The week in which China’s Wanda Group continues its attempt to take over the cinematic world, Javier Barden might be Universal’s Frankenstein, unapproved password sharing is a federal crime, Warner Bros got in trouble from the FTC for YouTube payola, Google paying music publishers over $3 Billion for copyright claims, and ABC/Fox taking huge steps for the cordcutting generation. Plus, Lionsgate isn’t done making Saw films, Star Wars VR projects, VR headset exclusivity featuring Samsung, Flixtapes, and Nintendo turning a new leaf.
The week in which I ended up doing the show alone for the second episode in a row and quickly covered HBO’s Westworld coming in the Fall, Disney’s latest films coming to Netflix beginning in September, John Carpenter exec producing the latest Halloween reboot with Blumhouse, Shia LaBeouf doing another performance art piece, Adam Sandler making an animated flick at STX, Starz moving original programming to Sundays, Microsoft’s trio of rumored Xbox consoles, and PCs shaped as backpacks for VR users. Plus, a review of my Oculus Rift demo experience, John Francis Daley/Jonathan Goldstein’s Game Night, and The Rock’s Chinese Die Hard flick, Skyscraper.
The episode in which Citizen Kane turns 75, Comcast acquires Dreamworks Animation, Warner Bros invests in China, Turner is joining the streaming game with Filmstruck, Fox isn’t doing a panel at Comic Con, Netflix believes in The Punisher, The Flash movie has lost its director, Snapchat is covering the Olympics and trying to making voting hip, Apple posts their first loss in 13 years, and a Michigan cop becomes an internet of things creeper. Plus, we talk Nintendo’s confusing business practices, Disney bets on Nokia for VR, Terrence Malick has another movie coming out this year, and Jamie Foxx might be in an R-rated muppet whodunit.
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 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.
The episode in which Steve didn’t have internet so we record over the telephone, Deadpool is getting a sequel, Johnny Depp is the new Invisible Man, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo went live, Apple is joining the original programming game, all of Netflix’s content is stored on Amazon servers, Syfy is making a show that will be told in part through VR, Warner Bros shouting girl power with their DC Super Hero Girls, more calendar dates, Transformers news, EuropaCorp buys the next James Ponsoldt film, James Franco is forever busy (again), and Amblin Partners first film might have its talent already. Plus we talk Amy Schumer, Lionsgate bringing Saw back, Kevin Smith getting another TV show, and torrent streaming.
We’ve got the word on the Merc With a Mouth in this episode, plus Steve shares what its like to go to the Alamo Drafthouse once again. I was so hooked on CW’s The Flash that I didn’t even watch anything else this week, so I hope you like hearing about superheroes.
The episode in which Ryan Murphy makes a diversity hire, The Pope is going to be in a movie, Spielberg might be doing VR, people are suing over videogame tattoos, hawks are being trained to take down drones, DC comics possibly rebooting their lines again, legacy characters in movie sequel TV shows, David Lynch and the death of the mid-budget movie, Netflix renewing Orange is the New Black for 3 more seasons, the final two Fast and Furious movies get dates, Christopher Nolan isn’t teaming with Pfister on his next project again, Steven Soderbergh and the state of his retirement, and Leo vaping at the SAG awards.
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 watch the Preacher trailer, Fox puts Neil Blomkamp’s Alien on pause, Ricky Gervais returns to the Golden Globes, Chi-raq gets a release date, some gender bender films, Blumhouse goes Periscope, Jimmy Fallon getting another theme park attraction, and Twitch expands to the creative spectrum. Plus, reviews for The Martian, Men in Black 2, Men in Black 3, Knock Knock, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened, Nightbreed, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, and Get Him to the Greek.