Pete Davidson’s ‘The King Of Staten Island’ Movie Pulled From Handful Of Theaters By Universal As Pic Debuts On PVOD

I'm told that was a different deal with whatever exhibitors were open — to have that pic play on screen and in home — while King of Staten Island was strictly a PVOD release. Meanwhile, Universal/DreamWorks Animation's Trolls World Tour remains in release on both PVOD and played about 200 theaters last weekend.
It is only on VOD." Apatow corrected fans on Twitter who believed the movie, inspired by Davidson's life, was in play at their local theaters. It is a mistake. "It won't be playing there.
A studio source says about the booking of the Judd Apatow-directed Pete Davidson movie, "It was a misunderstanding, and we asked for those theaters that had booked it, not to play it."
Trolls World Tour remains booked at movie theaters and will likely be No. 1 again this weekend in its 10th weekend after collecting $3 million from the handful of theaters that weathered the coronavirus shutdown. Again, the only odd thing in all of this is — how much could Universal been asking theaters for on King of Staten Island?
AMC, after saying that it would block all Universal releases should they continue to commit to a simultaneous PVOD and wide theatrical release, mentioned in its earnings call that the company remains in talks with the studio. Variety heard from drive-in exhibitors that Universal was asking for steep terms in the current COVID-19 environment in which most big exhibs like AMC, Cinemark and Regal remain shut down.
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We hear there's no there there in regard to this news, but Universal had originally booked The King of Staten Island in around 100 theaters (there's close to 988 open this weekend), and then changed their mind at the last minute and pulled back the release, keeping it strictly relegated to its PVOD drop Friday.

Bel Powley Joins Judd Apatow-Pete Davidson Comedy At Universal

EXCLUSIVE: White Boy Rick and The Diary of a Teenage Girl actress Bel Powley has landed the female lead in the Judd Apatow directed Pete Davidson comedy at Universal.
Her feature debut The Diary of a Teenage Girl earned Powley a 2015 Gotham Best Actress award as well as BAFTA, Independent Spirit and British Independent film noms.
Powley is represented by Authentic Management, UTA, Curtis Brown, Jackoway Austen and Wolf Kasteler.
Airing in the UK this month, she's part of an all-star cast that also includes Kate Winslet, Taron Egerton and Rosamund Pike , Powley voices "Little My" in Sky One's animated series "Moominvalley."  This past year, Powley starred as Dawn Wershe, the drug-addled sister of Rick Weshe Jr., opposite Matthew McConaughey in Studio 8's. Powley also stars opposite Paddy Considine in the BBC/Amazon spy series Informer and opposite Chris Evans, Brian Tyree Henry and Michael Cera in Kenneth Lonergan's Tony-nominated Lobby Hero on Broadway. Powley can next be seen opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in Apple's The Morning Show.
The Apatow-directed feature, his first since 2015's Trainwreck, will start shooting this summer in New York.  Apatow, Davidson and Dave Sirus are writing. Universal Senior Executive VP of Production Erik Baiers will oversee production on behalf of the studio.” /> Bill Burr also stars. Apatow will produce for his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel.

Pete Davidson’s ‘SNL’ Joke About Wounded Vet Running For House Seat Draws Fire

Crenshaw lost his eye during combat. Davidson, who compared politicans to a penis and a cigar, then joked about the former Navy SEAL for wearing an eye patch.
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NRCC spokesperson Jack Pandol also criticized Davidson, and referred to the comedian's closing comments, wherein he briefly explained his recent split with fiance and pop superstar Ariana Grande.


Condemnations are rolling in for Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson's mocking a GOP House of Representatives candidate and war veteran's eye patch.
"I hope @nbcsnl recognized that vets don't deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes." Crenshaw tweeted a reaction.


The Weekend Update diatribe by Davidson attacked various politicians and their alleged appearances. The National Republican Congressional Committee is demanding an apology from NBC and Davidson for mocking Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw's disability during a sketch last night.
“Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country," said Pandol's statement. "Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend – because they’re not laughing."