Apologies for being off the grid for a few days… not a lot of actual non-emmy, non-Beanie news out there worth repeating. The big news was Mickey Rourke meaninglessly croaking something out about Tom Cruise, Jamie Lee Curtis thinking Ana de Armas was inexperienced and Chris Hemsworth not eating meat before kissing vegan co-star Natalie Portman. Oy.
In celebrity gossip, Kevin Spacey did lose the one job he’s had recently. So there’s that.
New Yorker - Elliot Page Brings His Misfit Characters to Life
The Wall Street Journal has spent the week before the Netflix quarterly report discussing Netflix in depth, led by Joe Flint’s news scoop on Netflix selecting Microsoft as its primary partner in building out advertising. Before that, in the week, Joe had pointed to the next shoe to drop on Netflix advertising… paying content partners for the privilege. And Ben Cohen did a think and overstate piece: Netflix Disrupted Entertainment With Binge Viewing. Now Can It Avoid Disruption Itself?
Fun to see Ryan Gosling mocking pretty much everyone who interviewed him for Netflix’s latest disappointment, The Grey Man, as they take him seriously. But not linking to them… would be unkind.
Shakepeare in the Park NYC: Review: Danai Gurira Makes a Sleek Supervillain of Richard III
The first song from the new musical based on Some Like It Hot was released…
And the last effort to convert the legendary movie to a stage show, songs by Jules Styne, Sugar…
And as long as we are going down this road…
How is this news when the movie wrapped last year? Junkets!!! Olds.
Daniel Kaluuya Won’t Reprise Role As W’Kabi In ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
There are no books like a dame
And nothing looks like a dame
There are no drinks like a dame
And nothing thinks like a dame
Nothing acts like a dame
Or attracts like a dame
There ain't a thing that's wrong with any man here
That can't be cured by putting him near
An (edited for misogyny) dame
Universal Chief Donna Langley Made a Dame by Prince Charles at Windsor Castle Ceremony
Fake Realness From Ron Meyer
And - The Podcast It Rode In On
Business Insider paywalls a very interesting Claire Atkinson piece, “Former Disney CEO Iger battled board, was unhappy with Chapek succession” (You can read with an AppleNews subscription too.)
Predictable Future News: Great numbers will follow horrible reviews of The Grey May.
Her Insta account was erased after this story ran…
Facing fraud charges, ‘Yellowstone’ star Q’orianka Kilcher gets snarky on Instagram
I am a long-time supporter of Carey Muligan and Zoe Kazan… but this trailer makes the movie to come look truly terrible. For some reason, both actors are doing a reporter version of glottal fry that is inexplicable and off-putting. And the movie seems to want to make this very important story - which had been deeply chased by NYT’s David Carr for years before this and by Ronan Farrow at the same time as Kantor & Twohey - seem like All The President’s Men. But it’s not that. Spotlight was a lot closer to how these stories happen. I’m not sure there is a good answer to making this book into a movie. The story that was exposed can’t be told to many times. But reporters-as-heroes is rarely the best way in, dramatically.
On top of that, looking at the imdb page, it appears that the only real-life characters in the film, outside of the NYT, are Zelda Perkins, the voice of Rose McGowan and an actor named Mike Houston brave enough to play Harvey Weinstein. A movie about being truthful at all costs that dances around the real people who suffered seems destined to be broken. So many great people involved, from top to bottom, I wish I could see it any other way, based on this trailer.
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Mulligan seems to be talking in a much lower voice than normal, for sure.