures. John G. Scotti executive produces.

Apple TV+ Raises Monthly Subscription Price for Second Time to $9.99

Apple Oct. 25 announced it is raising the monthly price of its ad-free subscription streaming VOD service for the second time to $9.99 from $6.99. Apple first raised the streamer’s price in October 2022, after launching two weeks ahead of Disney+ on Nov. 1, 2019, for $4.99 monthly. The annual price increases to $99 from $69.

Apple is also raising the price for the Apple One bundle featuring access to Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and iCloud storage, among other services. The new individual plan now costs $19.95 from $16.95, with the family plan upped to $25.95 from $22.95. The premier plan, which includes the aforementioned services, in addition to Apple Fitness+ and Apple News+, increased $5 to $37.95.

Apple Arcade and Apple News+ individual monthly prices increased by $2 and $3 each, respectively, to $6.99 and $12.99.

The price hikes are effective immediately for new subscribers, and take effect within the next billing cycle for existing subs.

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the bundle package used by many families to access Apple’s services at a lower price will also increase, with the top-end Premier package now costing $37.95 a month.

Apple’s Arcade and News+ monthly prices are also increasing, to $6.99 and $12.99, respectively.

“The subscription prices for Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, and Apple One will increase in the U.S. and select international markets beginning today,” Apple said in a media statement.

Media subscriptions have become a lucrative business for Apple. The CE giant reported reported record services revenue of $21.2 billion for the third quarter, ended July 1. That was up more than 8% from services revenue of $19.6 billion in the prior-year period. Apple ended that quarter with more than 1 billion paid subscriptions. Services revenue also incudes sales of movies and TV shows on iTunes, the App Store, Mac App Store.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Take on Taylor Swift for Weekend Box Office Supremacy

Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Western period drama Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, takes on last weekend’s box office star, Taylor Swift / The Eras Tour music concert movie, for theatrical supremacy for the weekend through Oct. 22.

The polar opposite-themed movies are looking to sustain the fall theatrical box office following the summer of “Barbenheimer” (Barbie and Oppenheimer).

Flower Moon, which generated $2.6 million in Thursday preview screenings and is looking at next year’s industry awards circuit, is projected to sell $30.2 million in opening weekend tickets, according to new data from Box Office Pro. That could be enough to dethrone Taylor Swift’s sophomore theatrical weekend at a projected $30.1 million in revenue. The New Eras movie generated $6 million in Thursday screenings.

Regardless, the latter tally would be a 68% drop from The Eras Tour global box office debut of $123 million, including $94 million in North America.

With Swift’s movie only screening on weekends, which could increase repeat moviegoer demand among Swifties, and DiCaprio and Scorsese unable to market Flower Moon across press junkets due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA labor strike, it’s a toss-up which film will finish No. 1.

Returning theatrical releases include Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer with an additional projected $6.3 million in ticket sales; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (projected $4.5 million), Lionsgate’s Saw X ($3.9 million), and 20th Century Studios’ The Creator ($2.5 million).

Disney is debuting The Nightmare Before Christmas: 30th Anniversary in theaters, which is projected to sell $1.4 million in tickets across 1,500 North American screens.

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France Halts Sale of Apple iPhone 12 Due to Radiation Concerns

The French government has ordered Apple to stop selling the iPhone 12, and fix units already sold in the country due to concerns about the cell phone exceeding SAR regulations and global standards regarding energy emissions to the human body. SAR (synthetic aperture radar) is a means to quantify the energy transported by electromagnetic waves and absorbed by the human body.

The country’s National Frequency Agency mandated Apple withdraw the iPhone 12 from the French market as of Sept. 12, 2023, “as measures show the specific absorption rate exceeds the set limits” imposed by the European Union.

“Apple must immediately adopt all necessary measures to prevent the iPhone 12 being made available on the market,” the agency added. For iPhone 12 already sold, Apple has been ordered to take “corrective action” as soon as possible to bring the affected phones into compliance. Otherwise, it will be up to Apple to recall them.

In response, Apple said it disagreed with the ANFR’s ruling, claiming the iPhone 12 is in compliance with all existing government and health guidelines. Apple said it would work with the agency to prove the phone is in compliance.

Since releasing the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has marketed 34 different versions, including today’s unveiling of the new iPhone 15. Reports suggest the iPhone 14 and Pro Max remain Apple’s best-selling cell phones. Apple sold $39.7 billion worth of iPhones worldwide in its most recent 90-day fiscal quarter.

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NCAA’s Pac-12 Conference Implodes After Schools Reject Apple Streaming Deal

The future of the 64-year-old Pac-12 Conference, a once dominant NCAA Division I level athletic conference comprising 24 sports, spearheaded by football and basketball, appears doomed after college athletic directors from the 12 schools in the western U.S. reportedly rejected a last-minute streaming video deal with Apple.

The deal, similar to Apple’s exclusive 10-year, $2.5 billion agreement with Major League Soccer, would have been outside the confines of Apple TV+ as a separate standalone streaming package. The financial terms reportedly would have been lower than the Pac-12’s current 12-year, $3 billion rights package with Fox Sports and ESPN, which expires in 2024.

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In an age of escalating live sports TV and streaming rights across the entire sports landscape, in college sports the Power 5 athletic conferences, which include the Big Ten in the Midwest, Southeastern Conference (SEC), Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Pac-12, and Big 12, have become embroiled in a tug-of-war between schools, players and media companies seeking to grab a greater fiscal share of the multi-billion dollar TV pie.

The Big Ten recently inked a new seven-year media rights agreement with Fox Sports, CBS Sports and NBC Sports for $7 billion that includes both linear TV and live streaming on Paramount+ and Peacock. The Big 12 signed a separate six-year TV deal with Fox Sports and ESPN worth $2.3 billion, which includes streaming on ESPN+.

ESPN (and ESPN+) and the SEC begin a new 10-year media rights deal in 2024 covering about 15 football and eight men’s basketball games annually.

The Pac-12’s University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California (USC) were the first to jump ship, announcing in 2022 that they would be departing to the Midwest-based Big 10 in 2024. That was followed by Oklahoma and Texas announced exit from the Big 12 to the SEC.

Late last week, the Pac-12’s University of Oregon and University of Washington announced their intentions of also moving to the Big 10, while Arizona State University, University of Arizona,  University of Colorado and University of Utah said they would be joining the Big 12.

That leaves Stanford, Washington State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Oregon State University as the remaining Pac-12 schools eyeing a significantly depleted conference in 2024.

Apple Posts Record Quarterly Subscription Streaming Services Revenue

Apple Aug. 3 reported record services revenue of $21.2 billion for the third quarter (ended July 1). That was up more than 8% from services revenue of $19.6 billion in the prior-year period.

Services revenue includes sales of movies and TV shows on iTunes, the App Store, Mac App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and Apple News+, among others.

“We are happy to report that we had an all-time revenue record in services during the June quarter, driven by over 1 billion paid subscriptions, and we saw continued strength in emerging markets, thanks to robust sales of iPhone,” CEO Tim Cook said on the call.

Yet, sales of iPhones actually dipped 2.5% in the quarter to $39.7 billion from $40.7 billion in the prior-year period. Mac revenue dropped almost 7.5% to $6.84 billion from $7.4 billion. Sales of iPad tablets declined almost 20% to $5.79 billion from $7.22 billion. Wearables, home and accessories, which includes Beats earplugs, increased 2.5% to $8.28 billion from $8 billion last year.

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The declines resulted in a 1% overall year-over-year revenue decline to $81.8 billion, which didn’t seem to phase management focused on what pleases investors: Free cash flow.

“Our installed base of active devices reached an all-time high in every geographic segment,” said CFO Luca Maestri. “During the quarter, we generated very strong operating cash flow of $26 billion, returned over $24 billion to our shareholders, and continued to invest in our long-term growth plans.”