In the latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, tell your friends, leave a review!), we discuss a movie that cost $90 million to make, stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and never even made it to theaters: Bright.
In the latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, tell your friends, leave a review!), we discuss a movie that cost $90 million to make, stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and never even made it to theaters: Bright. The critics did not like it, but audiences seem to—at least those audiences who subscribe to Netflix. (Read Sonnys review here.) So is this the future? Are studios changing their ways? What about distribution deals? And where does all the money come from to fund such Netflix projects like Bright, Stranger Things, and The Crown? (Speaking of The Crown, my favorite episodes of season two are "Vergangenheit" and "Paterfamilias," but thats a separate topic for another time.)
Also, as you can tell since Im blogging about this episode, I am in this episode. As Michael Corleone famously said, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in." Mind you, this wasnt a publicity stunt. I really tried to get out of doing this show. (I mean, really, whats the point?) But, as you will learn in this episode, there were a number of factors that pulled me back in—obligations to sponsors, that previous crappy episode, some truly thoughtful tweets from the SSEU, Sonnys blog item).
Seriously, why didnt JVL and Sonny bring on a guest? Regis used to bring in his wife Joy, and she was a joy! (On SNL, Julia Sweeney portrayed Joy Philbin who, rather than speak up, would take sips of coffee.) But I can think of at least three guest hosts. One is a pollster and former lead singer of a band—one of her favorite songs to perform was Fiona Apples "Criminal." Another watches the White House, plays guitar, and loves mulch. And the other is Mary Katharine Ham.
So much for that. I am back, and the inanity continues.
The pageant world is split over the decision to eliminate the swimsuit competition from Miss America. The Washington Free Beacon, which has covered the pageant closely since its early years, sides with those who believe it was a mistake for the pageant to take such a drastic turn from its roots. Let’s begin with some …