Spectre Teaser Review

The teaser trailer for Spectre teases the 24th James Bond in the franchise.  Actor Daniel Craig reprises the 007 role for the fourth time.

The Truth About Book-to-Screen Adaptations

A big misconception among some movie viewers is that a film based on any type of literary property should be exactly as the book is written.  The passion and love for a particular book is understandable, but it is not practical.  A film and any kind of book each have two different methods of functionality and storytelling techniques to the human brain.

Lessons for African-Americans in Film After the Oscars

With the 2015 Oscars in the books, there are lessons that African-Americans and African-American filmmakers can take away from Selma only winning Best Song.  When the nominations were announced and David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were considered “snubbed” for Best Actor and Best Director respectively, social media hashtags (i.e. #OscarsSoWhite) and claims of protests rained from the heavens for a lack of diversity.  Even though the Duverney film received plenty of critical acclaim, its downfall with the Academy was the last-minute screeners.

Codeblack’s New Distribution Deal

Codeblack Films’ new output deal with Eagle Films is winning situation for African-American audiences, production companies and filmmakers.  With complaints on social media about the lack of diversity in film in America, this deal will start the process of diversification.  The Lionsgate company (Codeblack) already has an existing deal in South Africa with Times Media Films.  The new deal with Eagle Films gets their content to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa.

Insurgent Movie Review

Secrets, self-loathing and society are just a few of the themes in part two of The Divergent Series, Insurgent.  Actress Shailene Woodley reprises her role as protagonist Tris who is very much conflicted after the events of the first film.

WWE Needs Product Pivot

Official logo of World Wrestling Entertainment.
Official logo of World Wrestling Entertainment.

 

World Wrestling Entertainment’s third-quarter earnings conference call proves that the company has to make a pivot to their product.  WWE had a net gain of 31,000 subscribers, but 286,000 of the total subscribers are new.  The 4% increase is still a positive, but the issue behind that increase is a serious lack of retention.  To regain lost subscribers and/or retain current subscribers, WWE must change their product and make the network more of a network as opposed to a library.