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FREED: Bill Cosby released after sexual assault conviction overturned

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Bill Cosby will be released from prison after a shock ruling by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction was overturned by the court on a “procedural issue”

He was previously sentenced to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago.

A jury had found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

One of Cosby’s accusers, Victoria Valentino says she is “stunned” by the court’s decision… telling the media “for this to come out of left field is a gut punch… there’s no other way to describe it.”

The White House has not directly responded to the news, but says “the President has long been an advocate for fighting against violence against women, for ensuring that we are raising the voices and the stories of people who have been survivors of sexual assault.”

One of Bill Cosby’s representatives told reporters “I want to thank the attorneys who successfully argued his appeal and especially Mrs. Cosby who stood strong and was here for Mr. Cosby every step of the way.. she always knew that he was innocent”.

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‘Jungle Cruise’ tallies $34.2 million in domestic debut, reaches Disney+ record

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After Disney struggled during the past few weeks, the studios latest feature film “Jungle Cruise” opened to $61 million dollars worldwide.

The film was also released on Disney Plus’ Premier Access and brought in over $30 million globally on the platform.

Overall, the film, which is based on the beloved Disney theme park ride, notched more than $90 million.

The “Jungle Cruise” opening is also notable because it comes just a few days after Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney.

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Will blockbuster’s revenue rely more on streaming platform release than cinemas?

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In a nod to the power of streaming platforms over cinema, Disney’s Jungle Cruise earned a third of its opening revenues from Disney+ over the weekend

Disney+ let its subscribers pay $30 to stream Jungle Cruise the same day it hit theaters.

Theatre release of Disney’s Jungle Cruise – cinema debut on July 30.

Disney+ release of Disney’s Jungle Cruise also on July 30.

 According to The Hollywood Reporter, early revenue totals from the entertainment giant show that streaming accounted for a third of the film’s revenues.

The film’s Disney+ revenue represented a bigger slice of the total revenue when compared with Black Widow.

Jungle Cruise’s $30 million was about 33 percent of its $91.8 million total, while Black Widow’s $60 million was about 27 percent of $218.8 million total.

Disney hasn’t announced any Premier Access titles that may follow Jungle Cruise.

The new numbers also arrive just days after Scarlett Johansson launched a major lawsuit against the company.

Streaming wars: Scarlett Johansson sues Disney

The star of Marvel’s box office hit “Black Widow”, Scarlett Johansson is suing the Walt Disney Company over allegations it breached the actor’s contract.

Disney released the movie in cinemas at the same time it launched the film on its streaming service – which Johansson says reduced her compensation.

Like many big stars, Johansson’s total earnings for Black Widow were calculated partly on what the total box office earnings were.

Black Widow made its debut on Disney PLUS and in cinemas on July 9 – and Disney PLUS users had to pay an additional $30 fee to watch the film.

Johansson says Disney wanted to steer audiences towards its platform, “where it could keep the revenues for itself while simultaneously growing the subscriber base… a proven way to boost Disney’s stock price”.

Johansson’s lawyers also believe “Disney wanted to substantially devalue the actor’s agreement and thereby enrich itself”.

The lawsuit is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages when it eventually goes to trial – and it could have lasting impacts in Hollywood as streaming services continue to find inventive ways to build their user base.

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Is Family Guy leaving Fox Corp?

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The creator of Family Guy Seth Macfarlane has slammed Fox Corp. Does this signal the end of an unhappy marriage between Fox and Family Guy?

Family Guy’s Seth Macfarlane has slammed Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp, saying he wishes it was on “any other network”.

The scathing tweet mentioned Tucker Carlson’s latest opinion piece which claimed that Biden has lied about Covid-19 and the vaccine.

Carlson also attacked Dr Anthony Fauci in the article, calling him a “liar”.

What does this mean for Family Guy?

MacFarlane is currently making the most of his exclusive $200M deal with NBCUniversal that he signed back in 2020.

In the meantime, current series such as American Dad! and The Orville remain on their respective networks (TBS and Hulu).

That means that for now, it looks like Family Guy will remain on Fox.

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