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.
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.
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 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.
The episode in which Ziggy Stardust and Hans Gruber are no longer with us, The Rams move back to LA, Ready Player One has an open casting call, Apple is rumored to be killing the headphone jack, China acquires Legendary, Netflix makes too many moves to type out, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Ryan Coogler helming Black Panther, Infinity War having 67 characters, DC making a WWI Wonder Woman movie, Disney’s shortlist for Young Han Solo, J-Law backlash, the Jumanji remake’s rushed production, Ava DuVernay moving to TV, 24 getting a reboot, and Hugh Hefner getting a docuseries.
After giving the many films we’d each seen much thought, Steve and I finally wrote down our best of the year lists. We start the show off with our honorable mentions (00:46), move into some fun awards (08:16), then get to the main event, our top 10 (33:49).
The episode in which Star Wars becomes the highest grossing domestic film of all time, Michael Bay returns to Transformers, Kevin Spacey becomes the chairman of Relativity, Kodak reintroduces Super 8, lots of new VR info, Aaron Sorkin is directing one of his scripts, Guillermo Del Toro might remake Fantastic Voyage, Netflix continues to make moves globally, M. Night is bringing Tales From the Crypt back, Max Landis making a detective show, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 shooting in 8K, Steve complains about IMAX image quality, plus 4K news from CES.
The episode in which David joins us to chat about Amazon’s confusing Chi-Raq release strategy, George Lucas selling Star Wars to white slavers, CBS shutting down a Star Trek fan film, details on Christopher Nolan’s next film, the possible rise of 70mm, The CW’s DC Film Universe special, Joss Whedon moving on from Marvel, the future of 007, the possible return of NC-17/AO ratings. Plus our predictions for the tech to come at CES and dialogue about VR porn.
This shorter than usual episode where we continue to talk about Star Wars making box office history, Avatar 2 possibly coming Christmas 2017, The Hateful Eight screener that leaked before its release, deaths of stuntmen and the end of stunts, James Franco making a Lifetime movie, David Fincher teaming with Netflix again, Comcast rolling out gigabit internet, and the return of LCD Soundsystem.