How Hollywood Should Navigate Post-Pandemic Movie Releases

I originally sat down to write this piece back in early April, when everything was just untested waters, and no one really knew what was going on, and we legit thought we’d be back to normal by May. A lot has changed in the past several months. Fortunately, the past several months have only solidified the ideas I was formulating for this piece.

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Mulan: Disney Breaks The Formula, But Still Misses The Mark

Directed by Niki Caro
Written by Lauren Hynek, Rick Jaffa, Elizabeth Martin & Amanda Silver
Starring Yifei Lu, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jason Scott Lee, Rosalind Chao, Tzi Ma, & Utkarsh Ambudkar

Upfront disclaimer: the politics behind the credits thanking Xinjiang, as well as Yifei Lu’s support of Hong Kong police are not lost on me. I find those to be incredibly problematic, and definitely worthy of discussion. But that discussion will not happen here. Not in this particular entry, anyway.

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First Trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Written by Villeneuve, John Spaihts, and Eric Roth, based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel.
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya Coleman, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
Release Date: 18 December 2020
Studio: Warner Bros. & Legendary Pictures

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Bill and Ted Face The Music: A Nigh Perfect Contemplation On Ageing

Directed by Dean Parisot
Written by Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon
Starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler, Hal Landon, Jr., Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Kid Cudi, Beck Bennett, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Holland Taylor, Kirsten Schaal, Jillian Bell, Anthony Carrigan and Amy Stoch

The Bill & Ted films have long been a part of my life, and indeed a part of whatever The Empty Theatre has been. I used “Be Excellent To Each Other” as a sign off for the brief video series I produced. #BETEO has been my own personal hashtag in all my socials for almost four years. I went into Face The Music with equal parts excitement and caution. But in the midst of the career renaissance Keanu is having (Keanussance?), and with all the other madness of the world, this was the right film at the right time.

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New Mutants Review: Genre Fusion Gamble That Only Slightly Pays Off

Directed By Josh Boone
Written By Josh Boone & Knate Lee
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, and Alice Braga.

For two whole years of waiting, and the first major(ish) release after five and a half months of a pandemic, I would have hoped the first major film I saw in theatres was a bit more major, and a bit worth both extended waits I had to endure for it.

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‘Bill and Ted Face The Music’ Announces Combo VOD/Theatrical Release With New Trailer

Rumours had been circulating for years of a long gestating third entry into the saga of Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan, and finally last year it became official from Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves themselves.

The first trailer dropped on June 9th with an anticipated August 21st theatrical release, but as theatre reopenings keep getting pushed back, as well as major tent-pole release dates, it was a matter of time before Orion Pictures and United Artists Releasing had to make a call on what to do.

That brings us to today, about a month away from the anticipated release, and they’ve officially announced a release to select theatres and VOD platforms for September 1st! And this came along with a most excellent new trailer.

The official film’s synopsis, courtesy IMDb:

Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

– IMDb

Bill & Ted Face The Music is directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), written by original Bill & Ted scribes Chris Matheson & Ed Solomon, and stars Reeves & Winter reprising their beloved roles of Ted and Bill (respectively), William Sadler returning as Death, Hal Landon, Jr. back as Ted’s father, Amy Stoch back as Missy… I mean Mom… and they’ll be joined by newcomers Samara Weaving (Ready or Not), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Bombshell), Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live), Kid Cudi, Erinn Hayes (Childrens’ Hospital), Jayma Mays (Glee), Holland Taylor (Legally Blonde), Kirsten Schaal (Bob’s Burgers), Jillian Bell (Britney Runs A Marathon), and Anthony Carrigan (Barry). 

My Life In Sound: Inspired by Questlove

Recently, one of the few people I consider a musical soulmate tagged me in a Facebook post by Questlove where he described his #LifeInSound:

First thing I said was, “I’m in… but it’s gonna take a while.” With something like this, you want to get it just right. I’m not worried about impressing anyone with anything deep cut or whatever. I did the 10 Day/10 Albums thing and included Spice Girls. So fuck it on wanting to be edgy and cool. I want to make sure I get my experiences with music right.

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