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  1. Toronto Cancels Awards Ceremony, Will Announce Winners On Social Media https://deadline.com/2019/09/tiff-toronto-international-film-festival-cancels-awards-ceremony-1202732865/ Hmmm.....
  2. And VICE was a financial flop, basically, so the awards/critical buzz actually did a stunning job getting it to where it was. Audiences didn't turn up.
  3. Source, please? And nothing is impossible, you have to put your mind in the people who were experiencing any form of this thing called "cinema" for the first time ever. It was a completely new medium/artform/experience. Anyway, whether or not the story is factually "true," it exists surrounding other early films, and pervades in this particular case due to the image that the Lumieres were able to generate by placing the camera at a particular angle and capturing the train arriving at the station first as a tiny image, then widening out so that it encompasses the majority of the frame, creating an imposing geographical plane that definitely affects any viewers' impression.
  4. "It's just a movie." is never true, either. It's always something more, since the Lumiere Bros.' 'Arrival of a Train' (which caused some viewers to run out of the theatre), Melies' 'A Trip to the Moon' (which proved both technologically innovative and surreal), and D.W. Griffith's 'The Birth of a Nation' (racist interpretation of the Civil War, but credited with innovating narrative film techniques). JOKER has already created cultural conversation, and it will continue to...which means "movies" are being taken seriously as an influential art form, and that's a good thing.
  5. Not enough, anymore. And as long as Disney movies keep attracting Billion dollar grosses, this problem will continue in the U.S. and globally.
  6. Fascinating day. JOKER and Roman Polanski's film winning top festival prizes. It's as if the Venice Film Festival really is determined to deliver an artistic "F-you" to global "woke" audiences. I'm not on the Joker train until I see the movie, but the early kudos sure do seem to be pointing in the "Best Picture of the Year" direction. And I don't think I'm allowed to say whether I'm on the Polanski train anymore, so I'll just quote Spock: "Fascinating."
  7. https://variety.com/2019/film/news/spiderman-mcu-sony-pictures-chief-1203324907/ It's Sony Pictures Entertainment's Chairman/CEO, above Rothman. So if he says it...it confirms that the deal's kaput, for now. How much clearer can it get? But obviously, he's left the door open. https://www.sonypictures.com/corp/management.html
  8. It's rather easy. He simply isn't mentioned. If they really wanted to, I'm sure Marvel could get away with Falcon or Dr. Strange mentioning how much of a nuisance "that spider-guy" is up in Queens. But it's not like Spidey is Tony Stark in this universe...and now that Stark is gone, Spidey's central emotional connection to the MCU essentially is gone, too. Plus, how Far From Home ends not only puts the guy back in his own familiar territory, but also writes in a very plausible "deniability clause" for any recent connections Peter may have had... I explained all this at length a few pages back. I think both parties planned it this way on purpose, just in case things didn't work out. The MCU will get on doing what it's doing -- I don't really see where any of the characters in their upcoming slate of films/TV would have reason to mention Spidey, either...
  9. Sony Pictures Chief on Spider-Man Split: ‘For the Moment the Door is Closed’ https://variety.com/2019/film/news/spiderman-mcu-sony-pictures-chief-1203324907/ TOLDJA!
  10. It's called age. Older, fatter, more money, less funny.
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