We got a War of The Worlds update!
Hope For CNN?
And we got Friends! Brew a strong tea: yo!
Star Wars: Episode Stink
May 19th 1999 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace opened in cinemas. I was there!
The Phantom Menace is a reprehensible movie.
No amount of time or nostalgia will make it palatable.
Tank is tank: you can’t magically Febreze the stench off this Star Wars failure. Little did we know in 99 this foreshadowed the quality that was to come over the next few decades.
War of the Worlds: Suck It Canada
Season 2 of War of the Worlds is currently airing in Europe as of May 17 (what the rude!!).
It’s coming to America on June 6 on EPIX: “You tell ’em I’M coming…and hell’s coming with me, you hear?…Hell’s coming with me!”
Speaking of hell if you live in Canada you can suck it. That’s our third world policy when it comes to streaming and digital TV assets.
Now Deadline is saying War Of The Worlds Is Moving To Disney+.
We scored War of the Worlds via CBC (CBC Gem is their streamer) however we in Canada have the “good” Disney+ with all the swears and such (thanks?). So I dunno if it’ll jump from CBC to Disney??!
What’s the plan here? What are we doing here people? If Americans know it’ll be back on EPIX on June 6 how come we don’t know when it’ll air here?!
I also like when they announce a Season 3 before Season 2 has properly aired. It takes the pressure off “ratings.” These types of dynamic sci-fi shows have a habit of folding early leaving viewers hanging. So new season news is great for viewers and writers. Whew. Good job!
Ontario Cinemas: Open Em Already!
It’s utterly impossible to have “provincial consistency” when in Ontario we have provincial stupidity.
Closing cinemas doesn’t make any sense: it’s absent all logic, it’s detrimental to an entire ecosystem of creators and most importantly: confirms your mom is so fat Premier Doug Ford.
Open The Borders or Open The Cinemas. Choose Wisely. The pandemic takeaway is nothing will change in Canada until we have an Cinematic MLK. Every mess dictates the need for leadership and a vision.
Who Asked For This?! (KInda…)
The Time Traveler’s Wife is a hard sell but!
It’s got only 1 director for all 6 episodes: which is great. Multiple directors is a red flag. It’s David Nutter from X-Files: sweet. Solid choice.
And it’s Steven Moffat who is one of the best TV writers since Rod Serling. So the crew is good.
But I already read the book. And then I saw the movie. (Don’t ask.) Do we really need to keep returning to this tale? Regardless of my logical feelings: The Time Traveler’s Wife Begins Production.
The Next Last Dance…
“ESPN Sets Launch of Mets Documentary, ‘Once Upon a Time in Queens,’ for 2021”
Once Upon a Time in Queens is a four-part series on the 1986 Mets: it’s basically The Last Dance but for 80s Mets. I dunno who they are or what they accomplished so I go into this one cold.
Drops later this year on ESPN. Who else needs a Last Dance? Hulu is working on the Lakers.
CNN: Seeing CNN
A bit more on CNN following the Discovery’s WarnerMedia merger.
CNN as a news outlet is male nipple useless but CNN Films is utter gold. CNN Films is up there in quality and broad scope as ESPN’s 30 for 30.
If CNN were at risk of being commoditized before, there is now a feeling inside the company that the brand is likely to get bigger, rather than shrink. Whereas there had been concern that CNN would have to fight as a scrappy independent company in a spin-off, or absorbed into another news organization in a sale, those fears have faded away.
“This is probably the best outcome for us,” a CNN source said.
Increased access and a reliable platform to CNN’s film catalogue would be highly welcome and deeply appreciated. They’re so hard to find. So this is…good news!
Trailer Alert: Friends: The Reunion
A #TrailerAlert for white people. Gather your Pumpkin Spice Latte and get off your Peloton bike.
It’s been a rough couple of years: white people have been charged with slavery, being fragile, propping up the patriarchy (whatever that is) but now you get a treat: Friends: The Reunion.
May 27 on HBO Max to watch The One where HBO Max fights to stay relevant.
Sammy Younan is the affable host of My Summer Lair: think NPR’s Fresh Air meets Kevin Smith: interviews & impressions on Pop Culture.