Batgirl, Racism, and Transphobia

In the days following the cancellation of Batgirl, it became more than apparent that racism and transphobia played a role. Prior to logging offline for Shabbos, I started seeing social media leaking the film’s plot and test screening reviews. As a transgender woman let alone film/TV critic, I couldn’t be more surprised by what I saw. The fact of the matter is I don’t like that my gut instinct was right: racism and transphobia were…

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Warner Bros. Discovery Q2 Earnings Call

The Warner Bros. Discovery second quarter earnings call is taking place on Thursday afternoon after a rough week for the company. During the past few days, Warner Bros. cancelled both Batgirl and Scoob! Holiday Haunt while both films were in post-production. It is unprecedented for a major studio to do this. On top of this, HBO Max has quietly removed Max Originals and HBO series from their platform. The films are available through digital retailers…

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HBO Max Frustratingly Removes 6 Original Films

If Warner Bros. Discovery shelving Batgirl wasn’t enough, HBO Max quietly removed 6 films launched as Max Originals. The following titles are no longer streaming on the streaming service per a Variety report: An American Pickle Charm City Kings Locked Down Moonshot Superintelligence The Witches HBO Max also quietly removed House Party from its schedule. Did anyone even notice? If House Party is also cancelled completely, the studio is going to have a third title…

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Warner Bros. Did Batgirl Wrong

Warner Bros. Discovery did both Batgirl and Scoob!: Holiday Haunt wrong in the shelving of both titles from theatrical or HBO Max release. It’s not just the fact that Batgirl featured Leslie Grace in a leading role but that the film already completed principal photography. You have a similar issue with Scoob! Holiday Haunt. The reports out there suggest that it’s practically finished already. But since Warner Bros. owns the film rights for Scooby-Doo, it’s…

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Warner Bros.: Please Stop Removing LGBTQ Content

Warner Bros. recently removed six seconds of LGBTQ content in Fantastic Beasts 3 in order to appease censors and release the film. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore is just the latest film. Six seconds in a film that is 143-minutes long! Sure, they might be removing six seconds but it tells me that LGBTQ people are disposable in the studio’s eyes. You cannot tell me that you support LGBTQ rights in one statement while…

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Ukraine Invasion: Studios Stop Releasing in Russia

In response to the continuing invasion of Ukraine, Disney, Warner Bros., and Sony have put a stop on releasing films in Russia. While we’re just at three studios so far, I expect that Paramount and NBCUniversal will follow. It would make zero sense for them to not take action. I’m glad to see Hollywood responding this early. It’s a different situation than how slow the response was in the 1930s. Universal founder Carl Laemmle did…

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Reminiscence Arrives on Home Video

Reminiscence, the futuristic noir set in a flooded Miami (because Miami, of course) years down the road, makes its arrival on home video. There may not be any cocaine cowboys in this film but Miami is starting to get the brunt of the damage on screen. Miami’s future is bleak whether it’s an alien attack or a vanishing coastline. It’s a nice break for the likes of Chicago and San Francisco after suffering damages in…

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Reminiscence Seeks Nostalgia Because Miami

Reminiscence is a futuristic noir set in a flooded Miami years down the road so let the fact alone serve as a warning because Miami. There may not be any cocaine cowboys in this film but Miami is starting to get the brunt of the damage on screen. Miami’s future is bleak whether it’s an alien attack or a vanishing coastline. It’s a nice break for the likes of Chicago and San Francisco after suffering…

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Mister Roberts: Best Picture Nominee Is On Blu-ray

Mister Roberts features a star-studded cast of actors while the Best Picture nominee beautifully translates from the stage to the screen. The film is based on the play, which in turn was based on the novel of the same name. In addition to Best Picture, the film would earn a Best Sound, Recording nomination and Jack Lemmon would win his first Oscar with a Best Supporting Actor win. Mister Roberts may be set during World…

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The Friends Experience: The One in Chicago

Time is running out for fans everywhere to visit The Friends Experience: The One in Chicago before they close on May 31, 2021! Before I get into the fun stuff, I just have to say that I did not really watch Friends growing up. Come to think of it, my family also didn’t watch much of the Must-See-TV lineup on NBC, actually. By the time, I was old enough to really start watching TV and…

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