Category Archives: Neil Turitz

All articles written by Neil Turitz.

Why Are We Still Surprised When Smart Horror Movies Like “Get Out” and “A Quiet Place” Are Big Hits?

Get Out Quiet“There’s gold in them there scares, and just about every studio is eager to mine the fright genre and its loyal audience for all they’re worth,” writes Neil Turitz. The question now is, who will follow in Jordan Peele and John Krasinski’s successful footsteps?

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Despite a Bold New Suggestion for Crediting Screenwriters, the WGA Shouldn’t Change a Thing

Additional Writing ByMultiple WGA members are lobbying for an “Additional Writing By” credit section, naming everyone who had a hand in a film’s screenplay. The general concept behind this is that, if you were hired to write and you wrote, you should get credit for that work, whether or not said work was used. But is that really a good idea?

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Steven Spielberg Steps Into the Future With “Ready Player One,” So Why Can’t He See That the Future Includes Netflix?

Spielberg Netflix“Steven Spielberg doesn’t think that Netflix movies should be eligible for Oscars. So would Spielberg, who has been such an enormous supporter of the #MeToo movement, begrudge Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison her history-making nomination? In the words of my therapist, ‘there’s a lot to unpack here,'” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Tomb Raider” Deserves a Sequel Because the Hard Part, Finding the Right Star to Play Lara Croft, Is Finally Over

Tomb Raider ReviewHollywood’s star system is under siege, but Oscar winner Alicia Vikander “knocks the ball so far out of the park as the rugged English adventurer that she might as well be Babe Ruth,” writes Neil Turitz.

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As New “Terminator” Movie Ramps Up, Has “I’ll Be Back” Become a Curse for James Cameron?

James Cameron Terminator“What is it about this new Terminator movie that requires a huge, $200 million-plus mega-budget? Scale the thing back to a third of the price, and not only do you increase the film’s odds of turning a profit, thereby ensuring another installment, but you’re also potentially grounding the storytelling into something more accessible,” writes Neil Turitz.

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After Winning the Best Director Oscar, Guillermo del Toro Has Options, So Now What?

Guillermo del Toro Winner“Whatever del Toro decides to do next — be it the live-action version of Pinocchio, a remake of either Fantastic Voyage, The Haunted Mansion or the little-seen 1947 noir thriller Nightmare Alley, or something else entirely, he has earned my blind faith after The Shape of Water,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Just When I Thought I Was Out, the Oscars Keep Pulling Me Back In With Their Heart, Humor and Humanity

Guillermo Wins“Sure, awards season is a horrible slog and the Oscars always last longer than they should, but honestly, I can’t help myself. I’m like the Grinch who has a heart two sizes too small at the beginning of the show, but by the time Best Picture has been handed out, it has grown three full sizes,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Death Wish” Remake and Now-Delayed “Heathers” Reboot Illustrate Hollywood’s Issues With Real World Violence

Death Wish Heathers“Paramount made the Heathers pilot available to critics online after the Parkland shooting two weeks ago. Early reviews were not kind, to say the least, so when Paramount made the announcement about delaying the premiere, it raised more than a few eyebrows,” writes Neil Turitz.

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How Can the Oscars Measure Up After Last Year’s Unforgettable Ending? Bet on “Black Panther” and the Bearded Lady

Ways to Spice Up the OscarsIt would be great if the Moonlight team comes out to bask in the triumphant moment they were robbed of last year and give a proper acceptance speech before handing out Best Picture to their successor,” writes Neil Turitz.

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You Never Need to Pay to Get a Job: A Public Service Announcement Regarding the Latest Hollywood Scam

Neil Scam 1The sad truth is, this town is full of predators eager to prey on your dreams, knowing full well how many people will do anything for a job in showbiz. For Harvey Weinstein and those like him, that meant sex in exchange. For others, like this cowardly scammer, that means money. Just know that you don’t need to give up either for a job,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“Bond 25”: Why Danny Boyle Is Right for the Franchise, But All Wrong to Direct Daniel Craig’s Last Outing as 007

Danny Boyle Bond Director“It makes sense for Boyle to take the reins of James Bond down the line, as his skill set would be perfect for that eventual transition. But stepping in to bring this particular Bond’s run to a close? Sorry, but that really doesn’t,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Can Movies Really Change the World? With #WakandaTheVote, Marvel’s “Black Panther” Is Doing Just That

#WakandaTheVoteA movie about a superhero could end up leading to enormous change in this country, and by extension the world, simply because it empowers people to get involved, many of whom have felt disenfranchised that their voice, and their vote, doesn’t really count,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Is Nielsen’s Attempt to Measure Netflix’s Numbers Really a Desperate Last Stand for the Ratings Service?

The Two N's“You have to wonder if these Netflix numbers are, in a sense, an effort by Nielsen to justify its own continued existence. All the way back to 1950, the Nielsen company has tracked TV viewership, and has become synonymous with the medium. But as that medium changes, the company has struggled to keep up,” writes Neil Turitz.

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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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