The episode in which I return from my day off, Wanda plans to buy one of the major Hollywood studios, the trials and tribulations of Birth of a Nation, VR finding a place in the court room, the problem with music streaming exclusives, HBO signing the first triple coverage TV deal with AT&T, Fast 8’s on set drama (and its rumored WWE end), Doug Liman leaving Marvel for DC, Fox’s X-Men franchise status quo, and my fanboy dream of the DCEU. Plus, lots of Spiderman talk, Playstation coverage, the importance of Blade, my continued championing of the return of the mystery genre, and an exploration of why 3D paved the way for VR.
The week in which Wanda has been added to the Fortune 500, Legendary is making a Pokemon movie, VCR production is finally coming to an end, Max Landis is behind the new Pepe Le Pew movie, Marvel and DC’s latest Hall H announcements, Lionsgate’s rumored game plan for Divergent, Brazil’s Globo is the first broadcaster to join the 4K HDR party, and Nate Parker is already setting up shop for his next production. Also, Twitch joins the fight against Counter Strike: GO gambling, Twitter allows anyone to submit for its blue checkmark, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s new master plan, the Mr. Robot VR broadcast, Blair Witch, and a Kentucky man stops his movie theater fight by pulling out a gun.
The episode in which Steve tries to guess the Oscar winners, I give my critique of the ceremony/coverage, stunt performers are lobbying for their own category, #JusticeForFlint did well despite its counter programming, the FBI nabbed one of the screener pirates, we talk about the R-rated comic book movies, China might buy a stake in Paramount, and Netflix will start streaming in HDR. Plus I continue my fascination with VR, especially in terms of new developments (Facebook’s dynamic streaming/Google leveraging Project Tango), Ready Player One found its lead, Fox moves things around, we talk Sam Raimi because he is making World War III, Pacific Rim 2, we talk about Disney movies, Amazon is trying new things, and Netflix has found new talent.
Jan 31 2016 – The episode in which hype builds for The Birth of A Nation, The Academy’s possible move to digital screeners, Hamilton is coming to Los Angeles, ILM’s X LAB Holo-Cinema, Star Wars Episode IX is shooting on film, Fox making domestic noir/murder mystery projects, Kathryn Bigelow re-teaming with Mark Boal, Meg Ryan moving to the director’s chair, Taika Watiti/the future of Marvel, the Blade Runner sequel, more Sundance acquisitions, Apple joining the VR game (and Google taking a bigger leap), the secret mobile ticketing arms race, Hulu becoming a hipster heaven, global competitors to Netflix, the white Michael Jackson roadtrip TV movie, and the CW airing eSports in primetime.