Thursday, 19 June 2014

Hollywood Babble On & On #1156: Random Bits...


Paramount Pictures, which practically founded Hollywood in its days as Famous Players-Lasky, has announced it's slate for the next two years and one thing is for certain: The don't pay much attention to what the Chinese are thinking because it's going to be almost all sequels, remakes, reboots, and rehashes

I said "almost" because they are releasing one movie that isn't a sequel or remake, and I'll wager dinars to donuts that they're only doing it because it helps fulfill a deal with Transformers director/producer Michael Bay. They're even doing a sequel to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which tanked in North America, but sold better overseas, in the vain hope that it will somehow transform (get it) into a profitable franchise.

This is the same company that licensed a good chunk of their classic film library to Warner Brothers because they didn't know what to do with it, and are making stumbling steps back into television after giving it away during all the internal Viacom-CBS-Paramount shuffles.

I really get the feeling that the people running Paramount aren't really all that interested in the effort that goes into running a Movie and Television Studio.


Chelsea Handler's leaving her E! Network talk show and has signed on to do a talk show for Netflix.


The Netflix watching model, especially for TV series is to pick a show and binge watch it in a marathon session. Talk shows are all about being "in the moment" talking to people and about things that happened that day. There's a real good chance that, despite her small, yet rabid fan base, this show could easily be lost in the shuffle. And will her perpetual party girl image, which was getting a bit long in the tooth on cable, and failed utterly on the network, endure or annoy in this medium?

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