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Apple TV+ to possibly delay Will Smith's film Emancipation to 2023 + Oprah has won a GLAAD Media Award for her Elliot Page Interview

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Will Smith's outrageous Chris Rock slap at the Academy Awards this year shocked fans around the world. It was followed by his vulgar language hurled at Rock. The attack on the comedian put all comedians on edge about this precedent setting incident. This week comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked on stage, no doubt inspired by the Will Smith incident. Although Will Smith was banned from the Academy Awards for a decade, he wasn't charged for assault which has angered many.


A rumor surfacing late yesterday claims that the Apple original film "Emancipation" could be shifted to debut in 2023 instead of this fall in the hopes of the negative image and publicity surrounding Will Smith will fade. Apple was shooting for an Oscar for the film and sources reportedly claim that Apple is seriously thinking of delaying its release.


"Originally expected to drop on the fall festival circuit later this year, the actor’s next film from Apple, and co-produced by his production company Westbrook Studios, is planning to delay the film’s release to sometime in 2023, according to Variety sources.


Though the studio did not officially date "Emancipation," it was expected to be the streamer’s next potential awards project this year after winning best picture for "CODA." While Apple has not shared an official date, one source familiar with the situation said "it’s the unspoken truth" that the action-drama will not hit the platform in 2022.


While making that claim, the same source also revealed there have been ongoing internal discussions between Apple executives and the filmmakers on how a release in the fall could move forward, but it seems highly unlikely.


For more on this read the full report by Variety.


Apple’s “The Oprah Conversation” featuring Elliot Page wins GLAAD Media Award


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Oprah Winfrey speaks with actor and advocate Elliot Page on "The Oprah Conversation," now streaming on Apple TV+.


Apple TV+ today earned a GLAAD Media Award for “The Oprah Conversation” featuring Elliot Page and his powerful first on-camera interview after disclosing that he is transgender, describing his life struggles and his message for trans youth. For more, read the full Apple press release.


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