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NCM Entertainment Roundup – July 29, 2021

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star in this weekend’s Jungle Cruise.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Universal’s Old landed in the top spot at this weekend’s box office with a $16.5 million opening. This debut marks the seventh film from director M. Night Shyamalan to earn first place at the box office.  Paramount’s Snake Eyes brought in $13.4 million while Disney’s Black Widow followed up in the third spot with a $11.6 million weekend. Space Jam: A New Legacy and F9 rounded out the top five bringing in $9.7 million and $4.7 million. (Noovie)

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – July 22, 2021

The G.I. Joe spinoff, Snake Eyes, hits theaters this weekend.

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Space Jam 2 slam dunked its way into the number 1 spot its opening weekend! The animated sequel starring Lebron James generated over $31 million, a pandemic-era best! Landing in second place at this week’s box office was Marvel’s Black Widow with $26 million bringing it’s second week total to over $130 million. Sony’s Escape Room: Tournament of Champions rounded out the third spot at $8.8 million. (Noovie)

Speaking of the box office, two new films will be hitting theaters …

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INKR draws in $3.1M to make more comics accessible to worldwide audiences

Digital comics platform INKR’s team
INKR is a digital comics platform that crosses cultural and language divides, enabling creators to reach global audiences with its proprietary localization technology. Previously bootstrapped, the company announced today that it has raised $3.1 million in pre-Series A funding led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, with participation from manga distributor TokyoPop founder and chief executive Stu Levy.
Headquartered in Singapore with an office in Ho Chi Minh City, INKR was founded in 2019 by Ken Luong, Khoa Nguyen and Hieu Tran. The company says that since it launched in October 2020, its monthly average users have grown 200%. …

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Spotify’s podcast ad revenue jumps 627% in Q2

In the minutes before its quarterly earnings call this morning, Spotify played advertisements for its Originals & Exclusives, like the true crime show “Deathbed Confessions,” and the sex and relationships podcast “Call Her Daddy,” which Spotify recently acquired in a deal worth $60 million. Sure, it’s kind of hilarious to hear a recording of host Alex Cooper’s voice say, “Hey, daddy gang!” as investors log in to an 8 AM call, but the subtext rang clear: Spotify is serious about growing its podcast business.
Given how many podcasting companies Spotify has acquired over the past few years, it would be concerning …

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – July 16, 2021

LeBron James and Bugs Bunny got game in theaters this weekend in Space Jam: A New Legacy

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Black Widow crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office in six days, making it the fastest to do so during the pandemic. Black Widow joins other titles in the pandemic’s century club including Universal’s F9 (8 days to the mark), Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II (15 days), and Warner Bros/Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong (12 weekends). It’ll be a showdown between Disney’s and Marvel’s Black …

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – July 9, 2021

Scarlett Johansson smashes the box office in the first Marvel movie in theaters in two years.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Universal’s F9 easily won the holiday weekend box office and hit the $500M mark globally, a milestone as it becomes the first Hollywood movie to do so during the pandemic era, and the first since any studio film originally released during 2019. “They were waiting to see if audiences had an appetite for going back into that theater, and, well, what we just saw over the past couple of weekends, that answer is …

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – July 2, 2021

James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, and Alec Baldwin hit theaters like a boss, baby!

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The only thing stronger than family? The box office debut of F9, the latest entry in Universal’s Fast & Furious saga. After many delays over the course of a year and a half, F9 opened to a mighty $70 million from 4,179 North American venues. That’s by far the biggest start for a movie at the U.S. box office, not just since the onset of COVID-19, but since 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. F9 …

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Egypt’s Minly raises $3.6M to connect celebrities and fans through personalized experiences

In the past couple of years, we’ve seen a growing trend of creators adopting digital and social media, not just as a supplement to their media presence but also as a cornerstone of their personal brand.
The pandemic has surely accelerated creator economy trends. Many popular artists and figures have had to postpone concerts and live events, subsequently using social media to carry out these activities and engage their fans. Proliferating through Western and far East markets, the creator economy bug, which has made platforms like Cameo and Patreon unicorns, is beginning to take center stage in MENA.
Today, …

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How I Podcast: Left Handed Radio’s Anna Rubanova

The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It’s a rare medium that’s nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two people do it exactly the same way. There are a wealth of hardware and software solutions open to potential podcasters, so setups run the gamut from NPR studios to USB Skype rigs (the latter of which has become a kind of default during the current pandemic).
We’ve asked some of our favorite podcast hosts and producers to highlight their workflows — the equipment and software they use to …

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Twitch introduces Animated Emotes for their 10th anniversary

Twitch announced today that they will release major updates to their Emotes this month to celebrate their 10th anniversary. These new features will include Animated Emotes, Follower Emotes, and a Library for Emotes. 
Since the origin of the live streaming platform for gamers, Emotes – Twitch’s version of emojis – have been a key component of Twitch culture. They’re micro memes, and images like Kappa, TriHard, and PogChamp have come to carry meaning in the greater gaming world, even off the Twitch platform. 
“Emotes are a language that transcends countries,” said Ivan Santana, Senior Director of Community Product at Twitch. “ …

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