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The Accidental Turitz: For Disney, Sending Pixar’s Turning Red to Streaming Is All About Green

January 19, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: For Disney, Sending Pixar’s <i>Turning Red</i> to Streaming Is All About Green

About a week and a half ago, Disney announced that it would be relegating yet another Pixar movie to its streaming platform. Turning Red was supposed to be the first theatrical Pixar flick since … um … wait, I know this one. Soul? No. Luca? No. Onward! Right, it was Onward, in March of 2020.... »

The Accidental Turitz: Wes Anderson’s New Roald Dahl Movie Highlights Hollywood’s Antisemitism Problem

January 12, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Wes Anderson’s New Roald Dahl Movie Highlights Hollywood’s Antisemitism Problem

It was announced last week that Wes Anderson is tackling another Roald Dahl book for his next film, following his adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Before I get into why this is a problem, allow me a brief word about “cancel culture.” I’ve mentioned it a bit in this space previously, but I think... »

The Accidental Turitz: Okay, Bob Iger Has Left Disney. Now What?

January 5, 2022 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Okay, Bob Iger Has Left Disney. Now What?

Bob Iger finally seems to have retired. For good this time… maybe. One can never be entirely sure about these things, as Iger was supposed to have retired three and a half years ago, and then again a year later, but as of this moment, he is no longer the Chairman of the Walt... »

The Accidental Turitz: The New Normal, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Live with COVID

December 22, 2021 | By
The Accidental Turitz: The New Normal, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Live with COVID

As I mentioned last week, I’m not currently in the U.S., and won’t be back until the first week of the new year, so I have to hear about what is going on there, rather than experiencing it first hand. For instance, while my wife tells me that the COVID numbers are skyrocketing in... »

The Accidental Turitz: So You Want to Catch Up On the Year’s Best? Me, Too!

December 15, 2021 | By
The Accidental Turitz: So You Want to Catch Up On the Year’s Best? Me, Too!

I’m not a hundred percent sure why, but the Golden Globes appear to still be a thing. I know this because the nominations came out on Monday, with a list that, as usual, had me both nodding in agreement and shaking my head in confusion. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has long been a mysterious... »

The Accidental Turitz: Alec Baldwin Says His Career Might Be Over. Is He Right?

December 8, 2021 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Alec Baldwin Says His Career Might Be Over. Is He Right?

I’m sort of betwixt and between about Alec Baldwin, as the old saying goes. On the one hand, I recognize that he is a very bright, extremely talented actor, with a terrific sense of humor, and that rare ability to move seamlessly between comedy and drama, movies and TV. Hell, he’s even the host... »

The Accidental Turitz: A Credo to Live By… and Kevin Spacey

December 1, 2021 | By
The Accidental Turitz: A Credo to Live By… and Kevin Spacey

Last week, it was reported that Kevin Spacey owed MRC, the company that produced the massive Netflix hit House of Cards, $31 million for breach of contract, after they had to fire him from the show in 2017. This is quite a large sum for any one person to pay, which means that the... »

The Accidental Turitz: Introduction to Creative Accounting 101

November 24, 2021 | By
The Accidental Turitz: Introduction to Creative Accounting 101

Anthony McCarten filed suit last week against Graham King, the producer of Bohemian Rhapsody, which won four Oscars and grossed close to a billion dollars at the global box office. It’s a movie that McCarten wrote, earning sole screenplay credit while sharing screen story credit with Peter Morgan. As part of McCarten’s deal with... »

The Accidental Turitz: The Thing About Mandates

November 17, 2021 | By
The Accidental Turitz: The Thing About Mandates

We live in a free country, but I am often astounded at how differently people view that ideal. For instance, a person who is pro-life and violently anti-abortion might also be against taking a vaccine or wearing a mask to protect others, declaring “my body, my choice” while doing so, and completely missing the... »

The Accidental Turitz: A New and Hopefully Different Take on the Rust Set Shooting

November 10, 2021 | By
The Accidental Turitz: A New and Hopefully Different Take on the <em>Rust</em> Set Shooting

Now that we’re a couple weeks out from the tragedy that killed Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded Director Joseph Souza, I’ve seen plenty of hot takes and opinion pieces about what happened and how it could have happened and what it foretells about this or that or the other thing. I’ve been paying close... »