The Walt Disney Company pulled all of their TV networks off of Charter Spectrum as the two parties couldn’t reach an agreement. All one needs to do is look no further than why the WGA and SAG-AFTRA are striking against the AMPTP. Charter Communications could not reach an agreement with Disney for the same reason that we have a double strike. Pay-TV continues to lose value because of the rise of Netflix and studios offering…"Spectrum, Disney, and the WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strikes"
While I was looking forward to initially watching The Equalizer 3, Sony Pictures has decided not to screen for film press beyond NY and LA. The review embargo lifted this morning. Unfortunately, I did not rush home from a screening to write a review for publication. This is because I’m not one of the select press living in NY or LA. Losing out on a franchise film hurts especially at a time when films are…"The Equalizer 3: Sony Only Screened For NY/LA Press"
It became official last week as SAG-AFTRA joined the WGA in the first double strike dating back to the Eisenhower administration. The strike is going to have a devastating impact on the fall festival and awards season. There is already chatter that studios could pull their major premieres from TIFF, etc. because sending directors and producers does not have the same star power as actors. However, this is not the fault of the writers or…"SAG-AFTRA Joins WGA in First Double Strike Since 1960"
Disney CEO Bob Iger said that neither the actors or writers were being realistic during an appearance on Squawk in the Morning. The comments on CNBC were Iger’s first public comments since yesterday’s contract extension was announced. Make no mistake that he’s going to be blasted on social media and rightfully so. Both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA are being very realistic in wanting fair compensation. Is it right for CEOs and such like Bob Iger…"Bob Iger Says WGA and SAG-AFTRA Are Not Being Realistic and He’s Wrong"
David Zaslav is the perfect example of everything that is wrong with Hollywood and has no business running Warner Bros. Discovery. Is it too late to undo the merger that landed Warner Bros. at Discovery Communications? Action after action on account of Zaslav is just sickening and infuriating. As someone who loves movies and has great respect for the work that that Harry, Sam, Albert, and Jack Warner built together, watching everything happening just makes…"David Zaslav Is Bad For Warner Bros. And Hollywood"
There is no kidding around this time–the implosion of Twitter as we know it is happening right now and Hollywood needs to move on. For far too long, Twitter has been a major force in promotion of new movies, TV series and specials, and books. Unfortunately, Elon Musk’s new changes this weekend have made it clear that we can no longer depend on Twitter for promotional activities. What good is promoting the newest interview with…"Twitter: Hollywood Studios, TV Networks Need To Move On"
TCM is a haven for classic film fans but Turner Classic Movies might become a victim of Warner Bros. Discovery’s cost-cutting efforts. I cannot tell you the number of times per week that I look through the TCM guide on YouTube TV and set movies to record. It happens more often than you might realize–less so when I’m busy during a film festival. But now that I’ve lost MLB Network because YouTube TV won’t make…"TCM Must Be Saved At All Costs"
Taika Waititi is absolutely wrong about nobody remembering Casablanca filmmaker Michael Curtiz some 80 years after the film was released. The comments came during a cover story interview with The Hollywood Reporter. It’s enough to make someone’s eyes roll. If people do not know the name of Michael Curtiz, it is only because of sheer ignorance. Maybe they didn’t read Alan K. Rode’s superb biography, Michael Curtiz: A Life In Film. Pick it up and…"Taika Waititi Is Wrong About Michael Curtiz and Casablanca"
Casey Bloys is wrong to deflect anti-trans comments when asked about JK Rowling’s involvement in a new Harry Potter series for MAX. I don’t know how many times that I have to keep repeating myself. At this point, anything that Warner Bros. Discovery decides to do with its social media during Pride month will be nothing more than performative allyship. The fact that Casey Bloys just shrugged off concerns is disappointing in and of itself.…"Casey Bloys Is Wrong To Deflect Anti-Trans Comments"
On the eve of Warner Bros. marking the studio’s 100th anniversary, it breaks my heart to read that David Zaslav wants a Harry Potter series. I wish I was going into the anniversary by getting ready to schedule something about the studio’s anniversary. After all, 100 years is a pretty big deal. Instead, I’m taking the time, yet again, to write another open letter to Warner Bros. It’s an unfortunate trend that started with the…"Warner Bros.: An Open Letter to David Zaslav"