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  1. Christian says:

    I’m watching the “American Idol” finale because I’m all about Peak TV. As always, I’m rooting for a contestant who’s destined to lose. (Just Sam, if that name means anything to anyone.

    OK, go back to talking about movies.

  2. Sam E says:

    Anyone find anything interesting/new that they might have missed in the past? I watched the first season of Rectify this week. Didn’t have any preconception but thought it was pretty great. Also, since it seems to be be the only thing happening in movies right now did anyone rent Scoob!? If so what did your family think and are you interested in continuing to pay $20 bucks one or twice a month to stream a movie?

  3. Stella's Boy says:

    Rectify is one of the best TV shows ever made.

    My family of four paid $20 to rent Scoob. Yes we will absolutely continue to pay twenty bucks to rent movies. The last time the four of us went to a movie tickets alone were more than $50. Snacks another $30 or so. That’s just bonkers. Kids don’t always behave in a theater. Don’t worry about that at home. Can stop and start movie at home. Watch it again the next day if they like it. There is a ton of upside to a $20 rental for a kids movie.

  4. Christian says:

    Following up on a weeks-old post about streaming options and how/whether theaters would ever advertise which streams might be *ending* each week as well as opening, here’s an email from a local theater that I just received. I believe this format is new. I like knowing which films will soon be unavailable to stream via the theater:

    Closing Thu, 5/21:
    SPACESHIP EARTH
    AMERICAN TRIAL: THE ERIC GARNER STORY

    Opening Fri, 5/22:
    MR. JONES
    *DIANA KENNEDY: NOTHING FANCY – Q&A 5/23
    LIFE ITSELF (Magnolia Favorite Docs) – Q&A 5/27

    Holding:
    *UP FROM THE STREETS – Q&A 5/26
    RBG (Magnolia Favorite Docs) – Q&A 5/20
    DRIVEWAYS
    THE BOOKSELLERS
    SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE French Cinémathèque

    Opening Fri, 5/29:
    *BLACKFISH (Magnolia Favorite Docs) – Q&A 6/3

    Opening Fri, 6/5:
    *HAIL SATAN? (Magnolia Favorite Docs) – Q&A 6/10

  5. Hcat says:

    So Greyhound is going to Apple+. What could they have paid for that? I can see Uni dropping smaller things to VOD. But sending a tent pole to the smallest streamer doesn’t seem like a huge vote of confidence in the project. Wouldn’t it make more as a rental?

  6. Stella's Boy says:

    Premium VOD seems like a better way to go. Just read that variety story about poll claiming 70% of people would prefer to watch new movies at home. And I also saw something that said Warner Bros would need 80% of theaters worldwide to be open in order for Tenet to be released in July. Not sure if that’s true or not. I know reopening is picking up speed but is there any way that happens?

  7. Ray Pride says:

    Loss leader like cheap milk at the store.

  8. Hcat says:

    Your analogy gave me a quick shudder Mr. Pride. Of all our industries, dairy is probably in the worst shape and has been there for years. A more talented person than myself could make a long post comparison between milk and theatrical, a previous staple now obsolete to a significant portion of the population, expansion happening to meet foreign demand that dried up but production has continued at a record pace because the infrastructure was already invested in so all the producers operate at a loss while the distributors refuse to raise prices because people expect a certain price point.

    And given the breadth of their content, isn’t Apple more of a bodega than a store?

  9. Ray Pride says:

    A count this week estimated 30 series or films on Apple. My corner bodega has more pipes than that.

  10. Hcat says:

    I stand corrected, they are a roadside fruit stand.

  11. Hcat says:

    Christian, I am pretty sure that is the usual pricepoint for IFC when they go day and date. Trolls will go for twenty since they were expecting to drop into theaters, but the price of a rental was already baked into Greece’s business model. If the virus had been contained it would have likely been released in the exact same way.

  12. Christian says:

    Thanks, HCat.

  13. Hcat says:

    Let me know how it is, I’ve not gotten to the third installment yet but I thoroughly enjoyed the first two.

    Unrelated but I got around to seeing Emma. last night Decent sit but nothing exceptional. I have liked Taylor Joy in everything else I have seen her in but she felt out of place here. The last half hour redeemed the film but I had some decent expectations for this. Will have to find a copy of Sense and Sensibility to cleanse the palate.

  14. Christian says:

    I was a big fan of “The Trip to Spain” – the Mick Jagger impressions killed me – but found “Greece” too light in the laughs department – although my wife, who was in the other room, reports that I laughed more than I thought I did. Maybe she’s right? She usually is.

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Steven Zeitchik: "It's worth remembering -- because many people seem to have forgotten -- that before the pandemic U.S. movie theaters had their best two-year period ever, with a collective $23 billion in revenue. This isn't some dying model that digital needs to come in and save. Those sales, incidentally, likely include the many people who swear they will never go to a movie theater again. When the new Marvel or Jordan Peele or Mission: Impossible or Parasite comes only to theaters, I suspect they'll be lining up like they always have. What’s troubling is the false binary: streaming vs theaters. You can like both! Netflix is good and theaters are good! Institutions don't have to die just because something new is cool. And historically it takes more than one company in a strategically tough spot to kill a model. Of course ownership can change and experiences can change. We watched silent films and newsreels and serials in movie houses, and then we saw gritty crime films and pop films and dramatic films, and then 3-D films and franchise films. And there weren't showtimes and then there were showtimes, and seats weren't reserved and then they were reserved; we went from movie palaces to multiplexes to downtown dine-in rooms with reclining seats. And studios owned theaters and then families owned theaters and then entrepreneurs did and then big corporate chains and soon studios might own theaters again, and package movies as experiences or events or something new we haven't yet thought of. Of course it's theoretically possible an entire American institution just goes away. But given how durable it's been over the decades, I wouldn't bet on it. And certainly not because one company, for its own internal reasons, at one moment, needs to put its movies somewhere else."

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"Stankey decided to use HBO as the centerpiece for a new mission: Build a true Netflix competitor, dubbed HBO Max. When Stankey took over as AT&T’s CEO, he passed that goal to new WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, who previously launched Hulu. Stankey has dismantled the old Time Warner, spurring dozens of executives from all parts of the company to depart. He is attempting to funnel all of the company’s resources from cable, film, and HBO into HBO Max. Disney, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS are all going through similar changes now to prepare for a world where subscription streaming services overtake cable as the world’s primary form of television consumption. Stankey — the MBA-buzzword, deep-voiced phone guy — was ahead of the trend. Still, his vision irritated some veteran WarnerMedia executives, who question Stankey’s knowledge of media. The execution of his mission, which Kilar has overseen since May, has been marred by strategic confusion and culture clashes, according to more than a dozen high-ranking WarnerMedia employees, about half of whom have left the company in the past six months. For now, investors don’t like what they see. AT&T is trading near a 10-year low."

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Nicholas Kristof: "I've spent the last few months reporting this piece about Pornhub. What most people don't realize is that it's infested with rape videos. I talked to child trafficking survivors whose rape videos the company had distributed and monetized. Unconscionable. Let's be clear: The issue is not porn, it's rape. Just as the problem with Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby wasn't the sex but the lack of consent, it's the same with Pornhub. Search "13yo" on Pornhub, and you get more than 100,000 videos. There are playlists called "Under Age." A special question for Canada, because Pornhub is based in Montreal. Prime Minister Trudeau, you are rightly proud of your reputation as a feminist. So why does Canada host a company that inflicts rape videos on the world? It's not just Pornhub, of course. Companies have enjoyed impunity, so even as we prosecuted individuals like Jeffrey Epstein we allowed corporations like Mindgeek (which owns Pornhub) to monetize rape videos. Pornhub is Jeffrey Epstein times 1,000. Solutions are difficult and complicated. I don't have perfect ways to solve the problem of online child sexual abuse. But I do outline steps that would help. These survivors risked so much to tell their stories."

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