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Apple and Netflix are among the bidders for an "Oscar bait" film starring Jennifer Lawrence as the late Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers, according to Variety. Bidding for the film has reportedly surpassed $80 million and could climb higher.

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Mengers was a prominent Hollywood "superagent" from the 1960s through the 1980s, representing some big names in acting like Barbra Streisand and Burt Reynolds. She was known for her outsized personality while trying to secure the best deal possible for her A-list clients. The film adaptation of her life is directed by Paolo Sorrentino, who won an Academy Award for Italian film "The Great Beauty" in 2014.

Lawrence is best known for playing Katniss Everdeen in the "The Hunger Games" film series and Mystique in the "X-Men" film series, as well as starring in films like "Winter's Bone" and "American Hustle." Lawrence is also set to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming Netflix film "Don't Look Up," which will tell the story of two low-level astronomers who must go on a media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy Earth.

Apple TV+ is in the midst of securing several star-studded original films, with the streaming service set to gain slavery thriller "Emancipation" starring Will Smith and the high-profile Western crime drama film "Killers of the Flower Moon" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, Brendan Fraser, and several other big names.

Article Link: Apple Reportedly Bidding on Film Starring Jennifer Lawrence as Hollywood Agent
 
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Maybe Apple can win the bidding and make amends with Ms. Lawrence.

She had some serious trouble with Apples iCloud Photos security a few years ago.

"When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source," the tech giant [Apple]said in the Sept. 2 statement. "Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us."
 

Rafterman

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How about we do some bidding on some developers that can fix Apple Music bugs, and actually release less buggy software in general like they did 10 years ago?

Apple doesn't want tto be a computer company, they want to be a media network. Their hardare/software is just a portal into that.
 

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Maybe Apple can win the bidding and make amends with Ms. Lawrence.

She had some serious trouble with Apples iCloud Photos security a few years ago.

"When we learned of the theft, we were outraged and immediately mobilized Apple's engineers to discover the source," the tech giant [Apple]said in the Sept. 2 statement. "Our customers' privacy and security are of utmost importance to us."
That was her fault. She didn’t have 2FA setup and her password was likely social engineered via a phishing email.

she didn’t follow multiple basic steps to protect herself, all the while having nudes stored on her account.

besides forcing people to use 2FA, there’s nothing Apple could have done.
 

sw1tcher

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Why? And why do you assume ATV+ is a failure? Because tech muggles on blogs don’t like it?
Are you saying Apple TV+ is not a disappointment?

Practically every other OTT streaming service (Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Peacock, Paramount+, Discovery+, Roku, HBO Max, FuboTV, AMC+) reports their subscriber numbers... even the now dead Quibi provided their subscriber numbers.

Everyone except Apple.

Why is that?
 

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Are you saying Apple TV+ is not a failure?

Practically every other OTT streaming service (Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Peacock, Paramount+, Discovery+, Roku, HBO Max, FuboTV, AMC+) reports their subscriber numbers... even the now dead Quibi provided their subscriber numbers.

Everyone except Apple.

Why is that?

Not only that - Apple is the only routinely trying to find ways to "give away their content for free" (trials that keep extending and seem to come with every device they sell someone).
 

turbineseaplane

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This article is kind of funny to see in the context of the other Apple story we are all talking about (that is actually important).

This one feels almost like The Onion doing a "distraction" piece to try to move the narrative away from the CSAM stuff.

:D
 

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I wish we could know what the real paying subscriber count is on ATV+.

I bet it's not that many.
Well, it's at least 196.9 million. Though some people are paying for subscriptions and not creating an account and it's a little unclear how many people are paying for multiple accounts for themselves. I would assume that the average person pays for two Apple TV + subscriptions per year. I think back in Jan 2020 Apple TV had somewhere around 40 million active users. I wouldn't be surprised if it was over 100 million now. Amazon has been doing it for years and they are only at about 175 million while Disney only barely broke 100 million and they have 100 years of content from multiple studios. Disney's growth also seems to have hit a wall.
 
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That was her fault. She didn’t have 2FA setup and her password was likely social engineered via a phishing email.

she didn’t follow multiple basic steps to protect herself, all the while having nudes stored on her account.

besides forcing people to use 2FA, there’s nothing Apple could have done.
I don't fully agree - the password reset questions lure people into false security, as they do not mention the social engineering risks.

Some sites even force you to create answers to such questions - I usually put in generated passwords
(using real words - as spelling special characters on a phone is a nightmare).

In one case (and that was for a anti-car-theft service not password recovery) the call-center agents
even became suspicious:

Hey I doubt "waspish-flatten-ritual" is your mothers maiden name?

Despite my assertions to the contrary they strongly advised me to get serious and honestly answer those questions - as "you don't mess with security".
 
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