Disney+ or Hulu might be receiving more movies than Artemis Fowl skipping a theater release

Disney’s Bob Iger (didn’t he just step down as CEO?) is doubling down on Artemis Fowl going straight to Disney+.

Yes, the plot thickens

(see: Disney Pleases Movie Fans, Flexes in Front of National Theater Owners (NATO): Artemis Fowl will be Summer Disney+ Release)

Iger teases that there might be more movies doing the same thing.

“In terms of movies going ahead after Artemis, there may be a few more that we end up putting directly onto Disney+, but for the most part a lot of the big tentpole Disney films, we’ll simply wait for slots. In some cases, we’ve announced new ones already, but later on in the calendar,” Iger said in an interview with the publication.

Disney’s Bob Iger Says ‘A Few More’ Movies Might Be Going Directly To Disney+ – Deadline

The article mentions another possible title: The New Mutants. No future date is set, but that would be a good title to take directly to VOD and/or streaming.

An important point to remember is the captive, eager for new movies audience right now. If a studio can’t release it in the studios and the budget isn’t too large, why not release it as a reason to join your streaming service or go with a low price VOD ($19.99 is pushing it, see: Yes, Some Are Paying $20 to Rent New Movies – But Is This The Right Price Point?)?

Something else I haven’t mentioned as much is we don’t need weekends with 5 or more new movies to watch. The wide release films are going to jam up later this year and it makes more sense to compete against a couple of other wide release films vs. four or more.

Personally, I’m open to as many new movies as studios want to release in theaters.

Statistically, I’m an exception and aberration as a moviegoer. The average moviegoer sees like 3-4 movies a year, I usually see 3-4 per week (when theaters are open).

Studios should want to find the right wide release slot that isn’t crowded. I’d think when there are only 1-2 other wide releases would be ideal and those weeks will be more rare the longer the theaters remain closed. I don’t think even active movie theater fans like me want to see 5+ wide releases every week in the Fall and Winter when theaters reopen. It will lead to people missing out on good movies because there are too many new ones to see and for either budget, time or both, average and even slightly above average moviegoers will miss watching them in theaters.

This doesn’t help the experience when movies bomb at the box office. Sure, some movies bomb and go on to enjoy cult success in aftermarkets and streaming. There have been some great movies that were poorly timed as theatrical releases.

Some of that poor timing could be happening right now.

At this very unique moment in time movies have a golden opportunity to reach movie-hungry audiences at home, ready and willing to watch new movies. So give us more. They don’t have to be the big budget tentpoles, but there are plenty of other movies that should be released every week.

Netflix, Amazon, heck even Quibi is releasing new content during these times. I think Bob Iger — and some at Universal — understand that studios can’t put all their eggs in the theatrical basket. That studios don’t have to choose one over the other — they can do both!

Trolls World Tour skipped the theaters and is going straight to VOD this Friday, April 10. Support it, if you have any interest in the film. The first Trolls was a lot of fun and this one looks like it’s expanding that fun to other musical genres. We’re going to be so there.

Studios just waiting around for whatever future exists with every movie they have doesn’t make good business sense. The floodgates could be about to open.

Brutal Realities – Erin Burnett Breaks Down on CNN + Love Is Blind Reality TV Series Renewed by Netflix

Love is Blind has been renewed by Netflix for two more seasons

For those ordered to stay home, and the dwindling numbers of us who keep going to work in “essential/critical” jobs, we’re looking for something to divert our attention.

News, sadly, is a double-edged sword and I try to measure how much real life news video I can watch (stomach), because it’s often depressing, and brings on powerful emotions. This is a horrible, sad time in the world right now and human beings need to rise up and love each other. I have to temper how much I watch that’s keeping it real.

This post shares two very different realities: the first is a gut punch video that isn’t Hollywood. It’s one of the saddest videos I’ve ever seen and yet there is a heartening message that I feel compelled to share.

It’s difficult to watch this CNN video with Erin Burnett speaking to the widow of a 42 year old man who recently died from the coronavirus.

On a much, much lighter reality note, I got turned on by a reader to the Netflix original series Love Is Blind. I’m working through a detailed episode by episode review, but in the meantime there is some good news for fans of the first season: two more seasons have been ordered, proving I guess that love is blind.

“It’s been incredible to see Netflix members everywhere respond to the raw, authentic stories of real people and real stakes,” said Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s vice president of nonfiction series and comedy specials. “We pride ourselves on creating a favorite show for any taste, and we’re thrilled fans embraced all of these series with such enthusiasm and shared passion. We look forward to sparking more joy for our members.”

‘Love Is Blind’ and ‘The Circle’ renewed by Netflix – CNN

I don’t want to preempt my detailed review too much except to say that it surprised me. Am not a huge fan of the reality TV genre, but this show was a bit unusual and different — in a good way. More to come, but who else here reading has seen Love Is Blind? If you have, let me tease with one word name for the first season:

Messica!

Jordan Peele Rumored Interested In Will Smith for new Horror Film?

Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m not one to dismiss wild ideas, but either Jordan Peele is even more genius than so far he appears to be for this, or badly off base. Definitely I don’t want to bet against Peele’s talent, but this rumored idea — and it’s just that, a rumor — seems pretty out there.

Already I’m nervous about Chris Rock in a freaking Saw movie (see: FIRST LOOK: Spiral: From the Book of Saw), but Will Smith in a horror. Will Smith? I don’t know. Not even sure if Will Smith knows (see: Will Smith in 2007 Described His Acting as “slightly above average”)

Not only would having an A-list star like Smith in the lead create more interest and visibility for the project, but the horror genre would mark unproven ground for the actor. Too often it seems as though Will Smith coasts by on his natural charisma without really sinking his teeth into a character and a collaboration with Jordan Peele would no doubt mark an exciting change of pace.

Jordan Peele Reportedly Eyeing Will Smith To Star In His New Horror Film

Am not totally against the concept because sometimes the wildest mismatches work creatively (hello, remember Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ with Adam Sandler in a frenetic thriller?), also I’m reminded that Will Smith was great in Ali ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ , so maybe he’ll be really good in a horror movie.

Here’s my piece of advice should this project come to fruition: keep the budget low. Considering Will Smith will command probably double digit millions to star in the film, that might make this more challenging, but producers should remember that star power does not always guarantee a hit movie — cough, Gemini Man⭐️⭐️, cough.

What do you think of Will Smith in a horror movie? Right genre for him? Have to wait and see? Curious?

BFG to Blow Up ANOTHER Rumored Doom Reboot, PLEASE

Doom: Annihilation ⭐️

On Netflix streaming as of this posting, and good luck getting through it, unscathed. That’s not a recommendation. Despite loving the original VIDEOGAME and being just so-so on the original movie, I found this reboot completely uninspired and unnecessary.

But it gets worse.

From the dumbest idea for a reboot rumor department, comes another possible Doom reboot. Yes, we need another ID Software Doom movie — a reboot, nonetheless — about as bad as a 12-gauge shot to the face.

How can there be another reboot talk a year later?!?!

Personally, we’re a little skeptical about another Doom adaptation – after all, the games have often prided themselves on prioritizing gameplay over story – but we hope Universal will find a balance that’ll appeal to general moviegoers and longtime fans alike. And if they do indeed manage to snag Cena to star, that’d certainly be a big step in the right direction.

Doom Reboot Reportedly In The Works, Fast & Furious Star Eyed To Lead

With John Cena in the lead? Sure, why not. Do we need another Sarge? The Rock has been there and done that. Guess it’s Cena’s turn. Vin Diesel turned down starring in the original one.

I get that studios (some/most/all?) are desperate with their IP, but the world doesn’t need another Doom movie. Especially another reboot. The first Doom picture was a bust and lost money and I don’t know the finances on Annihilation, but guessing that’s not been a huge moneymaker. Who thinks another reboot will do something the other two movies haven’t done?

When stupid project ideas are floated my go-to response is: can’t we just pick any other bestselling book and make a movie from that instead of another cash grip reboot? Moviegoers are smarter than this. Seriously, we are.

Now, before anybody jumps on me for bashing a movie I haven’t seen (it’s not even a movie yet, though, it’s a rumor of another reboot). We don’t need to see this, that’s the point. This project should be dead on arrival. Whomever is thinking about it at Universal needs to get the memo that Doom is not a viable movie reboot property any time soon.

In some weird, surreal way it’s like we’re inside the game, geared up, and from out behind a maze comes a reboot sequel, tentacles, teeth, ready to rip moviegoers to shreds.

We’re all doomed.

What are other Movie/TV Bloggers Writing About During The Pandemic?

Comments left on a post here, see: Ranking Stallone’s Rocky and Creed Films

One of the strengths of my first blog was an active commenting section.

It grew into primarily a tech-focused blog, but it was so wide-open topic-wise that posts could — and sometimes did — go pretty much anywhere, leading into some really fascinating discussions.

It’s easy missing most of those discussions (the ones that were invaded by drive-by trolls, not so much). In fact, I’m not sure how many of those regular readers and commenters even realize that I’m now blogging here.

An Active Comment Section Goal

We aren’t quite there on this blog yet with as active a comment section, but it’s certainly a goal of mine someday to rebuild that former commenting area activity glory. It’s almost two decades later and social interaction is spread around more now admittedly. In time, hopefully I can convince you, dear readers, that after posting these worked upon words I care about the comments left and social interaction that follows. If a post gets a lot of likes and several comments, that suggests to me it’s a topic of interest to readers as well. If it receives less interaction, I missed engaging you.

If I wanted to just write in a vacuum, I’d write another book (I’ve written seven of them to date, and really should get the eighth one finished). When you write a book the traditional way there isn’t any comment section, it’s (hopefully) published and then the reviews are really the only feedback the author receives. Maybe my eighth book should be non-traditional. Make it part of a blog with chapter by chapter comment section interaction? (that’s been done before, but hey).

There are some blogs that don’t have comment sections. If that’s your thing, it’s cool. I’m not telling anybody else what to do with their sites. Me? I enjoy receiving comments. Likes are good, too, but the more comments the merrier. As long as they aren’t spam or too trollish.

One of the great strengths of blogging is in the feedback and interaction received. It’s helpful for understanding what drives interest. And it’s more than just see if you can write something that makes others leave comments. Clickbait is cheap, easy and like candy. Tastes good briefly and then makes you feel bad if you get too much. I’d rather write something heartfelt and real and receive comments. There is a big difference in what I’m describing.

Engaging readers to take time out of his/her/their busy schedules is tough, but very rewarding.

What are other movie bloggers writing about right now?

Enough about here and me, let’s talk about you, you, you. Readers. Some, perhaps most, of you are also movie bloggers.

Now that we’re in the middle of this pandemic, it got me thinking about what other movie bloggers are writing about right now on their blogs. If new movies were your primary source of content, as they were here, what are you doing instead?

As of this writing, I follow over 1,500 movie bloggers. Some of them stop by here and drop likes on posts once in awhile (thank you) and a smaller subset will even leave comments. If you’ve left a comment here in the last 60 days, then you’re the focus of this post.

I decided to check comments made on recent posts and anybody who has left at least one comment, visit his/her/their blog and report and share what they are writing about now. Who knows, maybe some of you will pick up some new readers. I feel like I’m getting to know these bloggers through their comments and blog posts. Our way of saying thank you.

Let’s get to it.

Readers with blogs that have left comments here recently

Empish

As I get older my sight is weakening, but Empish lost her sight over 20 years ago, as she explains in My Blindness Doesn’t Determine My Happiness. She writes a blog with a mission statement that reads: “Educate, empower and enlighten you with news, stories, and info about the blind and visually-impaired community.” A very interesting perspective, so check out her blog.

It doesn’t seem that Empish’s blog posting frequency has changed, but her posting material is geared more toward topics involving the pandemic. Recent posts include: Watching Movies at Home During Covid-19, Zoom Videoconferencing Helps Me Live Work and Play During Covid-19 and How I Manage Anxiety Around the Coronavirus Virus.

Giadreams

G is still doing her thing, seemingly unchanged by current times, posting movie reviews, trailer commentary and more with a post a day. Most recent reviews include: Onward and The Postcard Killings.

Commenter and blogger Ross Braterman at The Middle-Aged Critic offers “Movie, Concert, Comedian and Experiential Reviews” at his blog.

Ross has made a half dozen or so posts since January 28, 2020 with his most recent post March 27, 2020: Event Review: AJR Instagram Live Event and movies reviews for: Impractical Jokers: The Movie and Just Mercy. It doesn’t appear from my reading that he’s changed his frequency of posting very much during the pandemic. His concert review posts are interesting, check them out.

DouginNC

DouginNC has been blogging about a wide variety of topics for several years, and in 2017 he added movies, books and stage production coverage.

Like Ross, DouginNC has made a half dozen or so posts since the end of January 2020 including movie reviews of Closer (2004) and Yesterday (2017) and disappointment over the lack of this year’s March Madness, titled: MARCH SADNESS 2020.

The Conductor

Lighttrain Reviews is chugging along with 5 posts in March, 7 in February, 4 in January and 1 this month as of this writing April 2020: Top 7 Most Expensive Theatrical Film Disasters – Out of Order — it seems like The Conductor at Lighttrain Reviews has actually increased his post frequency undeterred by the current climate.

Good. Keep posting! I made sure to weigh in on The Conductor’s post: How My Ratings System Works — ratings are a much more complex animal than meet’s the eye. The simplest and most commonly recognized 5-star rating system (what we’re using here) is flawed on a number of levels. It has led to many creative ratings systems that, unfortunately, moviegoers don’t always understand. Rotten Tomatoes system is widely misunderstood (the % is simply the overall positive reviews, not an overall % review score) Maybe the simplest review rating is simply yes (see it) or no (don’t) and everything else just muddies the waters.

The Critic

On 3/3 The Critic started working on a site design revamp that should be launching any day now according to the most recent message on his site.

The blog feed is very much still active and has March 2020 reviews of Turbo Kid, Summer of ’84, Halloween (2018), Halloween, Black Christmas, Ouija: Origins of Evil, Ouija, The Lodge, Goodnight Mommy, The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body and Portrait of a Lady On Fire.

PatrickWhy

The Ebert Test is an intriguing name for a blog. Googled it and learned the definition from Wikipedia is: “gauges whether a computer-based synthesized voice can tell a joke with sufficient skill to cause people to laugh.”

From the subtitle this blog says “Nerding Out & Diving Deep” which is right up my geeky alley. So, what is PatrickWhy blogging about?

5 posts in January, 2 in February, 3 in March and none in April so far, PatrickWhy writes deep, pensive posts which form a mosaic of compelling topics like HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND(S): ROB ROY, BRAVEHEART AND THE SCOTTISH MOMENT, THE QUIET ONE: LIQUID SWORDS, STILL CHOPPING OFF HEADS AT 25 (ed. love this title!)

It doesn’t seem like PatrickWhy has changed his post material, depth or voice during these times.

Likes on Recent Posts

Here are a list of reader blogs that have (very) recently left likes on posts — thank you! I skipped listing those who also left a comment, because those are covered above.

If your blog is listed above and you have not left a comment here before, hopefully you’ll find a post to leave one or more on in the future. Or, if inspired, comment on your blog and link back in — trackback and pingbacks are accepted from linked in blog posts.

When Do YOU Leave Comments? What are YOU Writing about during the Pandemic?

If you have never left a comment here before, I’m also curious to hear what your writing about during the pandemic? Have you changed your blogging habits at all? Posting more? Posting less? Why?

Am interested what makes you decide to leave a comment? Some posts, like this one, end with a question for readers, because I’m hoping you will engage on the topic and share your opinion. Yes, your opinion matters, even if/when we disagree. We will disagree on movies and TV shows from time to time. You’ll like some I don’t and vice versa and it’s all good.

Let’s discuss.

CBS, please scrap Star Trek: Picard Season 2 and give us Star Trek: Next Generation Titan

I give up, replace me with a real crew exploring the universe, that’s Star Trek that you deserve!

CBS won’t listen to some lowly blogger, but hey, I’ll put my request on the web for all of virtual eternity.

Don’t want to rehash my dislike of Star Trek: Picard, but the show described in the paragraph below sounds like the Star Trek I’d still love to watch … if only it existed.

“Assuming that the Titan is still in service — probably a reasonable assumption — she’s nearly a decade in Riker’s rear-view, and he in hers,” Chabon says. “It’s off somewhere in the galaxy exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life, etc. This brand new Curiosity-class ship was freshly crewed up and ready to go.”

Star Trek: Picard Showrunner Explains Why Riker Wasn’t on the Titan in the Finale

That’s right (bolding in quote above is mine), you can keep Picard. Thank goodness Patrick Stewart is lobbying against a pandemic plotline for season two (Star Trek: Outbreak!).

Give me Riker before he was retired in charge of the Titan. Give him some synths, perhaps Brent Spiner as some other Data-relative or having his memories implanted, Worf at tactical, Geordie Laforge as the Scotty of the engine room, Counselor Deanna Troi as the new Number One, Dr. Crusher in charge of medical or as a hologram assisting a new doctor. Send this crew out into the great unknown.

There we go. That’s the series that, with the right humanity and solid writing and acting, would be worth seeing. Those of you reading that stayed with Picard longer than me, what do you want to see happen for the next Star Trek?

Go ahead. We can always dream.

Which Streaming Service Are You Watching Most During The Pandemic?

Netflix and chill.

That’s the answer right now. It was #2.

#1 through most of last year was Amazon Prime Video. Roku third. Then Vudu. Then DCU (mostly for Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman TV series). We don’t have any other paid streaming subscriptions at the moment.

While everyone’s spending a lot more time at home streaming video, Netflix is taking more than its fair share of viewing. Thirty-five percent of people are watching more Netflix than any other streaming service, according to a March 29 survey from Morning Consult. The next closest competitor is Disney’s Hulu, at 10%. Disney+ came in at 4%.

Netflix Is Winning the “Streaming Wars”

Netflix specializes in and has popularized on the internet binge watching and right now the 7-part mini-series, Tiger King is the poster child of success on the platform:

The only live TV available to people is the news, and that doesn’t provide any escapism. Netflix was never invested in live TV. Executives have reiterated they don’t want to be in that space. Tiger King,with its instant meme-making moments and its availability to more than 167 million subscribers, gives Netflix an advantage in a world where live TV has all but diminished.

Tiger King is a viral success because Netflix rules the jungle

I tried watching Tiger King, but honestly the subject matter wasn’t for me. I’m not big on wild animals in captivity stories. This isn’t a review and there probably won’t be one here, so we’re going to miss out on joining in on the popularity. If you liked Tiger King, you’re welcome to tell me about it in the comments section. My Twitter has been raging and I’ve read other bloggers talking about it, but reader views are welcome here.

Back to why Amazon isn’t #1 right now, because there’s a better public service announcement than trying to get a little Tiger King love from the masses.

WARNING: Hacking is on the rise during the pandemic

Recently, our Amazon Prime account was hacked and compromised. If you aren’t using two-factor authentication for Amazon, use it. In fact, use two-factor authentication on every important website involving any kind of commerce activity. Your banking naturally, Google, Amazon, etc.

Yes, beware, hackers are out there. I called Amazon and notified them that someone was up to no good (we knew right away there was a problem) trying to make unauthorized purchases through our Amazon account (that we’ve had since mid 2000s).

Alas, they locked down our account and that was the end. That’s been well over a month ago and our Amazon Prime came up for renewal and could not renew since everything was disabled. We reached customer service the middle of last month and they said our account had to be “sanitized” first before it could be restored.

Their sanitation department is either out or severely limited. I understand.

Call Amazon and you get a message that right now due to the virus their customer service has been impacted. I email and get no answer. I understand.

So, whenever this is over we’ll get the account restored, but in the meantime, the established Amazon account I’ve had for over 13 years is disabled and locked.

My wife started a brand new Amazon account. She ordered some items through there, in fact. We’ll probably have to setup Amazon Prime Video through there to be able to start streaming through there again.

Your turn.

Please share your streaming story during the pandemic. What streaming service are you watching the most right now?