The episode in which Batfleck leaves the director’s chair, Smodcast turns 10, I forget what week it is, IMDb is abandoning its message boards, directors move around, and The CW’s DC footprint is getting bigger. Steve caught 28 Days Later on 35mm, caught up on Train to Busan, and saw I’m Not Your Negro; while I saw Manchester by the Sea, The Edge of Seventeen, and NBC’s Powerless. Plus, the UC Berkeley violent protest against free speech, Zenimax successfully sued Oculus for stealing their resources, Sony’s Playstation VR gets brighter as Sony Pictures looms in uncertainty, Snapchat grows up, and how Vizio’s spying on you might shake up FCC standards again.
The week in which Netflix continues to challenge the theatrical release model, Ryan Kavanugh is looking to sell Relativity, Wang Jialin is stopping by Hollywood to scour the town, Alibaba is teaming with Amblin Partners, Yahoo assisted the NSA in scanning all their emails in real time, Samsung is ceasing production of the Note 7, and the latest from Google and Oculus’s press conferences. Plus, Amazon is adapting a podcast for Prime, pricing details for Turner’s Filmstruck streamer, the Suicide Squad Extended Cut, the Gears of War adaptation, more movies that don’t need to be on TV, and The Simpsons in VR.
We proudly present our delayed review for the kitten caper, Keanu, with a heavy dosage of off-topic conversation (including my angst for shitty, spoilerific news items). Also, Steve caught A Space Program (22:34), Surf II (24:19), Romeo + Juliet (27:36), and Alien 3 (45:00).
The episode in which I share a fun exchange on the Sunset Strip, China’s stake in Universal is explained, Fandango buys Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster, The Academy is suing the company that makes the gift bags for nominees, the final physical medium might have been invented, and Apple being pressured by U.S. Government to create a backdoor in iOS. Plus, LG is joining Samsung in the mobile VR camera/headset game, two sports stalwarts sign up, we discuss when its language will be created, Amazon doubles down on Woody Allen, a bunch of news on sequels, I fear studios make black movie news in February because its Black History Month, and we talk about the mystery of J.J. Abrams projects.
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.
The episode in which we speculate what The Hateful Eight announcement will be, review Amazon’s premium add-on subscription offerings, Netflix doubling original content in 2016, VR feeling closer than ever/my first impressions of Google Cardboard, Ang Lee returning to 3D filmmaking, The Rock making an 80s style buddy action comedy, Lionsgate possibly making prequels to The Hunger Games, Universal’s shared monster universe casting rumors, and Mr. Robot season 2 being helmed entirely by Sam Esmail.