We now know why Netflix has been concentrating on making original movies that it can show in theaters and make available exclusively for streaming. In the beginning we had HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and the Movie Channel for watching current films. Netflix backed its streaming with TV series content such as "Friends," "The Simpsons" and "The Office," which was immensely popular. Last year Disney pulled its product from Netflix because Disney is starting its own streaming service.
Now WarnerMedia has created HBOMax as their streaming service, and as of November, "Friends" will no longer be available to Netflix. As contracts run out, Netflix also will lose "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Pretty Little Liars" and Reese Witherspoon products. Thanks to Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, Netflix also will be losing 30 years of "The Simpsons." Disney's streaming service likely will cost $7, while HBOMax will be $15 or more.
Among the top 100 celebrity moneymakers is Celine Dion (at No. 100) with $37.6 million, Ryan Seacrest (No. 27) with $71.5 million, Chris Hemsworth (No. 24) with $76.4 million, Ellen DeGeneres (22) with $80.5 million, Beyonce and Jay Z (20) with $81 million, Elton John (19) with $84 million, Dwayne Johnson (15) with $89 million and Phil McGraw (9) with $95 million. Kim Kardashian came in at No. 26 with $72 million and husband Kanye West is No. 4 with $80 million, but Kylie Jenner beat them combined at No. 2 with $170 million. The top grosser of the year? Taylor Swift, with $185 million.
If you don't remember the classic TV series "The Fugitive" (1963-67), which starred David Janssen, you probably will remember Harrison Ford as "The Fugitive" in the 1993 film that won a best supporting Oscar for Tommy Lee Jones. Now Warner is developing a series reboot for the small screen. No cast been named yet.
Vanity Fair is predicting the Emmys will go hostless like this year's Academy Awards show. When Kevin Hart bowed out of emceeing, it was too late to find another host. Last year the Emmys were hosted by "Saturday Night Live's" Michael Che and Colin Jost, but it wasn't a good fit. So far no one has been asked to emcee the Sept. 22 broadcast.
It's amazing how well Renee Zellweger was able to transform herself to look and sound like Judy Garland for the new film "Judy" (out Sept. 27), in which she plays the "The Wizard of Oz" star in 1968-69, her final years. Zellweger was Oscar-nominated for "Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001), "Chicago" (2002) and won an Oscar for "Cold Mountain" in 2003. Judy Garland only won the miniature Oscar they gave to child stars. Maybe Renee can win a real one for her.
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