Blogs and Ends: Hollywood is Burning

Blogs and Ends: Hollywood is Burning


There were emergency meetings all over Hollywood this weekend and there is no doubt as to why.  Warner Media’s decision to put their entire slate of films for 2020 and 2021 on HBOmax.  While HBOmax has, to put it mildly, underperformed compared to Disney+, Their parent company AT&T can change that instantly. Just by rolling HBONOW into HBOmax and then giving three months free for anyone on one of Ma Bell’s platforms.  The numbers will match Disney’s overnight.  

So why haven’t’ they?

Two reasons.  First, HBOmax still isn’t on ROKU yet.  And second, there isn’t any reason for people to stay once the free trial is up.  Sure they’ve got a better library than Disney but they don’t have a halo property like The Mandalorian. Dumping the summer tentpoles on HBOmax takes care of those problems.  Look for a relaunch in the spring.

Although, as of today Warner Media is facing a legal challenge from Legendary Films on the grounds that they never agreed to this pay cut.  They want Dune and Kong exclusively in the theaters for the standard three-month period.  None of the high-profile talent connected with these projects is all that happy either because their bonus money comes off the backend of the box office and it’s a pretty good bet that Warner Media is not going to compensate them.


Disney+ and Hulu to merge. 

Or at least that is what Collider claims (no link for them).  Apparently, that is the rumor flying around Disney after a bunch of Hulu executives were sent to the wall.  

Collider being as smart as Collider didn’t mention in their article that Hulu is a US exclusive.  While Disney+ is international, you can’t get Hulu outside the United States.   It should also be remembered that Hulu has live TV streaming and cloud DVR service which would create legal stumbling blocks overseas. 

I suppose it’s possible that Disney might do that in the US anyway, but I’m not sure what they are hoping to get out of that other than brand dilution.  Hulu subscribers are already being hit with price hikes; a lot of the borderline subscribers will pull the plug if they are required to buy Disney+ on top of it.  Disney+ subs have had the option of getting Hulu for a while. If they haven’t done it by now, then they don’t want it.


Jodie Whittaker is being pressured to leave Doctor Who.  Or at least that’s the rumor. 

It’s not the Doctor Who audience that is pressuring her either, well they would if they thought anyone at the BBC was listening to them.  But mostly the Whovians have wandered off and are hoping it will be put out of its misery. 

Nor is it the producers because there is no way in hell they can admit to that big of a mistake.

It’s her agent.  Doctor Who has taken what was a promising career and hung a yoke of failure around her neck. Not too long ago Doctor Who would give an up and comer some pretty decent and widespread exposure.   David Tennent did okay after he left the Police Box and Karen Gillan has had major roles in two pretty big franchises.  Matt Smith hasn’t done so well but bottom-line Doctor Who has a better record for career advancement than Star Wars… Until now anyway.  

But if Jodie Whittaker quits now, it’s going to be very hard to justify hiring another Doctor.  When she leaves it’s probably over.


From America’s Paper of Record

HOLLYWOOD, CA—At a lavish press conference today, actor Elliot Page received 17 Oscar awards for his previous work portraying women in a variety of films, even though Page himself is a man, which is something we definitely believe, as you can tell by our use of words like “his” and “himself.”

 “We are proud to recognize Elliot’s amazing work in portraying women so very realistically — most people didn’t even know he was a man,” said Brett Long, Director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Subcommittee on Preemptive Apologies and Narrative Alignment.

Okay, I’m done here.

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  • Ivan Poland Reply

    The daughter bought a Dr Who box set: Eccleston through Tennant and we’re having a great time rewatching them. Good stories, good acting, and yes, a dose of camp. When the She Dr came on, my daughter was upset. “They *could* do a good job, make interesting stories, but they won’t” and she was right.

    December 8, 2020 at 7:12 am
    • The Dark Herald Reply

      I’m honestly not sure they can at this point. If they are going to avoid being #Canceled they have to put the Woke Checklist first. That is the framework that they have to start with if they are going to be allowed to do anything at all.

      No one can possibly be genuinely creative if they are constantly checking themselves for Privilege and Thought Crime.

      December 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm
  • Joe S. Walker Reply

    I think Doctor Who will carry on if/when Jodie Whittaker leaves, but there’s no chance of her successor being anything but Woke, i.e. female, poc, trans or something else from the checklist of approved identities. There’s also no chance of the show being revived creatively while it’s being run by Chris Chibnall, who’s clearly never had an original idea in his life.

    December 8, 2020 at 11:43 pm
  • furor kek tonicus Reply

    “and hung yoke failure around her neck.”

    maybe it’s the EOA, but i’m not sure i’ve ever seen that expression before.

    i mean, i know yoke failure is pretty bad, that’s the whole point of a driveshaft loop. but i’ve never seen it in an Arts and Entertainment context.

    December 9, 2020 at 12:38 am
  • Bonesaw Reply

    Modern Dr Who actors have a 3 series lifespan.
    This was put into place because back in the day Tom Baker nearly killed Dr Who by being so incredibly beloved and iconic that it was felt it was impossible to find anyone to live up to his legacy.
    They’d rather have a range of great and good doctors then one or two legendary ones that no one else can live up to followed up by a multitude of ‘failures’.
    It may sound counter intuitive at first, but it does make sense if you want a show to last.
    If Tennant had continued for another 3 or 4 years he would have become the new dr so completely that no one else could have compared to him without being a mere pale copy.

    Read the old JNT memoirs about the first run of Dr Who for an interesting behind the scenes view of how the show used to be made when it was good and appealed to boys.

    December 10, 2020 at 6:57 am

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