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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.
RIP TV icon Larry King
ALSO: Movie dates delayed. AND: The Boris Johnson TV show
Us TV legend Larry King dead at 87
By now you will have heard that pioneering broadcaster Larry King had died over the weekend following his hospitalization with COVID-19. King wasn’t a journalist. He didn’t ask the hard-hitting questions. But he liked asking questions and getting to a sense of truth to reveal the humanity of his guests.
Politicians, crackpot inventors, conspiracy theorists and spiritual mediums loved his show, which let them reach huge audiences without facing challenging questions. Mr. King called it “infotainment,” and for millions across America and some 130 countries around the world, it was a delightful, if sometimes bizarre, hybrid of information and entertainment, delivered in prime time for an hour each weeknight.
On Sunday I watched the ‘movie’ In & Of Itself. It’s a recording of a live stage show performed by illusionist Derek DelGaudio and directed by Frank Oz. It’s one of the most incredible and profound experiences I’ve had watching filmed entertainment. I hit the end of it and was just stunned by what I’d watched. Throughout 90 minutes, DelGaudio reveals his own interior life and explores the identity of every person in his audience (this includes you, home viewer).
What do we see and expect of the world? And how does the world hide and obfuscate the identity of others from us? These aren’t questions I have asked after seeing a magic show before. Also, I’ve never been left questioning who and what I am.
I am… now a believer in magic.
Check out In & Of Itself when you get the opportunity. It’s streaming now in the US on Hulu and I’m sure it’ll soon be available elsewhere.
Movies are on the move
Over the weekend there has been a slew of movie date changes announced (as expected). And I’d suggest that there is a lot of wishful thinking going on here for anyone who thinks we’re getting another big budget Hollywood release of anything in 2021 (at least not one without a streaming component to its release). For those that do have a streaming component (such as Warner Bros HBO Max day and date releases), we’ll likely see them on the cinema screen here in Australia.
No Time to Die - Oct 8 Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Nov 11 A Quiet Place Part 2 - Sept 17 Unchartered - Feb 11 2022 Morbius - Jan 21 2022 Last Night in Soho - Oct 22 Nobody - April 2 Bios - August 13 Cinderella - July 16 Peter Rabbit 2 - June 11
Films still yet to be moved: Black Widow, F9: The Fast Saga, Free Guy,” “The King’s Man, Chaos Walking, Cruella, and Venom 2.
Boris Johnson as entertainment
Modern horror villain Boris Johnson will be played by Kenneth Branagh in a new Sky TV series that examines Britain’s “muddled” response to dealing with COVID-19. The series, This Sceptred Isle, will be directed by Michael Winterbottom.
“The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered forever,” said Winterbottom. “A time when the country came together to battle an invisible enemy. A time when people were more aware than ever of the importance of community. Our series weaves together countless true stories — from Boris Johnson in Number 10 to front line workers around the country — chronicling the efforts of scientists, doctors, care home workers and policy makers to protect us from the virus.”