Thursday, October 12, 2017

STAR WARS The LAST JEDI Trailer Trick Did Not Work For ESPN/ABC

So I'm sure, being the marketing guru's that they are, that Disney had hoped that if they premiered the first movie trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi during the halftime of Monday Night Football, that it would probably give it a boost.

I mean for what other reason would you premiere a trailer from this genre during a sporting event? Then, there was, what I suspect, more trickiness on their part, when

1) Mark Hamill tweeted a few weeks back to keep an eye out for something on October 9th, then deleted the tweet.  Riiight. A deleted tweet is just a hollow action and it was probably another marketing idea/scheme.

2) Rian Johnson released some well-timed statements on October 9th saying that the trailer may contain too many spoilers for some and to avoid the trailer if you don't want spoilers.

But if anyone knows anything about spitting out spoilers with their trailers, it's definitely Disney. They KNOW that most people eat up spoiler-like details about movies and there's only a relatively small subset of humans that would rather avoid trailers so they can watch a movie completely fresh. I've seen it too many times from them, where they let out 'would have been awesome surprises' in a movie, in their early trailers, then pummel the crap out of the public with more and more spoiler-like details in the months leading up to a tent-pole release.

So when Rian made that statement, I chuckled. And having the trailer premiere during MNF, well, I figured they were trying to catch both 'genre' of TV fans, plus, who doesn't love some kind of crossover to suck in new fans, right?


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hollywood Says ROTTEN TOMATOES Ruined The Summer Box Office

So "Hollywood" had themselves a mediocre summer box office performance. OK, mediocre is an understatement. It's been said they had the worst box office performance in 20 years.

But... rather than own it by admitting that sequels have sucked or that reboots, sorry, reimaginings and just plain crap movies, certain parts of the industry have decided that Rotten Tomatoes is the problem and not the studios and distributors putting out crap.

Some persons say that Rotten Tomatoes ( RT ) as the source of the destruction of their business with their scoring system that accumulates a score via a slew of professional critics. The other argument is that RT allows blogs in as part of that scoring system.

Let's be honest here... first up...

One film quoted as proof of the summer's fail was the lackluster performance of Transformers: The Last Knight. But if you recall a review I did, the editing was lazy crap and Michael Bay could give a shit about the franchise fans. But yet, it's RT's fault? Right.

Then there's this bit about including blogs in their review scoring system.

Let's be frank again...  professional critics have a specific set of criteria to judge a film against. Or it sometimes feels like they're only writing to themselves about a film, without taking the fan into consideration.

There's a reason I started a popcorn movie scoring system alongside the dramatic movie score. It's because you can't rate an excellent dramatic film on the same scale as the popcorn crap like Baywatch and Transformers and the like. But yet, they do, turning a blind eye towards what the movie fans are looking to digest.

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING - Trailer, Synopsis & Thoughts

The Pacific Rim sequel, Uprising, has had its first trailer released and the outline of the film also put out there by Legendary Pictures.

The film is directed by Steven D. DeKnight, whose resume of products I've more or less enjoyed - He's produced Angel, Smallville, Dollhouse, Starz' Spartacus, & Marvel's Daredevil. He wrote quite a few Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes, so I like his work.

But after seeing the trailer, I am a bit worried how it feels like it has a completely different tone than the first one. Sure, DeKnight might be making it want to stand out from the first one. But this music did not feel right. But I am biases. I loved the score from the first film.

Boyega seems to be a very very different character in this film than in Star Wars The Force Awakens. And that feels very promising that he isn't one of those that gives you the same presentation from one film to the next.

Be it as it may, even though most sequels tend to fall short of moviegoers expectations, and rightfully so, (for example, The Kingsman sequel fell flat for me.), I'm not going to hold my breath, but I can hope that if this is anywhere near as fun as the first one, then it will be fine by me!

With that said...

"The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising. 
John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.”  Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld.  But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war.  As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction. 
Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left.  Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale. 
Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day."

There are other sub-stories peppered within -

-This movie takes place 10 years after events in the first film.
-The two scientists when their own ways after events in the first film, Gottleib stayed with the PPDC while Geiszler went into the private sector.
-Some sectors of the public are now building their own Jaegers.

And a few other details like how the Kaiju have developed or evolved and what not. If you look carefully at the trailer, you'll see it there.

Here's hoping that when the film comes out in March of 2018, it won't be a disappointment! I don't think it will, unless you believe all the self-professed industry experts making wild guesses on what the film will be like.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

HAWAII FIVE-0 Season Eight Premiere Review

I just caught my DVR'd version of the season premiere of Hawaii Five-0. and I had to scribble out this review.

During the episode, they've established Dano and Steve's exit strategy business venture in the form of a restaurant.

We established that Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim's characters were off on the mainland or wherever, so they were quickly dismissed without getting killed off.

We had a computer geek orchestrate the jail break of a crazy arsonist, who the team had to chase into a fire storm.

We saw the introduction of Meaghan Rath into the team.

And then, in the third act of the episode when all looked hopeless and lost, the team trapped in a raging wild fire, McGarrett runs off into the burning forest, flags down a large fire chopper, then, after commandeering the chopper, shows up at the cabin his team is in, drops four fire hoses to them, and instead of grabbing tight and lifting out his friends, he has them tie the hoses around and under the house and he airlifts the entire cabin out of the fire.

And right there, in the first episode of season eight of Hawaii Five-0, CBS has JUMPED THE SHARK.

INHUMANS Premiere, Debuted As Expected

I just powered through the new Marvel show, Inhumans series premiere, and I have to say, if I actually went out and paid money to see it in theaters (which I'm not that much of a dupe), I would have been pretty pissed.

Then again, critics destroyed the TV movie before it hit theaters. (How's that for an oxymoron statement?) In addition, the title barely has any studio support, if you use the IMDb page for the show as any kind of hint. I mean, wow, did they call the parking attendant to come in and type a single sentence to describe the franchise? WTF? Somebody in the upper offices does not like this franchise, at least that's what it looks like form here.

But as a TV show, it was tolerably boring and the ratings showed it, since it premiered on a Friday night, it barely pulled in 4 million viewers. And why would it? It's a Friday night. But industry experts expected ABC to put it there because of the horrible reception it got in its previews and reviews. Even in this day and age when so many people watch things after the fact on DVRs or streaming offerings, the night of the week a show airs is still important.


The Inhumans story line covers the royal family that gets ousted from their throne and ends up on Earth. But the first hour is the royal family drama, taking place in their city, on the moon. Then as the disconnected Marvel story starts to develop, and the evil brother starts to attempt to kill the family, they get themselves teleported to different locations on Earth, so now they have to find each other.

But before that happens, we have to experience each of their own experiences, while on Earth, the place that, as we've seen in Agents of SHIELD, the humans do know about the Inhumans.

KUNG FU Remake was Inevitable; Other Remakes and Renewal News

Tis the era where networks are grabbing at straws that worked from the past, and so it continues... But this time, I might like this attempt at a remake... At least I can hope, right?

FOX is looking to reboot the 1970s series, Kung Fu. The show that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine as he travelled the old west of the United States, looking for his brother, all the while using his wisdom and skills to right various wrongs and kick some unsuspecting ass.

In this re-envisioned version, produced by Arrow co-showrunner Wendy Mericie and Greg Berlanti, this latest version will focus on Lucy Chang, a Buddhist monk and kung fu master who travels through 1950s America searching for the man who stole her child.

Well, we'll see how this one does, but so far, I've like pretty much everything Berlanti has done for the television landscape. And I did enjoy the original, so we'll see.


Another rebmake...  I mean revival: ABC is toying with the idea of rebooting Get Christie Love, a show I have never heard of, ever. But apparently it's an old movie that turned into a one-season hit of a police crime solver.

Things must be getting desperate if they're looking at shows that never made it past one season, back in 1974!


Marlon got renewed for a second season by NBC.


FYI:  Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge will air on Monday, Nov. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 7 on HBO!


Young Sheldon had started its season on a preliminary kind of situation with just a few episodes ordered by ABC, but it had such a good premiere that they ordered an additional nine episodes, on top of the original 13 already ordered.


As you are more than likely aware, Hugh Hefner passed away. And of course, the humor started circulating about the man who made sexy girls nextdoor popular. But I must say, of all the humor out there, there two best memes I saw was one that said that it was classic Hugh Hefner, who passed on a Wednesday...  Hump Day.

The other insightful meme was a picture of Hugh, surrounded by about hundred Playboy Bunnies, and the quite said, if they say he's in a better place, THEY ARE WRONG!

(I know, I usually don't do gallows-type humor, but this seemed poetic.)

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Friday, September 29, 2017

STAR TREK DISCOVERY, Spike TV, Ramsay Gordon and More...

Star Trek Discovery pulled in almost 10 million viewers on CBS for its premiere. Of course CBS plan to get people to pay for their streaming service that no one else wanted, worked, where a bunch of Trek fans ponied up for the streaming service setting records to the number of sign ups for a day and month.

With me, as much as I wanted to watch the show, I steered clear of it. There was no reason to watch that first episode if I could not catch the rest of the series without paying for it. I do not need an extra monthly fee to watch TV. I pay enough as it is.

But that's just me.

Any way, good plan CBS. It worked.


Remember, Spike TV is rebranding itself to The Paramount Network starting on January 18th, and to celebrate that change, their first show they will broadcast will be Lip Sync Battle, then a six-part series called Waco.

Huh, Lip Sync Battle? That's their lead-in to their new personality? Huh.

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Netflix renewed BoJack Horseman for a fifth season.

Chicago PD had it's off-network rights acquired by USA and Oxygen networks.

Fast N’ Loud will return to Discovery on Monday, Oct. 16.

Fox ordered a new Gordon Ramsay show, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back. It will be an eight-episode series where Ramsay will try and save a failing restaurant, within 24 hours.

The Daily Show on Comedy Central got a five year extension, letting the show run on off into the 2022 season.

The Great American Baking Show will return to ABC for a third season.

Freeform ordered a spin-off of Pretty Little Liars, called Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, which will star Sasha Pietese and Janel Parrish.

Mark Hamill, Lena Headey and David Bradley have joined the voice cast for the  second season of Netflix's animated series, Trollhunters, a story from Guillermo del Toro.

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NBCUniversal Sends 30 ROCK and PARENTHOOD to Hulu

NBCUniversal inked a deal with Hulu to send a bunch of their products to Hulu...  among those are 30 Rock, Parenthood, There's Johnny, Syfy's Face Off and the U.K. series Made in Chelsea.

30 Rock leaves Netflix this month and premieres on Hulu on October 1st.

Parenthood will premiere on Hulu in early 2018. Right now this show is also on Netflix.

Parenthood, the complete series.

Why would NBCU move content to Hulu? Well, since they are one of the owners of Hulu, they're keeping the profits more in-house.  NBCU is a 30% stakeholder of Hulu,

Hulu is owned by Disney via their ABC Television Group (30%), 21st Century Fox via their Fox Entertainment Group, (30%), Comcast via their NBCUniversal company (30%), and Time Warner via their Turner Broadcasting System company. (10%).

Hulu is focused on streaming current and past TV episodes from its owning entities.


Back in the day Hulu was a free service that I used a lot, but when it converted to a pay service, I bowed out of using the streaming service. I didn't need yet one more bill to watch the TV I didn't watch when it was already on the air.

And as Hulu as recently acquired 7,500 TV episodes, Hulu has seen a 98 percent spike in subscribers over the last few months.

Speaking of NBC, just in case you had not heard, they had taken a swing at their own streaming network, called Seeso. Not a catchy name really, and of course, it didn't catch on. The service will be shutting down by the close of 2017.

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FLATLINERS Remake Opened To Dreadful Reviews

So the remake of Flatliners is getting trashed hard by critics, where Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, and Diego Luna take the place of Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, and Kevin Bacon. But at least back in 1990, that film sparked the imagination, but this film, well...

When I saw the trailers for this remake, it did nothing for me. Nothing. And each successive trailer did not make it any more appealing.

On IMDb the original Flatliners got a 6.6/10, after 66k+ votes over the years.

Right now, there are too few votes to make any rating count for the 2017 remake, but after 300 votes, Flatliners 2017 sits at 5.6/10. Which to me is shocking because I have always presumed that the first 500-1,000 votes are usually the studio staff, studio shills asked to support their product and whoever. So, um, I'm guessing even their own people are chiming in when it counts.

And after 29 reviews having chimed in at Rotten Tomatoes, it sits at 0%, or an average rating of 3.5/10.

Some of the reiews say

"... the low-aiming remake feels like just another generic horror flick."


"Not every remake is unnecessary, but the idea only works when the new movie takes the basic premise and takes it in new directions."


"To their credit, the cast tries to bring some life ...but a script with all the depth of a baby pool cannot be saved."


"The message of this remake of the 1990 thriller is that one must own up to his mistakes. If so, the makers and cast of the new 'Flatliners' need to apologize immediately."


"The reboot no one asked for of a movie no one much remembers has landed... and it's dead on arrival, with nothing new to say and no new way to say it."


Yea, they say that RT is ruining the box office performance, but to be honest, if they actually don't put out crap, their would be better things to say about films.

So for now, if you had any thought of seeing the remake, well, I'd take heed from so many like opinions and save my money. flatliners-remake-critics-reviews

rottentomatoes: flatliners_2017

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ABC Denied The Option to Cancel AGENTS OF SHIELD

Well, in case you thought that Marvel's Agents of SHIELD was starting to suck and you and many more weren't tuning in because you stopped caring about that alternate digital reality crap of a story line, well, you were right.

It seems, if reports are to be believed, that ABC wanted to cancel Agents of SHIELD, but it would seem that their parent company, Disney, supplied some corporate pressure for ABC to continue running the show on the air.

Which says a lot about how, even though Disney owns all these entities, like Marvel, Star Wars and what not, that none of their entities can run independently without outside influence from the big mouse house. Which of course, does not surprise me.

But, it would seem that the network still has control over most of it's power, because, sure, they gave the show a greenlight for a fifth season, but they've slotted its airtime to move from Tuesdays to Fridays.

Fridays, for those who might or might not know, is pretty much when most networks want to kill a show off. I've seen Syfy do it, I've seen Fox do it... and I'm sure ABC has done it in the past, but now, well, there you are... Fridays are the nail in the ratings coffin for most shows, depending on the network.

Then, it seems, that not only is it moved to Fridays, ABC is having the fifth season of Agents of SHIELD premiere earlier than normal, it is going to fill in the slot that the ill-fated Inhumans series will finish its eight-episode run on Friday nights.

The Inhumans and now SHIELD... for a moment, it seems that ABC is taking a step back on how they treat their Marvel properties. Back in the day, superhero movies were treated with utter disdain, with cheap talent on all sides, resulting in horrible scripts, horrible direction and horrible products. This is how the comic-based movies became such a horrible, not taken serious, kind of product. When Marvel decided to change that, they went through 60 or more different directors and actors before landing on who they did, because most shied away quickly from the premise they were selling. And now, well, you know how that went.

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