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Shocker: Warner Studios Says It Will Release All Its 2021 Movies At Once Streaming And In Theatres

In a surprising break from industry standards, Warner Bros.’ entire 2021 slate — a list of films that includes “The Matrix 4,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” remake, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical adaptation of “In the Heights,” Sopranos prequel “The Many Saints of Newark,” and “The Suicide Squad” — will debut both on HBO Max and in theaters on their respective release dates. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Newark, Warner Bros, Audience, Lin Manuel Miranda, Denis Villeneuve, Warner Studios, HBO Max, 12.02.20


The LA Times Asked Readers What They Thought Of Virtual Arts. Here’s What They Said:

Like Times critics Charles McNulty and Mark Swed, many of those who responded to the survey had mixed feelings about remote or distanced shows. The consensus? Some options are better than no options, but many lamented the loss of a shared, visceral experience of seeing art in person with others. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, LA Times, Mark Swed, Charles McNulty, 12.03.20, Like Times


Why, And How, Francis Ford Coppola Has Reworked ‘The Godfather, Part III’

“Unlike the near universal acclaim the first two movies enjoy, Part III is remembered as the Fredo of its family — the one that doesn’t really measure up. … For a new theatrical and home-video release this month, Coppola has rechristened the film as Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. … The director has changed its beginning and ending and made alterations throughout to excavate and clarify the narrative that he always believed it contained about mortality and redem...
Tags: Art, Media, Francis Ford Coppola, Mario Puzo, Coppola, Fredo, Michael Corleone, 12.02.20


A Makeshift Movie On Zoom Became The Year’s Sleeper Hit Horror Film

Just a year ago, a movie like Host was barely imaginable; now it seems almost inevitable. Director Rob Savage’s thriller — about a group of teens marooned at home during lockdown, who decide, just for kicks, to gather on Zoom and conduct a séance — inventively plays on our new anxieties, using face filters, software glitches and connection problems as plot devices. Host drew hundreds of thousands of new subscribers to the streaming platform that commissioned it, got Savage three new directing g...
Tags: Art, Media, Savage, Host, Rob Savage, 11.30.20


How Hollywood Studios Are Reinventing (Again) For The Streaming Age

“Amid the backdrop of the pandemic and the ongoing, years-long digestion of several mega-mergers, from Disney-Fox to ViacomCBS to AT&T’s WarnerMedia, pretty much every legacy entertainment house in town is in the process of maneuvering a massive ship-turning effort to better point their armadas in the direction of streaming.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Disney Fox, Hollywood Studios Are, WarnerMedia, 12.02.20


Net Neutrality’s Biggest Enemy Is Leaving The FCC Early

“U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he’ll leave the agency Jan. 20, eliminating the possibility of a holdover Republican majority at the agency that could have temporarily stymied changes sought by the incoming Biden administration. Since being elevated to the chairmanship by President Donald Trump in 2017, Pai, a Republican, has led the commission in dismantling net neutrality regulations.” – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Media, Fcc, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, U S Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, 11.30.20


BBC Requires Inclusion Rider For All New Commissions

Effective Immediately, “twenty percent of all on-screen talent and production teams must come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background; have a lived experience of a disability; or be from a low-income background.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, 11.30.20


Just Say No To Hillbilly Elegy

As nearly every reviewer has noted, the movie is bad – and the movie is bad because the book was bad. “The film and book need Appalachia to be poor, broken, and dirty, because they depend on us believing that the mountains are somewhere we want Vance to escape. They need to frame poverty as a moral failing of individuals—as opposed to systems—because they have to imply that something about Vance’s character allowed him to get away from his hillbilly roots. Hillbilly Elegy has to simplify the pe...
Tags: Art, Media, Vance, APPALACHIA, Hillbilly Elegy, 11.29.20


The UK’s Culture Secretary Asks Netflix To Label ‘The Crown’ As Fiction

Who would write this twist into the series? Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden “is expected to write Netflix a formal request that a label is added to the beginning of each episode, clearly stating that the series is fictionalized. Dowden’s demands echo worries that the series will do lasting damage to the image of the British monarchy.” Ahem. – Variety
Tags: Art, UK, Media, Netflix, Dowden, Oliver Dowden, 11.29.20


The Pandemic Is Fueling Gaming, Sure, But Also A Game Category Called Just Chatting

Only connect, perhaps? Yes, Animal Crossing and Among Us are still popular, but “Just Chatting, which features people talking on camera about food, technology and other topics.” (And then there’s All Bad Cards, like an online version of Cards Against Humanity.) – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 11.28.20


Documentaries Are Hot Right Now, Threatening HBO’s Dominance

But the two women who run the documentary division at the behemoth aren’t worried. “Audiences’ appetite for nonfiction has grown as new funding sources like Kickstarter have emerged, and new formats, like podcasts. At the same time new and affordable technology has helped democratize the medium, and competition has exploded among deep-pocketed platforms hungry for documentary content.” And then there’s Netflix. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Netflix, Kickstarter, 11.27.20


Hollywood Is Lost And Wandering, And Wondering How To Survive

Sure, Hollywood has been predicting its own demise since TV made it big. Every subsequent innovation – larger TVs! color TVs! The internet! DVD rentals! Streaming! – has the industry thinking it will die soon. But this time, well. “In the 110-year history of the American film industry, never has so much upheaval arrived so fast and on so many fronts, leaving many writers, directors, studio executives, agents and other movie workers disoriented and demoralized — wandering in ‘complete darkness,’...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 11.28.20


The Era Of The Blockbuster May Be Over, For Now Or Forever

Or perhaps that’s just in the U.S. and other countries that can’t seem to get the coronavirus under control. “Up until now, Hollywood has refused to show its biggest movies first to audiences in Asia, Australia and New Zealand – where many cinemas are open again – partly due to piracy fears … [but] Wonder Woman 1984 will have a full theatrical release in China a week before the film is released in the U.S.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, China, New Zealand, Asia Australia, 11.25.20


Just How Do Latinx Get Traction In Hollywood?

To many Latinos working in Hollywood, it seems that every gain is soon followed by a loss, a continuous ebb and flow that never feels rectified. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 11.25.20


New York Times Film Critics Pick Their 25 Best Actors Of The Century (So Far)

A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis: “We are in a golden age of acting — make that platinum — as we realized when we decided to select our favorite film performers of the past 20 years. There’s no formula for choosing the best (just squabbling), and this list is both necessarily subjective and possibly scandalous in its omissions. … And while there are certainly stars in the mix and even a smattering of Oscar winners, there are also character actors and chameleons, action heroes and art-house darling...
Tags: Art, Media, Scott, Manohla Dargis, 11.25.20, New York Times Film Critics


Dave Chappelle Calls For Boycott Of His Old Sketch Show

Back when he was an up-and-coming 28-year-old with a child on the way, the comedian signed a contract with Comedy Central for what became Chappelle’s Show which allowed the cable channel’s parent company, ViacomCBS, to distribute reruns of the series in perpetuity with no additional payments to Chappelle. Now, having discovered that the show is being streamed by HBO Max and CBS All Access (and, via those services, on Netflix), he is telling his fans, “Boycott Chappelle’s Show. Do not watch it u...
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Cbs, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle, HBO Max, Boycott Chappelle, 11.25.20


‘The Inheritance’ Playwright To Pen Major Biopic Of Tennessee Williams

Matthew López has been engaged by Searchlight Pictures to write a screen adaptation of Leading Men, the Christopher Castellani novel about Williams and his longtime lover Frank Merlo. López’s The Inheritance won four Olivier Awards in London in 2019 and garnered eleven Tony nominations this year. – Variety
Tags: Art, London, Media, Theatre, Williams, Tony, Matthew Lopez, Tennessee Williams, Christopher Castellani, 11.23.20, Frank Merlo López


Remember Those ‘Very Special’ TV Series Episodes? Some Of Them Really Did Change People’s Lives

“Very Special Episodes — i.e., the ones in which a TV series would take a break from its regularly scheduled programming to deal with a difficult or controversial subject (like The Next Generation‘s two-part school shooting arc) — are as old as television itself. Case in point: Leave It to Beaver grappled with divorce, and The Andy Griffith Show tackled alcoholism. But they really took off in the 1970s when TV legend Norman Lear wove the social issues of the era into his numerous prime-time hit...
Tags: Art, Media, Norman Lear, Andy Griffith, 11.21.20


“Toy Story” Is 25 Years Old

Toy Story might have been the first fully digital production, but its exhibition depended upon recording those digital images onto analogue film strips. This was a technology that had been in use, largely unchanged, since moving pictures first appeared a century earlier. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media, 11.18.20


Snapchat Offers $1M/Day For Content Creators To Compete With TikTok

Snap is launching Snapchat Spotlight, which will show users a stream of publicly submitted posts surfaced based on personalized content algorithms. Snapchatters who contribute to Spotlight are eligible to get a cut of more than $1 million daily, doled out based on popularity. It’s a bid by Snap to keep top creative talent on its platform — as it faces growing competition from short-form video rivals TikTok and Instagram. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 11.21.20


Charli D’Amelio Is The First To Get To 100 Million Followers On TikTok (And Here’s What You Can Learn From It)

While this year has been rough for most, D’Amelio has had an extraordinary 2020 by anyone’s standards — never mind a teenage schoolgirl who little over a year ago was just filming dance videos in her bedroom. Not only has her profile on the app grown exponentially from just 1 million followers a year ago, but her career outside of TikTok has also exploded. – CNET
Tags: Art, Media, Amelio, Tiktok, Charli D'Amelio, 11.21.20


Actor Wes Studi Revisits ‘Dances With Wolves,’ And How Native Depictions Have Changed On TV And Movies

Some things have improved – and others have far to go. Studi: “We’re getting to see Natives in contemporary situations and still bringing it as skins — as Indians. It’s never enough, and never soon enough, but we’ve got to live with the world we have.” – Yahoo! Entertainment
Tags: Art, Media, Studi, Wes Studi, 11.20.20


Finally Making A Hallmark Holiday Merry And Gay

The Hallmark Channel has delivered tens, nay, hundreds of Christmas movies over the years. They’re mostly romances, and all of those romances were heterosexual. Heck, the Hallmark Channel even removed an advertisement that had LGBT content last year. But things have changed, at least a little bit, in 2020. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 11.22.20


Hollywood Goes Full-On With Streaming

The announcement that Wonder Woman 1984 would be opening in the U.S. on Christmas Day, in some theatres but mainly on streaming via HBO Max, was Hollywood’s true acknowledgement that streaming is the thing during the uncontrolled pandemic. (But what about measurements to come?) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, HBO Max, 11.22.20


Filming ‘Lovecraft Country’ And Training The Viewer’s Eye

Michael Watson began his career in the camera department and worked his way up – and his job in HBO’s Lovecraft Country wasn’t easy. “On a visual level, [it is] a really fascinating show that offers a lot of different creative challenges. It’s a period piece. It actually takes place in many different periods, but none of them are the present day. And it’s playing around with a lot of genres … like classic horror and H.P. Lovecraft and science fiction. I mean, there’s even a role playing game s...
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Michael Watson, Lovecraft Country, 11.22.20


The Canadian Broadcasting Act May Be Changing To Benefit Indigenous Producers

The proposed changes to the act would require funding to Indigenous content producers – and require content be produced in Indigenous languages as well. Some producers are a bit wary: “Winnipeg-based Cree director, writer and producer J.J. Neepin said this bill would be a major recognition of Indigenous Peoples and languages but added that she feels it will be a slow process to get going.” – CBC
Tags: Art, Media, Winnipeg, 11.19.20, J J Neepin


How Bollywood Is Adapting To The Coronavirus

Bollywood is up and running again, kind of. Some adaptations: Very restricted international travel, smaller numbers of people allowed for dance scenes, and sprinkler systems that douse costumes in disinfectant. Still, the infection numbers continue to mount. One director: “All I could think was, it’s like you’re a sportsman and the rules of the game have changed.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 11.20.20


“Wonder Woman” Plan Threatens Movie Theatres

“By now, you’ve read a million paeans to the magic of sitting in a darkened theater, but it’s not just the evanescent experience of the silver screen that’s been whisked away. On a purely practical level, theaters act as a filter, a way of separating out a small handful of the hundreds of movies released every year, and although the system by which they end up there is riven with biases and blind spots, on balance, the movies that end up there are better than the ones that don’t, and their limi...
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 11.19.20


Apple TV Relents And Allows “Charlie Brown Christmas” To Air On TV

On Wednesday, Apple bowed to the backlash, announcing it had teamed up with PBS for ad-free broadcasts of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (on Nov. 22) and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (on Dec. 13). – PBS
Tags: Apple, Art, Media, Pbs, 11.18.20


California Designates Those Who Work In Entertainment As Essential Workers

On that list of exemptions, under “Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services,” there is essential worker designation 15 which reads, “Workers supporting the entertainment industries, studios, and other related establishments, provided they follow covid-19 public health guidance around physical distancing.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, California, 11.19.20, Sheltering Facilities



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