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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.
Tenet hits $150 million.
ALSO: Anna Faris quits Mom. AND: First look at Mank.
On Saturday morning I went along to see Tenet a second time. The first time I saw it on a VMAX screen (ie the big fancy screens - kind of like a scaled down IMAX), but this time I went to see it in 4DX. I’m sure when Christopher Nolan directed the film it was so that I could sit in a cinema with a vibrating chair on a hydraulic. (It was pretty fun).
My thoughts having seen it twice now:
The plot was much easier to track and the time travel mechanics made a lot more sense.
I understood the dialogue much better. I suspect the clarity of the audio mix is wildly different based on the settings at your local cinema.
After the first time I saw it, I liked it, but don’t really think I understood a whole lot of it. But after two viewings - I really love this film. I’m smitten.
I desperately want to visit Oslo.
Warner Bros has reported that the film pulled in $20 million in its opening weekend across the US. Globally it is close to $150 million. The film will continue to play to decent audience sizes globally. The rare circumstance where a movie plays longer than the opening weekend. Read more: Deadline
As far as I am concerned, the upcoming David Fincher Netflix movie Mank is THE movie of 2020. I could not be more excited about its impending release. Courtesy of one of Netflix’s many Twitter accounts, we have our first look at the film:
Anna Faris is leaving the sitcom Mom after seven seasons. This leaves Allison Janney as the sole lead of the show. What is strange about this is that Faris was halfway through a 2-year contract extension.
An Andy Richter Controls The Universe reunion panel is being held later in the week. Details: @BenBlacker
The TV and comics component of DC Fandome takes place this coming weekend on Sept 12. Unlike the first weekend event, I believe every panel is available on demand, so there’s no need to schedule times.
Watch a movie at The Queen’s house
If you’ve ever wanted to watch a movie at Sandringham Estate and happen to live in the UK, boy is this an opportunity for you. The grounds are being opened up for people to go and watch a drive-in movie on a giant LED screen.
Films include: 1917, Rocketman, Toy Story, The Greatest Showman, Moana, and Grease.
Tickets are priced at £32.50 per vehicle, although viewers can upgrade to a Premium ticket including a deckchair, table, popcorn and more space for £7.50. This takes place over 25th-27th September.
A sequel to Troop Beverly Hills is in the works. No… I don’t understand why either. Source: Variety
Comic book website Comixology has a whole lot of free Black Panther comics available to download. About 300 or so. You can find the collection HERE. But be careful that you’re clicking on comics that are free and not ones that will cost you money. Unless you actually want to buy some comics, that is.
The ViacomCBS-owned Channel 10 upfronts will take place on Oct 15. This might be a good date to put in your calendar with the international roll-out of the rebranded CBS All Access on the horizon. Source: TV Tonight
The Ringer asks: Has Rotten Tomatoes every truly mattered? I know I have made the decision not to see some movies based on terrible scores. Source: The Ringer
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