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  1. Comment on Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One | Official trailer in ~movies

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    Tom Cruise has largely worked with only three directors since 2013. Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Top Gun: Maverick) Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, American Made) Christopher McQuarrie (Mission...

    Tom Cruise has largely worked with only three directors since 2013.

    Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Top Gun: Maverick)

    Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, American Made)

    Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossibles & Jack Reacher in 2012)

    Exceptions include Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and The Mummy both of which were commercial and critical flops. So I think Cruise (who can do whatever he wants) only wants to work with a specific group of filmmakers.

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  2. Comment on Australia election: Conservative government voted out after nearly a decade in ~news

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    I listen to this podcast hosted by Australians called The Weekly Planet, which is about movie news and whatnot, right after the 2019 election in an episode the main host said something like “we’re...

    I listen to this podcast hosted by Australians called The Weekly Planet, which is about movie news and whatnot, right after the 2019 election in an episode the main host said something like “we’re here in Australia where we just fucked this country into the ground.” And then went on a minute long rant. Can’t wait to hear his reaction to this news.

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  3. Comment on There’s a new media mogul tearing up Hollywood: ‘Zas is not particularly patient’ in ~movies

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    Paywall, so here are some excerpts:

    Paywall, so here are some excerpts:

    Days into his role as CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, WBD -2.81%▼ David Zaslav gathered movie-studio executives and grilled them about a recent string of box-office flops, including "Cry Macho," a Clint Eastwood neo-Western.

    Warner Bros. executives conceded they had doubted the movie would turn a profit, people familiar with the meeting said. Why, Mr. Zaslav asked, was "Cry Macho" made if they had reservations? When they replied that Mr. Eastwood had given the studio many hits and never delivered a movie late or over budget, he answered: We don't owe anyone any favors.

    "It's not show friends, it's show business," he told them, quoting from the 1996 Tom Cruise movie "Jerry Maguire."

    Mr. Zaslav, who last month took over the company resulting from Discovery's merger with AT&T Inc.'s WarnerMedia, has given every indication he wants to be a talent-friendly mogul, schmoozing with industry personalities at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

    But the 62-year-old cable-industry veteran, a protégé of the late Jack Welch, longtime CEO of General Electric Co., has shown he isn't afraid to ruffle the industry's elite.

    He and his team have been scouring the company's books, making it clear spending needs to be reined in. They have abandoned projects they consider costly and unnecessary. That included pulling the plug on CNN+, barely a month after previous management launched the streaming service, and canceling a DC Comics superhero movie in development.

    Mr. Zaslav's team is undoing some of the previous regime's programming strategy, specifically plans to make original movies for HBO Max, people familiar with the matter said. The team scratched "The Wonder Twins," a live-action film based on the Warner Bros.-owned DC Comics superhero duo, because Mr. Zaslav deemed its estimated $75 million-plus budget too high and its return too limited for a made-for-streaming movie, the people said.

    Instead, Mr. Zaslav wants Warner Bros. to focus on increasing its number of theatrical releases to between 20 and 25 a year, a person familiar with his thinking said. Theatrical movies also tend to perform better on HBO Max than movies made exclusively for the service. Last year, Warner Bros. released 17 movies.

    Current and former Warner Bros. executives said drawing people back into theaters remains difficult for movies that aren't crowd-pleasers like "Batman" and "Spider-Man."
    At the same time, Mr. Zaslav is looking to make fresh "Harry Potter"-related content for HBO Max—Warner Bros. made all the wizarding franchise's movies—people familiar with his thinking said, and plans to meet with creator J.K. Rowling in the coming weeks to discuss the matter.

    Mr. Zaslav's workaholic habits are already leading to changes on the lot. He arranged for the commissary and the Starbucks on the Warner Bros. lot to open earlier in the morning, people familiar with the matter said. His ultimate goal is for the Starbucks to operate 24 hours a day.
    Some longtime Warner Bros. executives expressed frustration that Mr. Zaslav wasn't considering their views in strategy discussions and was flirting with potential replacements. His mentality, they said, can be summed up as: Can't you crank out just hits?

    Mr. Zaslav wants to use more statistics and research to determine what shows and movies the company should make, he said in a memo to employees on Monday. "As we build this new company," he wrote, "we need to be guided by data and insights to understand what's working and what's not."

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  4. Comment on Bros | Official Red Band trailer in ~movies

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    Screen tests for this have been very positive. It’s been likened to The Big Sick, Trainwreck, and Crazy Rich Asians in terms of quality and potential for success. I think this looks fantastic. I...

    Screen tests for this have been very positive. It’s been likened to The Big Sick, Trainwreck, and Crazy Rich Asians in terms of quality and potential for success.

    I think this looks fantastic. I love Billy on the Streets and I’m happy to see Eichner getting this type of project that studios don’t make anymore. It’s been called the first studio same-sex rom-com (because Happiest Season was sold to Hulu). I think the entire cast are LGBT, even the straight characters.

    I love Nicholas Stoller as well, Neighbors and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are great comedies.

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  5. Comment on Prey | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

  6. Comment on Where is the Marvel Cinematic Universe going? Only Kevin Feige knows for sure in ~movies

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    Supposedly the whole plan is building up to Secret Wars. I don’t read comics so I don’t really know what that means, but I guess it’s supposed to be the huge in scale, much bigger than Endgame....

    Supposedly the whole plan is building up to Secret Wars. I don’t read comics so I don’t really know what that means, but I guess it’s supposed to be the huge in scale, much bigger than Endgame.

    You ask me though, I think they’re just scrambling around until they figure out something concrete.

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  7. Comment on Where is the Marvel Cinematic Universe going? Only Kevin Feige knows for sure in ~movies

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    I don't know how many of you guys watch or care about the MCU but this article says something I agree with. I think what made the MCU work in those first three phases were it's simplicity. It was...

    I don't know how many of you guys watch or care about the MCU but this article says something I agree with.

    Compare all of that to how the MCU marshaled the Infinity Saga: By the sixth movie, 2012’s “The Avengers,” we’d met Thanos. By the tenth, 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” we first heard the words “Infinity Stones” and understood fully that Thanos was bent on collecting all six of them. Every subsequent film inched that larger story forward in small or major ways, as we realized at least some of the Infinity Stones had been hiding in plain sight starting with 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Each Phase culminated with an “Avengers” movie (or two), and each MCU film, while an experience (more or less) onto itself, had a cogent sense of forward momentum and overall narrative purpose. Thanos wants those stones, which would be cataclysmically bad — our heroes are going to have to stop him.

    Eleven titles into Phase Four, there are several potential Big Bads — Kang, Valentina, Arishem, Kingpin, even the Dark Dimension’s overlord Dormammu — lurking in the periphery. But Marvel Studios has yet to let on whether there even is a grand design to tie all of these strands together.

    That could be a feature, not a bug. With the explosion of MCU content on Disney+, there may be simply too many titles to hold together into one consolidated storyline, so Marvel isn’t going to try.

    I think what made the MCU work in those first three phases were it's simplicity. It was simple storytelling and worldbuilding and casual fans, like myself, could just sit back and have a good time. But now a lot of stuff feels like homework. It feels too big, it's too much. And what's crazy is that content for the MCU from the past year and a half includes: WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Black Widow, Loki, What If, Shang-Chi, Eternals, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, Doctor Strange 2, we have Thor in two months and Black Panther later this year. Compare that to the other phases and it's sensory overload.

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  8. Comment on David Tennant and Catherine Tate to return to ‘Doctor Who’ in ~tv

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    Wow, it both feels like it just happened and like it was a long time ago that I first joined.

    Wow, it both feels like it just happened and like it was a long time ago that I first joined.

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  9. Comment on David Tennant and Catherine Tate to return to ‘Doctor Who’ in ~tv

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    I started watching Doctor Who in early 2019. I had a lot of friends in high school that loved it but I never wanted to watch it because I wasn't like a nerd-type so I had an aversion to a lot of...

    I started watching Doctor Who in early 2019. I had a lot of friends in high school that loved it but I never wanted to watch it because I wasn't like a nerd-type so I had an aversion to a lot of nerdy stuff. But I finally watched it while I was in college. And I really loved it. I love the RTD seasons and I love Tennant as the Doctor, and specifically the season where Tate was his companion. So I'm excited for their return. Donna's storyline broke my heart.

    Overall I would say I preferred the Tim Burton fairy-tale style of Steven Moffat's tenure. The Capaldi era is my personal favorite. I did not enjoy the Chibnall era at all. I just thought it was poorly written and I only watched the first season of it. Hoping this is a return to form.

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  10. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    Emmy Predictions: Comedy: Hacks Ted Lasso Only Murders in the Building Atlanta Abbott Elementary Barry Reservation Dogs The Great Drama: Succession Squid Games Better Call Saul Ozark Winning Time:...

    Emmy Predictions:

    Comedy:

    1. Hacks
    2. Ted Lasso
    3. Only Murders in the Building
    4. Atlanta
    5. Abbott Elementary
    6. Barry
    7. Reservation Dogs
    8. The Great

    Drama:

    1. Succession
    2. Squid Games
    3. Better Call Saul
    4. Ozark
    5. Winning Time: Rise of Lakers Dynasty
    6. Euphoria
    7. The Morning Show
    8. Severance

    Limited Series:

    1. Dopesick
    2. The White Lotus
    3. The Dropout
    4. Maid
    5. Station Eleven
    6. Under the Banner of Heaven

    TV Movie:

    1. The Fallout
    2. The Survivor
    3. Ray Donovan: The Movie
    4. Help
    5. Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers
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  11. Comment on Traveling through movies in ~movies

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    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is like THE traveling movie for me. It’s a gorgeous looking movie.

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is like THE traveling movie for me. It’s a gorgeous looking movie.

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