Kathy Griffin to Release ‘My Life on The D-List,’ Comedy Library on iTunes (EXCLUSIVE)

Kathy Griffin is heading to iTunes. The Emmy-winning comedian is releasing her comedy library there starting Friday night. Griffin now owns the rights to the six seasons of her TV docuseries “My Life on the D-List” and the two seasons of her talk show …

Kathy Griffin is heading to iTunes. The Emmy-winning comedian is releasing her comedy library there starting Friday night. Griffin now owns the rights to the six seasons of her TV docuseries “My Life on the D-List” and the two seasons of her talk show “Kathy,” which she bought from Bravo for iTunes. The digital media […]

Pandora Names Jason Roth Head of Product and Partnership Communications

Pandora has named veteran music/technology communications exec Jason Roth as its new Head of Product and Partnership Communications, based at the company’s Oakland headquarters. Roth, who starts this week, will report to Pandora’s newly-hired VP of Bra…

Pandora has named veteran music/technology communications exec Jason Roth as its new Head of Product and Partnership Communications, based at the company’s Oakland headquarters. Roth, who starts this week, will report to Pandora’s newly-hired VP of Brand and Communications, Brad Minor, who comes via senior branding roles at JP Morgan Chase & Co. and American […]

Kris Wu’s iTunes U.S. Sales Acquired ‘Fraudulently’ and Won’t Count Toward Charts

A strange thing happened on the iTunes U.S. store on Monday (Nov. 5) when Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor and artist, practically swept the Top 10 songs chart. For much of the day and into the night, the only non-Wu track in the top five was Ariana G…

A strange thing happened on the iTunes U.S. store on Monday (Nov. 5) when Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor and artist, practically swept the Top 10 songs chart. For much of the day and into the night, the only non-Wu track in the top five was Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” which had premiered amid […]

Solving Music’s Monetization Problem (All Things Video Podcast)

Jeff Ponchick is the co-founder and CEO of Repost Network, a music distributor on a mission to help independent artists make a living from their work. Prior to Repost, Jeff was an early employee at Jukin and Fullscreen.

In the latest episode of All Things Video, we discuss digital’s tremendous impact on the music industry, from online piracy sites like Napster’s erosion of physical sales to the advent of digital distributors. The iTunes Store, which launched in 2003, pioneered transactional monetization and a consumer-purchasing shift from albums to singles. And Spotify, which followed in 2008, birthed a new era of subscription music services. (You can listen to this podcast on Apple or right here).

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These digital distribution platforms weakened the power of traditional record labels and led to an explosion of new artists. As I observe during the show, “The scarcity problem is gone. Before, there was a limited amount of radio playtime. There was a limited amount of promotional space for physical distribution. And now, those barriers have been eliminated. Through online streaming services, anyone can create, release, and monetize their own content.”

This is a great sign of progress, but the music industry still has a long way to go. As Jeff explains, “Of the $38 billion per year in the music industry, only 12 percent of that is paid back to the artist.” This is largely due to unnecessary intermediaries and systemic inefficiencies for claiming royalties. But new technologies like blockchain offer promising solutions to the complex rights issues, while new monetization approaches offer independent artists more opportunities to earn a living than ever before.

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Near the end of our discussion, Jeff and I evaluate the value gap between ad-supported and subscription-based streaming services, and we comment on the resurgence of touring and music festivals as a lucrative means of offline monetization. Finally, we offer a few predictions for the future of the music business, including the continued rise of independent artists.

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Jeff Ponchick is the co-founder and CEO of Repost Network, a music distributor on a mission to help independent artists make a living from their work. Prior to Repost, Jeff was an early employee at Jukin and Fullscreen.

In the latest episode of All Things Video, we discuss digital’s tremendous impact on the music industry, from online piracy sites like Napster’s erosion of physical sales to the advent of digital distributors. The iTunes Store, which launched in 2003, pioneered transactional monetization and a consumer-purchasing shift from albums to singles. And Spotify, which followed in 2008, birthed a new era of subscription music services. (You can listen to this podcast on Apple or right here).

These digital distribution platforms weakened the power of traditional record labels and led to an explosion of new artists. As I observe during the show, “The scarcity problem is gone. Before, there was a limited amount of radio playtime. There was a limited amount of promotional space for physical distribution. And now, those barriers have been eliminated. Through online streaming services, anyone can create, release, and monetize their own content.”

This is a great sign of progress, but the music industry still has a long way to go. As Jeff explains, “Of the $38 billion per year in the music industry, only 12 percent of that is paid back to the artist.” This is largely due to unnecessary intermediaries and systemic inefficiencies for claiming royalties. But new technologies like blockchain offer promising solutions to the complex rights issues, while new monetization approaches offer independent artists more opportunities to earn a living than ever before.

Near the end of our discussion, Jeff and I evaluate the value gap between ad-supported and subscription-based streaming services, and we comment on the resurgence of touring and music festivals as a lucrative means of offline monetization. Finally, we offer a few predictions for the future of the music business, including the continued rise of independent artists.

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Apple Pulls Infowars Podcasts from iTunes, Citing Hate-Speech Policy

Apple has taken down all episodes of five of Infowars’ six podcast series that had been available on iTunes, citing violations of its hate-speech rules. It’s the latest move by a big digital-media platform to stop distributing the right-win…

Apple has taken down all episodes of five of Infowars’ six podcast series that had been available on iTunes, citing violations of its hate-speech rules. It’s the latest move by a big digital-media platform to stop distributing the right-wing conspiracy website’s content, which has been a high-profile test case of how Silicon Valley is grappling […]

TBS Scrubs Samantha Bee’s Entire ‘Feckless C–t’ Episode From the Web (Video)

TBS has taken down Wednesday’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” episode — yeah, the “feckless c–t” one — from both its homepage and YouTube. It is also no longer for sale on Amazon, iTunes or Vudu.

At the time of this writing, this is the only video from this week still up on YouTube:



The “Full Frontal” website doesn’t even have that one.

When reached by TheWrap, a TBS rep told us that the March 30, 2018 episode will not be returning online in either an edited or unedited capacity. So, hope you DVR’d it!

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One day after calling Ivanka Trump a “c–t,” Bee apologized for the joke, saying, “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

Her Turner network shouldered some of the blame as well, adding: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”

Finally, in case you missed it, here is Bee’s original remark in full: “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices you feckless c–t!” He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell your father to f—ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes.”

Jenny Maas contributed to this report.

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TBS has taken down Wednesday’s “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” episode — yeah, the “feckless c–t” one — from both its homepage and YouTube. It is also no longer for sale on Amazon, iTunes or Vudu.

At the time of this writing, this is the only video from this week still up on YouTube:

The “Full Frontal” website doesn’t even have that one.

When reached by TheWrap, a TBS rep told us that the March 30, 2018 episode will not be returning online in either an edited or unedited capacity. So, hope you DVR’d it!

One day after calling Ivanka Trump a “c–t,” Bee apologized for the joke, saying, “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to describe her last night. It was inappropriate and inexcusable. I crossed a line, and I deeply regret it.”

Her Turner network shouldered some of the blame as well, adding: “Samantha Bee has taken the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language she used about Ivanka Trump last night. Those words should not have been aired. It was our mistake too, and we regret it.”

Finally, in case you missed it, here is Bee’s original remark in full: “Let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices you feckless c–t!” He listens to you. Put on something tight and low cut and tell your father to f—ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes.”

Jenny Maas contributed to this report.

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People Magazine Launches ‘Cover-Up’ Podcast About Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick Scandal

People Magazine will launch a new podcast series called “Cover-Up” to examine the late Ted Kennedy’s role in the 1969 death of former Kennedy campaign aide Mary Jo Kopechne when he drove his car off a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick island.

“A presidential hopeful crashes his car in the middle of the night and leaves a young woman to die,” reads an iTunes preview of the new series “Cover-Up.”

“What transpired in the hours after Ted Kennedy’s car went over the bridge in Chappaquiddick changed the course of American history.”

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“Introducing Cover-Up,” a preview of the seven-part audio series, was released this week.

“After all these years, the mysteries surrounding Chappaquiddick and the Kennedy family continue to fascinate the public,” People magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle told Politico.

Last month, Entertainment Studios released a new movie depicting the scandal starring Jason Clarke as the future U.S. senator and youngest brother of John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. The film has grossed $17 million.

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Although Ted Kennedy was never charged with a crime for his involvement in Kopechne’s death, the scandal shadowed him throughout his political career and is widely believed to have influenced his decision not to pursue the presidency in 1972 and 1976.

He did launch an unsuccessful bid in 1980, losing a primary challenge to Jimmy Carter — who went on to lose to Ronald Reagan. Kennedy ultimately spent nearly 47 years as a United States senator from Massachusetts before dying of brain cancer in 2009.

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People Magazine will launch a new podcast series called “Cover-Up” to examine the late Ted Kennedy’s role in the 1969 death of former Kennedy campaign aide Mary Jo Kopechne when he drove his car off a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick island.

“A presidential hopeful crashes his car in the middle of the night and leaves a young woman to die,” reads an iTunes preview of the new series “Cover-Up.”

“What transpired in the hours after Ted Kennedy’s car went over the bridge in Chappaquiddick changed the course of American history.”

“Introducing Cover-Up,” a preview of the seven-part audio series, was released this week.

“After all these years, the mysteries surrounding Chappaquiddick and the Kennedy family continue to fascinate the public,” People magazine editor-in-chief Jess Cagle told Politico.

Last month, Entertainment Studios released a new movie depicting the scandal starring Jason Clarke as the future U.S. senator and youngest brother of John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. The film has grossed $17 million.

Although Ted Kennedy was never charged with a crime for his involvement in Kopechne’s death, the scandal shadowed him throughout his political career and is widely believed to have influenced his decision not to pursue the presidency in 1972 and 1976.

He did launch an unsuccessful bid in 1980, losing a primary challenge to Jimmy Carter — who went on to lose to Ronald Reagan. Kennedy ultimately spent nearly 47 years as a United States senator from Massachusetts before dying of brain cancer in 2009.

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10 of the Best Music Podcasts

With car dashboards eliminating CD inputs and relying more on smart displays and smartphones, podcasts — both music-related and others — are increasingly becoming big players for a captive mobile audience.  In a recent Nielsen Podcasts Insight Report, the number of homes that considered themselves “avid podcast fans” went from 13 million in 2016 to […]

With car dashboards eliminating CD inputs and relying more on smart displays and smartphones, podcasts — both music-related and others — are increasingly becoming big players for a captive mobile audience.  In a recent Nielsen Podcasts Insight Report, the number of homes that considered themselves “avid podcast fans” went from 13 million in 2016 to […]

Axl Rose Slashes Apple CEO Tim Cook as ‘The Donald Trump of the Music Industry’

You know where you are, Tim Cook? No, not Silicon Valley — you’re in Axl Rose’s jungle, baby.

The Guns N’ Roses frontman does not like iTunes or the man now responsible for it, and he just obliterated the Apple CEO using only 10 words.

“Tim Cook is the Donald Trump of the music industry,” the rocker tweeted late last night.

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That’s not a compliment — check Rose’s Twitter feed to see what else he thinks of the current White House administration. A number of them are not exactly appropriate for us to republish.

Here is how Rose’s latest multi-level burn looked on the social media network:

Tim Cook is the Donald Trump of the music industry.

— Axl Rose (@axlrose) March 8, 2018

Rose has never been shy to express controversial viewpoints. Besides his Twitter feed, the mercurial singer’s left-leaning politics have been on display since the “Use Your Illusion” era of the band. The opening song on “Use Your Illusion II,” “Civil War,” is a protest song about…war. There, Rose sings that war only “feeds the rich while it buries the poor” and asks “what’s so civil about war, anyway? Oh, and this is a singer who has totally revamped his band’s lineup many times over, so taking on Apple and its CEO is just the latest battle that Rose is raging

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You know where you are, Tim Cook? No, not Silicon Valley — you’re in Axl Rose’s jungle, baby.

The Guns N’ Roses frontman does not like iTunes or the man now responsible for it, and he just obliterated the Apple CEO using only 10 words.

“Tim Cook is the Donald Trump of the music industry,” the rocker tweeted late last night.

That’s not a compliment — check Rose’s Twitter feed to see what else he thinks of the current White House administration. A number of them are not exactly appropriate for us to republish.

Here is how Rose’s latest multi-level burn looked on the social media network:

Rose has never been shy to express controversial viewpoints. Besides his Twitter feed, the mercurial singer’s left-leaning politics have been on display since the “Use Your Illusion” era of the band. The opening song on “Use Your Illusion II,” “Civil War,” is a protest song about…war. There, Rose sings that war only “feeds the rich while it buries the poor” and asks “what’s so civil about war, anyway? Oh, and this is a singer who has totally revamped his band’s lineup many times over, so taking on Apple and its CEO is just the latest battle that Rose is raging

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You can now stream the new season of Take My Wife on iTunes

When NBCUniversal shut down Seeso last year, it left the fate of several series uncertain, including Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s winning series, Take My Wife. The married stand-ups play fictionalized versions of themselves in a comedy that blends the realistic parts of their lives—touring, travel, confronting…

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When NBCUniversal shut down Seeso last year, it left the fate of several series uncertain, including Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s winning series, Take My Wife. The married stand-ups play fictionalized versions of themselves in a comedy that blends the realistic parts of their lives—touring, travel, confronting…

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How Cassavetes, Clint Eastwood, and Spike Lee Influenced Justin Chon’s Sundance Winner ‘Gook’

The film is now available to watch via iTunes.

For Justin Chon, who was recently featured in the iTunes Filmmaker Spotlight, getting the deeply personal and unique “Gook” (click here to watch the film) made was a triumph. But seeing it in competition at Sundance 2017, where it won the Audience Award and also received a a nomination for a Film Independent Spirit Award, proved that his vision resonated with audiences.

“You always hope that people connect with whatever film that you’re making at the time, but it’s hard and rare to make a film that actually does that,” Chon, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film, tells IndieWire. It’s usually a wish and a hope but you never expect the outcome, so it’s just a really amazing, fulfilling surprise that people connect to the film and that it even got into Sundance.

“Gook” follows two Korean-American Angelenos (played by Chon and David So) and the unlikely friendship they develop with their young African-American neighbor (Simone Baker) on the night of April 29, 1992, the first night of the Los Angeles riots. Chon won Best of Next at Sundance and is nominated for Film Independent Spirit Award for his directing, the second feature-length film he has helmed (the first was the rom-com “Man Up,” which he also wrote).

It’s a deeply personal story for Chon, who grew up in Los Angeles and whose father’s own store was looted during the riots, which were sparked by the Rodney King verdict and fueled by cultural clashes between black and Korean residents. For Chon, it’s a priority to put Asian-American experiences on screen.

“There aren’t too many directors who put the Asian-American narrative at the forefront. There are Asian-American directors who are truly so talented and just killing it in their lane, but in terms of the Asian perspective with Asian characters, I don’t think it’s represented most of the time,” he says. “So it is a priority, at least at this stage in my career, but I don’t consider myself only an Asian-American director.”

But by bringing Asian-American experiences to life in the films he writes and directs, Chon hopes to make people realize how similar the experiences of different cultures can be.

“I rarely ever get to act in a screenplay where it’s actually written by an Asian-American who understands the nuances of what I’ve been through. That’s why, when you see a film like Moonlight, it strikes a chord because the more specific you get with an experience, the more universal it is,” he says. “When you see something like Moonlight, that experience is so specific that it feels universal. When I saw that movie, I was completely blown away because I know what it feels like to be the outsider.”

Below, here are six more of Chon’s influences (all available on iTunes).

“La Haine,” Mathieu Kassovitz (1995)

That’s the biggest influence for this film. that film was in black and white and when I saw that in my early 20s it just totally rocked my world. It was about three disenfranchised teenagers who had qualms with the world and I definitely related to that. The film is about police brutality—a cop put this kid in the hospital and they’re waiting to see if he comes out of a coma, and it’s the film that put Vincent Cassel on the map. Just from the cinematography to the rawness, it felt so realistic to me with youth angst and how when you’re dissatisfied with a situation how powerless you really are.

“A Woman Under the Influence,” John Cassavetes (1974)

In terms of the vérité style of filmmaking, you can see that in “Gook.” It’s almost like docu-film. I’m a huge admirer of Cassavetes and I just love how ballsy he was, especially with that film—you just see everyone’s heart exposed and all they can do is just react and be reactive and explosive in ways, and yet so vulnerable. It’s exposed nerves. I hope that’s in my work.

“Three Colors: Red,” Krzysztof Kieślowski (1994)

That’s a relationship between an older man and a younger woman, and it was a platonic relationship. They were never meant to be romantic. It was such an unlikely friendship and it was just so poetic. The older man in that film, he spies on people, so he’s not a saint. But through the film you really understand who he is, warts and all, and how the girl is just trying to make her way and find herself as well. And damn it, the cinematography in that film is so beautiful as well.

“A Perfect World,” Clint Eastwood (1993)

Kevin Costner is a jailbird. He breaks out of jail and he kidnaps a little kid…from a very restrictive religious background. It’s basically a film about their friendship. Costner takes him on his first time trick or treating, but he’s kidnapped this kid and it just shows how even criminals in the world are humans. They’ve done bad things but they’re humans, and we all deserve to be looked at for who we are. Even if you are a criminal doesn’t mean you should be marginalized. You should still have human rights. There’s humanity through the fringe characters of the world. It’s just such an unlikely friendship, which is obviously a theme of my film.

“Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee (1989)

You can’t make a film about race and not have been influenced by Spike. Some people picked up some of the homages I paid to Spike, but I purposely did not watch “Do the Right Thing.” I’ve seen it many times, but while I was writing and making this film I didn’t watch it because I didn’t want to be influenced—but it bled in no matter what. You can’t just shy away from that. For people to recognize that was a huge influence was a huge compliment and an honor for me. I definitely look up to his work and to him as a filmmaker.

“Boyz n the Hood,” John Singleton (1991)

“Boyz in the Hood” is a film that I saw in junior high, and it was close to the time of the riots. That film made a lot of people stars. You just see all these people from the neighborhood and how different choices in life take you down different roads. Especially in “Gook,” you see [opposing groups are] not bad people and they all should be friends but the lines in the sand force them to choose sides. “Boyz n the Hood,” it’s a huge film about friendship and how your friends influence you but it’s also a coming of age story that I related to. It’s also about the hood—the thing about “Gook” is that it’s kind of a hood movie but grounded and I felt like “Boyz n the Hood,” I believe those people. I believe they really existed. It’s a story about themselves. They’re saying “this is our place in the world, and most people won’t take a second look or even drive through our neighborhood, but this is our story.” I was hoping with “Gook” that I could do that as well for both communities.

[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with iTunes New Filmmaker Spotlight, which celebrates the latest independent filmmakers each month. Watch “Gook” here.]

‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and ‘The Big Sick’ Top iTunes’ List of the Year’s Highest-Selling Indies

There are some surprises in the Documentary category.

iTunes has released its list of the best-selling independent, documentary, and foreign films of 2017, most of which are unsurprising. “Manchester by the Sea,” “Moonlight,” and “The Big Sick” were watched the most overall, whereas subtitle-inclined users were fans of “Kedi,” “Raw,” and “The Salesman.”

Most of the surprises come on the nonfiction front: “Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the World’s Greatest Secret” takes the top spot, followed by “Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness.” All of them will be featured in a new room called Top Discoveries. Find the full list below.

Top-Selling Indies

  1. “Manchester by the Sea”
  2. “Moonlight”
  3. “The Big Sick”
  4. “Lion”
  5. “Gifted”
  6. “Wind River”
  7. “Jackie”
  8. “The Lost City of Z”
  9. “Nocturnal Animals”
  10. “The Zookeeper’s Wife”
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“I Am Not Your Negro”

Top-Selling Documentaries in 2017

  1. “Unacknowledged: An Exposé of the World’s Greatest Secret”
  2. “Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness”
  3. “I Am Not Your Negro”
  4. “Betting on Zero”
  5. “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story”
  6. “Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life”
  7. “Kedi”
  8. “Risk”
  9. “My Scientology Movie”
  10. “Score: A Film Music Documentary”

“Raw”

Top-Selling Foreign Films

  1. “Kedi”
  2. “Raw”
  3. “The Salesman”
  4. “Neruda”
  5. “Headshot”
  6. “Julieta”
  7. “Toni Erdmann”
  8. “Land of Mine”
  9. “Shin Godzilla”
  10. “The Villainess”

Catch Up on Films That Leapt from the Black List to the Oscars Stage with a New iTunes Room

To coincide with the 2017 Black List, Apple’s media library curated a space to watch some of those entrant’s best-known predecessors.

Already this week, the 2017 edition of the Black List was released, and two of last year’s selections — “I, Tonya” and “The Post” — became Golden Globe nominees. Completing a trifecta of recent Black List developments, iTunes has curated a page for cinephiles to watch more than 100 films that graduated from the annual list of unproduced gems. Since former development executive Franklin Leonard created the Black List in 2004, more than 325 of its entries have resulted in movies.

Half of the past 20 Best Screenplay Oscars have been presented to writers who first saw their scripts on the list, including Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”), Diablo Cody (“Juno”), and Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”); among the represented Best Picture winners are “Argo,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” and “Spotlight.” These features can all be found in iTunes’ new Black List “room,” which categorizes the films by genre. iTunes users who purchase five films — “Looper,” “Passengers,” “Salt,” “Scouts Guide to The Zombie Apocalypse,” and “Zombieland” — will be linked to their original Black List scripts.

Of the 76 titles that made the latest list, 25 were written by women; the Black List previously averaged 12 films a year with women authors. Black List veterans have generated more than $26 billion at the global box office.

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Apple Releases 2017 Charts of Top Movies, TV Shows, Music, Apps

Apple unveiled its charts ranking the most popular movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and podcasts in the U.S. for 2017 — with both new and familiar faces in the world of media and entertainment. The No. 1 movie of the year on Apple’s iTunes was Disney’s “Moana,” followed by Disney/Lucafilm’s “Rogue One: A Star […]

Apple unveiled its charts ranking the most popular movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and podcasts in the U.S. for 2017 — with both new and familiar faces in the world of media and entertainment. The No. 1 movie of the year on Apple’s iTunes was Disney’s “Moana,” followed by Disney/Lucafilm’s “Rogue One: A Star […]

Movies Anywhere App Launches With Joint Studio Backing

Five of the six major Hollywood studios have joined forces to make digital movie collecting easier than ever. Movies Anywhere, a free app and website digital locker service, launches tonight at 9 p.m. PT, backed by four top digital retailers and content from Walt Disney (including Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth […]

Five of the six major Hollywood studios have joined forces to make digital movie collecting easier than ever. Movies Anywhere, a free app and website digital locker service, launches tonight at 9 p.m. PT, backed by four top digital retailers and content from Walt Disney (including Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth […]

‘Wonder Woman’ iTunes HD Download Includes Exclusive Extras With Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins

“Wonder Woman” is now available to purchase as a digital download on multiple services, and Apple’s iTunes has scored three exclusive extra videos with director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot as part of its deal with Warner Bros. Customers who buy the HD version of the Amazonian superhero movie for $19.99 from iTunes will… Read more »

“Wonder Woman” is now available to purchase as a digital download on multiple services, and Apple’s iTunes has scored three exclusive extra videos with director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot as part of its deal with Warner Bros. Customers who buy the HD version of the Amazonian superhero movie for $19.99 from iTunes will... Read more »

A 10-Minute Silent Song Is Climbing iTunes Charts

Move over, “Despacito,” because Samir Mezrahi might have just released the new song of the summer. Mezrahi’s nine-minute-and-58-second-long track consisting of pure silence is quickly climbing up iTunes’ charts. Inspired by the frustration felt by anyone who has plugged their phone into a car radio only to hear the first alphabetically listed song in their… Read more »

Move over, “Despacito,” because Samir Mezrahi might have just released the new song of the summer. Mezrahi’s nine-minute-and-58-second-long track consisting of pure silence is quickly climbing up iTunes’ charts. Inspired by the frustration felt by anyone who has plugged their phone into a car radio only to hear the first alphabetically listed song in their... Read more »

Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Album Now Available at Amazon, Apple

Jay-Z’s insta-platinum “4:44” album has been made available on Amazon, along with the full video for the controversial track, “The Story of O.J.” The rapper’s Jay-Z’s 13th and latest studio effort also landed at Apple, with individual tracks available for $1.29 on iTunes or $9.99 for the 10-track album. It is not, as of this posting,… Read more »

Jay-Z’s insta-platinum “4:44” album has been made available on Amazon, along with the full video for the controversial track, “The Story of O.J.” The rapper’s Jay-Z’s 13th and latest studio effort also landed at Apple, with individual tracks available for $1.29 on iTunes or $9.99 for the 10-track album. It is not, as of this posting,... Read more »

Apple iTunes Launches Special $5 Sale on ‘Essential’ Movies of Last Five Decades

Apple’s iTunes is offering dozens of movies from the last five decades — including “Dr. Strangelove,” “Shakespeare in Love,” Taxi Driver,” “Home Alone” and “Pulp Fiction” — for a limited-time special sale price of $4.99 apiece, which in some cases amounts to a 62% discount. In addition, the tech giant is selling 10-title “iconic film”… Read more »

Apple’s iTunes is offering dozens of movies from the last five decades — including “Dr. Strangelove,” “Shakespeare in Love,” Taxi Driver,” “Home Alone” and “Pulp Fiction” — for a limited-time special sale price of $4.99 apiece, which in some cases amounts to a 62% discount. In addition, the tech giant is selling 10-title “iconic film”... Read more »

Richard Simmons’ Rep Denies Masseur’s Claim That ‘Witch’ Maid is Holding Simmons Hostage

A rep for fitness icon Richard Simmons has staunchly denied allegations that the fitness guru is being held captive or having his activity monitored by his housekeeper.

The reclusive “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” icon has been thrust back into the spotlight thanks filmmaker Dan Taberski’s popular podcast, “Missing Richard Simmons,” in which Taberski tries to understand why Simmons abandoned public life.

Also Read: Richard Simmons to the National Enquirer: ‘I Am Not Transitioning’

Taberski, a former producer on “The Daily Show,” met Simmons in 2012 and says he attended classes at his Beverly Hills fitness studio, Slimmons. When Simmons stopped teaching classes or making public appearances, Taberski decided to interview those who knew him about why he had left the public stage.

In the third episode, Simmons’ longtime friend and former masseur, Mauro Oliveira, said he believes Simmons is being held against his will by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, whom he called a “witch.” He also wrote a book about Simmons and Reveles called “King Rich and the Evil Witch,” though he conceded on the podcast that it didn’t sell well.

He described his last interaction with Simmons:

“It was 6 p.m., and I went into his house,” Oliveira said on the podcast. “He was sitting in the living room, and he was very weakly, physically and mentally. He was trembling. He said, ‘Mauro. I called you here because we cannot see each other anymore. I’m just going to stay here. I thought of the worst. I thought the worst was going to happen. I thought he was suicidal.”

Oliveira said that after he tried to give Simmons and massage and talk to him further, Reveles swooped in to stop him.

Said Oliveira: “She realized that I was in the house, she started screaming like a witch, ‘No no no no, get out, get out! I don’t want him here!’ Richard looked at me and said, ‘You got to go.’ I said, ‘Really? Is she controlling your life now?’ and he said yes. And that I have to leave.”

Also Read: Richard Simmons Has Not Transitioned Into a Woman, Spokesman Says

In a statement provided to People, Simmons’ rep, Tom Estey, called Oliveira’s remarks a “complete load of crap,” explaining that Simmons has stepped back from his celebrity life to simply be more private.

“Richard made a choice. To live a more private life. If he decides to come back, he’ll come back,” Estey said. “People claim that it happened overnight. It really didn’t. We were turning down stuff for years and just kind of quieting down, and when he decides that he wants to come back, that’s when he’ll come back.”

Estey also praised Reveles as an “extraordinary,” “amazing” caretaker.

“She takes impeccable care of Richard and she has for as long as I have been working with Richard,” he said.

As to why Simmons doesn’t speak up and address the rumors himself on the podcast, Estey said: “We did not cooperate nor participate in this podcast because we didn’t feel the need to nor did we want to. All these things distract from his legacy and I will not allow that to happen because this man is a world treasure. He has helped millions of people lose millions of pounds. He has saved millions of lives, spent millions and millions of his own money helping and saving people’s lives.”

Also Read: Richard Simmons Says He’s Not Being Held Hostage in His Own Home

Estey added: “This man is a saint, so treat him like a saint and leave him alone.”

Taberski did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, but told People that Oliveira doesn’t have much to gain from making his bold accusations. He also stressed to ABC News that his podcast “isn’t a witch hunt.”

“I just want to wish him well,” he said. “I haven’t talked to anybody who thinks Richard Simmons is fine.”

“Missing Richard Simmons” is currently the most listened-to podcast on iTunes.

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A rep for fitness icon Richard Simmons has staunchly denied allegations that the fitness guru is being held captive or having his activity monitored by his housekeeper.

The reclusive “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” icon has been thrust back into the spotlight thanks filmmaker Dan Taberski’s popular podcast, “Missing Richard Simmons,” in which Taberski tries to understand why Simmons abandoned public life.

Taberski, a former producer on “The Daily Show,” met Simmons in 2012 and says he attended classes at his Beverly Hills fitness studio, Slimmons. When Simmons stopped teaching classes or making public appearances, Taberski decided to interview those who knew him about why he had left the public stage.

In the third episode, Simmons’ longtime friend and former masseur, Mauro Oliveira, said he believes Simmons is being held against his will by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, whom he called a “witch.” He also wrote a book about Simmons and Reveles called “King Rich and the Evil Witch,” though he conceded on the podcast that it didn’t sell well.

He described his last interaction with Simmons:

“It was 6 p.m., and I went into his house,” Oliveira said on the podcast. “He was sitting in the living room, and he was very weakly, physically and mentally. He was trembling. He said, ‘Mauro. I called you here because we cannot see each other anymore. I’m just going to stay here. I thought of the worst. I thought the worst was going to happen. I thought he was suicidal.”

Oliveira said that after he tried to give Simmons and massage and talk to him further, Reveles swooped in to stop him.

Said Oliveira: “She realized that I was in the house, she started screaming like a witch, ‘No no no no, get out, get out! I don’t want him here!’ Richard looked at me and said, ‘You got to go.’ I said, ‘Really? Is she controlling your life now?’ and he said yes. And that I have to leave.”

In a statement provided to People, Simmons’ rep, Tom Estey, called Oliveira’s remarks a “complete load of crap,” explaining that Simmons has stepped back from his celebrity life to simply be more private.

“Richard made a choice. To live a more private life. If he decides to come back, he’ll come back,” Estey said. “People claim that it happened overnight. It really didn’t. We were turning down stuff for years and just kind of quieting down, and when he decides that he wants to come back, that’s when he’ll come back.”

Estey also praised Reveles as an “extraordinary,” “amazing” caretaker.

“She takes impeccable care of Richard and she has for as long as I have been working with Richard,” he said.

As to why Simmons doesn’t speak up and address the rumors himself on the podcast, Estey said: “We did not cooperate nor participate in this podcast because we didn’t feel the need to nor did we want to. All these things distract from his legacy and I will not allow that to happen because this man is a world treasure. He has helped millions of people lose millions of pounds. He has saved millions of lives, spent millions and millions of his own money helping and saving people’s lives.”

Estey added: “This man is a saint, so treat him like a saint and leave him alone.”

Taberski did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment, but told People that Oliveira doesn’t have much to gain from making his bold accusations. He also stressed to ABC News that his podcast “isn’t a witch hunt.”

“I just want to wish him well,” he said. “I haven’t talked to anybody who thinks Richard Simmons is fine.”

“Missing Richard Simmons” is currently the most listened-to podcast on iTunes.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Richard Simmons to the National Enquirer: 'I Am Not Transitioning'

Richard Simmons Has Not Transitioned Into a Woman, Spokesman Says

Richard Simmons Says He's Not Being Held Hostage in His Own Home

Ice Cube, Gene Simmons Beef Over NWA's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Home Entertainment 2016 Figures: Streaming Eclipses Disc Sales for the First Time

If the studios are looking for a fresh reminder of their pressing need to adjust theatrical distribution windows, the figures released Friday on U.S. home entertainment spending for 2016 are just the thing. Two unprecedented trends emerged in the annual numbers reported by he Digital Entertainment Group, a trade org that collects the numbers from… Read more »

If the studios are looking for a fresh reminder of their pressing need to adjust theatrical distribution windows, the figures released Friday on U.S. home entertainment spending for 2016 are just the thing. Two unprecedented trends emerged in the annual numbers reported by he Digital Entertainment Group, a trade org that collects the numbers from... Read more »