Six months of strikes means a whole lot of documentaries and international shows to sort through....some that seem like "deep excavations."
Here's what our writers & critics dug out of the #nowplaying piles: https://watercoolerhq.co
/new-releases/ #teen #drama #kdrama #hollywood #biography #streaming #bollywood
"Ich mache all diese Dinge": Hollywood-Star ist jetzt typische US-"College Mutter"
Colleges in den Vereinigten Staaten sind berühmt-berüchtigt. Für den Nachwuchs, den es dort hinzieht, bedeuten sie einen neuen Lebensabschnitt, der oft auch einen gewissen Lifestyle mit sich bringt.#Unterhaltung #JuliaRoberts #Hollywood
"Ich mache all diese Dinge": Julia Roberts ist jetzt typische US-"College Mutter"
"Ich mache all diese Dinge": Hollywood-Star ist jetzt typische US-"College Mutter"
Op vrijdag 8 december zingt Catalijne bekende filmklassiekers van toen en nu in haar theaterconcert ‘Off to Hollywood!’ in het Beauforthuis in Austerlitz. Een reis door de wereld van filmmuziek.
#zeist #zeistermagazine #hollywood #catalijne #film #filmmuziek #filmklassiekers #klassiekers #beauforthuis #austerlitz #optreden #theater #concert #theaterconcert #reis #tijd
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
aka "Les Homosexuels (re)vus par Hollywood"
Déjouer les pièges du conservatisme et du puritanisme pour pouvoir exister à Hollywood…
#Hollywood continues to not impress with WONKA ...
Jonathan Majors trial: Hollywood star faces domestic violence allegations https://noah-news.com/gb/en/news/2023/12/07/jonathan-majors-trial-hollywood-star-faces-domestic-violence-allegations #JonathanMajors #Hollywood #DomesticViolence
Jackson und Nyong'o zusammen: Hollywood hat ein neues Traumpaar
Stilprägender TV-Pionier: US-Produzent Norman Lear ist tot
Hollywood actors and studios reach a pivotal deal amid AI concerns https://noah-news.com/gb/en/entertainment/2023/12/06/hollywood-actors-and-studios-reach-a-pivotal-deal-amid-ai-concerns #Hollywood #SAG-AFTRA #ArtificialIntelligence
"Kein gesunder Ort": Angelina Jolie ist von Hollywood bedient
Sindicato dos atores encerra oficialmente greve de Hollywood
Sindicato dos atores encerra oficialmente greve de Hollywood
Membrii din sindicatul SAG-AFTRA au votat pentru ratificarea acordului provizoriu care a pus capăt grevei actorilor de la 🎥#Hollywood.
Protestul a durat 118 zile.
Taylor subsequently invaded #Poland.
BREAKING: Norman Lear, the prolific screenwriter who created television classics like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, has died at age 101.
Angelina Jolies Umzugspläne: »Hollywood ist kein gesunder Ort«
Über 100 Filme gemacht: Nicolas Cage möchte dem Kino "Adios sagen"
Nach Streik in Hollywood: Schauspieler stimmen Vertrag mit Studios zu
Monatelang hatten US-Drehbuchautoren und -Schauspieler gestreikt. Die Autoren fanden mit den Studios bereits eine Einigung. Jetzt stimmte auch die Darsteller-Gewerkschaft einer Vereinbarung zu - unter anderem mit einem Schutz vor KI.
Wenn jemand nur beiläufig durch diesen Blog fliegt, könnte wohl der Eindruck entstehen, hier würde nur das reine, wahre, möglichst europäische Kino gefeiert, oder der kleine TV-Film, der so wenig wie eben möglich mit dem geschmähten „Hollywood“ zu tun hat. Und das wäre tatsächlich grundfalsch.
In Wirklichkeit liegt es einfach daran, dass […]
Sag-Aftra union ratifies strike-ending contract with Hollywood studios | US actors' strike 2023 | The Guardian
Actor Jonathan Majors' assault trial: The unfolding courtroom drama https://noah-news.com/gb/en/entertainment/2023/12/05/actor-jonathan-majors-assault-trial-the-unfolding-courtroom-drama #JonathanMajors #assaulttrial #Hollywood
Mehr als tausend plüschige Bildmontagen: Als Paddington eine Rolle bei »Star Wars« und den »Peanuts« bekam
Jamie Foxx's Emotional Return: First Public Appearance Since Hospitalization Wows Audience.
Hollywoodstar: Nicolas Cage will nicht mehr in Filmen mitspielen – dafür aber in Serien
Wired: The Spy Who Dumped the CIA, Went to Therapy, and Now Makes Incredible Television https://www.wired.com/story/joe-weisberg-the-spy-who-dumped-the-cia/ #Tech #wired #TechNews #IT #Technology via @morganeogerbc #Backchannel #Culture/TV #philosophy #Television #CoverStory #longreads #hollywood #Culture #therapy #spying #Russia #CIA
https://www.lovenhl.com/1021302/ Holiday Spirit? | Coming in Hot LIVE – December 4 #AtlanticDivision #bobby #brady #Brent #business #buy #chabot #chirps #coach #coaches #coaching #EasternConference #fired #forsberg #freeze #go #hockey #hollywood #jason #joseph #money #NHL #norris #ott #ottawa #OttawaSenators #owners #reynolds #ryan #sale #sell #Senators #sens #staff #Stutzle #talbot #talk #team #Tim #tkachuk #wallace #wally #wealth #york #yorkie
Ambivalent ist der Autor dieser Zeilen, angesichts dieses modernen Märchens. Eigentlich eine unwahrscheinliche Aufsteigergeschichte aus dem Vereinigten Königinnenreich, ist es gleichermaßen die Hollywoodversion einer Künstlerbiographie, die selbst ein Produkt der aus sich selbst gespeisten Medien-Hypes von Casting-Shows und Andy Warhols 15-Minuten-Ruhm-Theorie […]
"Ich mag " #TheInternational " von #TomTykwer. Es ist intelligentes Kino, welches die Menschen nicht für allzu dumm verkauft und - bei aller #Verschwörungstheorie - dabei nahe genug an der Wirklichkeit ist, und um uns - neben aller Spannung, brillianter Inszenierung, #Action und guter #Unterhaltung - die eine oder andere Erkenntnis mitzugeben. Und sei es nur die, dass auch in #Hollywood nur mit Wasser gekocht wird."
Apropos of my last boost, I just watched the 2019 #documentary, #CarlLaemmle, about the founder of #UniversalPictures (and inventor of the #studio tour), who also established #Hollywood as a center of the #film business.
So there was one studio head then who wasn't a total scumbag like the rest, and now.
Und die wechseln dann wohin?
Ist das jetzt besser?
Dann haben die nichts verstanden!!!
Als ob Meta um so vieles besser ist als X.
Sorry gerade so „Große“ sollten ein Zeichen setzen und ins fedi wechseln.
Aber die warten nur ab und bleiben und versuchen weder was dort zu ändern noch ein Zeichen zu setzen.
Jetzt zieht selbst Hollywood sich still und leise zurück von #X, denn die #Studio's möchten sich ungern als #Menschenfeinde da stehen. Das kann sehr wohl eine grosse Auswirkung haben, da viele Menschen #Hollywood glauben und hinterher eifern. Ich bin nun schon lange hier im #Fediverse online öffentlich doch die Studios werden mMn kaum hierher kommen, es ist frei von #Werbung
Looks as if big studios are boycotting or even leaving X.
"The flagship accounts belonging to #Disney, #Paramount, #Lionsgate, #Sony Pictures, #Universal, and #Warner Bros. Discovery have not posted on the platform in roughly 10 days, following Musk's disturbing endorsement of an antisemitic conspiracy theory, which he still has not apologized for."
Stell dir vor, du willst großes Kino – und dann wendet sich das Große Kino ab.
It's not going well in court for #Hollywood v. #AI. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/sarah-silverman-lawsuit-ai-meta-1235669403/
We let the remake of ‘The Italian Job’ slide. We just about tolerated the remake of ‘Get Carter’. Now we find that you’re dropping a 2nd remake of the 1st remake of the original ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’. This is going too far.
Shove your Oompa Loompa remake up your chocolate pipe.
The cinema-going public
After watching both the theatrical cut and the 'Ulysses Cut' of Waterworld again, I gotta say, the extended version with those extra 40 minutes really amps up the world-building. The 'Ulysses Cut' adds so much more depth to the story, and Dennis Hopper's role as the one-eyed bad guy is absolutely amazing. The whole journey is just so captivating, and the extended narrative makes it even more awesome.
The movie documentary, made by Patrick Willems, about the death of cinema is absolutely brilliant and well-produced and written. I fully agree with many of the theories presented in it.
If you have any interest in cinema, I highly recommend watching it.
UTA Drops Susan Sarandon As Client Following Recent Antisemitic Remarks She Made At A Rally In New York
By Justin Kroll
November 21, 2023 12:21pm
The three stars of “Fun on a Weekend” (1947): Priscilla Lane, Eddie Bracken, and a Great Dane. Lane and Bracken trade their shabby clothes in for swimsuits so they can co-mingle with the rich at a beach resort and somehow get rich themselves in the process. Insane plot, but fun — plus Allen Jenkins!
LAFD: Greater Alarm Structure Fire; INC#0848; 12:12PM; 6801 W Hollywood Bl; https://bit.ly/2Sxiwoq; #Hollywood; PRELIM: Four story retail building (northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd/Highland Ave) with a small fire in the wall of a first floor shoe store now under control, with evidence that heat, smoke or fire may have extended as high as the fourth floor. No injury. No formal evacuation.
now that the strikes are over the bosses will admit that actually, yeah, the workers were right
How David Zaslav Blew Up Hollywood
🧵 I've been browsing old #Hollywood movie magazines from the teens & 1920s. Some of the classified ads are great, so I thought I'd share a few with you...
Did Ida Lupino direct any part of “On Dangerous Ground” (1951), as often suggested? I’ve found no proof.
There are at least 3 other films with much better documentation that she filled in as director at times: “Beware, My Lovely” (1952), “Jennifer” (1953), and “Private Hell 36” (1954)
News at 9AM: Thousands are fleeing #Gaza during an evacuation window as #Biden requests a three-day pause from #Israel. In Iceland, fears of a volcanic eruption escalate with thousands of minor earthquakes and the closure of the Blue Lagoon. #Hollywood returns to work with the premiere of the new Hunger Games film after an industry #strike ends. The #UK is set to release Q3 GDP data amid concerns of economic contraction between July and September due to rising interest rates. #BBC #News
News at 6AM: The Palestinian Islamic Jihad group has released a hostage video amid the ongoing #Gaza conflict, with thousands fleeing south during evacuation windows. #Israel has agreed to daily four-hour humanitarian pauses. #Hollywood actors are returning to work following the end of a #strike. The #UK Home Secretary has accused London police of bias and Q3 GDP data is set to be released soon. De Niro's company has been ordered to pay $1.2m to a former assistant. #BBC #News
Good evening. It's 9PM, Thursday, 9th November. The headlines: The #UK Home Secretary has accused London police of bias, putting #Braverman under pressure. In international news, #Israel agrees to daily four-hour pauses in #Gaza while Gazan civilians move south during evacuation windows. The NHS is set to trial Alzheimer's disease blood tests as waiting lists hit a record high. #Hollywood actors have reached a deal with studios ending a long-standing #strike. #BBC #News
Good evening. It's 6PM, Thursday, 9th November. The headlines: Thousands of Gazan civilians are fleeing south during an evacuation window. The Home Secretary is under scrutiny, accusing London police of bias and facing calls for dismissal from Keir Starmer. #Hollywood actors have reached a deal with studios. Manchester United suffered a loss in Copenhagen. #China's consumer prices fell by 0.2% in October, sparking deflation fears. Shell is suing Greenpeace for over $2m. #BBC #News
How Fran Drescher rallied Hollywood actors to a new labor deal
After 118 days, negotiators announced on Wednesday they had reached an agreement valued at more than $1 billion over three years.
Drescher framed her actions as part of a broader labor movement battling Corporate America, where, in her view, executives place Wall Street's approval and their own compensation ahead of the welfare of workers.
The Film Daily’s annual critics poll of 1930 produced the following result:
1. All Quiet on the Western Front 271 votes
2. Abraham Lincoln 167
3. Holiday 166
4. Journey’s End 151
= 5. Anna Christie 141
= 5. The Big House 141
The votes were cast by 333 American film critics.
News at 9AM: Australian tycoon Forrest pivots to green energy. #Hollywood actors end strike, securing better pay. Israeli forces penetrate #Gaza City; hundreds reported dead. Five #Republican candidates debate economy and #Trump. Disney's turnaround plan exceeds expectations with rising theme park attendance. McDonald's initiates sexual misconduct investigations. #Ukraine secures European Commission support for membership talks. #BBC #News
Hollywood actors strike hits 100 days; studios and SAG-AFTRA to resume negotiations Tuesday
This is utterly f**ked up.
"Matthew Vaughn Says He Quit X3 Over Fox Exec Plan to Trick Halle Berry"
I am from Malaysia and have lived in South-East Asia for a good chunk of my life, but my TV diet has always been very Western. These days, however, it is more Asian. A lot more.
Honestly, I have tried balancing it out but I can’t seem to find any US shows I like. (I still like European shows, especially those from the Scandi countries and the UK. There is still edgy stuff to be found, though it’s dwindling, sadly.)
Here are my reasons:
They are often canceled before their time
Westworld, Prodigal Son, Hannibal … you know, shows that are really unique but do not have mass media appeal. I tend to favour these shows because they are really intense, and take brave steps in storytelling. Hollywood just isn’t doing that these days. Fortunately, there are still a few gems out there. I love The Last of Us, and am thinking of watching Silo and Foundation, but I’m afraid of their futures. Hollywood executives are just too keen on axing shows that “don’t perform”. It has made me really reluctant to invest in any US shows because it could be taken off the air without any proper closure to the story.
They are too violent and sexed up
Some, although good, left me with a sick feeling sometimes. For one, I found Game of Thrones‘ graphic rapes and violence so nauseating that I avoided watching it until it aired its second last season … only to be royally skewered by its abysmal series ending. Talk about seven years of TV flushed down the drain…
Their never-ending structure
I’ve never understood the appeal of the season after season of the same drama. Grey’s Anatomy is like, what? 15th season? Honestly, I don’t know because I’ve not kept track. KDramas and CDramas allow me to savour a story in 16 to 40 episodes. There’s closure and there’s no worry (usually) about it ending in a cliffhanger without proper closure. However, there is a worrying trend of telling stories in seasons these days. CDramas, Kdramas? Stop that!
Hollywood TV and movies have gotten so formulaic (all those medical and cop shows and the 100th superhero drama). Old shows are revived with a new cast. Movies are endless franchises. Old movies are rebooted. How about telling something new??
And if they do find something that works, they rehash it until we viewers get so tired we just want to run away. (Marvel universe, I’m looking at you. Heck, I’m not even mildly intrigued by the new season of Loki, and I liked the first season.)
The US culture war talking points
These days, with US shows, I just have to brace myself to have good storytelling overshadowed by Western cultural agendas I just can’t relate to.
Yes, it is true. Not all of us relate to every cultural value held sacrosanct in the West. Even if we do speak English! Shocker!
I mean, shove your agenda in all you want, but please don’t sacrifice good storytelling or logic in the process, that’s all I’m asking for! And when stories get adapted, couldn’t you stay true to the spirit of the tale? (Okay this problem is as old as time. I still remember that awful Earthsea adaptation.) My heart broke when I watched Amazon Prime’s Lord of the Rings series, for one. No, no, my reason is not the whole “race thing” but the fact that they changed Galadriel so much from canon that I can’t stand her anymore.
And there’s just no good way to discuss this super ultra-sensitive topic because you’re shouted down by the Internet mobs who will brand you all kinds of nasty things before you can get a word out. And, no, I’m not going into this because like I said, I get misunderstood more often than naught and there’s just no good way to discuss it because I am so exhausted trying to explain my point of view.
The cancel culture around this topic is scary, and most people are cowered into not talking about it. For me, I am annoyed and very sad that people can be so mean over a topic that is meant to benefit minorities, oftentimes to the very minorities they say they are trying to defend. (rolls eyes)The Last of Us, one of the few US shows I really love.
Anyway, do you feel exhausted now? Well, this among many other reasons is why I think I am more inclined to watch Chinese dramas and Korean dramas these days because there’s just less drama on the fandom side of things. At least, on the English-speaking side (Korean and Chinese fandoms are notoriously, over-the-top mad with toxicity.)
I just want to discuss the good and bad of a show without the fear of stumbling into a cultural landmine I do not understand.
Other reasons why I prefer KDramas and Cdramas these days:
- It has a definite end to the story. No endless seasons until it is cancelled without proper closure
- Some may be formulaic but I can choose what trope to indulge in from a sea of choices and there’s always a gem that I will enjoy
- The intensity! While Western dramas tend to play it too safe these days, CDramas and KDramas really go places where it … well, hurts! Beloved characters die. Gets tortured. Endings are sad and tragic at times. There’s a lot of unpredictability and it’s difficult to know what’s going to happen next. If you have watched epic wuxia and xianxia you know what I mean.
- It’s over quickly! Especially CDramas. OMG, we are so spoiled in this realm. 24-episode dramas can be over in a matter of weeks. US or Western dramas tend to go on for years and years! (Though I was told that Indian dramas stretch decades lol.)
I do have my frustrations with CDramas, especially with how slapdash some of the filming, scriptwriting and acting can be, but I feel they are still brave enough to be creative storytellers, despite the nutty censorship, to surprise me.
While storytelling and acting problems exist in Cdrama land, for some reason I find it more bearable, and each time a new batch of shows gets released, I can’t wait to try them out!
And the most interesting thing is that some folks on Reddit commented that they’ve been avoiding Western shows due to the violence and sex. You know, I think I too am finding it a relief not to endure them during times when I am supposed to relax!
I remember when some shows were appointment viewing. My friends would gather around the TV, get some popcorn and just watch the show together and curse at it if need be. Remember Lost? Heroes? Man, those were the good old days.
I’m not sure if US shows (TV and movies) will get their mojo back. They seem afraid to try anything different or new. Streaming services and the merging of many major studios have changed the profit structure so much that Hollywood has become, well, a corporation that puts profits over creativity and originality. Not to say CDrams and KDramas don’t prioritise profits, but they sure seem to care about storytelling more.
Until Hollywood gets their act together, it is CDramas, KDramas and European shows for me.Ripe Town is only 12 episodes long and has a run of a mere two weeks!
ℹ This blog post was adapted from my original Reddit post, I seem to prefer Asian/Chinese dramas over American ones these days… I feel like there’s something wrong with Hollywood these days 🤔, which caused a bit of a stir because I dared to say why I disliked Bridgerton.
Admittedly I said it in such an offhand way it was bound to cause confusion and misunderstandings (especially on Reddit!!), but I let down my guard in this subreddit because I assumed there were lots of Asian Redditors here who “get” what I’m trying to say.
Many did, but those who didn’t couldn’t stop harping about it until I got so tired trying to explain that, no, it’s not diversity I have a problem with, but the way said diversity was executed. I mean, seriously, if I had a problem with diversity in shows, I wouldn’t name The Expanse or Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh’s movie) among some of my favourite shows!
PS: If you want to discuss this topic, please keep it civil! I have no mood for polemics, whatabouting, and other-ing right now. Rude and nasty remarks will be ignored or blocked.
Michael Caine announces that he is retiring from acting. The two-time Oscar winner confirmed the news in a radio interview and explained why now is the appropriate time to leave Hollywood. Here’s more from Entertainment Weekly. https://flip.it/MImniM
#Culture #Entertainment #MichaelCaine #Hollywood #Oscars
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La huelga de escritores en Hollywood ha dado sus frutos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy1dxyQk0oQ
Uno pensaría que con tantos ejecutivos creando valor y siendo totalmente imprescindibles, los guionistas serían irrelevantes
@alexwinter GREAT piece: eloquent, kind, and deeply informed.
As your fellow member of #sagaftra I think your heart is in the right place, even if your focus is not.
I’m encouraged by the USPTO‘s recent decision to only grant inventorship to a HUMAN. More laws are needed to help make that distinction.
News at 6AM: The White House is working to strengthen Pacific ties, recognising the independence of Cook Islands and Niue. #Hollywood writers and studios have reached a tentative deal, pending union member votes. The Met Police are investigating Russell Brand. #Ukraine and #Russia are in court over war motives, with UN finding evidence of war crimes in Ukraine. Thousands are fleeing from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia amid a humanitarian crisis. A potential US government shutdown looms. #BBC #News
News at 9PM: President #Macron reveals new #climate plans, and calls grow for a climate tax on wealthy oil states. A million NHS appointments are cancelled due to strikes. Lucy Letby faces retrial on one count, while Gatwick cancels 82 flights after a #Covid outbreak. #Hollywood writers and studios reach a tentative deal. London's armed police return to duty after an officer is charged with murder and 300 step back from service. #BBC #News
Good evening. It's 6PM, Monday, 25th September. The headlines: British demining experts are training Ukrainian forces. A tentative deal has been reached between #Hollywood writers and studios. Armenia is welcoming refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh. In #Ukraine, 34 Russian officers were killed in a Crimea air #strike. Lucy Letby faces a retrial on one outstanding count. London's armed police have returned to duty. #BBC #News