Category Archives: Neil Turitz

All articles written by Neil Turitz.

In Hollywood, We’ll Tolerate You Only as Long as We Need You

There have been numerous scandals in Tinseltown that have damaged careers, but there’s a basic tenet as to why some are able to return to glory and others, like Harvey Weinstein, cannot.

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Will Storytellers Evolve with the Changing Tides of Hollywood?

For years, conversations surrounding the use of sexual assault and rape in film and television have been building. Will the recent events surrounding Harvey Weinstein and others finally force storytellers to make a change?

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Netflix is Raising Prices, But Will It Cover the Cost of Business? (Network Series)

Netflix has over 100 million subscribers now and, in spite of the billions of dollars it brings in through subscriptions, it continues to borrow billions more to keep churning out that content. How long can the business model hold?

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7 Sequels Audiences Would Love to See

While Blade Runner 2049 won raves from critics, the film underperformed in its opening weekend. As studios are determined to stick with franchises, here are seven sequels that could succeed in continuing their original stories and wooing audiences.

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Hindsight Might Be 20/20, But In This Case, Foresight Is 2020

Is planning so far in advance for franchise release dates ultimately hurting studio films? Neil Turitz takes a look at the tentpole movies from Universal, Marvel, and DC that are driving Hollywood’s future.

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Sadly, Tom Cruise is No Longer a Top Draw

With the actor’s latest, American Made, disappointing at the box office, it might be signaling “the requiem for the Movie Star,” according to Neil Turitz, but he offers some hope on how Cruise can come out of this freefall.

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On Yom Kippur, We Look to the Sins and Successes of 2017

Neil Turitz takes a moment to look on the bright side of a tough year to see what the industry got right.

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Fox Appears to Have a Dark Year Ahead of Them

empire excerptFox may be drawing younger demographics but the network is still struggling to find a new hit.

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Hollywood Needs to Stop Looking to the Past to Define Its Future

JLCHamiltonNeil Turitz is glad Jamie Lee Curtis and Linda Hamilton have been cast in high-profile movies, but thinks it be far more interesting if they each fronted something new, something that could accentuate their respective strengths without necessarily revisiting frequently trod paths.

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It’s the Best of Times and the Worst of Times at ABC

abc excerptWhile ABC came in a close second to NBC last season in the prime demo rankings, without any sports programming to speak of, they also finished a distant third place in total viewers, with 6.2 million per show, losing nine percent of their audience from the year before.

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Harry Dean Stanton Actually Made You Believe He Would Never Die

harry dean stanton 2“Getting older means you realize you can’t waste a minute. Harry Dean knew that since he was 13 years old, and he never wasted a single second,” said John Carroll Lynch.

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Television is Missing Out on a Golden Demographic

Grace and Frankie ExcerptPlenty of people are outside the prime demo of 18-49 and they not only watch a lot of television and see a lot of movies, they also spend a fair amount of money. But apparently, that money is of no interest to networks and advertisers.

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NBC is the Reigning Network, But Can “This is Us” and “Will & Grace” Keep Them There?

nbc excerptThe Peacock Network, which used to be known for its Must See TV Thursday night lineup of sitcoms, has mostly eschewed them of late to focus on hour long dramas, and found great success in the process. But can This is Us and the NFL keep the network on top?

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With His Big Weekend in Toronto, Byron Allen Has Announced His Arrival

byron allen excerptThere’s just no other way to describe what Byron Allen has been doing at the Toronto Film Festival over the past few days, so Neil Turitz takes a step back to look at what the variety show host-turned-titan of the industry has accomplished.

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Why Is Everyone Taking the Fun Out of All the Festivals?

neil festival excerpt“Rather than going to these festivals and seeing the bright shining lights that emerge from them, we instead choose to focus on which of these movies premiering in front of an audience has any chance at all of scoring Oscar gold, as if that’s the only true measure of a movie’s worth,” writes Neil Turitz.

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CBS is Still Your Number One Broadcast Network, But Not by Much

cbs-excerptWith Labor Day now in our rearview mirror and the new TV season about to knock on our door, it’s time once again to turn from the big screen to the small. Considering that CBS has won the crown for most viewers for nine straight seasons, and 14 of the last 15, it’s hard to imagine that it was ever a punchline, but it was. A big one.

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The Complete List of Winners from the First Second Annual Neily Awards

wonder woman excerptYes, you read that right! It’s time for Neil Turitz to look back over the first two-thirds of the year for the best and the worst of what the film world has had to offer with the First Second Annual Neily Awards.

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If the Studios Have Anyone to Truly Fear It’s Amazon

amazon studiosIt’s been a fun summer, taking a deep dive into each of the major studios, as well as the mid-majors and the biggest and more relevant indie distributors, but it’s probably fitting that we end with the company that is most certainly the biggest disrupter of them all: Amazon.

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When the Box Office Slows, It’s Time to Look Forward to Fall Television

network excerptWith the entertainment news cycle and box office taking their typical late summer slow down, Neil Turitz takes a look into his crystal ball to see what the big television topics will be in the coming months.

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The Big Fight This Weekend and How Hollywood Is Missing It

bleed for this excerptWhile in past boxing movies have received great critical acclaim and box office success, recent releases have shown a downturn in public interest. As MMA fights continue to gain appeal, should Hollywood stories turn their sights to a new sport?

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Netflix Is a Leader in Television, but Not Quite a Leader in Film

netflix excerptHow to judge a company that doesn’t actually put its films in theaters? Or doesn’t actually show what kind of revenues it has? The answer to these questions: you don’t judge them by the same criteria.

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Are the Skywalkers Hurting the “Star Wars” Anthology Stories?

obi wan excerptAn Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie is officially in the works to which Neil Turitz asks: really? As Lucasfilm insists on limiting itself off to a very small number of characters for their standalone films, are they actually hurting the brand.

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Is Hollywood Taking “Write What You Know” Too Far?

crashing excerpt“While the scripted versions of the behind-the-scenes world of entertainment can be insightful, it now feels like these kinds of projects are everywhere, to the point where even those of us who enjoy this kind of self-examination are throwing up our hands and wondering if it has all become overkill,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Bleecker Street Looks to Succeed Where Other Indie Distributors Failed

bleecker street excerptAs we march inexorably toward both the end of the Studio Series, we come to one of the most interesting entries of the entire enterprise. Bleecker Street is a new and exciting operation in the indie world that has designs on much bigger and more impressive prey, and ultimately succeeding where Broad Green recently failed.

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Everything I Know About Surviving the Apocalypse I Learned From Hollywood

mad max excerptWe live in troubled times. It’s on the news every day, we read about it, it keeps us up at night. Maybe it’s time to start thinking of survival plans, and who better to guide us than Hollywood?

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Glen Campbell’s Other, Equally Important Legacy as One of the Faces of Alzheimer’s

glen campbell excerptIn remembrance of country music legend Glen Campbell, Neil Turitz takes a look back at the documentary that depicted the star’s struggle with Alzheimer’s, bringing awareness to the disease and showing the power of filmmaking.

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Annapurna and Studio 8 Are Just Getting Started, But Can They Make It?

annapurna excerptIt’s one thing to take an existing company and examine its ups and downs based on a concrete history. It’s a whole other kettle of fish to utilize the same set of standards and apply them to a pair of companies that have no real track record at all, but which have declared themselves as major players in the arena moving forward.

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From “Mighty Ducks” to “Murphy Brown,” These Films & TV Shows are Begging for a Reboot

karate kidOn the heels of YouTube Red’s announcement to revive The Karate Kid as a new series with the original film’s stars, Neil Turitz gives a few ideas of where streaming networks should look to find their next reboot hit.

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Going to War Over Christopher Nolan

christopher nolanChristopher Nolan is regularly praised for his work, but not everyone is in love. Neil Turitz is ready to go to battle with Nolan fans as he gives some critical words to the acclaimed director.

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The Weinstein Company’s Struggles Continue, But Is There a Way Out?

the weinstein coExactly a year ago, when we took a look at The Weinstein Company during this Studio Series, we talked about the fact that the company was in the midst of a terrible year, and was strapped for cash. Three hundred and sixty-five days later, little has changed.

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