DISNEY+ CONTENT LINE-UP SMALL, BUT FIERCE: When Disney+ rolls out its subscription service this November, it will offer a smaller content selection and a smaller price point. With about 20% of Netflix’s library, it will cost $6.99 per month, or about half of Netflix’s price. The material that it does have beats Netflix and Amazon in terms of consumer perception of quality though, according to a study by Ampere Analysis. Starting with 2019 releases, House of Mouse titles will be only available on Disney+, including Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4, Avengers: Endgame and Frozen II.
GOT’s DANIEL PORTMAN HEADS FOR OFF-BROADWAY: Game of Thrones’ Daniel Portman is set to co-star with Gavin Jon Wright (Black Watch) in the U.S. premiere of Off Broadway’s Square Go, a buzzy play from Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair. Portman will play Max, "a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town" who "spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first ‘square go,’ a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first." Finn den Hertog will direct. The play opens June 14th for a limited run.
CANNES UNVEILS CRITICS PICK WEEK: The 58th edition of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival will welcome first and second features eligible for the Camera d’Or in 2019. Oscar-nominated Embrace Of The Serpent filmmaker Ciro Guerra is chairing the jury. Seven features are in competition, along with and 10 short films. Competition titles include Vivarium, the second work by Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan (Without Name) starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg and Hlynur Pálmason (Winter Brothers) with A White, White Day about a man (Everest’s Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson) dealing with his wife’s death.
DAVID PICKER DIES: David Picker, who helmed United Artists, Paramount and Columbia’s motion picture divisions and was celebrated for forging relationships with filmmakers, died on Saturday at age 87. He was suffering from colon cancer. MGM shared the news on Twitter, writing: "We are saddened to hear that a member of the United Artists family has passed away. David Picker was a true visionary who brought iconic films to theaters such as the James Bond franchise." Picker also helped bring the Beatles to UA and helped launch Steve Martin’s career. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, his sister Jean Picker Firstenberg, former president and CEO of the American Film Institute, and two daughters.