This week on End Credits get ready for a live-affirming, bittersweet journey into art and romance with the acclaimed French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire. In the news, we’ll talk about good old American franchises: What happens to Disney with a new boss? What happens to Indiana Jones without Spielberg? And what’s going on with Lizzie Maguire and iPhones? Read on!
This Wednesday, March 4, at 2 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:
What About Bob? Bob Iger, the CEO who made Disney the massive blockbuster monopoly that it is today, shocked Wall Street last week when he announced that he’s stepping down from the job a year-and-a-half early. After an incomparable period of growth for the company did Iger have noting left to do. and what might the future of Disney look like without him?
Stung Indiana Jones Chronicles. In a surprise move, it looks like Steven Spielberg is going to take a pass on directing the fifth Indiana Jones movie, and is instead passing the torch to Ford V. Ferrari filmmaker James Mangold. Mangold is an interesting director, but if Spielberg and creator George Lucas are no longer involved, then what’s the point of more Indiana Jones?
Duff Riders. In more Disney news, there’s trouble for the reboot of Lizzie Maguire. What seemed like a slam dunk for Disney+ thanks to legions of Lizzie fans is now in trouble because of creative concerns that the reboot is too, shall we say, “adult.” Hilary Duff is suggesting that the show move to another streaming site, but is Disney going to force it’s own creative license on the creators?
Bad Connection. Knives Out filmmaker Rian Johnson revealed in a behind-the-scenes video that Apple has one rule when it comes to their products in movies: the bad guy can’t use iPhone. Product placement is a big part of Apple’s promotional strategy, so did Johnson just ruin storytelling for all movies going forward?
REVIEW: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019). It’s a film about art, love, friendship, class, and romance set on an island off the coast of France in the mid-18th century, and it’s almost completely male-free. Filmmaker Céline Sciamma delivers a masterful gut-punch about the unlikely romance between young painter Marianne and her subject, Héloïse. Marianne’s been hired to paint Héloïse without her subject’s knowledge, but that’s just the beginning of the complications…
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