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5:00 PM ET, December 11, 2020

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Denis Villeneuve / Variety:
Dune director Denis Villeneuve says AT&T decided to sacrifice Warner Bros' 2021 slate “in a desperate attempt to grab audience attention” for HBO Max  —  I learned in the news that Warner Bros. has decided to release “Dune” on HBO Max at the same time as our theatrical release …
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Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Interview with Jason Kilar on the decision to release 2021 movies on HBO Max: “If we...focus on the customer, we're going to be sitting on a very big future”  —  Depending on who you ask, Jason Kilar is either the most hated or most beloved man in Hollywood right now.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
In an SEC filing, AMC Entertainment says it has raised $100M ; as of November 30, AMC had more than $400M in rent obligations deferred to 2021  —  Struggling AMC Entertainment said it risks running out funds in January.  —  In its latest warning cry, it said it needs $750 million “to remain viable” through 2021.
Bloomberg:
Chinese authorities detained Bloomberg News staff member Haze Fan, a Chinese citizen, on Monday on suspicion of endangering national security  —  Chinese authorities have detained Haze Fan, who works for the Bloomberg News bureau in Beijing, on suspicion of endangering national security.
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New York Times:
Jimmy Lai, owner of Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, has been charged under the national security law for allegedly colluding with foreign forces
Jay Peters / The Verge:
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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
As of December 2, Disney had 137.1M DTC subscribers, comprising 86.8M for Disney+, 38.8M for Hulu, and 11.5M for ESPN+  —  Giving Disney confidence to pursue more streaming  —  Disney Plus has amassed more than 86 million subscribers since launching in November 2019, CEO Bob Chapek announced.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney will raise the cost of Disney+ to $7.99 per month, up from $6.99, starting March 2021 in the US, as the company heavily invests in content offerings
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Political journalists question the value of reporting anonymous concerns by Republicans who publicly support Trump as he tries to overturn the election  —  During his decades on the congressional beat, John Bresnahan has spent countless hours listening to the private concerns of his congressional sources.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Mehul Srivastava / Financial Times:
Al Jazeera's Ghada Oueiss sues Saudi prince, UAE leader, and others, alleging her phone was hacked and photos leaked to stifle her reporting on Saudi Arabia  —  Ghada Oueiss alleges she was targeted in attempt to silence her and other critics of Saudi government
Debbie Weinstein / The Keyword:
Google says it will let users limit the alcohol and gambling ads they see, starting with YouTube in the US  —  Building tools that provide transparency and control has always been a top priority for us, and over the years, we've empowered people to shape their ads experience through user controls.
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Three Spotify unions, at Gimlet, The Ringer, and Parcast, stopped working for two hours on Friday, demanding fairer contracts and better workplace conditions  —  Spotify has only recognized one union, but they've all been fighting for a better contract this past year.  —  EO
 
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Three NC newspapers have filed a petition with the NC Court of Appeals seeking to open a district court to media after a judge blocked them from a hearing
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