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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.
Zack Snyder's Justice League leaks
ALSO: Piers Morgan leaves Good Morning Britain. AND: A US Would I Lie To You.
Tom & Jerry viewers cop an eyeful of Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Doug Bass pressed play on the new Tom & Jerry movie on HBO Max. Instead of the zany cat and mouse adventures of Thomas and Jerome, he saw the first hour of the yet-to-be-released Zack Snyder’s Justice League. He posted on Twitter:
HBO quickly corrected the error, though Bass reports being able to watch an hour of the movie.
"Zack Snyder’s Justice League was temporarily available on HBO Max and the error was addressed within minutes," the streaming service said in a statement.
Does Netflix have a problem with its biracial characters? Polygon’s Petrana Radulovic says yes:
Netflix keeps making stories with biracial protagonists, but with a persistent caveat. Across multiple Netflix originals, such as the To All the Boys movies, Ginny & Georgia, The Main Event, and The Baby-Sitters Club, single white parents raise mixed-race children. The parent of color is either dead before the start of the story, or initially absent from the protagonist’s life.
Is WandaVision Pentagon propaganda? The Guardian’s Akin Olla says yes:
The American public is effectively paying Hollywood to create propaganda that aims to sugarcoat the crimes of its military and intelligence apparatuses. Funding that could be used for disaster relief and healthcare is being used to recruit young people to die and kill in other countries for the sake of corporate interests.
Popular UK panel game show Would I Lie To You is being adapted for The CW in the US. No cast have been announced for it yet, but it’s who is making this version that caught my attention. EP’s on the show include The Good Fight co-creators Robert and Michelle King. Joining them as an executive producer will be Aasif Mandvi, who stars in their other scripted series, Evil. Mandvi is a former Daily Show correspondent and this has me wondering if he’ll feature on-screen in some capacity.
The Equalizer has been renewed for a second season. Read: TV Line
Disney+ has passed the 100 million subscriber mark, 16 months after launch. Read: The Streamable
Dan Brown’s Langdon, which had been developed for NBC, will go ahead as a series at Peacock. Read: TV Line
Your favourite movie and mine, Avatar, will return to Chinese cinemas. If it pulls in over $7 million during this run, it will rightfully be restored as the number one box office earner of all-time. Read: Dark Horizons
Ahead of its Australian launch mid-year, Paramount+ has made some staffing announcements: Chris Ledlin will serve as the senior director of streaming and will lead on business development, distribution and commercial partnerships in Australia and New Zealand. And Aaron Bishop will be the senior director of user acquisition and retention. Read: TBI
A Bluey Easter special will debut on Australia’s ABC on April 4. Read: Mediaweek
Magda Szubanski will host the Australian The Weakest Link revival. Read: TV Tonight
A very particular Hollywood vaccine problem…
Hollywood is at a stand-still due to COVID. Some productions have moved into COVID bubbles, others headed to film internationally, while others just moved to Tyler Perry’s studios.
But Hollywood plastic surgeons have found business is booming. With a lot of people, but especially actors and other on-screen talent suddenly finding down time away from the attention of the camera, they have taken the opportunity to get work done and allow the healing to take place.
Of the 281 members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons practicing in Los Angeles County, about 100 are located in Beverly Hills.
Which is what brings us to the problem of the vaccine. Apparently people getting the vaccine after recent filler work can face swelling and other similar reactions.
Piers Morgan leaves/pushed from Good Morning Britain
What a difference a week makes.
On Sunday Oprah had a chat with Meghan and Harry. You may have heard about this.
On Monday, Piers Morgan, the massive blowhard that he is, gets on TV during his ITV show Good Morning Britain and questioned claims Meghan made about suicidal ideation.
And then Tuesday rolls around, which is where things get interesting. First Morgan addresses the comments made the day before:
“When we talked about this yesterday, I said as an all-encompassing thing I don’t believe what Meghan Markle is saying generally in this interview, and I still have serious concerns about the veracity of a lot of what she said.
“But let me just state on the record my position about mental illness and on suicide. These are clearly extremely serious things that should be taken extremely seriously, and if someone is feeling that way they should get the treatment and help they need every time.”
Later during that same broadcast weather presenter Alex Beresford called out Piers Morgan. At first talking about his own experiences facing racial prejudice and how that informed his support of Meghan Markle.
The conversation continues. Beresford then goes on to suggest that his comments are coming from being personally rebuffed by Markle:
“I understand you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one, and she cut you off. She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has but yet you continue to trash her.”
Good sport that he is, Piers Morgan then stormed off the set
In Just Say Yes Yolanthe Cabau plays the role of Lotte. Lotte has been planning her perfect wedding for years but sees her dream shatter in one million little pieces when the groom decides to cancel last minute.
Night in Paradise debuts on Netflix April 9.
Hiding out in Jeju Island following a brutal tragedy, a wronged mobster with a target on his back connects with a woman who has her own demons.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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