When the Jewish holidays fall during the week, it isn’t too much to ask the studios to make accommodations because of religious observances. September is a very busy month every year because the fall film festivals kick off awards season but the Jewish holidays can fall whenever. Sometimes, they fall during the weekend, which means a lesser chance of running into a screening conflict. But other times, they take place during the week, which is…"Jewish Holidays: When Studios Don’t Accommodate"
When Hamilton bypassed theaters and launched on Disney+, there were questions about whether or not it would be eligible for an Oscar. It turned out, however, that Hamilton did not meet the qualifications even with a planned theatrical release. It’s a filmed Broadway musical so it’s not exactly a documentary either. When Disney submitted the film to the Critics Choice Awards, they did so as a TV movie. This answered the immediate question of how…"Hamilton Benefits From Category Fraud At Emmys"
The million dollar question heading into the release is who will be replacing Daniel Craig after No Time to Die in the role of James Bond. While I believe that actors like Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, or Henry Cavill would do a good job in the role, there’s a question of if they are too old for the role. With Cavill, he put his foot in his mouth a few years ago when it came…"James Bond 007: Who Will Replace Daniel Craig?"
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is looking at screwing over the Oscars ceremony as a way of attracting ratings. The news comes from Matt Belloni’s What I’m Hearing newsletter (via Screen Rant). It’s upsetting to say the least. What the Academy wants to do is move some of the awards to before the show or during commercials. This is not the way. It will not lead to an increase in ratings. In…"Oscars: Academy To Drop Awards Due To Ratings?"
Patty Jenkins had some not-so-nice things to say about streaming movies during a Los Angeles Times-hosted panel at CinemaCon. I’m probably the millionth person to chime in on Patty Jenkins’s comments but at this point, I don’t care. But let me preface this with the following comment: I feel for every filmmaker who has seen their films disrupted by the pandemic. None of us asked to be in this situation and we’re making the best…"Patty Jenkins Refers To Streaming Movies As “Fake”"
SXSW 2022 might still be six months away in time but the actions of the Texas state government have made my decision not to attend. Listen, I love SXSW and the city of Austin. Of all the major film festivals I’ve attended, it’s my favorite film festival. I’ve had no shortage of interview opportunities, parties, and networking during my two years on the ground. It’s the only film festival that I submitted Pandemic Therapy even…"SXSW 2022: Why I Don’t Plan To Return To Texas"
The ongoing pandemic continues to affect movies at the box office, release dates, and I also want to add a note here about mental health. Press Screeners and Screenings If there’s one thing that’s improved any during the past year, it’s the ability for press to do their jobs from home. To those studios who have press screening platforms on Apple TV or Roku, thank you. To those who don’t, it’s 2021 for Pete’s sake!…"Movies, Box Office, Pandemic, and Mental Health"
Timothée Chalamet was recently announced to star in a Willy Wonka origin story based on works from the antisemitic Roald Dahl. Is this film really necessary? I’ll dive into my thoughts of the film, starring Timothée Chalamet, shortly. But before I do, let me talk about some of the other recent projects originating from Roald Dahl works. When I first watched Steven Spielberg’s The BFG in 2016, many of us were just learning about Dahl’s antisemitic…"Timothée Chalamet, Willy Wonka, and Roald Dahl"
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is taking more hits than an NFL player as publicists, filmmakers, and talent call them out. Following their recent vote to meet the publicist requirements, the HFPA only continued to get called out. This time, it was more than just the publicists. Studios like Netflix and Amazon are now getting involved. Even Avengers stars Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson have made public comments. The Black Widow star couldn’t have…"HFPA Is Taking More Hits Than An NFL Player"
Waking up to the news that Roku and YouTube TV are duking it out is especially frustrating when YouTube TV is how I watch TV. It’s frustrating because this isn’t the first time they’ve done this. No, last year–they prevented Roku users from being able to watch Peacock and HBO Max on our devices for several months. When one’s livelihood revolves around watching TV and film, having Roku block access to a streaming services is…"An Open Letter to Roku, YouTube TV, and Google"