Two months after publishing of Stephen King’s novella collection If It Bleeds already has option deals

It’s a given that anything Stephen King writes will be optioned for film.

If you haven’t read Stephen King’s newest novella collection, If It Bleeds — which was just published on April 21, 2020 — and you prefer to read his work before seeing the film adaptation you better get cracking. because three of the four stories already have options.

Stephen King’s latest bestselling four novella collection If It Bleeds has quickly garnered three option deals, with a fourth in the offing because it involves a preexisting character who just starred in an HBO series adaptation

Stephen King If It Bleeds Netflix John Lee Hancock Jason Blum Ryan Murphy, Ben Stiller, Darren Aronofsky – Deadline

Good to see Jason Blum digging in on the story “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone”. Ben Stiller trapped the story “Rat” and wants to produce, direct and star in it. Darren Aronofsky optioned “The Life of Chuck” The final story is based on characters from King’s The Outsider novel, which is already a show on HBO, so that could somehow make it into a second season, opines the article.

I’ve long argued that King’s novellas make for his best movies (Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me both from King’s novella collection, Different Season). It’s much more difficult to adapt his longer novels into movies for run time constraints. He does have some great novel adaptations though like The Dead Zone, also a pretty good TV series starring Anthony Michael Hall. For miniseries, 11/22/63 was done really well, too.

I better get to reading If It Bleeds myself. Still haven’t bought it yet. It’s in my wishlist at Google Play (I’m trying to spread the digital love around instead of buying everything through Amazon).

Have you read If It Bleeds yet? Did you enjoy it? Please share your spoiler-free take in the comments area or if you, too, are planning to read.

Amazon Prime Video adds up to six separate user profiles feature

Amazon Prime Video Profiles now appears from website

From the better late than never department comes this streaming channel feature update.

Amazon is finally giving households the ability to have multiple user accounts — up to six different accounts — for their Amazon Prime so that watchlists can be maintained separately.

Netflix has had this functionality forever and Disney+ and HBO Max launched with it. Not sure if Hulu has it, somebody can let me know in the comments, but Shudder doesn’t and neither does DC Universe. Peacock doesn’t either, but maybe it will launch with that added functionality.

So, Amazon isn’t the lone holdout, they’re just one of the bigger and longest running services that hasn’t. Why the change of heart?

Amazon is making these changes amidst rising competition. Disney+ has seen massive growth in recent months, and Netflix seems to be faring well, too. Big new entrants to the market with massive libraries of exclusive content, like HBO Max and Peacock, are also hitting the scene, which puts pressure on Prime Video to offer competitive features and content.

Amazon Prime Video will finally offer one of Netflix’s most basic features | Ars Technica

We could question what took Amazon so long to offer this feature. I surely hope it’s not because of rising competition and because, well, families use Amazon Prime accounts and this feature is useful.

As the topmost image shows, it is available from the website.

We access Amazon Prime on our TV through Roku primarily and haven’t seen this new user profile feature available yet, but it’s good to hear that it’s coming very soon (?).

Have you seen and used these new features yet? Tell us about your experience.

Tom Hanks doesn’t want to anger “Apple Overlords” with his disappointment that Greyhound is AppleTV+ exclusive

Bonus points for Tom Hanks using the word “overlord” to jokingly describe the wrath of Apple for making his new movie Greyhound an AppleTV+ exclusive.

“I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality,” he added.

Tom Hanks on ‘heartbreaking’ move to send new movie Greyhound straight to Apple TV

In all seriousness, the only choices for this movie were to be delayed, released to VOD (or PVOD, if you prefer) or directly to a streaming channel. Netflix did that with The Lovebirds, Amazon with My Spy. If the theaters remain closed, rest assured there will be more movies that take this same path.

The movie looks interesting, I’m a longtime fan of Hanks movies, and yes, will probably throw down for a one month sub to AppleTV+ just to watch this movie. I mean, it’s $4.99 for the month. That’s a budget movie ticket price.

While subscribed, will see what else the Apple Overlords have got in store for subscribers. More of the Amazing Stories would be worth checking out (see: Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories (2020) Returns to Apple TV on March 6 – Are You Interested?)

Are you subscribed currently to AppleTV? What else is worth watching there right now? Let us know in the comments.

Greyhound is available for streaming on AppleTV+ on July 10, 2020.

No Birds of Prey 2, No Big Deal

Birds of Prey ⭐️⭐️½

If you were hoping for a sequel, then you might need to wait longer.

WarnerMedia lately seems to be as inconsistent and impulsive with their decision making as the character Harley Quinn with her manical ex-boyfriend Joker.

I wasn’t a fan of the Birds of Prey movie, despite wanting to love it. Felt like it should have been a live action version of the Harley Quinn adult animated TV series and instead we got this jumbled story with too many undeveloped minor characters and not enough Harley (see: 30+ Birds of Prey Reviews – Doctor Robotnik vs. Harley Quinn, “Physical Disadvantages” and Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda)

At any rate there was some talk about possible BOP sequel, but that now appears dead.

There had been plans in the works to make Birds of Prey 2, but they’ve reportedly been scrapped and everyone has moved on. Our source tells us, “Warners no longer believes in the concept or in the creative team behind the movie.”

Exclusive: Birds Of Prey 2 Is Now Dead At Warner Bros.

Is this coming from a credible source? No clue. But I agree it doesn’t deserve a sequel. Instead they should do like they did with Joker, just make a single name movie, Harley (or Harley Quinn). That’s the film people more wanted most to see. Margot Robbie can come back. The question is who would play Poison Ivy? I don’t think a broad audience cared that much about Birds of Prey 2.

Then again there is a camp that believes Harley Quinn is over-saturated, so maybe WarnerMedia would be wise to put Harley on ice and bring some other characters to the forefront for awhile? I think after the success of her adult animated show, she’s still a viable character in live action, but not mixed with Birds of Prey or some other group. Just tell a cool story with Poison Ivy and her out kicking butt.

What do you think?

Awesome that John Carpenter is still making new music in 2020

Halloween (1978) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Despite a lack of interest in making new music from many artists, primarily because the money these days is in touring not selling new albums, I’m always excited to hear when artists do create new music.

Including those who have done famous movie music.

Although John Carpenter will be mostly remembered as the horror director for Halloween (1978) and The Thing and other cinematic cult gems like Escape From New York, his musical work should also be highlighted. Recently, I shared a post on a Carpenter-like theme inspired mashup (see: Halloween meets Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train cover)

Carpenter is still writing and composing music. Two new tracks, “Skeleton” and “Unclean Spirit” are not part of any movie, just Carpenter and his son Cody freewheel burning.

John Carpenter is releasing a new album in the fall and has dropped two new tracks today. The horror icon has a 12-inch vinyl single containing the two tracks as well. Many variants of it are being released, and are available for preorder right now. These are a collaboration with his Halloween 2018 co-composers, his son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, who seem to have reignited Carpenter’s passion for music these last couple years. He is pumping out great stuff,

John Carpenter Releases Two New Tracks, Hear Them Now
New John Carpenter song called “Skeleton”
John Carpenter’s “Unclean Spiit”

What do you think? Eerie? I dig Carpenter’s style.

Stargirl Season 2 Renewed for The CW only, not on DC Universe – Crows are circling

It was a DC Universe “original” …. but it will become a season 2 exclusive for The CW

As a paid subscriber to DC Universe I’m growing weary reading about TV series’ DCU is canceling, losing or moving.

More and more signs making it painfully obvious that DC Universe is not creating any new, exclusive, original movie or TV content. Worse, what they already have that makes the service one you might want to subscribe to is being moved elsewhere.

Not that this is the only reason to subscribe, they have tons of comic books (honestly, it’s best to think of it is a comics-only platform right now, not a streaming service), but if you’re not interested in reading DC comics, there are not many compelling reasons to subscribe (or stay subscribed).

The newest announcement comes today via Variety that Stargirl, which I’m currently reviewing new episodes weekly (see most recent: TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E8 – Shiv Part Two ⭐️⭐️⭐️½) on Sunday/Monday will be renewed for a second season, but be exclusive to The CW and not on DC Universe. Great news for Stargirl fans, bad news for DC Universe subscribers.

With the renewal, The CW and its digital platforms will be the exclusive in-season home of the series starting with its second season. Season 2 will not stream on the show’s original home at DC Universe.

‘Stargirl’ Renewed for Season 2, Moves to CW From DC Universe – Variety

I wrote another post which will appear here tomorrow morning about whether or not DC Universe should be merged into HBO Max. That’s what some are saying should happen and news like this will only intensely validate those requests. I’ll let you read that post to address my detailed thoughts and opinion, but this news makes it more than obvious that DC Universe is actively trying to get away from having its own original TV content.

I wish WarnerMedia would tell me, their paid subscriber, what is going on with DCU? Are they changing it into a comics-only service and will continue to provide us with a few token animated movies and TV shows? Or are they going the Marvel route and making DCU strictly comics-only?

They recently canceled DC Daily, their inexpensive daily DC news show with their 450th episode that aired last Friday, they are moving the most awesome Harley Quinn animated series to HBO Max. Swamp Thing season two was picked up by The CW, Doom Patrol is on both DCU and HBO Max and now this Stargirl season two decision.

Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that DC Universe is fast becoming a comics-only platform. Their DC comics library is extensive and worthwhile (24,000+ comics I believe), but they aren’t being very transparent with their existing subscribers about what’s going on with the service. They owe it to paying subscribers to say something about their future plans rather than just let us continue to guess based on news reports.

Like maybe: hey, we’re going to fold this into HBO Max or we’re going to be a comics-only service or, well … just tell us what you’re plans are so we can decide to stay subscribed or cancel? Yes/no? What do you think?

I’m currently a paid subscriber and don’t like to getting news about the subscription service I’m paying for from third party news outlets. I expect to get it from the source directly first. Send me an email, DC Universe. You do have my contact. Post something on your official DCU boards. Something, anything to show that my paltry monthly revenue to you has some kind of value.

It’s BS putting out press releases before notifying your own darn customers. Come on.

AMC now targeting July 30 reopening due to Tenet and Mulan delays, Regal staying July 10 course

This makes sense — and yet it sort of doesn’t.

The problem with theaters continuing to wait to reopen until they have new movies is waiting too long, not testing the moviegoer marketplace in current times with safety protocols in place. Wait too long, not enough screens are open, this spooks the studios who, in turn, delay their movies further, thus giving the theaters less new movies to show.

This perpetuates a cycle that will be difficult to break as long as theaters continue to stay closed. The sooner they open, they start testing the market with their enhanced safety protocols and then they’re ready and customers are programmed by the time Tenet, Mulan and other new titles hit. It makes sense.

As of this writing, assuming it’s safe and legal to do so of course, Regal Cinema is standing by their reopening date plans (see: Regal Cinemas Announces Classic Movie Screenings Starting July 10 (IF they reopen): Rocky, Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park and more), but AMC announced they are pushing back their reopening plans by a couple more weeks.

On Monday, the largest theater chain in the U.S., said it would now begin its phased reopening of theaters on July 30. Previously, the company had planned on starting to reopen theaters in mid-July in time for the releases of “Tenet” and “Mulan.” 

AMC shifts reopening to July 30 as Hollywood pushes back blockbusters

As stated here before, we don’t personally care when AMC reopens in our area, because we are Regal Unlimited Pass customers and watch the vast majority of movies in Regal Cinemas in our area.

These are the theaters we’ll be watching movies at again soon, hopefully. And, yes, we’ll wear masks, as they are now required everywhere in Washington State in public. Don’t know about you, but I’m more used to wearing a mask. No, I don’t like wearing them, but I’ve been wearing one literally for months now, so it’s become conditioned behavior. When health officials say it is safe to no longer wear one, I happily go without, but I’m not going to let wearing a mask spoil going out in public and to the movies (see: Will You Watch More or Less Movies in Theaters That Require Wearing a Mask?)

Regal Cinemas is a mere 11 days from this post, and yet no movie times are showing yet. I’m curious when presales will become available? I mean, you’d think the next few days if they’re opening in 11 days, certainly not like the night before, right? Yes/no?

I keep reading about part of the safety is not having cash transactions and buying tickets online … .but yet we’re nearing a week before theaters reopen and still can’t buy tickets yet. I realize they are probably waiting until the last possible moment to reopen, but it seems counter to planning and safety to not give some amount of time in advance of the reopening for ticket presales.

Then again, maybe the vast majority of theater ticket purchases are on site? Admittedly, that’s how we prefer to do it, even though we can use the app in our phones and pay like 50 cents or something for the “convenience” of a presale. I wonder if those convenience fees will be waived in light of this being the primary way to buy movie tickets?

So many questions and so few answers. We’ll stay on top of it. Feel free to use the comments to share what your movie theater reopening experience is like.

Tenet Delayed Again to August 12 – Summer Movie Theater Viewing Slipping Away

Sigh.

You’ve probably heard there’s been a spike in new COVID-19 cases and Warner Bros. is saying goodbye to July for Tenet and pushing it back — again — this time to August 12, 2020.

The article linked and quoted below is claiming their “sources” are saying Disney will be announcing delaying Mulan, too, currently scheduled for July 24, to be pushed back further. If indeed that happens, there will only be two wide releases planned to open in theaters in July.

No movie dates can be considered guaranteed even not in our current times, but you might as well write all movie dates in pencil and have a giant eraser handy.

Warner Bros. announced the shift on Thursday amid rapidly changing and unexpected circumstances. 

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Delays Release to Mid-August Amid Spike in COVID-19 Cases

The summer is a busy time for theaters traditionally. A great time to get out of the heat and into air-conditioned theaters. July 10, our Regal Cinemas have committed to reopening (see: July 10 Cineworld Regal Cinemas to reopen all theaters – Update On Unlimited Pass Subscription), which barring our own unexpected circumstances, we intend to fully support. I heard they’re planning to show some classic movies like Jurassic Park. Yes, I’ll pay to rewatch that movie in the theater in 2020. Or, rather, since our Unlimited Pass will be available for use until we get billed again in August, we’ll get in for the awesome price of $0. We miss the big screen experience, the popcorn, the comfy recliner seats …

If the theater chains don’t change their mind based on this news, anyway. Hope not, but every day this pandemic seems to rain more bad news of some sort down upon us.

Do I think the theaters should delay reopening? If it’s unsafe in their area to do so, then yes, of course. What I don’t want to see is theaters closed and casinos open. I can’t believe a movie theater is higher risk than a casino, can you?

Don’t ask for logic in these times.

CBS All Access Working on Greatly Expanded Library For Release in 2021

CBS All Access seemingly has realized its Achilles heel: it’s working on adding more content to attract and hold subscribers.

As long at CBS owns The Twlight Zone, I’ll be at least marginally interested in their service, and season 2 of Jordan Peele’s version will be available June 25 (see: FIRST LOOK: The Twilight Zone (2020) Season 2 – CBS All Access June 25). I’ll be reactivating my subscription and watching.

Sure hope they go all the way with every version of The Twilight Zone TV in their “new” service scheduled for 2021. That should include the Forest Whitaker hosted version of Twilight Zone as well as the second TV series. And all seasons of everything, please.

As of the last time I was subscribed, only the original series and the newest one were available. Note to companies that own great IP: include everything. I would have stayed subscribed longer had they we worked their IP better, including perhaps some sort of ongoing TZ-related content. Heck, throw up a low-budget podcast that deals with their awesome IPs (Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Perry Mason and so on). I’ll re-up, watch the new TZ season and probably cancel again … until something else new (or classic) and interesting comes along.

Good news for existing subscribers, CBS All Access has added an update with over 100 Paramount movies. Their movie library was pretty bare bones before.

The updates to CBS All Access was discussed during the ViacomCBS earnings call in May, expanding on comments made earlier in the year about a “new” service. At the time, the company said that a “soft launch” of the updated service would take place sometime in 2020. The update started with the addition of over 100 Paramount films to the CBS All Access library, including The Godfather trilogy, Airplane, Pretty in Pink, and more movies from the Star Trek franchise.

CBS All Access ‘Super Service’ Will Launch in 2021 | Cord Cutters News

The addition of these 100 Paramount movies doesn’t appear to be the soft launch described in the article, so perhaps more of the proposed new service is coming later. How soon, again, isn’t detailed.

Am not sure why these companies can’t do an actual informational press release holding to some kind of future release date. Some time in 2020 is too vague when there are like six months left in the year. As for 2021? Just tack on another up to 18 months. Again, that’s an eternity in the streaming space. By the time CBS All Access adds more, Peacock will be in full swing (July 15, 2020), Disney+ will have The Mandalorian Season 2 (Fall 2020), HBO Max, Netflix and Amazon will have 18 months to build onto their original and existing libraries.

Notice I conveniently left off Apple TV. I’m not sure what they are up to, other than sitting on tons of cash and sort of poking at the competition with a few originals here and there. Greyhound, Tom Hank’s next movie is coming in July, but to this writer’s knowledge, they haven’t sprung for any other non-original content for their service. That’s going to make it nary impossible for them to keep and grow new subscribers. Sure, some will do the dip in and out subscribe routine, but unless they go in all in, they’re going to lag behind.

Quibi wasn’t mentioned either. They remain an outcast, despite their unusually short format (quick bites, yeah, yeah), but for the nearly $2 billion invested they’ll hang around a little while on content alone. Something tells me they were created to be bought by somebody else, perhaps Apple(?). I doubt Apple will be interested, at least in the near future, but it might be a not too expensive (especially if they wait for Quibi to fall almost completely apart and then swoop in with cash) way for them to expand their original content library. Recently, I started perusing Quibi’s content — now that it runs on my TV thanks to Google Chromecast — and am finding some interesting shows.

Sure, why not? HBO Max and DC Comics Available as FREE Comic Downloads

Download the FREE HBO To The Max Comics on Google Play:
Issue #1 | #2 | #3

Led with the most important thing every article I’ve read seems to bury (tighten it up, folks! Readers want the good stuff EASY TO FIND!!!!). So, before you read anything some blogger you probably don’t know has to say, go download the new HBO Max comic books from DC and judge whether they are worthwhile or not.

It’s hard to bash FREE. There are always people who will and do and god bless ’em, but …

Me? I just downloaded them but haven’t read yet so I can’t review them (and I wouldn’t review a comic book here anyway, we don’t do movies and TV reviews only). Honestly, I’m more intrigued by the idea and concept than whether or not the storyline in these comics is any good.

Will make a confession.

I am a longtime fan of comic books, but only got back into them within the last six months or so. As a child growing into my young teens, I was all about Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and some others (The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman, and … well the list goes on) then I “grew up.” A stupid way of saying now that I’m in my 50s it was dumb to ever leave comics behind. Never should have grown up. I missed a lot of exciting, fun reading.

Stupid is leaving behind something “childish” for something that keeps you young. Comics keep us young in the mind. Shame on me. Anything that keeps our minds young is worth holding onto in the entertainment sphere.

So, I will always thank Harley Quinn and DC Universe for reminding me that comic books are there.

Is it dumb to have HBO Max as a comic book? Not if you are a comic book company. And, hello, that’s DC! WarnerMedia has HBO Max and DC and perhaps this is another sign that HBO Max and DC Universe are closer to being together than we think and definitely under the same umbrella (BTW, the FREE HBO To The Max comics are also available under DC Universe comics reading app too, link here)

Ok, so some are reviewing the comics if you want to dig into that before reading them yourself and deciding if it’s just a shameless plug opportunity or, well, not a bad idea at least (that’s where I’m leaning, even if the stories suck).

Look, these comics are always going to be some kind of terrible. It’s brands trying to be cool, and that almost never goes the way they think it’s going to. But DC and HBO could’ve embraced how absolutely hokey the concept of “Let’s say our new streaming service turns into a dog that gives people superpowers” is and rolled with the goofiness. At their best, comics revel in the absurdity unfolding across their pages, sharing in the joy of just how potent yet also incredibly silly superheroic storytelling can be.

HBO Max and DC Comics’ Superhero Promo Series Is Awful

Your turn.

Are you pro or con with the idea of these HBO ‘To The Max’ Comic books?

Whether or not they will get you back into comic book reading probably is a no for most people, but let me suggest digging into DC Universe for their 22,000+ comics available to read. If you’re already a subscriber, you have them right now. That’s a ton of comics to check out and I guarantee that if you are any kind of child at heart like me that enjoyed comics you’ll find something to warm your mind and spirit therein.

Enjoy!