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The Accidental Turitz: The Cancellation of Batgirl Has Cast David Zaslav as DC’s New Villain, and Hollywood’s

August 9, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: The Cancellation of <i>Batgirl</i> Has Cast David Zaslav as DC’s New Villain, and Hollywood’s

By now, it’s absolutely inconceivable that you haven’t heard about Warner Bros. canceling the Batgirl movie it spent $90 million on, though it’s entirely possible you’re still unclear why. I can definitely understand that since I’ve looked into it, spoken to people about it, examined it, and considered it… and I’m still not 100... »

The Accidental Turitz: Sylvester Stallone Should Throw in the Towel and Stop Fighting With Rocky Producer Irwin Winkler

August 3, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Sylvester Stallone Should Throw in the Towel and Stop Fighting With <i>Rocky</i> Producer Irwin Winkler

I am a big fan of the Rocky movies, and of Sylvester Stallone himself. Always have been. I know he’s got a bit of a reputation in Hollywood, but man, I was rooting for him so hard to win that Oscar a few years ago for his performance in Creed. You’ll never hear me... »

The Accidental Turitz: Henry Cavill Does Not Need Your Toxic Fanship, or Superman

July 26, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Henry Cavill Does Not Need Your Toxic Fanship, or Superman

A few weeks ago in this space, I wrote an open letter to the new head muckety-mucks at Warner Bros. about what they should be doing with the DCEU. In this letter, I suggested that they needed to make a new Superman movie with Henry Cavill, and they needed to do it sooner rather... »

The Accidental Turitz: The Problem With Marvel’s Phase Four Is That It Feels Aimless

July 20, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: The Problem With Marvel’s Phase Four Is That It Feels Aimless

In my time here at Below the Line, I think I’ve established the respect and affection I have for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I will repeat once more that the Infinity Saga is the single greatest storytelling achievement in cinematic history, and I don’t know what is second-best. 23 movies, totaling exactly 50 hours,... »

The Accidental Turitz: Avatar Trilogy Director James Cameron and the Way of Obsession

July 13, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: <i>Avatar</i> Trilogy Director James Cameron and the Way of Obsession

Before I do anything else here, I want to state for the record that I think James Cameron is a genius. I think he is unquestionably one of the most innovative and important filmmakers in cinematic history, and his influence is clear to anyone who has paid attention to cinema over the last four... »

The Accidental Turitz: Randall Emmett’s Bad Behavior Has Caught Up With Him Now That Silence Is No Longer an Option

July 7, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Randall Emmett’s Bad Behavior Has Caught Up With Him Now That Silence Is No Longer an Option

I know Bruce Willis a little. We have mutual friends and have been in the same place a bunch of times. I was sad to hear about his aphasia announcement and that he’s retiring from acting, not just because I’m a longtime fan of his work, but because he was always nice to me.... »

The Accidental Turitz: Why the Academy Must Nominate Top Gun: Maverick for Best Picture If It Wants the Oscars to Remain Relevant

June 29, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Why the Academy Must Nominate <i>Top Gun: Maverick</i> for Best Picture If It Wants the Oscars to Remain Relevant

I have to say, I’ve really, really loved being back in the movie theater these last few months. Just sitting in a dark room, staring up at the big screen, and watching movies the way they were meant to be seen — with no mask on my face (restrictions having been lifted) — has... »

The Accidental Turitz: Lightyear Dared to Do Something Different and Pixar Paid the Price at the Box Office

June 20, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: <i>Lightyear</i> Dared to Do Something Different and Pixar Paid the Price at the Box Office

I think we were all surprised to see the box office results from this past weekend, wherein the lousy third installment of the second Jurassic trilogy beat out a very good Pixar movie that featured the voice of one of the most beloved stars on the planet. However, the fact that Jurassic World Dominion... »

The Accidental Turitz: Why the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial (by TikTok) Could Only Appeal to Sadists

June 15, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Why the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trial (by TikTok) Could Only Appeal to Sadists

I’ve been doing this a long time. Not just working in Hollywood, both inside and outside of it, but also, Life. So one would think that I should be able to understand certain aspects of this business and the way certain parts of our society work. Then something like the Johnny Depp–Amber Heard trial happens,... »

The Accidental Turitz: 7 Ways WB’s New Leaders Could Save the DC Extended Universe

June 8, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: 7 Ways WB’s New Leaders Could Save the DC Extended Universe

Last week, Toby Emmerich stepped down as the film chief of Warner Bros. and unlike Ray Fisher, I have always been an Emmerich fan. Sure, the whole Joss Whedon–Zack Snyder–Justice League mishegas might have gone down on his watch, but he did the best he could with a very bad situation — a situation that he was... »