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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Charlies Angels: The Movie! (Again)! ALSO: ODAaT saved! Experience the world of Seinfeld!
Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett who liked Bosley
The Seinfeld Experience opens in New York later this year. It’s an interactive pop-up that will include interactive exhibits with costumes, memorabilia, set re-creations, and props from the show as well as brand-new content.
And, of course, a gift shop.
It’ll be located in the Grammercy district of NY, which is near the East Village and nowhere near where Jerry’s apartment was located.
The show celebrates its 30th anniversary next week. So, this will not be the last you hear about Seinfeld from me in the near future.
Kanopy is a great platform for fans of artier movies - it’s free to access up to 5 movies a month and people can sign up to it by using their library card. It is paid for by your local libraries.
What I didn’t quite appreciate is how much of a financial burden the success of Kanopy has been on some libraries…
“Considering that only about 25,000 of our 2 million cardholders use Kanopy, we decided that our limited funding is better utilized purchasing other materials, including books and e-books,” wrote a NYPL spokesperson who represented the Manhattan, Staten Island and Bronx branches. “Simply put, over the long run this is not a sustainable model for public libraries.”
Viewership was incredibly high for the first round of Democratic Party debates yesterday. The event, which was primarily filled with lower-tier candidates, will be followed tonight by a second round with much larger profile candidates like Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Pete Buttigieg taking the stage.
15.3 million people watched the Democratic debate on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, according to Nielsen, which NBC News said beat every primary debate during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles. The June 26 debate also attracted more than 9 million live streams, with users spending an average of 40 minutes watching, according to Adobe Analytics.
Actor Elizabeth Banks is directing the new Charlies Angels film, which now has a trailer:
Check it out in cinemas, or not, on November 15, 2019.
In the mid 00s there was an article with damning photos in the National Enquirer that exposed actor Max Wright was spending time sexually engaging with and smoking crack with homeless men. Wright had been the star of the 80s sitcom ALF, playing the father. Most of us treated the news and article with much humour, but behind that is the story of a man who was obviously having a difficult time dealing with things.
Max Wright died yesterday. I didn’t feel sadness at his death - I never really felt a connection to him. But, I did feel incredibly bad for the glee I felt reading about and sharing those National Enquirer articles.
Reading his obituary in different web publications today, so many of these stories have ignored the scandal that marked his later years. The Variety obit even mentions that Wright survived his wife who passed away in 2017. It doesn’t mention that the two had been separated for some time before then. The obits paint a picture of a man who lived a life well. And it just doesn’t feel anything like the full story of who the man was.
I don’t know much about the detail of Max Wright’s private life beyond what was reported in the National Enquirer. I’m hoping Wright had found happiness and peace.
Michael Chiklis, star of The Commish and then later The Shield, is returning to TV as the lead in a new drama Coyote.
The series follows the exploits of a longtime border patrol agent (Chiklis), who is forced to work for the people he spent trying to keep out of America, which ultimately forces him to question his ideology and loyalties, according to network officials.
A TV series based on Final Fantasy is on its way. Or, more specifically, Final Fantasy XIV.
Written by Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton (Winter’s Knight, The Wells Initiative), the TV adaptation will tell an original story set in the fantastic world of Eorzea, based on Final Fantasy XIV, the franchise’s blockbuster online role-playing game.
Actor Billy Drago appeared in so many TV shows and movies over the years. He passed away at age 73 this week.
I’m a huge fan of the 1987 movie The Untouchables in which he plays the very memorable role of enforcer Frank Nitti. It’s an iconic performance and Nitti was legitimately one of my all-time favourite movie bad guys.
For years to come, you are going to hear nerds talk about the great Mouse Guard film that never was. Put into production by Fox ahead of the Disney takeover, Disney shelved the film concerned about its cost versus potential return. Yesterday some pre-vis footage made for the film was released and it actually looked to be pretty interesting.
Add me to the voices of people that wished we got to see this.
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