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Author: Cai Ross
The summer movie season of 1992 opened under a cloud; a dark cloud from the still-smouldering buildings that had burned to the ground during the La riots in April. Racial tension after the disastrous acquittal of Rodney King’s uniformed attackers had reached an all-time high and Hollywood appealed for calm.
Thus, in a touchingly bold demonstration of selfless generosity, Walter Hill’s unremarkable urban thriller, The Looters, was hastily withdrawn and held back until Christmas, re-christened Trespass (memorably starring two Bills – Paxton and Sadler – and a pair of Ices – T and Cube). Elsewhere, it was business as usual.
The Rodney King affair was briefly alluded to in Lethal Weapon 3, the second-biggest hit of the summer and one of only a handful of ‘sure things’ on the menu. Though there were mutterings about the dominance of sequels in the summer movie season, there were weird things afoot in most of the other returnees. Aside from Lethal Weapon 3 – which was essentially a watered down Lethal Weapon 2 with too much added Joe Pesci – the rest of the sequels veered off into strange tangents, with varying results.
Alien 3, for example strayed dangerously far from the template set down by the first two classics. Bravely, it has to be said, David Fincher tried to create a quasi-religious epic, following Scott’s horror movie and Cameron’s war film. Latterly, Fincher’s frustrations and behind-the-scenes interferences became legendary, but audiences didn’t click with his compromised vision and it became the first in a long line of Alien movies to fall a bit flat.
Another major sequel, Honey, I Blew Up The Baby was in fact the complete opposite of 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids, culminating in the spectacle of a 99 foot toddler stomping through Las Vegas. It was directed without enthusiasm by Grease director Randal Kleiser, reminding audiences once again why no one remembers who directed Grease.
It wasn’t just sequels that dared to be different. One of the strangest mainstream offerings of the year was Robert Zemeckis’s black comedy, Death Becomes Her, which might have been a delicious satire on America’s vain obsession with cosmetic surgery if only Bruce Willis had stopped shouting at everyone like he was trying to prevent a plane crash.
Back in the ‘90s, much more so than today, comedies were a vital part of the summer success story – an inexpensive sop for the grown-ups while their teenage kids watched things explode in Screen 7. There were high hopes for Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn’s Housesitter, which was only a medium-sized hit, despite the bit where Steve Martin sings ‘Tura Lura Lura’ to his dad, and the other bit when his falls over his couch.
Boomerang was a bigger hit and restored some credibility to Eddie Murphy’s career after the crippling one-two punches of Harlem Nights and Another 48 Hours. It was also responsible for one of the great ironic ‘First Dance At a Wedding’ songs, Boys II Men’s The End of The Road.
Nicolas Cage embarked on a three year long career as a romantic comedy star with the rather wonderful Honeymoon in Vegas, famed for its skydiving Elvis finale. Tom Hanks and his Big director Penny Marshall reteamed to great success with wartime baseball comedy A League of Their Own, which also saw Geena Davis giving a star performance and Madonna giving a bearable one. “There’s no crying in baseball!!!” was probably the most quoted line of the summer.
As with City Slickers in 1991, comedy provided the biggest sleeper hit of the summer: Sister Act, with Whoopi Goldberg excelling as a murder witness hiding out in a convent. As with City Slickers, an unwise sequel was hastily made and hastily forgotten. The original though, was the sixth biggest film of the year and is still going strong as a west-end show to this day.
It wasn’t just the many and varied comic tastes of adults that were appeased; semi-literate young people were also provided for by Encino Man (or California Man as we knew it, since we don’t know where Encino is. It’s in California). Noted for Brendan Fraser’s first stab at the big time, this grungy caveman caper will be of interest to young contemporary archeologists keen to investigate who or what Pauly Shore was.
Teenagers were also palmed off with a silly-sounding comedy called Buffy The Vampire Slayer, written by first-time screenwriter Joss Whedon. Starring Kristy Swanson as the eponymous heroine, but marketed as a vehicle for Beverly Hills 90210 heart-throb Luke Perry, the producers had hoped for a chunk of the Bill & Ted audience that Encino Man hadn’t swallowed up. Sadly, they had to make do with a long-running spin-off television show regularly cited as one of the greatest ever made. Gnarly.
The stalking killer thriller phenomenon that started with The Silence of The Lambs and Cape Fear echoed into 1992 with solid hits like Unlawful Entry and Single White Female. Even Patriot Games – a sort-of sequel to The Hunt For Red October with Harrison Ford rebooting Alec Baldwin’s Jack Ryan – for all its CIA espionage and partial understanding of “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, was basically a slasher movie, with Sean Bean doing to Harrison Ford what Robert De Niro had done to Nick Nolte the year before. (Sean Bean dies, obviously).
Crimes against the Emerald Isle weren’t restricted to the gratuitous amounts of Clannad in Patriot Games. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent in Ron Howard’s Far and Away was the benchmark for all bad Irish accents until Brad Pitt graciously took the relay baton in The Devil’s Own. The film, shot in glorious 70mm was the biggest risk of the summer and proved to be the dampest squib, considering the star power of Cruise and (then-wife) Nicole Kidman. Despite looking ravishing, the script had all the depth of a bottle-cap. It desperately wanted to be a timeless classic in the David Lean tradition but held up against Unforgiven, which was released in August, Far & Away was shown up as the glorified Cbbc TV special it was.
Unforgiven came out of nowhere. Clint Eastwood’s previous movie, The Rookie, was somehow even worse than 1989’s Pink Cadillac. However, he’d been sitting on David Webb Peoples’ script for years until he was finally old enough to play William Munny. An extraordinary, mature and masterful critique of Western mythology, Unforgiven was hailed as Eastwood’s best work from the get-go, took the summer’s number five spot and would later win a handful of Oscars, including Pest Picture.
So who was the box office champion of Summer ’92? Well, that question was never in any doubt. Tim Burton’s Batman was the cultural phenomenon of 1989, redefining the parameters of box office limitations and merchandise licensing in a way not seen since Star Wars. Speculation as to who Batman would fight next and who would play him/her began immediately. Dustin Hoffman was touted to play The Penguin and Annette Bening was actually cast as Catwoman, before pregnancy forced her to drop out.
On the 19th of June, all was revealed when Batman Returns opened to a spectacular $45m weekend, $5m more than the original. Michael Keaton returned as The Caped Crusader (having split up with the creditably tight-lipped Vicki Vale), while not one but three villains put up their dukes. Danny DeVito played the Penguin as a deformed, subterranean leader of a gang of circus act drop-outs. Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (perhaps her signature role) was transformed from a clumsy secretary into a vengeful whip-wielding dominatrix. Christopher Walken borrowed ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown’s hair to play new villain, Max Shreck.
Despite the enormous opening weekend, things took a downward turn almost immediately. Audiences expecting more of the same were treated to a dark, nose-bitingly violent combination of German Expressionism, kinky S&M and oversized rubber ducks. The box office the following week dropped by 40%, and there was further controversy when McDonalds had to deal with the ire of horrified parents across America, ‘tricked’ by their Batman Returns Happy Meals into taking their kids to watch Burton’s deranged fairy tale, pussy jokes et al.
The backlash (against what is now considered a unique high-water mark in the superhero genre), meant that Batman Returns wound up making $100m less than its predecessor and it placed third for the year, behind Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a film so determined to give its audience a familiar experience that it simply changed the first film’s screen directions from Int. Kevin’S House – Night to Ext. New York – Night and reshot the entire script. (The box office crown for the year was taken eventually by Disney’s Aladdin.)
Warner Bros. took evasive action, hiring Joel Schumacher to sweeten the mix, which would help to restore Batman’s fortunes in 1995, before everything, literally absolutely everything went wrong in 1997 and the world had to wait for Christopher Nolan to finish attending Ucl, become a director and save the Dark Knight from the resultant ignominy.
Hollywood was given a crash course in the perils of straying too far from a winning formula in the summer of ’92. Sadly, for a while at least, it learned its lesson.
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- Cai Ross
Ryan Seacrest is still negotiating the terms of a contract to host a rebooted “American Idol” on ABC next season, a process that he compared to a puzzle. “Do I think I will?” Seacrest asked. “The puzzle is a matrix. I love the show. I have great affection for the show, and I think the show will be tremendously successful on ABC.”
Seacrest was in the South of France this week at Cannes Lions, the annual advertising conference, with his first full-time job at iHeartMedia, where he hosts “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” and “American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest.” He »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Fox is the fourth network (following The CW, CBS and NBC) to unveil its premiere plan for the 2017-18 TV season, and Seth MacFarlane’s live-action Star Trek spoof The Orville is getting an early NFL-boosted kickoff.
Ahead of its formal time period debut on Thursday, Sept. 28 after Gotham, The Orville will launch with a special two-night series premiere on Sunday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 17, immediately following the network’s NFL doubleheaders.
On the returning show front, Lethal Weapon will christen its new Tuesday-at-8 perch on Sept. 26; Empire and Star are back Wednesday, Sept. 27; and Lucifer returns Monday Oct. 2, leading »
Ten years ago, makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic wasn’t quite sure who Kim Kardashian was — he was trying to jump start his career and she was starring on her first season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Now, a decade later, he’s created countless looks on Kardashian, which have set the beauty benchmark for many aspiring makeup artists, not to mention the thousands of people who travel the globe to learn his secrets at his Masterclass. And with over three million Instagram followers, Dedivanovic is not only a fixture in the beauty world — he’s personally transforming it.
- Jillian Ruffo
Even if you don't watch the critically acclaimed Own series Queen Sugar (which you definitely should), you should familiarize yourself with its star, Kofi Siriboe. The 23-year-old La native looks just as hot playing a struggling single father on screen as he does walking red carpets and steaming up your Instagram feed - and he's tight with Oprah, so that's pretty cool. We've put together a choice sampling of sexy Kofi photos that will have you drooling all over your screen. Related15 Photos of Mahershala Ali That Will Make You Question Everything You've Ever Known »
- Brittney Stephens
“Dalya’s Other Country”
Julia Meltzer is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder and director of Clockshop, an arts organization. She previously directed the feature film, “The Light in Her Eyes,” which broadcast on “Pov” in 2012 and toured with the Sundance Film Forward program. Meltzer’s work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial, Idfa, Toronto International Film Festival, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is a recipient of grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and was a senior Fulbright fellow in Damascus, Syria from 2005 to 2006.
“Dalya’s Other Country” will premiere at the 2017 La Film Festival on June 17 and make its broadcast premiere on PBS’ “Pov” on June 26.
W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.
Jm: “Dalya’s Other Country” is about Dalya and her mother Rudayna adjusting to life in Southern California after fleeing Aleppo, Syria when the war began there in 2012. The film follows Dalya through four years of high school where she is the only Muslim student attending an all-girls Catholic school.
Dalya moves through her teenage years, from 14 to 18 years of age, with increasing confidence. She finds herself to be a self-described Syrian-American feminist responding to growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.
W&H: What drew you to this story?
Jm: I lived in Syria in 2005 for a year, and then I returned there every year until just before the war started more than six years ago. My last film, “The Light In Her Eyes,” was about a Qur’an school for women and girls in Damascus, so I’ve spent quite a bit of time learning about and engaging with Syrian culture and Sunni Muslim women.
When my last film was broadcast on “Pov” in 2012, Aleppo was just entering the war. I spent time in Aleppo and loved it. It was devastating to think about what might happen to the city and its inhabitants. I wanted to find a family from Aleppo who had recently come to Los Angeles escaping the war.
Mustafa Zeno, the co-producer of “Dalya’s Other Country,” worked on my last film doing outreach and distribution. I realized that his mother and sister had recently come from there and that the story I was searching for was right underneath my nose.
W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?
Jm: I want people to absorb the perspective of a young Syrian Muslim woman and how she sees the world during these complicated times. Dalya is an incredibly open-minded and adaptable person — if only we could all be like her!
What I hope people see is that most young people take in the world around them and have an easy time adjusting to different beliefs, values, and cultures if they are surrounded by love. I hope people can take that lesson in.
W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?
Jm: My daughter Amina was born in July 2012 and I started shooting “Dalya’s Other Country” before she turned one. The biggest challenge for me was to adjust to being a mother and a filmmaker: juggling child-care schedules, my desire to be with her and be a present person, and also to make another film.
Amina came with me on several shoots and I slowly figured out how to integrate all of these responsibilities together. It helped that my partner is a supportive and present father who shared the child-care with me, and that we had an amazing babysitter too.
W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.
Jm: I decided very early on that I would make this film in a very small and manageable way. I drew on my community of filmmaking friends who are incredibly talented and skilled.
Anne Etheridge, my Dp, agreed to work for a lower rate throughout. Catherine Hollander, my editor, also lowered her rate and committed to the project over four years. Iryna Kucherenko, my main sound person, did the same. I’m grateful to all of these talented women who stuck with me.
I raised some money from grants at the beginning of production and then I put in my own money to carry the film through rough cut. Towards the end of post-production I got several other grants that took me almost to delivery. At the very end I learned that “Pov” was going to take the film and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. The licensing fee covered all the money that I put in and a little more.
W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Laff?
Jm: As a former Film Independent Doc Lab fellow and an La-native, it means so much to me. Where do I start? My whole crew is here, my family is here, Dalya’s family is here. To have a screening with everyone present is a dream.
Los Angeles is at the forefront of the pro-immigrant movement in our country. There is simply no better place for my film to have its world premiere.
W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?
Jm: Way back in 1992 I was just starting out as a filmmaker, I met a documentarian, Richard Cohen. He said to me, “Don’t choose this life. It’s a terrible career.” In some ways that was both the best and the worst advice together.
I remember thinking that he was just a depressed guy who couldn’t finish his film. However, looking back, I do see some wisdom in that advice — he was passing on part of his experience and it served as both a warning and threat. I knew that if I moved forward and pursued filmmaking, I better make sure that I really loved it or else!
W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?
Jm: My advice to other female directors is to gather your core people around you. Work for your filmmaker friends and barter your skills and services. Develop a crew who you can count on by being that person too. It’s a tough world out there and you will need these people to survive and get that film made!
W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.
Jm: There are so many. It’s hard to choose only one. “Vagabond” by Agnés Varda has been on my mind. It is such a perfectly paced film and Sandrine Bonnaire is unrelenting and uncompromising as the main character. I love the truth of Mona’s life as a drifter and a traveler.
There are so few films about women traveling by themselves and on their own terms, so this film is a true gem. As a viewer you want Mona to be friendly, fake it a little bit, just so she can be treated better and get by.
But she is who she is throughout the whole film — she is selfish and a survivor. It’s a brutal beginning and end, though. I admire Varda for so many reasons but also for making a film that is simple, beautiful, honest, and also deeply complex.
W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.
Jm: I’m going to quote James Baldwin because I often think of this quote when I’m feeling pessimistic and needing to turn things around. He said, “I can’t be a pessimist because I’m alive. To be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter, so I’m forced to be an optimist. I’m forced to believe that we can survive whatever we must survive.”
Laff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Julia Meltzer — “Dalya’s Other Country” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Joseph Allen
If you missed the time traveling adventures of Ash and friends in the second season of Ash vs Evil Dead, you'll have a chance to catch up this summer, as Lionsgate has announced an August 22nd Blu-ray (including Digital HD) and DVD release date for the second season of the Starz series, complete with audio commentaries and plenty of featurettes.
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA (June 12, 2017) – Evil just can’t catch a break as the hilarious, critically acclaimed horror series “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD August 22 from Lionsgate. Locked and loaded with the same twisted humor and gory kill scenes groovy fans of the franchise are used to, “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 2 continues the chainsaw-slicing, shotgun-blasting fun from the first season. “Ash vs Evil Dead”: Season 2 stars Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead franchise), Lucy Lawless (TV’s “Spartacus: War of the Damned »
- Derek Anderson
“I am so excited to be a part of the search for the next ‘American Idol,'” Perry announced in a video. “Auditions are open, so what are you waiting for?”
We are looking for #TheNextIdol! Get audition info at https://t.co/2Kj6n6Ek4w pic.twitter.com/UCZlQAiHDi
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) June 12, 2017
To audition, hopefuls between the ages of 15 and 28 can create an audition profile on the show’s website. There are two ways to audition—either submit a video to the website or participate in live auditions beginning in August. According to the website, there are only two open audition cities so far in Chicago, Il (Sept. 11) and New Orleans, La (Sept. 14).
- Michele Amabile Angermiller
Erika Jayne isn’t letting a little thing like surgery keep her down.
“I had an injury from Dancing With the Stars,” Jayne tells Et. “I’m much better. I had a little surgery and, you know, I’m Ok. We’re healing.”
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star shocked fans last month when she shared snaps from a hospital stay on Instagram. While Jayne didn’t want to go into detail about the procedure, she was adamant that she’ll be “fine,” though she admits the healing process is “slow.”
Watch: Erika Jayne Won’t Apologize for Being Sexy on DWTS
Still, it’s not slowing her down. The singer stepped out Tuesday night in Santa Monica, California, for a special Q&A at Barnes & Noble for her publicist, Jack Ketsoyan, and his writing partner, Kevin Dickson.
“I couldn't be any more grateful,” Ketsoyan gushes. “She's the most amazing to even come out, and on a crazy »
Canadian broadcaster Rogers Media on Tuesday unwrapped its latest U.S. series buys and Fall TV campaign to local advertisers.
In all, Rogers picked up five new comedies and four dramas at the recent Los Angeles Screenings, having bought a slate from 20th Century Fox Television that includes The Orville, starring Seth MacFarlane; the Will Ferrell exec-produced La to Vegas; Ghosted; the medical drama The Resident; and Speechless, a co-production with ABC Studios.
- Etan Vlessing
Mermaids and parrots and celebrities, oh my! Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello certainly know how to throw a blowout bash. The sexy couple hosted lots of friends and family at their house for a Paraiso Tropical-themed soiree for Memorial Day on Monday.
“Almost ready for tonight’s Memorial day Paraiso Tropical partyyyyy,” Vergara, 44, captioned a Boomerang video of herself shaking her hips.
The event was a certainly tropical with floral centerpieces, placemats, and tons of leafy plants. There were also fruit stirrers and floral headdresses. There were also lots of tasty desserts from Vergara’s home country of Columbia.
“So amazing to have being able to serve my friends Colombian food in La! Gracias cheff @juanmaelcielo lo maximo!!!!! #paraisotropicalparty,” she captioned one shot of the treats.
And if that weren’t enough, the Modern Family actress also brought some live entertainment. Guests held colorful »
After the first teaser surfaced in April, Lionsgate has now unveiled a second trailer for the upcoming action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard, which brings Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson together for one wild ride. Lionsgate has also released the final poster, along with two character posters featuring both the Hitman, Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson) and his reluctant Bodyguard, Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds). The studio has also unveiled new photos, which give us a new look at Salma Hayek's Sonia Kincaid, Darius' wife.
The world's top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world's most notorious hitmen (Samuel L. Jackson). The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, »
The dangerous doll from The Conjuring franchise is coming to the West Coast this June, as Warner Bros. will present a special advance screening of Annabelle: Creation ahead of its theatrical release this August, with Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled also announced for the festival.
Press Release: Los Angeles (May 23, 2017)— Today the La Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced the Gala Screening of New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson with Anthony Lapaglia and Miranda Otto. Also unveiled today, the panels for Diversity Speaks and the Global Media Makers.
Award-winning film company Focus Features will commemorate its 15th anniversary at the La Film Festival with five movies including revival programming and a newly added advance screening of Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled starring Colin Farrell, »
- Derek Anderson
Our DVRs runneth over with seven days’ worth of season (and series) finales — and we’ve got a super-sized Quotes of the Week gallery to match this busy week of television.
RelatedTVLine’s Performer of the Week: The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss
This time around, we’ve got a lovers’ actors’ quarrel on Jane the Virgin, an anticlimactic confession on Madam Secretary, NCIS: La‘s unorthodox engagement and a peek into the fascinating life of Veep‘s Richard Splett.
Also featured in this week’s round-up: double doses of Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, Late Night With Seth Meyers, »
It was a pretty sweet day for the Kardashian family!
Kourtney and daughter Penelope certainly enjoyed the museum's iconic life-size sprinkle pool, while Kim and daughter North took a call in the bubblegum pink room. It appeared the group was filming the visit for season 14 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, so we'll have to wait and see if fans will get more of their adventures there!
Earlier in the month, The Real hosts Jeannie Mai, Adrienne Bailon-Houghton and Loni Love all posed in celebration of DeLeón Tequila's Cinco de Mayo bash at the Doheny Room in West Hollywood, California. Joining the group of gals in a stylish red hat was Mai's mom. Guests sipped on DeLeón Tequila’s specialty cocktail, "Mexican »
A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on May 14, 2017 at 2:09pm Pdt Gwyneth Paltrow and her family had a lot to celebrate over the weekend. Not only was it Mother's Day on Sunday, but it was also her daughter Apple Martin's 13th birthday. Gwyneth reunited with ex-husband Chris Martin and the two took Apple and her brother, Moses, to the new Museum of Ice Cream in La. The Goop founder shared an adorable Boomerang video of their adventure on Instagram, writing, "Best Apple's birthday/Mother's Day Ever at the @museumoficecream »
- Monica Sisavat
Fox on Sunday celebrated Mother’s Day with the mother of all beauty pageants, Miss USA.
RelatedMiss America 2017 Crowns New Queen, Delivers Tone-Deaf 9/11 Tribute
More than four dozen high-strung hopefuls assembled at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to compete in a series of challenges that tested their intelligence, their poise and, of course, their bikini bodies.
(Side note: As if it that last category wasn’t antiquated enough, it was also the subject of some awkward banter between the hosts, when Julianne Hough reminded Terrence J. that it was a “swimsuit competition — there’s no swimming involved. »
This week we wind up our discussion about the 6th volume of DC’s reprint of my (and Kim Yale’s) run on the Suicide Squad. We’ll be discussing the final story in the book; it was issues 48 and 49 and featured Oracle, a.k.a Barbara Gordon, the former Batgirl crippled by an attack from the Joker. She then re-made herself into the go-to information broker in the Dcu. Well, Kim and I re-made her but you get the idea.
This story brings back another character from the Squad, Simon Lagrieve who had been the Squad’s shrink. He and Waller had not parted well and now he was the head of the Institute for Metahuman Studies (the Imhs). La Grieve was doing Waller a favor in treating two members of the Squad who were hurt in the previous story and in return, had a favor to ask of her. »
- John Ostrander
Heading into upfronts, it’s harder than ever to differentiate TV’s winners from its losers. By the old metric of success — Nielsen live-plus-same-day ratings — the most watched Big Four broadcaster and the least are separated by less than half a ratings point. Even the delayed-viewing and multiplatform metrics against which advertising is now sold fail to tell a full story. The studios that produce television make significant money from subscription-video services that stream series after their broadcast window, as well as from the international rights to those shows. Thus ownership now plays an enormous role in programming decisions — and makes the story of a show’s success or failure more complex than anything a linear viewing measurement alone could tell. But the choices made before the unveiling of fall schedules next week remain consequential. The fates of networks — and of the executives who run them — will rise and fall on their outcomes. Variety »
- Daniel Holloway
Nothing how much easier that will be for him to cover the red carpet because he just moved to NYC, Seacrest quipped, "Just move American Idol, [that] would be so much easier!"
"It could be more costly, but worth it," the source »
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