Documentary About Daniel Craig’s Time Playing James Bond Streaming for Free on Apple TV App

The documentary Being James Bond from MGM will be available to stream as a free rental exclusively on the Apple TV app ahead of the upcoming theatrical release of No Time to Die, the 25th film in the official “James Bond” franchise. Customers in more than 30 countries and regions around the globe can access the film for free on the Apple TV app from Sept. 7 to Oct. 7.

The 45-minute retrospective features actor Daniel Craig candidly reflecting on his 15-year tenure as the cinematic secret agent. Including never-before-seen archival footage from Casino Royale to No Time to Die, Craig shares his personal memories in conversation with 007 producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, in the lead up to his final performance as James Bond.

“A lot of people here have worked on five pictures with me,” Craig notes during the conversation with the films’ producers in Being James Bond. “I’ve loved every single second of these movies, and especially this one because I’ve got up every morning and I’ve had the chance to work with you guys, and that has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”

“Daniel has just taken this, the character, the series, the whole thing, to a place that is so … extraordinary. And so emotionally satisfying,” Broccoli says in the documentary.

“It’s also emotionally tough being Daniel’s last one. It’s tough on Barbara, it’s tough on me,” Wilson adds.

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The Apple TV app is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL, and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, and PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Customers can visit https://apple.co/-beingjamesbond on iPhone, iPad and Mac now to add Being James Bond to Up Next on the Apple TV app and be alerted when the film is available to watch.

Being James Bond was directed by Baillie Walsh (Flashbacks of a Fool) and produced by Charlie Thomas, Carla Poole and Special Treats Productions. Colin Burrows served as executive producer.

No Time to Die will be released in theaters beginning Sept. 30 in the  United Kingdom through Universal Pictures International, and in the United States on October 8 through MGM via their United Artists Releasing banner. The latest trailers for the film were released Aug. 31.

Weekend Box Office: Disney Debuting First 45-Day Theatrical Release With ‘Free Guy’

Walt Disney Studios is set to turn another page in its ongoing pandemic experiment, in which the studio is releasing movies across different distribution channels with varying windows. Disney Aug. 13 will debut the 20th Century Studios action-comedy Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds, across more than 4,100 screens in a 45-day theatrical exclusive. The movie reportedly sold $2.2 million worth of tickets in sneak preview showings Thursday night (Aug. 12).

The film will head to streaming platform Disney+ only after its 45-day theatrical window, unlike other high-profile releases that became available for home viewing concurrently at a premium price. Disney CEO Bob Chapek, speaking on the media giant’s Aug. 12 fiscal call, said the studio going forward would pivot between theatrical exclusives, “Premier Access” VOD and assorted hybrid release strategies on an movie-by-movie basis.

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Recent Disney releases Black Widow and Jungle Cruise, have had concurrent theatrical and Premier Access releases — winning both the box office and lucrative PVOD markets.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is bowing Don’t Breathe 2, the ‘R’-rated low-budget horror-thriller sequel to the 2016 original that generated $26.4 million on its opening weekend. In the current pandemic reality, starring the Delta variant infections spreading throughout the country, the movie is expected to sell no more than $11 million worth of tickets domestically.

Another new release, Respect, a biopic from MGM and United Artists Releasing on the late R&B singer Aretha Franklin, starring Jennifer Hudson, is projected to generate upwards of $10 million.

Last week’s box office topper, The Suicide Squad, is projected to see second-weekend ticket sales plummet, in an ongoing trend among major studio releases. The DC Comics movie is streaming concurrently on HBO Max.

‘Wrath of Man’ Tops Redbox Charts for Second Week

MGM and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wrath of Man held the No. 1 spots on the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended July 25. It’s the second consecutive week on top of both charts for the action thriller that stars Jason Statham as a mysterious armored truck guard seeking revenge against a gang of thieves.

Lionsgate’s Spiral: From the Book of Saw debuted at No. 2 on both the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions. The ninth film in the “Saw” franchise earned $23.2 million at the domestic box office.

Warner’s Mortal Kombat reboot was No. 3 on the disc rental chart.

The No. 3 On Demand title was Universal Pictures’ Nobody, which dropped to No. 6 on the disc rental chart.

The Redbox-exclusive Out of Death was No. 4 on both the disc and digital charts. The film stars Jaime King as a woman who witnesses a murder and requires the protection of a retired cop played by Bruce Willis.

The No. 5 disc rental was Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.

The No. 5 Redbox On Demand title was Universal’s The Forever Purge. The fifth entry in the “Purge” franchise became available on VOD July 22.

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New to the disc rental chart at No. 9 was Magnolia’s Held, in which a couple’s ailing marriage is put to the test when they rent a house for a secluded romantic vacation, and are held captive there as a mysterious Voice gives them commands.

Another newcomer was No. 7 on the On Demand chart, Lionsgate’s Midnight in the Switchgrass. Bruce Willis and Megan Fox star as FBI agents who cross paths with a state cop (Emile Hirsch) during the investigation of a string of murders.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 25:

  1. Wrath of Man — Warner
  2. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  3. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  4. Out of Death — Redbox
  5. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — Paramount
  6. Nobody — Universal
  7. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner
  8. The Marksman — Universal
  9. Held — Magnolia
  10. Tom & Jerry — Warner

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 25:

  1. Wrath of Man — MGM
  2. Spiral: From the Book of Saw — Lionsgate
  3. Nobody — Universal
  4. Out of Death — Redbox
  5. The Forever Purge — Universal
  6. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner
  7. Midnight in the Switchgrass — Lionsgate
  8. The Marksman — Universal
  9. Till Death — Screen Media
  10. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount

 

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‘Wrath of Man’ Takes Over Redbox Disc and Digital Charts

MGM and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Wrath of Man took over the No. 1 spots on the Redbox disc rental chart and the Redbox On Demand chart the week ended July 18.

The film, which stars Jason Statham as a mysterious armored truck guard seeking revenge against a gang of thieves, earned $27.5 million at the domestic box office.

Debuting at No. 2 on the disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s more than 40,000 red kiosks, was Warner’s Mortal Kombat reboot. The latest adaptation of the famous fighting game earned $42.2 million during a domestic box office run in which it was concurrently available via the HBO Max streaming service.

The No. 3 disc rental was another newcomer, Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. The third “SpongeBob” earned $4.8 million domestically from a limited theatrical run after its wide-release plans were scrapped during the pandemic and the film was moved to the Paramount+ streaming service.

Universal Pictures’ Nobody, which had been the top disc rental the previous three weeks, dropped to No. 4 on the disc rental chart and No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions.

The No. 2 title on the Redbox On Demand chart, and No. 5 on the disc chart, was Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

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The No. 4 On Demand title was Screen Media’s Till Death, which stars Megan Fox as a woman who wakes up handcuffed next to her dead husband in a secluded cabin in the middle of winter, and must fight off hired killers.

The No. 5 digital title was Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II, which became available for digital sellthrough July 13.

Another newcomer on the charts was the Redbox-exclusive Out of Death, at No. 6 on the disc chart and No. 8 on the digital chart. The film stars Jaime King as a woman who witnesses a murder and requires the protection of a retired cop played by Bruce Willis.

Also new to the list is Universal’s Separation, about a young girl who finds solace in her artist father and the ghost of her dead mother. It was No. 7 on the disc chart and No. 9 on the digital chart.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended July 18:

  1. Wrath of Man — Warner
  2. Mortal Kombat (2021) — Warner
  3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run — Paramount
  4. Nobody — Universal
  5. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner
  6. Out of Death — Redbox
  7. Separation — Universal
  8. The Marksman — Universal
  9. Tom & Jerry — Warner
  10. The Unholy — Sony Pictures

 

Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended July 18:

  1. Wrath of Man — MGM
  2. Godzilla vs. Kong — Warner
  3. Nobody — Universal
  4. Till Death — Screen Media
  5. A Quiet Place Part II — Paramount
  6. The Marksman — Universal
  7. The Unholy — Sony Pictures
  8. Out of Death — Redbox
  9. Separation — Universal
  10. Four Good Days — Vertical

 

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Wrath of Man

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 7/13/21;
Warner/MGM;
Action;
Box Office $27.4 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence throughout, pervasive language, and some sexual references.
Stars Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Holt McCallany, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Hartnett, Laz Alonso, Chris Reilly, DeObia Oparei, Rob Delaney, Eddie Marsan.

Jason Statham’s fourth film with director Guy Ritchie is a brutal revenge thriller that uses a time-shifting narrative to maintain the mystery of its characters’ motivations and true identities.

Statham plays the newest employee of an armored truck company that is frequently targeted by a highly armed squad of thieves. His co-workers don’t think much of his icy demeanor until he single-handedly takes out a gang of attackers, which earns him the respect of his colleagues.

Yet it soon becomes clear he has another agenda, which relates to avenging one of the victims of the heist that opens the film — fantastically depicted in a single take from inside the van.

Ritchie, who also co-wrote the screenplay, which is based on the 2004 French film Cash Truck, directs with his usual flair for kinetic and brutal action, resulting in several extended shootouts that will leave the audience wondering who to trust.

The Blu-ray has contains no extras.

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Amazon/MGM Deal to Be Reviewed by Federal Trade Commission

Amazon’s $8.45 billion acquisition of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio, including the lucrative “James Bond” movie franchise, will reportedly be reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission and its just-confirmed chair Lina Khan.

Per policy, mega corporate mergers are scrutinized by federal antitrust divisions within either the Justice Department or the FTC. The latter reportedly sought review of the Amazon/MGM deal as part of a separate antitrust investigation of Amazon, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited sources familiar with the situation.

The FTC has made no official announcement.

Prior to becoming chair of the FTC, Khan, 32, was an associate professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She also previously served as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, legal adviser to FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra, and legal director at the Open Markets Institute.

More importantly, Khan, who was born in London, has reportedly been a longtime critic of what she characterizes as lax antitrust enforcement within the technology market, especially among giants such as Facebook, Google and Amazon.

“Lina has been very clear-eyed in recognizing that the core questions have to do with power, with the ability of private entities to coerce and to bully,” Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the advocacy group Institute for Local Self-Reliance, told The Journal in May.

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How the Amazon/MGM merger might negatively affect consumers remains an unknown. The two companies do not deal with entities vital to consumers such as telecommunications or pay-TV — two issues former President Trump’s DOJ cited in their failed legal objections to AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner.

In fact, the Amazon/MGM asset merger deals largely with the acquisition of catalog movies, TV shows and franchise rights — not the type of commodities that typically invite much regulatory concern. But with Amazon’s massive fiscal resources — founder/chairman Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person — and forays into different markets worldwide, the ecommerce behemoth’s moves are apparently garnering increased scrutiny.

Amazon to Buy MGM for $8.45 Billion

Amazon and MGM May 26 announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for a purchase price of $8.45 billion. MGM has nearly a century of filmmaking history and complements the work of Amazon Studios, which has primarily focused on producing TV show programming.

MGM’s vast catalog features more than 4,000 films, including 12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, Creed, Legally Blonde, Moonstruck, Poltergeist, Raging Bull, Robocop, Rocky, Silence of the Lambs, Stargate, Thelma & Louise, Tomb Raider, The Magnificent SevenThe Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair, the “James Bond” movies, and many others, that have won more than 180 Oscars. The venerable studio’s 17,000 TV shows have produced 100 Emmy wins, including “Fargo,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Vikings,” among others.

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“The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP in the deep catalog that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM’s talented team,” Mike Hopkins, SVP of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “It’s very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling.”

Kevin Ulrich, chairman of MGM’s board, said the deal represents a transformation for the fabled studio.

“I am very proud that MGM’s Lion, which has long evoked the Golden Age of Hollywood, will continue its storied history, and the idea born from the creation of United Artists lives on in a way the founders originally intended, driven by the talent and their vision,” Ulrich said. “The opportunity to align MGM’s storied history with Amazon is an inspiring combination.”

Completion of this transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

Amazon Said to Be in Talks to Buy MGM

On the heels of AT&T’s stunning announcement that it is unloading WarnerMedia comes word that Amazon may be looking to buy the MGM movie studio.

The Information on May 17 reported that Amazon is in talks to acquire the celebrated studio, citing “a person familiar with the situation.”

Such a deal, the Information noted, would be the e-commerce giant’s “biggest move yet to expand in entertainment.”

MGM owns a huge film library and several top movie franchises, including “James Bond” and “Rocky.” MGM holdings also include the Epic cable channel and a production studio behind such TV shows as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Fargo,” “Shark Tank” and “Survivor.”

Amazon, meanwhile, has been a perpetual also-ran in the original content game to Netflix and even Disney+, while no one really knows for sure how many people tune in to the Amazon Prime Video streaming service because the subscription price also includes free shipping for online purchases.

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Amazon won’t comment on the Information report, but in December 2020 it was widely reported that MGM was exploring a sale. The Wall Street Journal, first with the story, reported that “people familiar with the matter” said MGM is betting that its rich film and TV library would be attractive to companies looking for growth in streaming.

MGM has engaged investment banks Morgan Stanley and LionTree LLC and begun a formal sale process, the people said, according to the Wall Street Journal report. The company has a market value of around $5.5 billion.

Shortly after the Information report, Variety reported that Amazon “is weeks into negotiations on a deal to acquire MGM for about $9 billion,” citing “industry sources.”

Jason Statham’s ‘Wrath of Man’ Tops Domestic Weekend Box Office

Following consecutive weekends of fantasy monsters and Japanese anime ruling the domestic box office, down-to-earth shoot-’em-up Wrath of Man reclaimed theatrical supremacy. The MGM/United Artists Releasing title, starring Jason Statham, is reportedly projected to take in $8.1 million in revenue across 2,800 screens through May 9. To date, the title, which is not concurrently available to stream, has taken in $17.6 million internationally.

In doing so, the action thriller would top recent vigilante box office openings for Universal Pictures’ Nobody ($6.8 million) and Open Road Films’ The Marksman with $3.1 million.

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Another box office newcomer, Sony Pictures comedy Here Today, starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish, took in $900,000 across 1,200 screens.

Meanwhile, recent box office leaders such as Funimation’s Demon Slayer: Mugen Train ($3 million, $435 million globally), Warner Bros. Pictures’ Godzilla vs. Kong ($1.9 million, $422 million) and Mortal Kombat ($2.3 million, $72 million), and Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon ($1.8 million, $105 million), all remained resilient at movie screens, while also available on streaming and digital platforms.

The total domestic box office, which encompassed most screens operating at 50% capacity due to the pandemic, approached $20 million.

 

Free Month of Epix Now SVOD Service With Domino’s Pizza Order

Any Domino’s customer who orders pizza online now through April 11, 2021, will receive 30 days of free access to Epix Now — the subscription streaming video service owned by MGM with more than 2,000 movies and 300 hours of original series and specials.

“Pizza and movies go hand-in-hand,” Art D’Elia, EVP and chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “Whether you’re looking for a fun way to entertain your family at home or you want a date night in, Domino’s has you covered. The best part is, no credit card is needed and you won’t be charged after the month is up. All you need to provide is an email address and you’re good to go.”

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Customers who place an online order can claim their free 30-day access of by clicking through the link on their order confirmation page, Domino’s Tracker page or order confirmation email. After the 30 days of free access is up, customers must subscribe in order to continue streaming.

“We’re thrilled to offer customers … access to movies such as Creed II or Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as our growing slate of original series commercial-free,” said Michael Wright, president of Epix.

Nielsen reports that 25% of consumers added a streaming service during the second quarter of 2020, while one-fourth of consumers’ TV usage was spent streaming.

“Individuals are using streaming services now, more than ever, as many of us have been spending more time at home,” D’Elia said.