The episode in which two weeks have passed since our last recording and I have open with a horror story to explain why, we mourn Don Rickles and Charlie Murphy, MGM joins the vertical integration party, Cannes adds TV and VR content + a Palme D’or race filled with streaming titles, and my pitch to Universal for where Fast and the Furious goes next. Lots of news on upcoming projects, especially superheroes, Adam McKay, Tim Burton, and Labyrinth, how Amazon is funding its space exploration, and conversation on how our podcast makes film viewing seem like work. Plus, Facebook’s engulfing of Oculus, Netflix’s push for making Hollywood an actual movie town again, YouTube TV details/evolution of cord cutting, furthered marrying of media brands, and Jay-Z’s obnoxious battle for streaming exclusivity especially against Disney’s apparent lack of interest.
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 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.