Tuesday Call Sheet: Unnecessary Verhoeven Remakes and Get Well, Denzel!
20 million people subscribe to the Xbox streaming entertainment services and over the course of a single year, use of that entertainment usage is up a whopping 30%. Subscribers spend an average of 84 hours a month using this service whereas the average America spends 150 hours a month watching television.
Maybe this revolution isn’t as slow motion as I first suspected.
People are tweeting and leaving comments about how they've cancelled their bundled cable and gone online exclusively.
That news makes me very happy.
Bundled cable is The Devil.
CRACKLE.COM IS PRODUCING ITS FIRST ORIGINAL SCRIPTED SERIES
Crackle is a free streaming service available through, among other things I'm sure, your Blu-ray player. Right now they offer older films, a lot of anime, and '70's television shows that are paid for through short commercial bursts -- which are preferable to the marathons of commercials we suffer through on anything bundled cable.
Late at night when you’re looking for something to put you in a good mood before sleep, a rerun of "Sanford and Son" or "Barney Miller" really hits the spot.
It's good to see Crackle expanding and the fact that you can't zip through their commercials, like you can a DVR, is something that I think will eventually attract advertisers.
DENZEL WASHINGTON FALLS ILL
Few things in life give me more joy than watching Denzel act.
Get well soon, America's Last Movie Star.
'THE DARK KNIGHT RISES' ROUND-UP
Happy to pass these links along but I don't read them. I don't want to know anything and have never understood people who do. The colder I walk into a film, the better. Naturally, my job doesn't always make that possible, but thankfully most movies suck today so in the end it really doesn’t matter.
NEW ROBOCOP TO BE 'MORE HUMAN,' WILL DELIVER POLITICAL SATIRE
By "more human," Joel Kinnaman, the actor who will play Robocop, means that the mask will show more of the actor's face. Whatever. Thinking you can recreate or improve on perfection is just stupid.
This 2012 take on political satire could be interesting. The original brilliantly skewered television, the news media, big business, and most importantly, the idea that one monolithic force could urban-plan America into some kind of conformist Utopia. Oh, and bad guys were dispatched in the bloodiest ways possible.
Can the remake possibly achieve anything close to this?
Speaking of Verhoeven remakes…
‘TOTAL RECALL’ REMAKE TEASER TRAILER TOUTS FULL TRAILER
Colin Ferrell is not Arnold.
And am I too old to realize that the original "Total Recall" doesn't feel as vibrant and exciting and cutting edge as it did the day I talked my pretty wife into us calling in sick so we could catch the very first Friday showing?
Oh, and Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsdale are no Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin.
Not even close.
4 NON-ESSENTIAL TV NETWORKS
The only news here is that The Wrap could only come up with four. I could maybe name four that ARE essential. Maybe.
LAST NIGHT'S SCREENING
White Men Can't Jump (1992) -- It has four acts instead of three, which takes some air of the last half hour, but Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez are so charismatic and fun, I forgive all.
What blows my mind is that this is 20 years-old. In other words, "White Men Can't Jump" is now as old as "The French Connection" was when "White Men Can't Jump" came out.
Wrap your head around that.
COMING SOON TO HOME VIDEO
Haven’t seen this but can’t wait. Best show currently on television….
BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON -- Arrives on Blu-ray™ & DVD June 5th. Starring Emmy® Winners Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Fourth Season Loaded with More Than 13 Hours of Special Features Including Uncensored Episodes, Deleted Scenes, Cast and Crew Commentaries, a Gag Reel and 30 Featurettes.
Breaking Bad’s most shocking and explosive season yet arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 5th, as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON. Chemistry teacher Walter White’s dark transformation to full-blown criminal reaches lethal new heights as his battle of wits with vicious drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito, TV’s “Once Upon a Time”) continues. Bryan Cranston, winner of three Best Actor Emmys® for his role as Walt, stars alongside Aaron Paul, Emmy® winner (Best Supporting Actor) for his portrayal of Walt’s colleague, Jesse, in this critically acclaimed dramatic series.
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CLASSIC PICK FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
10:30 PM EST: Cincinnati Kid, The (1965) -- Card sharps try to deal with personal problems during a big game in New Orleans. Dir: Norman Jewison Cast: Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret. C-103 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format.
Great script, great stars, and I can never watch without wondering how much effort went into shooting around that card table to get everyone's eyeline correct as they spoke to one another.
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