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 Amazon begins offering podcast content through Audible, weird tales related to Pokemon Go’s insane popularity, the Counter Strike: GO YouTube betting scandal, and Sulu is now a gay Star Trek character (which segues into a conversation about remakes). Plus, a fun convo about screen resolution and consumer apathy, Warner Bros siding with Netflix for TV and Amazon for movies, and The Russo Bros adapting The Warriors for Hulu.
The episode in which Steve’s roommates are celebrating our Independence Day, The Academy has opened its doors to diverse new talents, Lionsgate is buying Starz, MoviePass is playing with its subscription model, we speculate China’s role in the blockbusters to come, The Arrowverse might have just gotten a lot bigger, and the latest publicity stunt for Ghostbusters has me optimistic about Sony’s future. Plus, Jesus VR – The Story of Christ, The Olympics in VR, Tyrese joins Transformers 5, fun facts about Steven Spielberg, Apple’s patent for blocking camera usage, and more!
The episode in which we celebrate crossing the one year mark with Tyler and Luis, mourn Anton Yelchin’s untimely passing, cover the next Indiana Jones and Spielberg’s nonstop production calendar, rumors of The Rock being cast in his fourth franchise at Universal, the stellar additions to Spiderman: Homecoming, and Sony’s rumored plans for its new franchise. Plus, I share my experience with Playstation VR, Oculus attempts to get out of hot water, E3 coverage, Paramount’s rules for Star Trek fan films post-Axanar, Hotel Transylvania 3, Step Up coming to YouTube Red, Monopoly: The Musical, and much more!
The week in which the show gets a complete overhaul, beginning with a new section where we keep tabs on past news items (Dreamworks Animation, James Wan/Aquaman, Yoga Hosers vs MPAA), Hulu (and maybe Youtube) are joining the OTT live TV game, Magic Mike Live is coming to Las Vegas, Batfleck is exec producing Justice League, Disney finally found their Young Han Solo, Universal adds another A-list monster to its universe, Lebron James is finally making a Space Jam sequel, and Kodak is giving film stock to kickstarter campaigns. Plus, the Oculus Rift is available at Best Buy, Max Landis has an idea for a fifth Scream movie, and Andrew Garfield is starring in the neo noir follow up to It Follows.
The week in which Harriet Tubman is taking over the $20, Amazon Prime subscriptions are now available month to month, Netflix has less movies than Amazon and Hulu, two Uber flicks are in the works, Alfonso Cuaron is helping with the Warner Bros Jungle Book, AMC Theaters is showing Purple Rain in Prince’s memory, MTV Cribs is returning on Snapchat, Youtube launches live 360 degree video content, and Las Vegas hotels are going to begin offering VR porn as room service. Plus, the future of the living room, more news on the PS4K, The Twilight Zone returning as interactive media, Paramount’s all-star writers room for the shared Hasbro universe, blockbuster fatigue, and internet response to whitewashing.
Ripped straight from the headlines of Two Cents 040, I made Steve watch what he basically claims is the cinematic equivalent of waterboarding. This is our most divisive episode yet and probably the most telling of our personalities (followed by Anomalisa’s AFDM). Consider this a warm up for Bio-Dome.