There's never not going to be a moment in 2019 when the Streaming Wars are missing from your ear or absent from a headline. If you don't know that already, you're not paying attention. But where things are going soon is getting more fun than expected. Little tidbits of news pop up all the time; fear bubbles over and invades a coffee meeting; people who are tired of musing on the pending streaming explosion do it anyway. Things are happening. Bob Greenblatt was in his new job as the The Guy at WarnerMedia Who Is Above That Guy and Also That Guy, and somewhere between picking out a chair for the office he might not even have yet and, you know, helping craft a top-tier Big Six streaming service, when he told NBC News this: "Netflix doesn't have a brand. It's just a place you go to get anything — like Encyclopedia Britannica." Now, for starters, that is just joyously snarky. It's like Greenblatt realized he walked into the Streaming Wars — late, mind you — and instead of … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: You’re Not Going to Win the Streaming Wars by Talking Trash
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When E.T. The Extraterrestrial arrived in the summer of '82, it reaffirmed Steven Spielberg's position as the undisputed king of the summer box office. After coming out of nowhere (more or less) just seven years prior to shattering box office records with Jaws, Spielberg had proven himself singularly talented when it came to balancing likable characters with jaw-dropping spectacle, and audiences turned up in droves to see him do it. He'd done it with Jaws, he'd done it with Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, and he'd done it again in the summer of '81, with Raiders Of The Lost Ark. From the studios' standpoint, Spielberg (who'd by then amassed over $1B in box office receipts) was the closest thing you could get to guaranteed box office success. He seemed capable of anything. Well, almost anything. As hard as the studios tried, no one seemed capable of talking Hollywood's biggest director into making a sequel. Universal had pushed hard for one on Jaws, but Spielberg had dug in his … [Read more...] about The Incredibly Ill-Advised E.T. Sequel That Almost Was
PUBLISHED: 20:21 27 January 2019 Richard Cornwell TASC members protesting over Sizewell C Picture: TASC Archant Campaigners fighting to stop Sizewell C being built have written to every MP demanding the £14billion project is cancelled following work being halted on a new nuclear power station on Anglesey. Together Against Sizewell C Campaigners meet on Sizewell Beach Picture: LUCY TAYLORTogether Against Sizewell C (TASC) says the decision by Japanese firm Hitachi over its project at Wylfa, which has also cast doubts on two other power projects, should mean a halt to the new nuclear build programme and a “root and branch review” of energy policy.TASC chairman Pete Wilkinson said: “The ill-advised energy policy the government has been supporting ever since Tony Blair announced it in 2005 has become a yoke around its neck.“In the last decade, government has been faced yet again with the uncomfortable truth that nuclear is … [Read more...] about Campaigners urge MPs to abandon Sizewell C after nuclear power plant project halted
provided by Published 8:00 am CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Photo: Bill Bragg For Variety Photo: Bill Bragg For Variety Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Bill Bragg For Variety Can Hollywood’s Biggest Media Companies Avoid Getting Crushed by Debt? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman-CEO, summoned all of his folksy Oklahoma earnestness as he made an enthusiastic pitch to Wall Street analysts about the telephone company’s bold efforts to transform itself into a multimedia powerhouse. It was late November, less than six months after AT&T had wrapped up its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. But before Stephenson … [Read more...] about Can Hollywood’s Biggest Media Companies Avoid Getting Crushed by Debt?
11 minutes ago It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Tyler Hoechner's Superman, along with non-visual references to Man of Steel iterations across 2018 TV! The past year has seen more comic book shows than ever, taking primetime television to wildly heightened peaks, with superhero-focused series taking up a healthy chunk of comic-sourced entertainment. Even beyond established favorites, the year introduced a heap of vigilantes and villains who were completely new to live-action. Here, we're celebrating the 15 best superhero shows of 2018, ranked by how awesome, action-packed, emotionally effective and fan-friendly they were, combined with lots of other subjective hot-take viewpoints. Keep in mind that just because a few superhero shows were left off this list, that doesn't mean they were considered awful or unwatchable -- it just speaks to how many superhero shows were on the air this year. Mild spoilers below for certain shows' storylines and characters, so be warned for series … [Read more...] about The 15 Best Superhero TV Shows Of 2018, Ranked