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  1. Bond to a streamer? Wild! When's it getting released? Is Billie's Oscar back on the menu? (Understanding this is all unconfirmed at this point).
  2. The Quibi audience was supposedly people commuting to work and waiting in line at the coffee shop or whatever. Even there hadn't been a pandemic, that ignores that many Americans actually drive themselves to work and can't (or shouldn't be) watching TV on their commute. That's what podcasts are for. If people just wanted to watch short videos on their phones, they already had YouTube for that. Then the whole "only available on phones, no screencaps allowed" stupidity. It's stunning how everyone else outside of Quibi knew it would fail even before it launched, yet they still persisted.
  3. Thinking of all the segments of the entertainment industry that would kill for the tiniest slice of $2B right about now... A lot of people in the business were saying the quick bites were really about skirting union minimums for half hour/hour long shows. Good riddance to that Six months. LOLOL. At least they won an Emmy?
  4. I feel like Twitter has had the "Rank the Chrises" debate many times already and Pratt always loses; what was so different this time that the Avengers Assemble signal went out to heap praise on him? He's been labeled before now, for his politics and being anti-LGBTQ because of the church he attends. Not to say that this wouldn't suck to experience, but what was new about this latest Twitter poll vs all the other times? Also, many a woman or person of color in the MCU faced horrible treatment on social media, yet it was *crickets* from the co-star defense brigade.
  5. Obviously, there's a pandemic and Regal shut down all but a handful of theaters, so that's going to have a huge impact on attendance. But hey, gotta get that Twitter engagement somehow... Not bad for Honest Thief, the Liam Neeson action movie was fading in popularity, even before.
  6. Last year, Scarlett Johansson said she'd work with Woody Allen again and she got two acting nominations. If Redmayne misses, I doubt it will have anything to do with his comments about JK Rowling. I do think he will be pushed so he won't compete with the movie's Supporting Actor contenders.
  7. Anheuser Busch survived Prohibition and that lasted over a decade. They did have a warning, but a beer company had to be creative not to go out of business in that circumstance. US movie theaters are facing just as much of a threat now The movie studios have sunk so much cost/energy/time into the blockbuster model in recent years, that they seem utterly incapable of adjusting in a meaningful way. Like, if a studio had a Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity-type movie on their hands right now, I'd think they would feel comfortable releasing that. If, say, rom-coms were in an upswing, the studios would have more of those on the schedule to begin with, so releasing one right now wouldn't be as risky or money-losing as a $200M comic book movie or Disney adaptation or animated film. The "smaller" movies that have thrived at the box office in recent years have been awards hopefuls, which rely on film festival buzz, then awards season buzz, and older audience word of mouth, so that's another theatrical dead end this year. A "Heaven Is For Real" or "I Could Only Imagine"-level of Christian movie doesn't have NY or LA as its top markets even in the best of times. But the faith-based movie we get right now is some Dinesh D'Souza thing. Still, it has probably not done massively worse than it would have before. Maybe the theater chains should just throw a milli or two at the better faith-based filmmakers and see what they can put together in three weeks. At a restaurant, you get to talk the whole time and people wait on you, bringing good food. At a bar, you get to chill/drink/party with friends. A lot of people have coped pretty badly with the limited outside contact since March, they feel like they're losing their minds and are willing to risk going to places like that, just to be around people again. Going to the movies can be a social experience too, but not to the same degree. It's a reason why multiplexes haven't been disease vectors, but also IMO the main reason Americans largely aren't willing to risk stepping inside a theater yet. Theaters have their pluses, but a movie will hit PVOD or some streaming service eventually--that's how a lot of people think.The lure of movie theater food isn't that great for most. Some PSAs touting theater safety would help, but probably not a great deal as long as the US is topping 30-40K new cases a day. But more could have been done all around with playing to the audience that is willing to show up...
  8. Yeah, Netflix can't make everything. The stars like the limelight of the big screen and the paydays they can get from massive blockbusters, the studios need the theaters to survive until better days, and the theaters need content now. It seems like everyone could work together, instead of pointing fingers and twiddling their thumbs while hoping the problems will disappear like a miracle. I swear, if the old studio contract system were still a thing, Disney would have already ordered the MCU actors to a bubble months ago to make quickie thrillers/found footage flicks/rom-coms/etc.
  9. The premise is basically "Freaky Friday the 13th", so they have to release it on a Friday the 13th, because that is the plan, and it's not like they had months to consider changing it or anything... That is what I am talking about, an inability of studios to adjust in a meaningful way. The marketplace is empty and it's October, a perfect time for horror movies. At this rate, there will barely be any theaters open by the middle of November. Maybe Blumhouse knows this and has the pivot to PVOD all ready to go.
  10. It's unbelievable that the studios didn't have a Plan B (C?) in the event that 2020 would be a wipeout for domestic theater attendance and streaming largely failed to make up the gap. Posters here speculated about these things back in March/April, and we do this for fun? The studios and theaters spent too long living in a dream world. Many surveys of Americans showed they were too scared to return to theaters in large numbers without a vaccine (regardless if the stats say it's safer than restaurants). Studios would be fools to release $100-200M+ movies in this environment. There is no single title that is going to "save" theatrical. There never was. A dozen new $10-15m movies over three or four months would have been way more useful to theaters, than one big blockbuster that a limited domestic audience pool was willing to attend. During quarantine Zendaya was bored, told the Euphoria writer she wanted to make something, so he put together a script, got John David Washington and filmed the thing in June/July. The studios should have been doing more of that, since this summer. Finding every script with limited casts/locations, cajoling the biggest stars they could into signing on ("It's an original film! You'll get to be experimental, and you'll be saving movie theaters!"), renting isolated farms/country houses/Airbnbs, quarantining a skeleton cast/crew, filming that thing in three weeks and having it in theaters 2-3 months later. Hardly the normal moviemaking timeline (for theaterical releases, anyway), but you have to move fast in emergencies. Maybe this is an impossible feat because no studio has tried to move in that direction at all, not even Blumhouse, who were making cheap horror, even before. And now, it's probably too late. A lot of movie productions are back, but when will they be released, and where? It seems like the industry has been operating in massive denial about the state of things for months. Look at Tenet and the other release dates getting incrementally pushed back this summer, in the magical hope the Covid situation in America would be dramatically better in one, two more weeks. It's rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Freaking out at first is understandable, but then you have to adapt.
  11. Even the people who made Titanic didn't think it would become such a phenomenon. Not smart to spend that kind of money on Pearl Harbor, expecting to replicate even half of its success. There You'll Be was supposed to be the great love anthem a la My Heart Will Go On, but it's just so blah: I was pleasantly surprised Pearl Harbor was released as a summer movie, given that the 60th anniversary was that December, though I suppose it was on DVD by then and got a sales boost that way. I just remember this movie being very slick/stylized, with everything seeming very modern, but the romance was so boring. It didn't need to be a love triangle. Overall, it's about as good as you can expect for Michael Bay tackling history + romance.
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