For many of you, your day likely ends by watching some kind of television show. I know mine does. Even if I don’t have time to watch, or I’m too exhausted to stay awake, I still find the time. Usually, it’s a quick 30 minutes, but it’s something. Because of my busy schedule a lot of what I’ve been watching are the typical “streaming” shows. You know what I’m talking about – the original programming from Amazon or Netflix. My life is pretty uninteresting, so why am I mentioning this? Well, what we don’t think about or even consider is the actors and writers in these shows. My assumption has been that they get paid the same way that any TV actor/writer gets paid. But apparently not.
In an attempt to avert a strike, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) have reached a tentative deal with the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). What exactly does this mean? Well, it means that TV will go on for another day. This deal comes just after two months after AMPTP reached a deal with the Writers Guild of America. Again, what does this mean? Simply put, no writers strike and subsequently more TV for everyone to enjoy. Do you remember the writers strike of 2007/2008? I remember a couple of my beloved shows ended far too soon. It wasn’t a great time for me as I love to watch television. … Read the rest
Making Us Laugh: What the Independent Spirit Awards Did That the Oscars Didn’t.
Award shows, over the past few years have been surrounded by drama. From #OscarsSoWhite to the La La/Moonlight debacle this year, we are seeing more press around some of these award shows. Award shows are also becoming a venue for actors and celebrities to voice political concerns. Which is great since they are the key demographic to make the news, why not use it as an opportunity? I have to admit, I have never been a huge fan of award shows. My friends in university would host Grammy parties, and while I always thought it would be fun, it never really was for me. Not because I didn’t like the movies being nominated, but because I don’t like how we determine “the best”. It doesn’t always make sense to me. Acting is subjective, so what kind of criteria do we use to determine “the best”?
This isn’t a new topic. It’s quite a well known fact that most of the people voting on the Academy Awards have traditionally been older white men. And obviously that is what caused #OscarsSoWhite to trend last year. And rightfully so. There seems to have been some changes implemented by the Academy in an attempt to include a more diverse group of voters. Including people of colour and women. Maybe that’s what we started to see last night. Which I think is great, but I didn’t want to turn this into an Oscar’s post. I wanted to use this to talk about a much lesser known awards show that always happens the day before the Oscar’s. … Read the rest
The new Batman trailer from Warner Bros. is a three-minute clip of goodness. There is a lot to expect but even more than that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice seems like it is going to be a bio for the start of the Justice League. So those folks at Warner Bros. were very creative and literal with the title Dawn of Justice. Clark Kent meeting Bruce Wayne turned awkward very fast. The tension on screen is very powerful. This is where I take a pause.
As smart as Batman is, you mean to tell me he can not tell that Clark Kent is Superman just without glasses? Anyway, Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg somehow gets the two superheroes to go at each other. The movie premieres on March 25th. I for one can not wait! If for nothing else, to see how Doomsday is portrayed in the movie. The brand new Batman v. Superman trailer follows below.
Disney is arguably the smartest media company on the planet. It honestly has a monopoly on the young male demography from teens to adults. They own Pixar, they own Marvel and Star Wars. The sheer amount of projects they can come up with are hard to get a hold of. Disney has announced every single movie it plans to release through 2018 and 2019. Every movie from the new Toy Story 4film to a new highly anticipated The Incredibles 2. Below is a complete list of Disney projects with their launch dates.
Disney is arguably the smartest media company on the planet. It honestly has a monopoly on the young male demography from teens to adults. They own Pixar, they own Marvel and Star Wars. The sheer amount of projects they can come up with are hard to get a hold of. Disney has announced every single movie it plans to release through 2017. Every movie from the new Guardians of the Galaxy film to a new Cars. Below is a complete list of Disney projects with their launch dates.
Here’s the complete list:
Beauty and the Beast – March 17th, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5th, 2017
Cars 3 – June 2017
Star Wars VIII – May 26th, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – July 7th, 2017
Disney is arguably the smartest media company on the planet. It honestly has a monopoly on the young male demography from teens to adults. They own Pixar, they own Marvel and Star Wars. The sheer amount of projects they can come up with are hard to get a hold of. Disney has announced every single movie it plans to release through 2016. Every movie from the new Star Wars film to a new Captain America. Below is a complete list of Disney projects with their launch dates.
Here’s the complete list:
The Good Dinosaur – November 25th, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – December 18th, 2015
Things are changing very fast in the world of movies. Its not only the fact that people are streaming and downloading movies more. Rather legal or via torrents movies are available in so many forms it is incredible that they are still making so much money for Hollywood. That change is an international thing. Case in point China is the world’s second largest film market but its box office beat down those of the US for the first time ever. Last month it took $650m thanks to The Man From Macau II, which raked in $104m. China’s second biggest film for February was historical action movie Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, which took $95m. The US box office total was is $640m, according to research firm Entgroup.
China’s film industry is growing very rapidly with more and more screens being built. The country has a population of 1.3 billion. The thing is that many of those people are moving to urban areas as they move up to middle class. The sales were helped in part to Valentine’s Day which is a popular celebration in China. Not the way Americans think of the holiday with gifts simply for her. In China many couples visit movies instead of gift giving. It should be interesting to see if this trend continues for a whole year.… Read the rest