MoviePass, the financially troubled movie theater subscription service that has been burning through more than $20 million per month in an apparent attempt to shake up the film industry, announced a new subscription plan and business model Monday that will go into effect as soon as next week.
According to a press release issued this morning, MoviePass will be keeping its monthly subscription rate of $9.95 per month rather than the previously announced $14.95 per month. The company also says it will be suspending peak pricing and ticket verification for subscribers who have migrated to the new plan.
However, the bad news is that MoviePass subscribers on the $9.95 a month plan will no longer have access to unlimited movies—it’s now three movies a month and up to a $5.00 discount for any additional movie tickets customers wish to purchase.
“Because only 15 percent of MoviePass members see four or more movies a month, we expect that the new subscription model will have no impact whatsoever on over 85 percent of our subscribers,” the company said in a statement.
Mitch Lowe, the CEO of MoviePass, says that despite the many challenges the company has faced over the months, he believes the new plan is a way for both MoviePass and its customers to continue moving forward and “returning moviegoing to everyone’s financial reach.”
“As is true with any new company, we’ve evolved to accommodate what has become an unprecedented phenomenon,” Lowe said. “We are now creating a framework to provide the vast majority of subscribers with what they want most; low cost, value, variety, and broad availability and to bring some moderation to the small number of subscribers who imposed undue cost on the system by viewing a disproportionately large number of movies.”
MoviePass says that monthly subscribers will be given the opportunity to subscribe to the new $9.95 a month plan when their current plans comes up for renewal beginning next week. Annual subscribers will not be affected until their renewal dates.
Netflix releases a stunning first trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white family drama ‘Roma’
Ahead of the film’s debut at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Netflix has released the stunning first trailer for Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white drama Roma, which is also set to play at the New York Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in the coming months.
Roma is set in Mexico City in the early 1970s and follows Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a young domestic worker for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. Delivering an artful love letter to the women who raised him, Cuarón draws on his own childhood to create a vivid and emotional portrait of domestic strife and social hierarchy amidst the political turmoil of the 1970s.
“Ninety percent of the scenes represented in the film are scenes taken out of my memory,” Cuarón told IndieWire last month. “Sometimes directly, sometimes a bit more obliquely. It’s about a moment of time that shaped me, but also a moment of time that shaped a country. It was the beginning of a long transition in Mexico.”
After its run on the festival circuit later this year, Netflix will release Roma in theaters and on its streaming service in December. You can check out the trailer for the film below.
Disney has no plans to reinstate James Gunn as director of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’
Despite the strong support of nearly 400,000 fans via a Change.org petition and an open letter from the Guardians of the Galaxy cast themselves, Disney and Marvel have no plans to rehire James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following his firing last month.
Variety reports that Gunn and Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn recently met to discuss the firing, which came after old, offensive tweets the filmmaker wrote nearly a decade ago began to resurface as part of a smear campaign led by right-wing blogger and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich.
While the meeting was described as “civil and professional,” Horn only decided to take the meeting “as a courtesy to clear the air with Gunn” and was not considering giving him a second chance, despite the pleas of Gunn’s agents. Sources with insider knowledge say Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was out of town at the time of the meeting and was unable to attend, but supports Horn’s decision not to reinstate Gunn.
Earlier this month, the Guardians cast, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Pom Klementieff, and Michael Rooker, all signed an open letter in support of Gunn, who was set to begin production on the third installment in the critically acclaimed franchise early next year.
Bautista has been particularly vocal about Gunn’s firing on social media, writing in one tweet that he will do what he is contractually obligated to do with Disney, but “Guardians without James Gunn is not what I signed up for” and that “it’s also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists.”
Guardians 3 is scheduled to be released May 1, 2020, but, depending on how long it takes Disney and Marvel to find a replacement for Gunn, that date could, and will most likely, change.
YouTube forced to remove ‘The Nun’ jump-scare ad after getting complaints from terrified users
On Monday, YouTube announced that it had removed a video advertisement for The Nun, the upcoming next installment in The Conjuring franchise, for being in violation of their shocking content policy. However, it appears the ad in question only came to the video-sharing site’s attention after scaring the bejesus out of some very unsuspecting users.
“Warning! If you see an ad on YouTube with the volume sign being turned down and nothing else, it’s a jump-scare for The Nun movie coming out,” one Twitter user wrote last week. “I advise you look away and or turn down the volume if you have anxiety or just straight up hate jump-scares.”
Just a few days later, the official Twitter account for Team YouTube responded to the tweet, which has been retweeted more than 136,000 times since Sunday, saying that the advertisement was no longer running on their ad network.
The ad isn’t gone altogether from YouTube, though, as it has been reuploaded to the platform by dozens of users, one of which says they were “shook” after seeing the six-second clip at 3 a.m. one night. It begins with a volume icon going up and down against a black background before a horrifying, shrieking demonic-looking nun appears out of nowhere.
If you’re brave enough, you can check out the ad for yourself below. Don’t say we didn’t warn you, though.