The week in which I try to make #shemake a thing again, we talk about Disney playing it safe, Eyefluence is looking to bring eye tracking to VR/AR, BitTorrent unleashes the Discovery Fund in its latest attempt to curb piracy connotations, Hulu is getting rid of its free content, NBCUniversal enters a deal to make content for Snapchat (which Steve still doesn’t understand), Harry Potter vs Star Wars, Nickelodeon continues the nostalgia craze, China believes in James Wan, and Amazon Prime Video has 1-click enabled product placement ads now. Plus, VR coming to Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, a long discussion about the CW’s two part musical crossover in the Arrowverse, David Fincher making another sequel, a Winchester Mansion flick, and a frank discussion about our differences in comedy appreciation spurned by news of a Scarface remake.
The week in which we frequently talk about Suicide Squad between topics, Hollywood is going she-make crazy, Visionary VR’s Mindshow might be the tech’s killer app, James Ponsoldt is teaming with Disney, Amazon’s set to marathon its new Pilot Season on Twitch, Wanda bets big on IMAX and 3D in China, and Time Warner joins Hulu. Plus, we talk DVDs vs Blu-ray, Kathryn Bigelow hopping on the VR train, $3000 being the entry point for developing new tech, the true price of streaming, Japan testing 8K content, Toy Story x Vans, and George R. R. Martin’s next TV adaptation.
The episode in which Amazon begins offering podcast content through Audible, weird tales related to Pokemon Go’s insane popularity, the Counter Strike: GO YouTube betting scandal, and Sulu is now a gay Star Trek character (which segues into a conversation about remakes). Plus, a fun convo about screen resolution and consumer apathy, Warner Bros siding with Netflix for TV and Amazon for movies, and The Russo Bros adapting The Warriors for Hulu.
The week in which the show gets a complete overhaul, beginning with a new section where we keep tabs on past news items (Dreamworks Animation, James Wan/Aquaman, Yoga Hosers vs MPAA), Hulu (and maybe Youtube) are joining the OTT live TV game, Magic Mike Live is coming to Las Vegas, Batfleck is exec producing Justice League, Disney finally found their Young Han Solo, Universal adds another A-list monster to its universe, Lebron James is finally making a Space Jam sequel, and Kodak is giving film stock to kickstarter campaigns. Plus, the Oculus Rift is available at Best Buy, Max Landis has an idea for a fifth Scream movie, and Andrew Garfield is starring in the neo noir follow up to It Follows.
The week in which Harriet Tubman is taking over the $20, Amazon Prime subscriptions are now available month to month, Netflix has less movies than Amazon and Hulu, two Uber flicks are in the works, Alfonso Cuaron is helping with the Warner Bros Jungle Book, AMC Theaters is showing Purple Rain in Prince’s memory, MTV Cribs is returning on Snapchat, Youtube launches live 360 degree video content, and Las Vegas hotels are going to begin offering VR porn as room service. Plus, the future of the living room, more news on the PS4K, The Twilight Zone returning as interactive media, Paramount’s all-star writers room for the shared Hasbro universe, blockbuster fatigue, and internet response to whitewashing.
The week in which Tesla goes mainstream, Warner Bros scrambles to make their DC Extended Universe viable, the final Back to the Future Ride is closing, Fox has created an Alien Day, Final Fantasy XV is actually being released, Sony’s 4K HDR video marketplace is live, Starz and Showtime try the binge model, HBO is adapting a Gillian Flynn novel, and Fox is putting their relationship with the MLB to good use. Plus, viewing your StubHub seat and saving cats in VR, Amazon Prime going monthly, a Sicario sequel, Jonah Hill is trying directing, several re-teamings, and Marti Noxon is making major moves.
The episode in which not only Batman v Superman upset the critics, but DC is Rebirth-ing their comics again, Hollywood might boycott Georgia, Midnight Rider’s director has been let out of jail, Steve talks about MoviePass, Hulk Hogan/Erin Andrews and the future of The First Amendment, and a man was arrested over Freddy Got Fingered. Plus, Pornhub and Hulu have gone VR, Vizio has reinvented the smart TV, we dream up the ultimate digital movie watching experience, Taylor Kitsch is now a writer/director, the two sides of black movies, and some TV stuff you probably won’t listen long enough to hear.
The episode in which Steve talks about Hail Caesar, I finally catch Spike Lee’s Chi-raq (03:57), we each saw the lackluster Burnt (16:37), plus thoughts on two forgettable/forgotten spy adaptations: The Man From U.N.C.L.E (23:24) and The Saint (27:44). I also give my thoughts on The Muppets midseason premiere (32:01), Gilmore Girls (35:11), and Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s Awakening DLC pack (41:13).
The episode in which we used a hashtag in the title so we never have to talk about this again, China continues to take hold in Hollywood, Netflix crosses 75 million subscribers, HBO goes 100% streaming in Spain, Amazon and A24 buy up Sundance, Rob Cohen is making a natural disaster/heist flick, Greta Gerwig is trying the director’s chair, Labyrinth is getting a reboot, Tarantino universe tidbits, Star Wars Episode VIII moves to Christmas, Kevin Smith made a pot dispensary pilot, Judd Apatow gets another TV show, and I accidentally placed a cool Netflix sci-fi movie announcement at the end.