The Academy Invites 928 New Members + More Industry News You May Have Missed This Week

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Academy induction: record-breaking membership announced.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its list of newly invited members. A grand total of 928 people have been asked to join the body, the largest inducted class in the Academy’s history. The inductees come from 59 countries, with the new numbers reflecting a push for diversity. Academy membership is now 31 percent female (up from 28 percent last year) and 16 percent people of color (up from 13 percent). (Reuters)

“Top Gun 2” frontrunners announced.
“Top Gun 2” is close to casting the pivotal role of Goose’s son. (Goose was played by Anthony Edwards in the original 1986 flick). The list, which had included Dylan O’Brien and Austin Butler, has been whittled down to a final three: Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell, and Miles Teller. Tom Cruise will reprise his role. (Hollywood Reporter)

Disney approved to buy 21st Century Fox...but there’s a catch.
The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that Disney will be allowed to acquire major 21st Century Fox assets on the condition that Disney divest Fox’s 22 regional sports networks to avoid undue dominance in sports broadcasting. The transaction will amount to a total of $71.3 billion and comes at the end of a long battle between Disney and rival Comcast in a bidding war over the TV and film empire. (Variety)

We’re about to get a DC Universe streaming service.
A new subscription service run by DC Comics has jus been announced. The streaming service will feature original content and new shows, including “Young Justice: Outsiders” and “Harley Quinn.” (Deadline)

“Halo” is moving to the small screen.
A 10-episode, live-action series based on the popular video game has been ordered by Showtime. The season will be produced by Kyle Killen, who will also act as showrunner. Production is set to begin in early 2019 (a premiere date has yet to be announced). The series, which began development four years ago, will focus on a conflict between humanity and a race of aliens in the 26th century. (CNN)

Grammys to expand the nominees in each category.
For the first time since the Grammys were introduced in 1959, the number of nominations in its four main categories—Top Album, Record, Song, New Artist—will be expanded from five to eight. The change comes in the wake of a growing awareness for the need to keep up with the “ever-changing industry” and “creates more opportunities for a wider-range of recognition” for artists. Other, more minor changes will be implemented before the departure of Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow, whose contract expires next July. (Billboard)