Tag Archives: Neil Turitz

Batfleck, We Hardly Knew Ye

ben affleck excerptIn the midst of a mostly humdrum news weekend that was focused primarily on Comic-Con, a story suggested that Ben Affleck’s days are numbered as Batman in the DCEU. Everyone involved denied it, of course, when the question came up at the Justice League panel and presentation in Hall H on Saturday, but the writing has been on the wall for a while now.

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Isn’t It Fun to Be Shakespeare?

Will ExcerptRight now, William Shakespeare is as in vogue as he’s been in quite some time. There are two current TV shows about him, a plethora of stage productions (garnering attention for a variety of reasons), and several film adaptations in the works. Want a quality IP? Look no further than this dead English guy.

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Open Road’s Interesting Strategy Needs to Start Working Better — Now (Studio Series)

Open Road ExcerptWhat’s interesting about Open Road’s history is how much of an outlier a film like Spotlight was, and whether or not anything like it will come from them again anytime soon. Regardless, what is very evident is that the soft grosses of the last couple years can’t persist for too much longer, or else we could see Open Road fall to the second division of indie distributors.

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How Everyone Can Learn From the Genius of D23

D23 Expo ExcerptWhat Disney does is so darn smart. It shares the time and space with no one. While everyone else who might have something fancy to show is holding off until they head a hundred or so miles south, Disney is looking over all it has and holding out maybe one thing to tantalize the comic book crowd.

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These Emmys Might Mean More If the Voters Actually Watched the Shows

Gillian Anderson American Gods ExcerptThere’s a big difference between the Emmys and every other major awards show. Besides the TV half of the Golden Globes, only the Emmys allow for repeat nominees and winners, because every year, new content is being created for the same shows. Herein lies the issue. Emmy voters are lazy, and the question has to be asked whether or not the majority of them are even watching the shows for which they’re voting.

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Roadside Has Become More than Just Another Indie Attraction (Studio Series)

Roadside Attractions ExcerptA big part of success is finding the right plan and sticking with it to fruition. If we judge Roadside by that measure, and by the quality of the projects they put on screens, then we also have to acknowledge that Roadside Attractions is one of the better examples out there of just what an independent film distributor should be.

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How In the World Is the Best High School Movie In Years a Superhero Movie?

Spiderman Homecoming ExcerptWhat’s amazing about Spider-Man: Homecoming is just how brilliantly the film captures the feeling, the spirit, the tone, the essence of high school, in a way that none of the other five movies featuring the character ever have. It’s at least partly, for this reason, that the movie was such a box office sensation over the weekend, because it was putting a new spin on an old character.

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Summer Movie Season Mid-Term Report: Franchise Fatigue — It’s Real, and It’s Spectacular

The Mummy ExcerptIf this is the midterms section of the summer movie season, we’re looking at a D, and that grade is right on the precipice of a D-minus. Because we’re bored. We are bored to tears of the same old, same old. It’s possible that the second half of the summer could surprise us and come up with enough hits to balance things out, but don’t count on it. Truth be told, it’s just too late to save 2017.

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Fox Searchlight Needs a Hit, But Luckily, There Might Be a Few On the Way (Studio Series)

fox searchlight excerptFox Searchlight is not in any trouble, but they need to make sure their miserable 2016 doesn’t become a habit. However, both the company’s history and its upcoming slate suggests the future is far more promising than the past.

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Marvel, Original Content, and How Edgar Wright Made the Best Move of His Career

Baby Driver ExcerptEdgar Wright did something right by leaving Marvel. MRC did something right by giving him the chance to do something different with Baby Driver, and Sony did something right by putting it in theaters for us to enjoy as proof that people still desperately want to see original content.

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A24’s Rise to the Top of the Film World Has Been Fast and Furious (Studio Series)

A24 ExcerptIn the world of independent film, and the distributors involved, having a definitive identity is a major part of the battle. It’s a battle that, for now, A24 appears to be winning.

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Warner Bros. Is Contemplating Some Interesting Moves, But Are They the Right Ones?

Warner Bros ExcerptAny studio these days needs anything it can get, in regard to both profit and prestige, but at Warner Bros., new head Toby Emmerich is making various big decisions, such as no longer working with “auteur directors” who have final cut, might not be such a good thing.

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What the Lord and Miller Firing Means to the Overall World of Lucasfilm

Phil Lord Chris Miller ExcerptDoes Lucasfilm have itself a Director Problem? Because let’s face it — at this point, what has become obvious is that the vision to be fulfilled, from here on out, is Kennedy’s, and woe be to any director who thinks differently.

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STX Looks Like It’s Not Doing So Well, Until You Look Closer (Studio Series)

STX ExcerptThings aren’t perfect at STX, far from it. But considering how long it’s been around, and how far it’s come in that time, things could be a whole heck of a lot worse, with a future that doesn’t look anywhere near as bright as STX’s does.

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When It Comes To True Stories Like “All Eyez on Me,” What Do Filmmakers Owe to the Truth?

All Eyez on Me ExcerptUltimately, any time you’re telling a story based on something that actually happened, it’s a delicate balance. Inherently, there has to be some fictionalization involved, but there should also be an adherence to the spirit of the truth. The use of Jada Pinkett-Smith in All Eyez on Me, instead, feels exploitative.

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” and When Studios’ Marketing Plans Can’t Get Out of Their Own Way

Spider-Man Homecoming ExcerptRecently, a Spider-Man: Homecoming spoiler was revealed thanks to the movie’s novelization. But when a studio like Sony is so secretive about its product, thus buying into the idea of Spoiler Culture, it cannot be nearly as careless about the marketing and licensing attached to said product.

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Lionsgate Does Something Nobody Else Does, Which Is a Good Thing (Studio Series)

Lionsgate ExcerptWhat to make of an outfit like Lionsgate? The company has established itself very firmly as the maker of mid-level films that the studios don’t often make anymore, as well as genre fare and, now and again, the kind of franchises that lead to huge international box office, but it still can’t be lumped in with the Big Six.

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Movies Based on Video Games, and the Famed Definition of Insanity

Assassin's Creed ExcerptThe relentless pursuit of video game movie adaptations, despite a proven track record that they don’t work for the most part, falls back on the famed definition of insanity, that being the repetition of behavior and expecting a different result. But at some point doesn’t there have to be a communal understanding these projects don’t work?

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This Business About Sony’s “Clean Version” Movies Is Really a Non-Issue

sausage party exceprtSony announced this week that it will soon be making “Clean Versions” of its movies available to consumers at the same time that the original versions are. The panicked reactions to this new venture, however, are extremely short-sighted.

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It’s Summer Time, and, for Universal, the Livin’ Is Easy (Studio Series)

universal-studios-excerptUniversal is chock full of the successful partnerships and franchises so key to success in today’s marketplace that it’s continually vying for the top spot alongside current Hollywood powerhouse Disney. Could it dethrone the Mouse House this year? Not likely, but it’s still set up for a tremendous year nonetheless.

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It’s Time to Face the Truth — Peak TV Is Over

Underground ExcerptBetween WGN canceling Underground and turning away from scripted TV overall as well as Netflix canceling a plethora of shows, the bubble is in the process of bursting, as it had to do. After all, there’s no such thing as permanent growth. But this isn’t the end of quality TV, simply the end of the boom.

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With “Wonder Woman,” a Star Is Made, a Movie Is a Hit, But Now What?

Wonder Woman ExcerptIt’s tough to imagine that Gal Gadot can break out and where her career will go now, for various reasons, including, quite simply, she is now tied forever to the role that is making her a star. For better or worse, she is Wonder Woman.

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Sony’s Film Division Isn’t What It Was — Well, Most of It Isn’t (Studio Series)

Sony ExcerptSimilar to Paramount, Sony hasn’t had the easiest go of things lately and they need to find something major to turn the ship around. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be a good-sized win for the studio but while their film division — made up of Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Screen Gems — isn’t going anywhere, it needs to become a more productive part of the company.

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Internet Denizens Putting Together Films for Our Entertainment? Welcome to the New Normal

Lupita Nyong'o Rihanna ExcerptThere are skeptics and cynics who will scoff at the whole turn of events around the Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna movie and wonder where we went wrong. Pay them no mind. They will just end up on the outside looking in, like those poor suckers Rihanna and Lupita are about to scam out of their shorts.

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Paramount Is Certainly Down, But Is It Ever Really Out? (Studio Series)

Paramount ExcerptParamount, CEO Jim Gianopulos, and the team are currently facing a challenge to take a once great institution that has fallen on hard times and return it to its past glory. Perhaps the best way to do this will be to find the Next Big Thing, according to Neil Turitz.

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The State of the Spec Market

Amazon Studios ExcerptIn examining the newest Spec Book, Neil Turitz finds that for the second year in a row, there were more specs put on the market and, more importantly, more sold, than the year before. This means there are more opportunities for the writers themselves, and for the companies making the movies to bring fresh voices to their product.

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Amazon Is Starting Its Own Best Seller List, and That Is More Interesting than You Think

Amazon Books ExcerptYesterday, Amazon debuted its Amazon Charts as a sort of competitor to the New York Times Best Seller List, which is a welcome addition to the medium, an egalitarian move, and not unlike the landscape of blockbusters and indie titles in the movie world.

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Superheroes Continue to Save Fox, Allowing Them to Balance Their Content (Studio Series)

DeadpoolThe Studio Series turns to Fox this week to see how its success with the X-Men franchise, beginning in 2000 with Bryan Singer’s initial X-Men film, has allowed the studio to try its hand at other types of fare.

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What Makes a Star a Star? (Or the Curious Case of Amy Schumer)

amy schumer excerptContributor Neil Turitz takes a look at what has made Amy Schumer a success but whether or not she is ultimately the box office draw execs believed after the success of Trainwreck.

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The Reboot of “American Idol” Proves That No One Is Safe

American Idol ExcerptIf we’re going to bring something back from the dead, shouldn’t we be given a chance to actually miss it first? One has to genuinely wonder what it is about this new American Idol series that will draw viewers in a way that the original one simply was no longer capable of doing.

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