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Chris Rock's Upcoming Tour Ticket Sales Spike, Cheapest Ticket Reportedly Jumped From $46 To $411

The impact following the viral moment of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars continues to unfold. Although the comedian has been ridiculed since Sunday night, a recent report has shared that the heat of the moment is now working in his favor. Fortune reports that ticket sales for his upcoming stand-up tour, Ego Death, have hit a spike over the past few days. “We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the past month combined,” ticket marketplace site TickPick shared via Twitter. We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the past month combined. — TickPick (@TickPick) March 28, 2022 Along with more people getting their hands on tickets, prices have gone up as well, according to the company’s brand manager, Kyle Zorn. On March 30, Rock will be heading to Boston’s Wilbur Theatre for his next show and the cheapest ticket has gone from $46 (as of March 18) to $411 (as of March 28). Chris Rock performs at Wilbur Theatre on Wednesday…...

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 29, 2022

Film Academy Welcomes New Members With 36 Percent Being People of Color

Hollywood’s most exclusive club — the Film Academy — is aiming to expand its network of members by adding some new faces to the bunch. On Tuesday, the Film Academy announced that they’ve invited 819 new members of the global film community to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This new push for more diversity began in the wake of the controversial #OscarsSoWhite campaign back in 2016. The hashtag changed the oral history of the Oscars, pointing out the entrenched racial disparities. Today, the Film Academy stands at having a total membership of 9,412, with 45 percent being women and 36 percent people of color. Plus, 49 percent are people based outside of the U.S., Variety reports . “The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travelers in the motion picture arts and sciences,” Academy president, David Rubin, said in a statement reported by The Hollywood Reporter . “We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of...

Njera Perkins

Jul 1, 2020

DOJ Warns Academy About Potential Rules Excluding Streaming From Oscars

It’s no secret that streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have transformed the film industry. These services have become such huge competitors that the Academy allegedly considered changing the Oscars requirements to make it harder for streaming service originals to qualify. Now, the Department of Justice is stepping in to warn the Academy that altering the rules could raise antitrust concerns, according to Variety. “In the event that the Academy — an association that includes multiple competitors in its membership — establishes certain eligibility requirements for the Oscars that eliminate competition without procompetitive justification, such conduct may raise antitrust concerns,” Chief of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division Makan Delrahim said in a letter to the Academy. The DOJ cited rules against competitors making anticompetitive agreements and said that excluding streaming services from the Academy could negatively impact their sales. Director Steven Spielberg was among those...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 4, 2019