Category Archives: Neil Turitz

All articles written by Neil Turitz.

As “Black Panther” Hits Theaters, We Revisit the Case of James Gunn Vs. Jodie Foster

James Gunn Jodie Foster Black Panther“If we’re using Jodie Foster’s metaphor, and Black Panther is part of the theme park that Hollywood has become, then it’s one of the best rides — the kind that leaves you wanting more,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Sony’s New Deal With Wizard World Demonstrates How Studios Continue to Overvalue IP

Sony Wizard World“It’s not the most ridiculous idea that Sony would go looking for more comic book IP, but the way it’s going about it is what feels so misguided, and until someone explains to me the value of an IP that has no popular recognition, I will continue to be baffled,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“The Shape of Water” Sex Toy Stimulates Discussion About Outside-the-Box Movie Marketing

The Shape of WaterWith a clever marketing campaign that perhaps distributed DNA and paternity tests to people, thus getting them talking and maybe even laughing, the studio behind Father Figures might’ve had a conversation starter on its hands, rather than an underwhelming movie,” writes Neil Turitz.

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With One Filmmaker Attacking Another, We Have to Ask: When Does Influence Become Theft?

shape of water“According to the [Jean-Pierre Jeunet], Guillermo Del Toro’s brilliant tour de force that is The Shape of Water — my favorite film this year and, it would appear, the prime Oscar frontrunner — contains a blatant rip-off of Jeunet’s work, and it’s all trés scandaleux,” writes Neil Turitz.

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An Appreciation of John Mahoney, America’s Dad

John Mahoney TrilogyBetween his fatherly roles on Frasier and in Say Anything…, the beloved character actor was a true heavyweight even though he never played one himself, writes Neil Turitz.

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The Netflix Paradox: Does the Company’s “Super” Move Suggest Another Major Sea Change?

cloverfield“It also was that rare moment when Netflix actually spent some serious money to push one of its movies, which might just suggest a change in thinking for the streaming service. That being the spending of money to do any marketing at all,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Valiant Entertainment’s Days May Be Numbered Following Sale to Chinese-Owned Corporation (Opinion)

Valiant Comics“DMG boss Dan Mintz has no interest in comic book publishing. He sees it as a sort of ghetto art, and is focused solely on turning the company into an output factory for the big and small screens, rather than focusing on the publishing entity that gave the company its value in the first place,” writes Neil Turitz.

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The Superhero of Primetime: Why The CW’s “Black Lightning” May Be the Most Important Series on TV

black lightning“It’s almost subversive, the way that the Akils and fellow EP Greg Berlanti have so deftly disguised such a hard-hitting and political series as a mere superhero piece, utilizing the conventions of the genre to progress a much more powerful message,” writes Neil Turitz.

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With a New Owner and a New Board, What Does the Future of the Weinstein Company Look Like?

Maria Contreras-Sweet“I’ve spoken to a few people who don’t believe that Maria Contreras-Sweet and her team will be able to pull it off, but the industry will be behind her, as there’s nothing that Hollywood loves more than a happy ending,” writes Neil Turitz.

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A Latino Boycott and Protest for Academy Season Is Only the Beginning

guillermo del toro“An industry that is struggling to survive needs to start embracing multiculturalism the way it’s now attempting to embrace gender equality,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Should Oscar Voters Have Separated Art from the Artist?

disaster artist“I am all for the #MeToo movement, and firmly believe that it’s long overdue, but when the awards that are supposed to be about the films and the artists who make them instead become about other things entirely, then we’re losing something in the process,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Lionsgate Is In Play, But Who Are the Potential Buyers?

lionsgate“The three big companies being bandied about are the reconstituted CBS-Viacom, Verizon, and Amazon. Each has its pros and cons, but to me, only one of them is truly the right fit. So let’s take a look at each and examine why they are or are not Cinderella’s slipper,” writes Neil Turitz.

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The Fire and Fury, Much Less the Folly, of Adapting the Bestselling Book About Donald Trump’s White House

fire and fury“Selling a cinematic property to a buyer who has no chance of recouping an investment. These kinds of things happen all day every day here, and this is just the most obvious and blatant one this week,” writes Neil Turitz.

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9 More Great TV Shows That Should Follow “ER” to a Streaming Service, From “Homicide” to “NewsRadio”

Non-Streaming TV Shows“Life would be just a wee bit better if these shows found a home at a streaming service that isn’t too enamored with the future of content to forget about the classics of the past,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Apple’s Big TV Venture Has a Strong Slate, But How Will We Watch These Shows?

Apple Jen Reese“The longer Apple waits to reveal the specifics of its distribution plan, the more the company risks getting the short end of the stick from both the creative community, and audiences who will have already committed their annual entertainment budget elsewhere,” writes Neil Turitz.

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As MoviePass Keeps Adding More Members, It’s Time to Weigh the Pros and Cons

MoviePass“I’ve seen an alarming number of complaints from paid subscribers who either did not receive their cards in a timely fashion, or received inoperable cards. MoviePass also has an issue with customer service, in that it appears to be basically nonexistent,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Warner Bros.’ Executive Shuffle Overshadowed a Significant Restructuring That Should Benefit the Studio

Tsujihara WBThe studio’s movies grossed $5.1 billion worldwide in 2017, but when you’re spending over $4 billion to accomplish that, and you have significant money losers like King Arthur and Geostorm sprinkled in among the smash hits, you’re simply not doing as well as you could,” writes Neil Turitz.

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How Netflix’s Big, “Bright” Move Changes Everything, For Better or Worse

Bright Netflix“As many new subscribers might have signed up for Netflix to watch Bright, and who might now stick around and become paying customers, more money would be made by putting its sequel into theaters either as part of a day-and-date release, or three works before releasing it on the streaming service,” writes Neil Turitz.

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The Curious Case of the Slender Man and Studios Profiting From Real-Life Tragedies

Slender Man Movie“There is a case to be made that movie studios should be decried for trying to profit off of real-life tragedies, but movies and television shows based on devastating true events have been a mainstay of pop culture for 100 years. You wouldn’t tell Steven Spielberg not to make Schindler’s List, or Paul Greengrass not to make United 93, would you?

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January-February Movie Dead Zone Looking a Bit More Lively This Year Thanks to a Panther and a Rabbit

Jan-Feb Quad The first real sleeper of early 2018 may be Clint Eastwood’s thriller The 15:17 to Paris, which chronicles the true story of three American soldiers who prevented a terrorist attack on a train. The best part? The main roles are filled by the real heroes, playing themselves. The question is whether real heroes can compete with superheroes at the box office.

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Because It’s the Law of the Internet, Here Are Neil Turitz’s Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2017

Neil Turitz Best of 2017Blumhouse’s slasher movie Happy Death Day joins awards favorites such as Steven Spielberg’s The Post, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and the “beautiful” Call Me by Your Name.

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FX Reigns Supreme, But TNT, TBS and AMC Are Committed to Quality, Too (Network Series)

FXtbsAMCtnt“The simple truth of it is that network president John Landgraf is perhaps the finest, smartest, and most talented TV executive working right now. No matter how hard other networks try, it’s almost impossible to match FX/FXX’s recent record of success,” writes Neil Turitz.

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The Time Has Come for a Hollywood Hall of Fame, But Who Would Be Inducted First?

Halls of FameNames like Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford and Jack Warner come to mind for the inaugural class, just to name five people who were integral to the birth and growth of the medium.

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As ESPN Flounders, Lifetime and History Channel Keep Disney’s Cable Division Afloat (Network Series)

Disney Network SeriesIf Freeform’s upcoming Marvel series Cloak & Dagger hews closer to the superhero shows on Netflix and the CW, rather than sister network ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or The Inhumans, then it should be a winner when it debuts in 2018.

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Does Bitcoin Hold the Key to Hollywood’s Financial Future, Or Is It Another False Savior?

Bitcoin Hollywood“People may be designing and buying Bitcoin, but the fact that it is not tangible would seem to imply that it remains open to potential sabotage, especially in a digital world without any regulation,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Fox and Disney Sitting In a Tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G, But Is This Really a Good Idea?

Disney Fox DealOne has to wonder if Disney is interested in spending the money required to help James Cameron see through his ambitious vision for Avatar, which has staked out four December release dates that would coincide with more than a few Star Wars films.

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“Mr. Robot,” “The Sinner,” “The Magicians” Are Bright Spots for NBCUniversal (Network Series)

NBC U Trio
Despite being in fewer homes than the year before, MSNBC has seen its fortunes rise at least partially due to the election of Donald Trump. Seen by many as the network of the opposition, MSNBC has enjoyed record ratings thanks to shows led by Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell.

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“Star Wars” Has Studios Gun Shy This Year, and For No Good Reason

star wars last jedi poster smallFive Christmas releases could be on the path to profitability right now if any of their distributors had opted to take advantage of the calm before the Star Wars storm. So why didn’t they? Neil Turitz questions Hollywood’s December release strategy in his new column.

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With the Establishment of One Blue Ribbon Panel, It’s Time for Another to Lead the Way in Post-Harvey Hollywood

Times UpWhy aren’t more publications writing about the women of Time’s Up, who reportedly include Kathleen Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Pascal, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Megan Ellison and Natalie Portman?

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Viacom Still Sorting Out Its TV Issues, But the Paramount Network Brings Hope (Network Series)

Paramount NetworkSpike will soon relaunch as the Paramount Network, which will introduce a plethora of new shows, including Taylor Sheridan’s ranching drama Yellowstone, adaptations of the movies Heathers and The First Wives Club, the comedy American Woman from legendary creator John Wells, and the star-studded limited series Waco.

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