35 Burst results for "Matt Bellamy"
"matt bellamy" Discussed on The Rake Podcast
"I. i don't really think too much about it. I tried to be good investor person. I guess make passive income and torched it now just kind of enjoying the rebuilds in. We'll see i got a just makes me happy to kinda start doing things that make. You not resigned myself as like the people that everyone likes federally. Nice people that like hate themselves the most. I don't understand it but it's like a very common theme with a lot of my friends at oh. I don't now the people that i enjoy the most in my life are so much more self conscious than everyone else. I don't really understand like if they like understood how people feel about them. They wouldn't shit about themselves and then the people who kind of suck always just so. I'm wonderful i'm just sure. And it's very annoying because people who are conscientious of others are also conscientious themselves. People who aren't also aren't gonna just sad though it's not fair we will life isn't fair jamie pick you up and now let's end on that uplifting note. Yeah i think we should. I know brandon. You've got a skill for. W k. But i want to say thank you for joining us. I really appreciate your time. Your thoughts and This was an interesting Interesting god i think you have a a very unique brain poker. I it on president. I'm glad i got the chance to talk to people people that i really admired. So thank you very much..
"matt bellamy" Discussed on The Rake Podcast
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"matt bellamy" Discussed on The Rake Podcast
"There's too many kids for kids like nothing was ever like mine and they just give your personal pan pizza this fucking rules so awesome just like you can't assets in vancouver We have pizza hut pizza hut votes for pizza program. I don't know i just you know. Read for the love it and then school slowly beat that out of me and then eventually i started picking up books when i was traveling. Abt circumstance like oh. This is enjoyable when you don't like have to lead it digested and explained at a certain way and just read it in the process known as the take which laundromat as opposed to writing in reported in the social media. Killed it too though like i. I didn't realize realize social media is that too much time. But then i was on a flight recently. Where four hours. And they're like. The wife is broken in a mike ono like i was like i'm going to be alone with my own thoughts for four hours terrible. This is actually terrifying like my kindle. I had the book and read the whole thing. I was like if i wasn't broken. I just would have been like live updating twitter and just been like. Oh let's see what this poker player said about their chip. Cow like crypto brags or whatever. And i'm like man. This is really sad. That should be forced away from it and force to actually feeling my head with something. Good twitter the worst. I got so much reading done us when twitter and now i am back nearly to promote the rake the fine Brought to you by running dot com and Yeah it's just ruins my day. Every time i definitely love hate relationship with the passive dopamine fixes done a bunch of of what. I've what i've found. Is that those dopamine fixes really make it much more difficult to do counter. The gritty work of something. Like i what you get when you're making a piece of music if you get to like sticking points with it but i found that when i get to sticking points with a project requires a little bit more long-term Work in a little bit more pushing through downslope in difficult places. Your brain is just like l. Let's go here the quick dopamine as and you don't want to do that kind of work anymore and i found myself much more willing and much more attuned to slow. Were slower work. When i was off social media and video games online poker and all that stuff. Yeah you sound like really is. You're not trying to like don't means you're good thing like you're not trying to get rid of it but you're trying to definitely rewire your brain. I guess select you wake up. You don't look your phone at all. You do arduous things and then you sit down. You have your coffee while you had your coffee after shit you can look on twitter for however long and like you kind of rewire your brain to to crave doing the seemingly. Menial arduous tasks that are very rewarding a long-term and take a lot of discipline which is obviously also really rewarding in at the end of the il dessert.
"matt bellamy" Discussed on The Rake Podcast
"In and i would text. Fill new umbrella like at every day And if you want you get two umbrellas. So i feel like that was kind of resurgence in fills fucking great. Any helped me a lot during my last relationship stuff. He and farah. Yeah so. That's the umbrellas muscles. Moss wells department set up is really weird. But it's fine for me. Because i like what instruments but like muslims square footage is like this long. Hallways what really drives me. Crazy is is blank wall back here. I can't so that's the next project So drives me nuts on the right. We can't do an umbrella wall that would not number on the wall. But what about like what about a lady husky hair kind of wall. Like maybe you could make some art with her hands to make a wall hanging like a tapestry tapestry tapestry. Yeah i never thought three of husky hair healthcare. I do have a lot of husky air area. I i mean cycling. I'm in the super moss. Like some cost. Moss is a real thing like ronald leg. yogesh is expensive. And i'm like no. It's not like fucking five boxes of this and the five bucks boxes. A moss covered half of one frame now in life. Thousands deep on Fucking moss walls. I'm ready to retire from las for sure. But i do think. I might make for for that. Is there like a super premium aspirational moss. That like you only once you've redone back that's like the Sprinkles of moss was the sprinkles moss algae lic names of notoriety and stuff. Now i do but like they're all kind of the same price done really expensive ones like the big chunks Like a one. I'm working on now. I guess is the last one now while these big chance are expensive and unlike the the little the smaller ones a they're all pretty reasonably priced. But what if he was twenty to a forest went to a forest you can dislike. That's an level for sure. I don't gather your own boss. I'm gonna lose my spot in the private game. I can't do that. Like i like your dedication Give give us a ballpark african shaped moss. You one that is clearly africa on that board. How much would that cost a os just while you buy a box. You buy a box of whatever mosques that is and then you find out that eighty percent of that box is like crumbled ship and you get like a good like twenty percent usage out of each box so it's really hard loss game is such a scam. I did it for years. It really is my homework. Your dog right now. i'll stop. You have to talk so it gets back on you but we need to see yeah. She's heavy girl to see something in the back with you. Yeah for sure. And in the morning light in the morning she wants to spend so i like it like she usually does her own thing besides the walks but then in the morning cuddled time she likes. She comes in flops on me like okay. We're waking up in scratches but yes so. My apartment shape is really bizarre. There's like this one small alcove that i thought it'd be a nice reading like i have this bench. My grandma's old bench is like a bench chair old people furnishing kind of thing. I don't know how to describe it. But i really like it. Fits in this little..
"matt bellamy" Discussed on The Rake Podcast
"Like a fucking over this so now not playing music. I'm really put off by music. I was playing a lot of boettger. And there's some linked for like some new new song. Whatever and this is what i did album called like black holes and revelations and they had the sonko supermassive black hole and i heard it and i thought it was joke and i thought the album was just like us meets. Prints us needs to pass. It wasn't like authentic on the website. thinking new albums out there. Like our proud to introduce new fourth number blah blah blah. And it was this dude who filled in for their basis when his their basis broke his wrist. Hewson aband- a rope respecting and a guy to play like or whatever. So i sent an email like pretty fucked up that i had to learn about this shit like through a website. It would have been nice if you had like fresno courtesy that give me a heads up. Good luck with your Rock that that was auctioned immediately Back immediately find the first time. Come on bread. No need to be like this hopefully will senior blowing us off the stage. Sit in the near future. Something and that was my transition into giving people had fremont for the exact lines twelve things. Ask you but one. That's a good traumatic story. It makes you not want to play music anymore like that. That's very fucked up from their their treatment of you backed up. It seems like a bad relationship where like it was just like an asked for like yes. Hey you want to go on a date You know sure you're really hot. And she's like well. I'll let you know and it's like two years like i'll let you fucked up fucked up but one thing From early in the story when you're talking about basically making music and immersive experience and having it be like taste and smell and everything One of my favorite bands ever goes use tool for that reason and not like they had alex art on both sides with like. You're not just like hearing the music you're like seeing what they're trying to trade with everything and i was like this is so cool and if they also had like other things i would like to eat chocolate covered cherries during that. Sounds great a move around a little bit because he just like fucking stands there. I'm not. I'm not aware of that. So he's let me you some fucked up movies while you watch it into a standing there. But yeah i think that sounds really awesome and just a followup to your fucked that story to you still play music or did you like abandoned after that It's kinda gone through. It's gone in like waves for me..
"matt bellamy" Discussed on The Rake Podcast
"The year Cure yeah i need to get some fucking answers if i can go go to the show and i see their drummer walking by man. I give them away. We saw. Hey brandon your hair like what what's going on. You should come is afterwards long like boss. This notice i didn't know what to expect. So they play their show. And i see one of the guys guys paul and mckay dom told me to to meet up with them to show. What should i do. And it's like well you know matt sulking Issue about lies. He's in the van. Mike okay like just hang out here by street will congratulate you guy. So i suppose fucked tree like an asshole while like thursday blaze Isn't just like sitting by this. Fucking jesus crisis awful. So i drive home like okay. We'll fuck this like moving on. And at the time. I also figured while i was a shit that i would like start playing poker since like this is what they do as a bonding aesthetic. Like i don't want to see you told me. The other guys were elected to have a foreign member. So i figured i just fucking learn what they do so they don't see me as like. This dude is trying to infiltrate the band which on fucking not now and then after this i was pretty light down and i. I can't blame you right now. Playing poker i get a link to me. They're doing good music unit and One of the questions like hey. Have you ever thought about getting fourth member. They're like oh yeah met. This guy in states seems like really. Oh you know. We'll probably try to sound whatever. Okay so like a year passes and my remain. Chris started really liking muse. Things like hey. I got us tickets to go to the metro in chicago like clients like you should come. I thought that is like monty. We go away line. Tom season line is like hey you should come hang out afterwards..
"matt bellamy" Discussed on The Rake Podcast
"I have to take you around the block. Come on let's get this over with at. Why are you have what you have that animal in your life. If that's that's how you're gonna treat them like what is it that you want from your dog. I mean it seems like that's almost a little too much because if it's it's obviously there is something you want for your dog but you're not interested in the dog wanted all dislike one way narcissistic relationship or something like We gotta get through this thing that you love in just a fucking nuisance to me. I like the approach. That guy. who's doing that. And it'd be like i bet you're should be loved to write most likely he doesn't want i. Just i just kinda wanna sniff the leash just like have times and anytime i see someone dragging their dog neck just give him a snap roam free little guy but likes the smell. He likes it later. You spend like twenty three hours a day during cove it in your home. You can't get the dog like one hour. where like it's their time with. The dog is just fucking attentive. Unlike letting you live your life all the time give them like a little something. So i thought bubble whenever someone does that shit picture units bubble going in now. It's going to be picture. Jamie in the bubble going like Bad lover but since both of your dogs are a little overweight and on a diet i feel like this is a good opportunity for weight loss. Bet these are so tough one for me. I feel like. I'm good with with Things but when it comes to making something i love suffer a little bit better depriving myself than than either my dogs. At anytime i lose this. I don't know if i lose it to you though you might be soft or harder than me and that's why this is a great bed because it's like guys you actually do and you're gonna suffer so much which is what. What the poker community wants from its gambling. We wanna see you. Pain and ben like recognizes the media parlay for sure like fail. I collect yeah. I look at my chihuahua maltese. Mix also got a little fat over the wintertime and radha my wife put him on a diet but then she got him a grueling in like assumes he got a haircut. She's like some skinny. We're going to give him more food again. Any immediate ballooned up to a balloon for two pounds or something. So he's he's back on his diet. Which is i think he's diet is like seventy five grams of food day. Do that seems really hard. When you're just trying to keep something from gaining two pounds like it's not what. I'm trying to keep them from getting to try to keep them from gaining like point. Eight pounds sir. Yeah it's it's impossible in my parents..
Nick Cannon out at Viacom, keeps deal with Fox
"I'm Kim, masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as my usual banter buddy on the business, Matt Bellamy and Matt this is very unfortunate situation that has developed There's a sort of a back and forth in the black media world, their business antisemitic incidents most recently I think is nick. Cannon was on a podcast, endorsed some clearly antisemitic views about Jews controlling the media, and whatever the these are old tropes. I have to say to her credit. jemele hill weighed in saying this kind of talk is unacceptable as did Kareem abdul-jabbar and a column in the Hollywood reporter, but this nick cannon incident he led to him, being fired by Viacom CBS a, he initially clapped back, and said you know. The CBS was treating him unfairly, and then seemed to have major change of heart and apologized and said he was gonNA learn, and he was sorry for the hurt he had inflicted, but. What's interesting to me? Is that while he fired? He had this show on vh. One called wild and out and other things going on CBS. He also is the host of the mass singer on Fox and you know. How surprised are you that Fox said that apology is completely acceptable. We're hanging with you on the mass singer. Yeah, I mean this really does point to an interesting dichotomy that's emerging especially when you look at a lot of the heightened sensitivity around these issues of hate, speech and inappropriate comments that have really come about over the past six to eight months. Fox seems to be an outlier here and a lot of people have put it in monthly. Yes, a lot of people have pointed to Fox News, which obviously is the home of many incendiary comments? Tucker Carlson was recently forced to go on one of those quote, unquote preplanned Fox News vacations when it was revealed that his lead writer was revealed to be posting anonymously on racist and homophobic and sexist websites. This is always been you know. The Fox News is separate from Fox Broadcasting Corporation which is run out of La. It's all owned by the Murdoch's, but Fox's always positioned itself as we have the LA operation. And then we have this Fox News thing, but here you have. Have a very specific incident on a Fox show with the host of not just a Fox show the most popular show on Fox and the Murdoch seemed to be okay with it. It sends a message that this isn't just Fox News separate from the La Company. This is all one company in the Murdoch's seemed to be endorsing a very tolerant. Shall we say view of this kind of speech? Yeah, the MURDOCHS ARE GONNA Murdoch. You know they they run the company. It's theirs and. Walk is possibly even more conservative than his father Rupert I'm not saying that a person can't apologize. Learn but I think when you make comments like this that nick cannon made. You. You don't just return with no without missing a beat. It's like okay, thanks. That's great. That just feels to me like it needs a little bit more of a pause. And why don't you go away for a little while and seek the truth and come back when you you feel that you know there's been a an interval I. Don't know if you reversed the situation and he were white host. Making these kinds of comments about say black people. That host would still have a job. That's an interesting question I. Don't know, but what is also interesting is just the state of the. The Fox company now because until last year Fox owned a movie Studio Television Studio a lot of businesses that have traditionally more liberal and more creative types in them. Now they've gotten rid of all that stuff to Disney and the Fox company is Basically Fox, news sports and the Fox Broadcasting Company, and it really has allowed them to be insulated from what's going on in the rest of media, which has been very attuned to these issues and very intolerant of this kind of hate speech. Fox's now kind of sewing its own path. Yes, now it's a little more obvious. Thank you, Matt! Belen former editorial director of the Hollywood. Reporter joins me this Monday at one thirty on the business. I'm Kim Masters, and this is the Hollywood
Academy postpones 2021 Oscars, will announce new diversity rules
"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown Twenty Years Matt Bellamy my usual Banter Buddy on the business and Matt the Ninety Third Academy Awards ceremony has been pushed from February twenty eighth to April twenty fifth for. Obvious reasons. The eligibility period for films which normally would end on December thirty first. It's been extended to February twenty eighth twenty twenty, one. Because of you know. These films have not had opportunity to play or necessarily get the kind of attention. They would normally get. That's the argument now. The Oscars has been pushed before in one, thousand, nine, hundred, Eighty, eight, due to La Flooding, and then in sixty eight because of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King and again in one, thousand, nine, hundred, one, because of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan so I. Think it's fair to conclude that. When they pushed the Oscar ceremony something very very bad is happening as it is now, but this was necessary. However, if you're ABC, just from a business point of view, this is bad news. Also yeah I mean there's A. A couple ramifications here one is for ABC I mean this is their super bowl. They count on a ton of AD revenues about hundred forty hundred fifty million dollars in ad revenue last year that they can usually count on in February that is now pushed out of q one into cue to if the Oscars take place as planned which are that's a big question mark. Will we have big scale events with celebrities walking a red carpet even in April of next year? We don't know the second is the impact on the film released calendar because. Because assuming at some point that movies do comeback and we start to get movies released in theaters again these big year end movies that everybody sees every year and you know come out around Christmas time and get a lot of the awards attention and go on to win Oscars that window is now going to shift into the January February march window, which is going to change a lot of strategies for these film companies because you don't now have to crowd. You're movie into that year end corridor in order to make an impact with Oscar voters. Voters, you can give it a little bit more time and that February. March time period is usually a dumping ground where you don't put your best movies now. Maybe you're going to put your best movies there because you know, you can get Oscar attention as well as some box office. Yeah, and what's really still very unclear win theaters will open theaters, clinging to to July, as is as our Warner Brothers with Christopher Nolan's ten and a couple of Disney with Milan they push tenant two weeks i. don't really get how that solves anything but. It makes us so they're not I now Milan will be I will be the Guinea pig, so to speak and then Warner. Brothers we'll have tended after that, so they won't be the Guinea Pig the other thing that is. Speaking of Guinea Pigs. The academy is going to try to do require going forward diversity as a criterion for eligibility for Oscar and they haven't specified what that means I I would certainly not argue with the goal Hollywood has been very very stuck for a very long time in terms of diversity goals, but you know it's something where they have to be very careful. You can't just mandate something like that without really choosing how it works, you know and and again. I want to stress how I totally support that goal, but you're sort of a strange territory telling creative people you must do X. and we don't know what xs yet, but you know. This is something where I think. There's a swimming Zaidi that it will end up being like the most popular picture category that ultimately just sort of went away. This should work, but the question is how yeah! It's a big question because you know for years and years, the academy has always said that the diversity problem is not the academy's problem. It is Hollywood's problem, and it's just at the Oscars are reflection of what the industry is doing, so you shouldn't blame the academy for the diversity problems of Hollywood. This is a flip of that. They're saying we are taking this on. On as an organization and saying that you will not be able to be eligible for an Oscar unless you adhere to some basic diversity principles, and they have yet to articulate what those are, so they just WanNa. See what the logistics are going to
Cops and Live P.D. canceled following protests against police violence
"I'm Kim. Masters and this is the high. Would breakdown joining me is my banter buddy on the Business Matt Bellamy and Matt, the protests that have been going on around the world are really relevant to Hollywood and we see Hollywood. Reacting are trying to figure out how to react to broader concerns about racism and also concerns about the way. Television and movies have contributed to the perpetuation. Of an idea about police, and how they function, this is just filters all kinds of programming, even if it's not a cop show, and it has created a situation where the cops in the public mind get a certain amount of benefit of the doubt as the heros that they are portrayed, even if they break the rules. And, so this now is something we see cops being canceled. We see a live PD, which is hit for an e cops has been on for years and his money maker, but like PD is Annie's number, one show and Anne pulled the plug. Yeah, and they pull the plug after recently ordering one hundred sixty episodes of the show and I think that's really a testament to the soul searching that's going on at a lot of these networks, and if you look at the top ten most watched shows from the past season most viewed you look at blue bloods you look at Ncis you look at Chicago PD. You look at all. All of these police oriented shows that that really do portray these police as flawed, but ultimately heroic, and I think that's what's really going to be the subject of soul-searching, and I wonder if you know beyond the obvious like these verite shows that you can go after right now I wonder if the creatives behind some of these police, procedural shows are really going to reassess how their characters are portrayed. Yeah, I mean most of these shows are run by white men, and there's a certain accepted myth about how things work at is not based in reality, and these shows don't reckon very often with racial injustice and how the Justice System Perpetuates racism. You know it's interesting. My Colleague Lesley Goldberg talked to Warren light who runs law and order Svu and asked him you know how `bout this portrayal, and he's sort of had to say. It was clear that Dick Wolf would ever who, in he has so many shows on TV, and they run in reruns. That Dick Wolf whatever you know. Step away from that portrayal of cups and again this filters through, and it's not just about cops. I mean you just saw Hbo Max pull gone. With the wind because of racist stereotypes, the glorification of the South in the era of slavery. It'll be back. It's not being censored is still available. You can buy a lot of these shows that are being looked at but. It the they're going to bring it back with some context to make it clear that this represents a certain view of the world that is no longer acceptable view of the world and Disney did that when the Disney plus dreamer launched. They realized that some of the Older Walt Disney content was not culturally appropriate anymore, and it's easy to alter things from the past, but what's more interesting to me is when we go from here. Here, and whether these concerns that have come to the forefront today where you see the entire New York Times nonfiction bestseller list devoted to issues of race and injustice. This is clearly permeating the culture right now, and where will Hollywood take it? There's GonNa. Be a lot of scrutiny on the content of these shows going forward. Yeah, I think we're going to need some change in the executive suites, but we'll see going forward. Thank you. Thank
"matt bellamy" Discussed on KCRW
"Los Angeles at the close on Wall Street the Dow is down eight points this is NPR news and this is K. C. R. W. news on Larry Pareil it is a Friday may twenty second a very good evening to you here's what's happening at seven oh four county sheriff L. G. B. in a way that defied a subpoena to appear at today's meeting of the civilian oversight commission prompting the panel's vote to challenge that moved in court the commission also voted to issue a second subpoena for information on how the sheriff and his command staff handled photographs taken by deputies at the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant in eight other people inspector general Max huntsman said he had been surprised to hear through the rumor mill rather than investigators that the department was close to wrapping up an investigation that quote does not include a robust investigation of Vienna waiver himself being a waiver told reporters Wednesday he had no intention of attending the commission's meeting and questioned the motives behind the subpoena governor Newsom says that come Monday may twenty fifth the state will offer new protocols for how Hollywood productions can resume filming is some took a teleconference with Hollywood execs this week to discuss some options KCRW contributor Matt Bellamy says one of the big issues to work out is how production companies will be covered for liability in the age of coronavirus they got to figure out how to get back to work because there is a staggering unemployment in this industry and there is a way back if you take precautions and you know the the insurance industry will come around they may not be writing policies right now but at some point and this is our new normal until there's a vaccine the insurance industry will catch up and they will figure out how to write policies for these productions a new report from ampere analysis says the film and TV industry set to lose a hundred and sixty billion dollars over the next five years because of the corona virus shut down the mid city west community council announced today it will establish a slow streets LA program starting tomorrow to give pedestrians and cyclists more room to social distance and protection from automobiles during the Copa nineteen pandemic vehicle access will be limited from Colgate Avenue to Oakwood Avenue then travel east to Hayworth Avenue before moving a block north rose would eventually zigzagging to about will be Avenue people can apply online have their neighborhoods included in slow streets LA mayor Garcetti says about a dozen neighborhoods have applied so far support for NPR comes from the line while foundation supporting justice equity and opportunity for all people to foster insisting safe and healthy communities.
California to announce protocols to resume Hollywood production
"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown. Joining me is Matt Bellamy and Matt. Hollywood is just thirsting to get back to work. There are so many tens of thousands of people who work in this industry and are unemployed. And of course you know as a huge ripple effect People are trying to come up with inventive ways to go back into production. Of course the state the state is a key part of this and Gavin. Newsom our governor who has been trying hard to control the the spread of disease from this outbreak did say that as of Monday there will be some protocols in place and he believes that most counties in California unfortunately not La county where word the numbers are still not so good. They're getting better but they're not. They're behind other counties but the great majority of counties will get these protocols and he believes they'll be able to start some kind of production and that's a big deal because I think a lot of people in town figured that the restrictions on production we're GONNA last months and months and if people can start going back to production in the next weeks or so. That's a big deal. I mean we saw Over the past week you reported on a plan that Jason Blum. The horror producer has to house people in a hotel on the universal lot and to carefully go back to production We saw tyler. Perry Georgia released an extensive plan this past week where he is going to personally fly people on his private jet. He's going to quarantine them when they arrive. They'RE GONNA use protocols on the set of his shows that he does and he is going to try to create a enclosed universe for people working on his shows and that may be the new normal for a while. Productions are allowed to proceed. But there's going to be these different protocols of WHO's allowed on said where they're allowed to go when they're not working and increased sanitation protocols. Yeah I mean you do worry a little bit about human nature. I mean this producer in Thailand is actually in production now and people have armbands or wristbands of some kind that you're allowed to stand here. You're allowed to stand there you know. They're big questions looming. Like who is willing to go where I mean tyler. Perry's talking about flying people on private jet. Which is I guess in that respect. It's very good to be something more than one respect. Good to be tyler. Perry but commercial flights You know any kind of sizable crew. That's going to create such an open door for problems. And the Jason Blum production that I wrote about where they want to actually put them in a hotel adjacent to the lot and they don't have approval they say they're not gonNA go forward without approval from authorities and protocols and play. I think they'll have to run it pasta. Sag after all of these things are going to be required but that Zeh have no insurance. So that's a six point five million dollar budget. If that has to shutdown universal will be like well okay but you can't do that on a big production and you can just see the insurance companies. Who are not writing any any policies for covid. Nineteen right now. You know when they do if they do at some point will be scrutinizing for any lapse in following protocols and people. Aren't that great following protocols. No but something has to be done. I mean there was this this past week a call with the governor and some executives and people who are on the recovery taskforce talking about this issue and it's predictions are that there will be a one hundred sixteen billion dollar loss to the entertainment industry over five years and they've got to figure out how to get back to work because there is staggering unemployment in this industry and there is a way back if you take precautions and the insurance industry will come around. They may not be writing policies right now but at some point. This is our new normal until there's a vaccine the insurance industry will catch up and they will figure out how to write policies for these productions slowly and maybe with push from the federal government of some people in Congress. Get THEIR WAY. We'll see
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"I'm Kim Masters and this is Hollywood breakdown joining me as my regular Banter Buddy on the business at felony and Matt normally a lot of reporters would be gathering with a with masses and masses of advertisers in New York. This time of year for the upfront presentations when these advertisers are are given very splashy star studded presentations in places like Carnegie Hall Where CBS does presentation and these they unroll the fall shows and they they and there's huge parties. I mean this is where billions of dollars worth of advertising are are starting to get sold on the basis of the shows. I remember the year back when they played. Abc played the entire pilot for modern family. That's really rare. It's what you do when you think you have something great and you think all the advertisers will want to be a part of it and you can make a lot of money. So of course there's not a prince this year and their virtual. They're doing these things they're trying to do them. In one way or another different networks taking different approaches some of them are having sort of virtual presentations. Some of them are having smaller. Smaller group presentations virtually of course and it augurs badly all of this because advertisers are really fleeing the businesses not there. It's going to really really be devastating for television that is driven by advertising. Yeah I mean this has been analogize by a couple of analysts to the two thousand eight recession and what that did for the print advertising market which is it exacerbated trends that were already afoot and just absolutely accelerated and made them devastating to the print. Business and people think that this might be the case for traditional LINEAR AD driven networks. Where there are you know. They're the trend has been away from these massive commitments but the business has been okay because they've been able to get creative and come up with hybrid ad packages that a lot of advertisers could buy into but this year. I mean there was a Wall Street Journal piece this past week that estimated just in the third quarter between a billion and one point five billion in ad commitments are just going to go away and advertisers are experimenting more and they're seeing more traction on digital platforms and they're using this pandemic to experiment and do do things and will that Ad. Revenue Comeback knows. Yeah they have the ability advertisers in many cases to cancel existing commitments. To get out there trying to I mean they buy these ads well in advance of the TV season and they do have in some cases an chance. They did have a chance to cut back on some of their commitments before may first so things like General Motors pepsi-cola and and Pepsico and cracker barrel and General Mills. Big Huge companies have been trying to take advantage of that cancellation option to varying degrees. And and there was a survey released from something called advertiser perceptions that marketers will plan to spend thirty three percent less this year during the up fronts compared with last year and that is a six point. Six billion dollar decline. If that's right and I'll read you a quote from the one of their executives the upfront strikes at the heart of the uncertainty advertisers are struggling with. They can't commit long term but at the same time you know they do. Advertising isn't going to go permanently away if you're hoping lower to attract customers you got gotta advertise somewhere and TV. I think it's still a big tent broadcast TV. And the ratings have been up for broadcast network. They've been up everywhere during the pandemic. But we're starting to see some softening as these were made it. Home episodes become more ubiquitous. I think that's probably going to continue over the summer. In the fall. People are afraid to spend money so advertisers can advertise but people aren't necessarily buying and those companies are hurting to thank you. Matt thank you. That's Matt Bellamy joins me this Monday at one thirty business. I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown.
Following Trolls World Tour kerfuffle, AMC wont play Universal films
"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as map. Felony and Matt about three weeks ago. Universal put trolls world tour available on demand in the midst of this pandemic and this past week. Universal has been very celebratory about that that effort to do this and said that generated one hundred million dollars in premium video-on-demand P. B. O. D. And many people sort of took this to mean that. I think correctly universal likes this Jeff. Shell the head of NBC. Universal said this release demonstrated the viability of this approach to releasing films but the theater chains of the world the big ones like AMC. We're not happy because to them. This is an attack on their windows that the movie trolls would have a nice long theatrical run and make a lot of box office which they would split with the studios but nonetheless this is how they survive obviously and they're very challenge right now they immediately said we're not gonNA play any of your movies now that can't be a real threat but it shows the level of intensity around the decision that universal made. Yeah let's unpack this because there's a lot going on here yes. The theater chains were upset. Amc said No. We will not play any universal movie. Cinema world others have made kind of lesser statements. But in the same vein of this model will not stand so to speak. But it's this is such a unique situation that I really think that what Jeff Schell was doing was the opening salvo in a negotiation. This is a guy who came up through the comcast cable system. He has long been known to want to shorten the theatrical window. The window between when movies are in theaters and when they go to premium video On demand all the others and this is his opening shot he knows. This pandemic has caused a lot of upheaval. It allowed them to put this movie on demand and he wants to experiment more and he wants the theaters to come along and he knows that this is not going to end where they have placed their markers in the sand. It's going to me in negotiation and what he wants is a shortening of that window. Maybe cut the theaters in a little bit on some of that. Vod revenue. There's going to be a compromise in his view that will allow these studios to change the wind. Doing and all of this bluster is just a preamble to that negotiation in my opinion well and I think the picture that's painted here as you say. This is a unique situation in. They had this movie is quite expensive. You don't see them putting a however the next fast and furious movie or any of their really big budget movies are trying to put them on demand like this because the economics don't work. Universal may be more or less hostile to the theatrical window or some people think they really want to wipe out theaters. Which is crazy and would destroy the business as we know it. But you right now. They need that box office if they can get it back someday. When we're not in this. They had spent a lot of money on this movie. The other movies that you're seeing moved are tend to be less expensive. This one probably about ninety one hundred million they had spent thirty million or so just domestically to market in the United States so they have expenses associated with it that suggests that even though they have generated all this revenue they are not necessarily going to be rolling in money at all from this and probably will lose but he is making it sound successful because as you say he wants what he wants and that is his endgame to shorten the window so that they can get to these other. You know when you have a movie. That's played in theaters for a while. And you have to let them sit there and sit there and sit there after the big adspend and the display in theaters. You Wanna be able to get to the other stuff that you're selling these after theatrical windows on demand windows and the DVD's sales that's what they want to get to sooner while it's more fresh in people's minds so that would be the end game. And otherwise I think any other studio the idea of Doing this kind of thing with the none of them have done it with a big movie. Right and universal is not the only studio experimenting. And you see Warner Brothers. Do this with the Scooby Doo movie. You've seen some other announcements of direct to premium video on demand. And they like this because they get a way to salvage these movies at a time when there is no movie theaters and they get a larger percentage of the revenue than they would get if they had to split it fifty fifty with a theater. Yes but at the same time. They spent a great deal on this movie. It's very unclear what happened if it weren't a sequel. If it weren't something that they've spent all that money to advertise it's also unclear. How much money they will ring out of other revenue streams that normally. Follow if this is you know the way they're going to go forward like normally they get the anticipate certain amount of money if it ran in theaters in this case is is that reduced because they ran it on demand like this. All of this remains to be seen a matinee will be watching. Thank you matt thank you. That's Matt Bellamy Former editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at one. Thirty on the
Reopen for business? Movie theaters say not so fast
"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as my Banter Buddy on the Business Matt Bellamy and Matt We are seeing Governors of certain particularly Southern States notably Georgia saying that they are ready to reopen theaters. Now the question and it's a really big one is a couple of questions first of all. Do people want to go to the theaters? Do Theater owners want people coming to their theaters? there is resistance to this. So and there's a question of even with with movies being pushed big movies. What exactly are they planning to show in the theater? So there's resistance to this and it's really you know with a lack of leadership which we've talked about many times coming from the federal government. The stuff is all over the map. And we we have no idea how this is gonNa work or when it's going to work. Yeah I mean this was a perplexing one because it doesn't really matter if the governors of some of these southern states say that movie theaters can open if there's no product for these theaters to show. There's not much demand among consumers and there's not going to be much desire for these theater owners to spend the money to reopen when nobody's GonNa come so then we saw the National Association of Theatre. Owners issued a statement saying that they're not going to advise their members to open theaters until many of these larger market states like they can say it but New York California Texas some of these bigger markets they give the go-ahead for people to go back and the studios. Start saying okay to present their movies in the theaters because no studio is going to put out a hundred million two hundred million dollar movie when only a few markets are open. That's just spoils the entire release strategy. The reason these movies have been moved for. The most part is because the studios need a mass amount of people to see these movies in order for them to make financial sense and without a bunch of theatres open. It doesn't make sense to put the movies in the theaters. Yeah and they need to run an ad campaigns like they run these things well in advance now the one movie that is sort of a big ones sitting there right now is Christopher Nolan's tenant and that is scheduled for July and as we are led to understand that he feels that by then it will be okay. He is among the a-list final cut directors who is passionately committed to having his movies in theaters will not see things any other way. And everybody's watching to see whether Warner Brothers can actually do this or whether you know it could undermine the movie if they go too soon so that is the one I think where people's attention in the industry right now is focused. Yeah and from what I have heard the conversations between Warner brothers. Christopher Nolan have centered on him wanting to be first out. He is such a proponent of the theatrical experience that he sees his movies potentially being a galvanizing point for movie goers to say we if we are invited back and it's deemed safe by the governments. We are going to rally around this movie and And it will send a signal to the rest of the industry that it's okay to release these big movies and you see everyone else lining up behind him because a week later Disney his slot in Milan which was pushed from. Its March date into late July. After the Chris Nolan movie. And then there's wonder woman that's slated for August and then we get into a more regular blockbuster release schedule. That's a big if but if it does look like. The theaters can reopen in July Chris. Nolan will gladly be the first one out of the gate. Yeah that would be a queasy proposition for me. But the Chris. Nolan is a man with nerves of steel. We'll we'll see what happens. Thank you matt thank
"matt bellamy" Discussed on KCRW
"And this is the Hollywood break down joining me remotely is Matt Bellamy of The Hollywood Reporter hello Matt hi there so this is really it's the Hollywood break down break down in addition if for for now yeah a lot of people are at home obviously as they should be as they should be they are looking for the stream things we've talked about in the past about how it is that the studios don't want to put their really big budget movies on on demand because the finances the interview questions don't make sense the streamers several are poised to come online and people have been asking why don't they go faster why didn't H. B. O. Max go faster they're supposed to launch in may they are asking you know peacock which is the NBC universal offering why doesn't it go faster now that and they were supposed to do a soft launch and then really go wide in July the truth is they would love to go faster but in this environment if things are going so crazy I don't even know if this would have happened with or without corona virus but they don't know if they even have the technology to support the onslaught to get everything ready so that is a big a problem that is if you want to know where it is that's the answer the question really is will they make the dates that they had set for themselves in the first place yeah and everything I have heard is that they are you know scrambling everyone's working from home and the priority is to keep these launch dates H. B. O. Max is the priority of A. T. and T. and Warner media they really want to make that day they've had to delay production on the friends reunion special which is going to be the big lower they have the friends library on H. B. O. Max that is still on track I'm told to be finished by the time that their launch date comes and with the with peacock they now have no Olympics to promote the big plan for NBCUniversal was to showcase peacock via the Olympics and have some of the minor competitions on peacock but also a lot of the commentary and promoted heavily during the Olympics that's gone they're really going to be relying now on the library content they have the office they have a bunch of originals and they have things that they can promote but without the Olympics that's another challenge for them a lot of tech will stop and I'll let you know Jeff shell the chairman of the NBC universal now be incoming chief chairman as Steve Burke retires has been diagnosed to publicly with corona virus has said publicly that he is recovering so it just part of that light life for living right now is that kind of news meanwhile quickly it is something that Hollywood loves to talk about this is Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's big attempts to sell little short programming short videos this is something that was a lot of skepticism about in Hollywood even before this this epidemic this pandemic at will people eat it's aimed at young people will they pay money to for this thing which I think we're finding a lot of people despite their attempt to advertise it a lot and promoted me still bunches of people out there haven't heard of it and died I don't know whether people will pay for quickly but quickly has certainly been paying for content yeah that's the interesting thing here this is a two billion dollar venture most of that money is being spent on high end studio quality short form content which in Katzenberg's view has never been tried before yes there been other things that have you know try to get people to pay for short form content go ninety was a big venture from Verizon you too bye said various premium tiers of trying to get people to pay hasn't really worked but Katzenberg says this is a different value proposition because this has stars this is people you recognize creators that come from overall deals with the big studios all of that is included in quick B. and it is tailor made for mobile which is where the audience is going especially young people so you will people pay five dollars eight dollars without ads to watch this kind of content we'll see April six is the launch date and they are zooming towards that they're not delaying based on the world stage and I think not even Katzenberg knows how this is going to play out one of the many many unknowns thank you Matt thank you that's Matt Bellamy editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter he joins me this Monday at one thirty on the business I'm Kim masters and this is the Hollywood break down and I'm Jonathan Bastian and you're listening to morning edition here on KCRW it's seven fifty it's KCRW in this is moments of serenity with me Garth Trinidad the ocean is a source of solace and peace maybe you can go to the beach right now so instead we'll bring it to you be well instating the KCRW thanks for listening to K. 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Will new TV streamers HBO Max, Peacock, and Quibi meet their launch dates?
"Breakdown. I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown. Joining me remotely is Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter. Hello Matt Are There. So this is really. It's the Hollywood breakdown breakdown edition For for now a Lotta people are at home. Obviously as they should be as they should be. They are looking to stream things. We've talked a bit in the past about how it is that the studios don't WanNA put their really big budget movies on on demand because the finances the equations don't make sense. The streamers several are poised to come online and people have been asking. Why don't they go faster? Why DOESN'T HBO? Max Go faster? They're supposed to launch in. May they are asking you know the peacock which is the NBC universal offering. Why doesn't it go faster now? The and they were supposed to do a soft launch and then really go. I'd in July. The truth is they would love to go faster but in this environment things are going so crazy. I don't even know if this would have happened with or without corona virus. But they don't know if they even have the technology to support the onslaught to get everything ready so that is a big problem. That is if you want to know where it is. That's the answer. The question really is. Will they make the dates that they had set for themselves in the first place and everything I have heard is that they are you know scrambling everyone's working from home and the priority is to keep these launch dates? Hbo Max is the priority of at and T. and Warner media. They Really WanNa make that day. They've had to delay production on the friends reunion special which is going to be the big lure they have the friends library on. Hbo Max that is still on track. I'm told to be finished by the time that their launch date comes and with with peacock they now have no Olympics to promote the big plan for NBC Universal was to showcase peacock via the Olympics. And have some of the minor competitions on peacock but also a lot of the commentary and promoted heavily during the Olympics. That's gone they're really going to be relying now on the library content. They have the office and they have a bunch of originals and they have things that they can promote but without the Olympics. That's another challenge for them. A lot of Dick Wolf stuff and I'll note Jeff. Shell that chairman of NBC UNIVERSAL. Now the incoming chairman. Steve Burke retires has been diagnosed publicly with corona virus has said publicly that he is recovering so it just a part of the life. We're living right now. Is that kind of news. Meanwhile qube something. That Hollywood loves to talk about this. Is Jeffrey Katzenberg Meg? Whitman's big attempt to sell little short programming short videos. This is something. There was a lot of skepticism about in Hollywood. Even before this this epidemic. This pandemic will people. It's aimed at young people. Will they pay money to for this thing? Which I think. We're finding a lot of people despite their attempt to advertise it a lot and promoted still bunches of people out. There haven't heard of it and I don't know whether people will pay for Qube. Qube has certainly been paying for content. That's the interesting thing here. This is a two billion dollar venture. Most of that money is being spent on high end studio quality short form content which in Katzenberg's view has never been tried before. Yes there've been other things that have tried to get people to pay for short form content. Go Ninety was a big venture from Verizon Youtube at various premium. Tiers of trying to get people to pay hasn't really worked but Katzenberg says this is a different value proposition. Because this has stars this as people recognize creators that come from overall deals with the big studios all of that is included in Qube and it is tailor made for mobile which is where the audience is going especially young people so will people pay five dollars. Eight dollars without adds to watch this kind of content. We'll see April. Six is the launch date and they are zooming towards that they're not delaying based on the world state. And I think not even Katzenberg knows how this is going to play out. One of the many many unknowns. Thank you matt thank you.
Coronavirus and Hollywood - TV production shut down, some movies shift to streaming
"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown. Joining me is Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter. I should say joining me from home. Our respective homes. We are not the same home I want to say first of all that our hearts go out to everyone in the entertainment industry is getting so badly hurt in everyone generally but you know this is the business and the Hollywood breakdown in Hollywood has been dramatically impacted by the ongoing crisis. But we are going to also talk about The state of this business because For everyone who is now at risk and not working. The future of the business is of course of huge importance We have seen as you know Matt. Many many cancellations were talking Cannes Film Festival has finally succumbed that to the reality that they cannot hold the event. This year A lot of people are wondering what is going to become of the TV production season which is now on hold as a shutdown. I mean people can still meet and right. Virtually but production is a huge challenge. And then another question that will address as quickly as how why you aren't going to see big movies available for you on demand but I met one you One eight you sort of fill us in on the state of play with the TV business. Well it's interesting because the production of television is all shutdown so you're going to start to see delays in shows that were either not finished or were not even shot yet for instance. Fargo the new season Fargo was supposed to Premiere April. That has been moved to Some time indefinite down the line because they just didn't finish your two episodes left. There are sixty broadcast pilots that are were in various stages of production early stages of production. Mostly those of all been put on hold and the thinking is if this delay lasts until may maybe early June some of the broadcast pilots would be able to shoot and be green lit for series and get on in the fall but if we go any further than that thinking is that the fall season with all the sudden become the January season and there will be tons of repercussions for the television advertising industry from that Beyond that you know the one thing that is continuing as you mentioned is writing and a lot of these shows that had been green lit and have been given the go ahead for. Writers rooms are now meeting via zoom or other ways of getting together. So you're going to see a lot of scripts being stockpile just because people can write them but they just can't shoot them. Meanwhile from the consumer point of view you know the the networks are trying to make some adjustments to make things available that you know that any kind of create events so that people are watching something at the same time and have a sense of community. Hallmark is having a Christmas marathon That you know there are. Disney dropped frozen to more than a month earlier than planned on Disney. Plus as you know. Matt it is not so easy to a lot of people say why won't studios released new movies on and some of them are Sony and is doing it with bloodshot than the Vin Diesel. Movie which had a very abbreviated theatrical run and an universalist doing it with several movies including Emma and The invisible man and the hunt and most notably trolls but this is barely van dated it. It is not a solution that is a thing really for the movie business. As you know Matt Yeah I mean. This is a cost benefit analysis that each studio is doing now because the primary distribution method for these films movie theaters are now closed. So what do you do when the movie theaters are closed? We either find another solution to get it distributed right now or you wait and what we're seeing happening is that there is a class of film. Mid Budget lower budget that the studios are deciding to or some studios are deciding to put online make available for pay per view and digital download now and then there is a threshold over which the movies are simply being moved. And you're seeing this mostly with bigger budget movies like fast and furious nine and the minion sequel which was pushed from July into an indeterminate. Date so I think what we're GONNA see. More DELAYS AS THIS CRISIS GROWS. And then you're going to see lower budget films make it onto digital platforms and just to be clear. It's not at all certain that studios can recoup even their costs when they do this. This is a as one analyst. Put IT IT'S A. It's a sort of a policy of despair strategy of despair and and Desperation rather than a real strategy going forward however could reshape. How people consume entertainment when Finally subsides thank you
Amid Coronavirus, Hollywood Takes a Hit
"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter and Matt. There's a lot of anxiety. A lot of fear about the corona virus and people are being instructed as to what is best to do right now but obviously this is very contagious and while many businesses and the stock market overall are being very impacted clearly. Hollywood the entertainment business is is extremely vulnerable in this situation We've seen predictions that what has already happened. could cost the industry five billion dollars from diminished box. Office Revenue Alone I think that that almost as fanciful thing to say because this is a moving target every day every time you refresh your favorite news site hopefully reliable one. You See Different News and you know we've seen the Disney close temporarily a three theme parks overseas in Asia We've seen you know the bond movie now being moved off of its date in April. That is a movie of great importance to MGM which made it and is as releasing it in the US That company doesn't have other stuff that is critical to to its well-being it's bond and they've moved it now so far nobody else in the movie. Businesses followed suit but it just feels like things are moving in a direction. This completely unpredictable. And everybody's trying to figure out what to do. Yeah I mean I think this weekend will be a key indicator in the US. At least because if you look at what happened in South Korea last weekend box office revenue. There was down eighty percent year over year. And this weekend you have a big pixar movie onward from Disney. That is opening and the projections are that it's gonNA open pretty strong but those projections don't account for the fear anxiety that's out there and are people going to take their children to a movie theater. I don't know no one knows. Yeah let's look at Disney They would seem to me to be facing a lot of difficult questions I mean. They have hotels theme parks. Cruise ships end movie theaters. All of those are question marks right now in the. Us You have spring breaks coming up. You have Easter vacation coming up. I can't imagine what actually what the CON. What the consultations within Disney are like as to win the risks tip into a place where they think they should close these parks here in the US. Which would have a huge impact on their business. Of course or you know. What is the responsible move? Do they panic people? If they say we're now going to close these parks or is it the right. Move to say abundance of caution. Let's close the part. Yeah Disney is caught in a really difficult situation here and it's the first difficult situation for the new CEO. Bob Shape Pack. He's got this to deal with. And I've talked to people at Disney and they really feel that the power of the Disney brand and what they choose to do in. This situation is going to send a message worldwide. They closed the parks in the US that says to everybody that pays attention to Disney which is basically everybody that this is a huge problem and you need to be really afraid. I think the Disney is very sensitive to doing that so far. They haven't moved any of their movies. They have not closed the. Us Parks they seem to be adhering to what the CDC is saying. Which is that. They're not recommending that schools or big public gathering places close but a lot of entertainment industry organizations like everything from Warner media to net flix. They are preventing unnecessary travel. They're pulling out of film festivals and things like South by South West and I think that is the next step. We're going to the parks universal and Disney start to close. Obviously the important thing is to be common rational and hope for the best. Thank you
Oscars still so white and so male
"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Melanie of the Hollywood reporter and Matt had emmy. Awards are upon us of course and once again. We have a controversy controversy The so white movement started in two thousand fifteen that really shamed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences into trying to become more more diverse And here we are again with very poor representation of people of Color and women in various important categories so so the Hollywood reporter did something really. I think spectacular. They looked at the progress that has been made and hasn't been made in trying to diversify. I trying to represent the population of the country really in the Oscar. Nominations and awards right because over the past five years. The academy has been openly openly and aggressively recruiting inviting diverse. People or trying to and the question we asked was okay. So how is it working and the answer is it is working but the numbers are still very very depressing. If you're looking for a more inclusive academy for instance. The academy is still eighty. I four percent white. It is still sixty eight percent male. Those numbers are a lot better than they were. Seven years ago when the Academy was shockingly early ninety four percent white and seventy seven percent male. But it's still not very diverse electorate. Yeah I mean I think what was so. Striking was the conclusion of our colleagues Rebecca Keegan and A person who did data analytics for us. Benza Zimmer is they could keep going forever try at the program that they're on trying to reflect what the country's population is like but they started from such a place of Whiteness Whiteness. maleness that if they if they keep this up they will never get there right and it's interesting because when you look at the breakdown of the member that had been invited over the past five years. The numbers are actually pretty good. I mean fifty. Three percent of the actors invited over the past. Five years have been non on white forty eight percent of the directors invited over the past. Five years are non white however the numbers were so bad going into this that it really only. It's like putting a drop of food coloring in a bathtub of water. That's a good analogy. Also you know there are people sort of say. Well you know the best movies we should win and we should be colorblind. But when you're talking about people who see things from us. Generally speaking specific point of view whiteness maleness. Then that informs informs how material is received. You know that it doesn't necessarily read with Equality if you're looking from a specific cultural perspective and you know and I know Matt. Ah You know Hollywood is a club and people tend to be you know somewhat slow to put it mildly to expand the membership in the club beyond the academy. I think it's really interesting to read this piece. That is just running the New York Times where they talked to a bunch of filmmakers and individuals at the academy and various people most of them black lack of about the Oscarssowhite movement. And how it reads today and you really get a sense of how there was this moment where everything seemed so great for a year or two we know and but I thought it was really interesting for example that Berry Jenkins Who had the Oscar winning movie moonlight you know. He felt like if they hadn't made the efforts they made. Maybe nobody would have ever bothered even watching it in the academy and it wouldn't have shot so that was on the positive side and on the negative side is here we are again and we just ran what we call the brutally honest Oscar ballot which we do a series of where people are non. Asli talk about their choices. And you know you read what I read. Yeah I mean these are cringe-worthy sometimes this voter who is an older actress. Basically said that she thinks that the Oscars are in American thing and that an American directors. You should win so she was not going to vote for parasite which is a South Korean film. And that really shows that we can say you think the best movie should win except in some cases on less that's right and then maybe not thank you matt thank you. That's Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at one. Thirty on the business. I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown.
Emotional testimony at the Harvey Weinstein trial
"Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter and Matt as we are even speaking practically the Harvey Weinstein Trial L. is underway in New York dramatic testimony so far You know this started out with the prosecutors laying out a very graphic description description of the alleged behavior Harvey Weinstein Holding Women Down Raping Them. I mean I saw a tweet about one element of it and I thought jeeze if I show this tweet to people when in the office I could get a call from hr because this is Let's just say the prosecutors were not holding back that was followed by an an alleged rape victim. Annabella skewer who has said that Sometime in ninety three or ninety four a Harvey Weinstein turned up at her apartment in New York. Ah basically pushed his way in and raped her and she described that holding back tears again. Very Emotional I.. We weren't there but just reading about it. This is very emotional testimony You know and she described not only the events that she says occurred that night but you know the aftermath in which she felt that she could not come forward right and she was holding back tears at the time when she testified but this is interesting because they're starting off the trial vile with what is most likely the most important set of witnesses. There are four women that have been allowed to testify as to prior bad acts or character. Type testimony Tony. That show what. The prosecution says is a pattern of behavior of Harvey Weinstein. He does the same thing to multiple women they argue. And thus the Allegations against him for these particular claimants are true that's the strategy and it's honestly it's something that is very effective. It's what made the difference in the bill cosby. The case the prior bad act witnesses were allowed in the second trial of Bill Cosby and there was a conviction they were not allowed in the first trial and there was a hung jury. One the interesting thing about this is that it opens up these character. Witnesses to cross examination by the defense and what we're seeing now is them saying to. NFL excoriate. Did you have a drinking problem. You know did you. Were you drinking the night that this happened where you sued by a landlord all sorts of things that they're throwing at her to try to impugn her character because she's coming forward against Harvey. Yeah I mean that's not a new strategy Women who have accused men have had that kind of thing happen into them for many years. It's the way these things work. According to our legal system and I think it goes to the question of why. Don't women come forward and you you do look get where Harvey was. There was a board member who was on the Board of the Weinstein Company who testified obviously no fan of Harvey's And he talked about the power you know. Oh the power that Harvey had so they were setting the table with. This is the district attorney's Office of of WHO. This person was and why someone like. NFL ESCORA might circle back and try to do business as usual. Not just for the emotional reasons that often happen in cases of alleged assault where women women blame themselves or try to try to suppress that it ever happened or just get back to normal or get but also the actual real world consequences which we are told old Annabella skewer face as a result of Harvey's vindictiveness alleged vindictiveness against some of the women that he had attacked right and that's the big hurdle here for the prosecution is there are our emails and such saying Nice things about Harvey but this is exactly what the prosecution is doing is they're saying okay. This is why this happens and this is why you have to understand it. It certainly sounds like so far very emotional. A very powerful very hard to sit through. Thank you matt thank you. That's Matt editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday on the business. I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown.
Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein's Criminal Trial Begins in New York
"Breakdown. I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown. Joining me is Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter and Matt as people who follow the news no The Harvey Weinstein trial has finally finally gotten underway in New York. That is As this trial was getting underway with jury selection Meanwhile he was indicted in Los Angeles for two assaults of rape and a sexual assault two consecutive days in two thousand thirteen. Jackie Lacey the. Da came up with that and a party immediately respond to Harvey's lawyers By saying I assume I don't know because there was more negative publicity than there's already been which is a lot what we have to postpone the New York trial because of the these charges against me in Los Angeles and the judge wasn't having it. No the judge has been pretty adamant that this trial is going to take place in New York. He has also been pretty tough on Weinstein in the courtroom as well. He admonished him earlier this week for texting exciting or using one of his two phones in the courtroom basically saying that he's GonNa throw him in jail if he doesn't stop and do you really want to spend the rest of your life in jail for texting in a courtroom room. Yeah he had already been admonished about this business with the cell phones and he He can't seem to help himself. I mean it reminds reminds you of a summit at your teenage teenage kid. Who can't let put the phone down some adults I should say also but when you're in trial where you could potentially end up in prison for a very long time? It seems extreme now. Of course whatever the argument was about these L. A. Indictments and of course it means that whatever happens. In New York he will be facing Potentially a trial here as soon as the trial or at some point following what happens in New York. Whatever happens here The problem is of course in New York that there has been so much publicity so they have tons is a potential jurors and so far they've had to send tons of them home and this. This is promises to be quite a long trial so I think some of the jurors are probably Lee jumping up and saying yes I will have a problem being objective. It the requirement isn't that they've never heard of the Harvey Weinstein allegations the requirement that the judge is asking is. Can you be objective and people are saying nope. I don't think I can and I think partly is because that trial just looms large. Yeah we we gotta look at the questionnaire that the jurors prospective jurors are are being given and it includes things like have you ever worked in the entertainment industry you know. Have you ever known someone who's been the victim of sexual assault things like that and the jurors are coming up with with some pretty specific responses. One Juror said that she had just finished reading. Catching kill. The Ronan Farrow Book which She's believe because her to not have a very favorable impression of Harvey Weinstein and I believe this person is likely going to be dismissed. I mean those are the kinds of things that the Weinstein defense team is is up against a I think if you're if you think you could be called as a potential jury you're probably running right maybe. The sales of catching killen are spiking New York. So people can say I read that book. I really can't do this now. Harvey Weinstein has turned around and tried to get the judge who has been. You can say hard on him. I mean Harvey has really I in my opinion asked for trouble because he has done things like you know there have been questions about whether he tampered with his ankle. Monitor's since he seems to have vanished from tracking at certain points and then the issue with the cell phone and whatnot and his lawyers. I I will note His lawyer gave an interview. Donna Rotan oh In which I thought it was an argument to be made that she was attempting to intimidate. One witness the Santa Bella Figura. She basically said you know she's been an actress all her life which is true observation but then she went on to say. I thought in rather ominous sounding way. I hope she's pro. I'm sure she's prepared to answer and sit on the witness stand and that of course prompted the prosecutors say there should be a gag order which I thought was not a bad idea and the judge basically denied that but said you know I'm not going to issue a gag order but you do need to shut up and I think that was largely aimed at at Harvey's lawyer but as I was saying earlier there wasn't attempt to disqualify the judge saying he was being mean to Harvey. Yeah and I think that'll be a theme. We're GONNA see throughout this trial. Because not only are they trying to win the case. But they're also setting up a potential appeal if harvey is convicted. So more will be revealed. That's Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at one thirty on the business. I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood
As the Skywalker saga wraps up, what's next for Star Wars?
"I'm Matt Bellamy Filling in for Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me. Is Lucas shot of Bloomberg and Lucas. I want to talk a little bit about Star Wars here because we've got the final installment of these so-called Skywalker Saga heading into theaters this weekend. The rise of skywalker and it's an interesting interesting test case here because it's going to do huge box office the you know. The predictions are between one. Seventy five and two hundred million but this this one is kind of getting pummeled by the critics. And they're focusing on this issue of Fan Service and the safe route and basically basically highlighting the fact that star wars is not really a movie. It's just a franchise that needs to check box. In order to perpetuate wait itself and I saw the film and I kind of agree. I feel like there's no way to win with these with the star wars franchise right now because you. You have these diehard fans who have certain expectations for the movie and if you try to satisfy them you're probably going to alienate the mass moviegoing audience and and it's also a reflection of Disney owning. Where they just you know. They want the franchise to make a lot of money. Yes they wanted to be creatively successful and all that. But the goal is to justify why they spent four billion dollars on Lucas film They've done that. It is probably the most over analyzed hit movie franchise where every movie makes more than a billion billion five but creatively and it has left a lot of people asking for more And they've tended to just sort of retail the stories stories from the original movies. And that's also what you're GONNA get. Frankly when you put a guy like J.J. Abrams in charge of the franchise. He's not somebody known for coming up with them whole new world he's been a very capable steward of existing intellectual property for ten fifteen years though right and they hired him to direct force awakens. which in two thousand fifteen relaunched the franchise? Chai's and was considered a big success. They then went in a bit of a divergent. Way For the last Jedi which came out two years ago and was is a critical hit but some of the hardcore star wars fan boys did not like some of the creative choices and said that you know it was taking the franchise in a different direction and it obviously made a ton of money but then they bring back J.J. Abrams for this new installment and it is back to the same old. You know hitting all the notes oats remaking the third movie of the of the Star Wars Franchise Return of the Jedi in a new and modern form and the point. Here just seems to be to wrap it all all up. Hit all the notes. And then they're going to figure out what star wars means for movies in the future because they have this very successful show on Disney plus the first TV. TV Show in the Star Wars Live Action Universe the mandatory and that is doing well and people seem to like but these three stores movies have not set up the franchise which is for the future and the question they have now is what is star wars moving forward. Yeah I expect that they'll take some time off and figure you're out of a full plan kind of Disney has done with with the marvel movies where you know five ten fifteen years into the future. These are going to be the movies. These are GonNa be the T. the TV shows. And I assume or at least I hope that both die hard star wars fans and the general public would be happy to see them. Take some risks and do I mean not that the mandatory in is a huge risk but they took characters and worlds that had been unexplored and really blew them up and that gives you a lot more room for creativity than trying to bring back Luke Skywalker and Laya or Taliban solo origin stories. Although the original characters people have firm ideas of who they are and if you try to keep reinventing that that becomes dangerous whereas we're Marvel's had a lot of success is taking the characters that were not as well known blowing them up in contrast contrast with DC which is definitely had a hard time making everybody. Happy with Superman and Batman and those that are really well known we will see a post Skywalker Star Wars. Thank thank you.
'America's Got Talent' Has Problems
"Has another Pr Mess at minimum and possibly Sibley more than a PR mess on its hands. This is not NBC News. We've talked about that a lot you know. Obviously there's Ronan Farrow's book. Why didn't they report the Harvey Weinstein Story What happened with Matt Lauer. Did they cover up for him. That has been a whole mess in and of itself But this is now NBC. The broadcast network. America's got talent. They did not pick up Gabrielle Union. For a second season she was there for only one season She was a judge and that has led to reporting following a a tweet by her or a number of tweets by her husband. dwayne Wade reporting the about a culture that in allegedly was insensitive at minimum minorities Racist if you WANNA take it. That far that she had been told repeatedly for example that some of her hairstyles were two black black. Allegedly that She had reported an offensive joke by a guest. Jay Leno to human resources but the higher ups would not We're actually formerly report it. There was an allegation published in one report that there was a ten year old black rapper that she thought had talent and she was advised not to support this child but to support white dancers because supposedly what was said was we need me. Need people that America ARACA can get behind. which would lead to a question about their definition of America but this has now turned into a flap? NBC is responding. Yeah I mean they have had to respond and they had Gabrielle Union in her representatives into a what was described as a five hour meeting with investigators to discuss this SAG Astra has said they are going to look into this. Because she's a member of that organization and you know they've got a real problem because any of these things are true and she was dismissed Complaining about it that's retaliatory. Normally in that situation you know a check is written and A settlement is made in this case. I would suspect that she would want more than money that she would want. Meaningful steps taken. Now this doesn't just involve a NBC. It involves fremantle the company that produces the show and psycho which is Simon Simon Cowles company and she among her allegations are that Simon callow made this environment. Literally unpleasant with cigarette smoke constantly smoking with nope doors on the dressing dressing rooms so you could not escape the smoke and I have to say you know you say well you know deal with it but the fact is for me. That kind of smokey environment environment literally makes me queasy and would be a problem and it's obviously unhealthy and it's obviously against the rules. But this is what happens when you have someone like Simon Cowl. Who is you know has got this huge amount of power. Yeah He created the show and he stars on it. I mean this is a textbook example if these allegations are true of the kind of coddling of talent that networks are notorious for and allowing people to get away with certain behaviors that the average person doesn't get away with and you know we think that in this time's up in metoo era that a lot of this behavior is being clamped down on but if this is true and cows being allowed to just be a colossal jerk worked to everybody then that's not okay. I'm going to quote the former. America's got talent judge Howard. Stern who said CAL sets it up so that men stay no matter how ugly they are no matter how old no matter how fat. I'm paraphrasing slightly. No matter how talentless then he says why don't they change Simon. This is the ultimate example of boy's club and I would just note math that. NBC Says It's going to investigate but in the news division. They investigated themselves and that has been a huge issue going that nobody has forgotten about I.. I think who's paying any attention and so it's going to be more of that. I don't think this problem is going to be resolved. Yeah it's the same question of whether they get an outside investigator or whether they do it internally it says we're on the same merry go round round and round. Thank you thank you. That's Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at one. Thirty on the business. I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood
Disney Plus officially arrives, with big numbers to boot
"Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown. Joining me is not Melanie of the Hollywood reporter order and Disney plus has finally been revealed to the world It did not go completely smoothly but in terms of numbers it went. Well yeah they had some glitches at launch launch and they were apologetic and they attributed it to the overwhelming demand. There was for seeing that demand for the hyping thing you know. They've been promoting this every single Disney outlet for six months now but the numbers as they came in. They said that they had ten million sign ups after the first day. And that's accumulating everything that has been presold up until now and it's also accumulating the free sign ups that you get via verizon subscription scripture to their wireless plan you get a free Disney plus subscription if you want dead but we don't know how many there are like me so the ten million is a little opaque right but it's still more than analysts suspected and the Disney stock just jumped on that news because it shows what either and all of his people have been saying that Disney is the brand brand in the entertainment space. And if anyone is going to succeed in this Netflix era on digital. It's going to be Disney. Yeah it's interesting that one of the you know I did sign up for it and then I had at this moment as a person without a little kid. I know your kid has been just. I think gambling this thing up right. Yeah Yeah but as a grownup whose child is no longer a kid like that Not only only did is sort of pause and think what I'm watching. I'm not like dying to see star wars again Of course I will at some point. Checkout them into Laurean but it didn't feel that you know based on the star our wars universe. I didn't feel that urgent and I tried to engage my college age daughter and say hey you love school musical and now there's this sort of fun thing and she was like. Yeah I'm okay so I you know it's not it's not necessarily I have this burning desire but I do think they will have no problem reaching their goals. Because of of that Cornucopia of a product that you know appeals to so many people yeah I mean Bagger has said by two thousand twenty four. They won't between sixty and ninety million subscribers to to make this thing a viable replacement for all the revenue they're giving up By not licensing this content to various television platforms and they took hit and their most recent earnings call. It was a seven hundred forty million dollar charge to the unit that houses this new direct to consumer product which is the cost of of putting all this content directly on their own platform. And not selling it so this is a major risk but so far at least it seems like Disney plus is off to a very promising beginning. Yeah meanwhile you know Disney has said it will do It will try to push push people who now subscribe to the FX Streaming Service to effects on Hulu which ultimately means that they will try to get somebody like me who might like things like fx offerings like better things absorb Lanta to pay the money for a bundle. Which is what I've been trying to avoid of Hulu? ESPN and Disney plus not for the seven dollars a month for Disney plus plus right now but for thirteen dollars a month. Which means that? I can't necessarily escape if I want to watch this. FX stuff. And I probably will want to watch some stuff. Yeah your lifelong goal of trying to not pay for. ESPN hitting by the Walt Disney Company. Because if you want the eveque shows in the FX ex- streamers now going away it's going to be bundled on Hulu as ethics on Hulu if you want that you're GonNa pay for Hulu and you're GONNA pay for Disney plus. Why not get the bundle that for thirteen dollars also includes? ESPN that's the way to keep ESPN floating even as people cut the cord. Thank you matt. Thank you that's Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at one thirty on the business. I'm Kim Masters. This is the Hollywood breakdown.
Ronan Farrow versus NBC News
"I'm Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter and Matt as You well know because we Ronan Farrow was the Hollywood reporter covered
Already courting controversy, 'Joker' looks to open huge
"Kim Masters and this is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter and Matt Hat Joker Joker from Warner. Brothers looks like it is going to open really huge. This is a movie from Todd Phillips. It is very very dark and there has been a lot of alarm about whether this movie could incite violence and I hate to talk that way about a movie that hasn't opened yet that people people haven't seen but this is escalated into a serious thing and it's a thing that some of the executives at warners apparently were concerned about when they decided I did to make it in the first place. Yeah I have seen it and I understand why people are fearful of this movie. It is extremely dark extremely violent. It does offer a sympathetic portrait of this villainous killer but it's also extremely artistic and well-made and impactful impactful and if you talk to Todd Phillips he says you know it's not my responsibility to think about what the impact might or might not be of this film. It's is my responsibilities and artists to make a great film and I think that's where the debate is. Yeah I mean I I had heard from my sources. You know going back to this issue. Shula the decision to make it that warners kind of ambivalent about an actually came up with a low budget a relatively low budget about sixty million. I think maybe hoping hoping that it would kind of get killed because Toby Emmerich runs warner brothers and whom had to make this decision you know he he doesn't want to not be filmmaker. Friendly especially Todd Phillips has delivered some successful movies hangover and so it so he was a guy. They want to be in business with at the same time. I'm sure they're thinking about the brand and does this do something thing to the DC comics brand in fact the head of DC comics. We heard was initially very concerned on supposedly ultimately came around but he so whatever low the budget he may have said they they met it or they came close and and the thing did get made. It's almost like you know. Maybe he got toby. EMMERICK got a little bit pregnant with by saying I'm going to try and make this. An undesirable date and Todd Phillips is like I'm there for that day yeah and now it's probably going to be a big success. I mean I the movie got amazing reviews out of Venice one the festival it was named best film at the Venice Film Festival and it's probably going to have an Oscar campaign as well so right now it seems like a win for the studio but there is this other side where if you are making a movie that is based on Conic Comic Book Characters and and you take that Ip and turn it into a dark violent nihilistic and really disturbing portrait talk of a mentally ill murderer. Do you have any responsibility when you put that out into the world and and we'll say that warners has been very clear. This is an R. rated movie. It's not for children. There are no toys associated with this film they they are making clear in the marketing materials that it is not like your typical. DC comics movie but some kids are probably going to see this year. Yeah I mean the other thing is that they clearly were somewhat nervous about it because they sold old off half of it to other investors and there's other investors are probably happy right now and worse. We'll still make a lot of money but you you know that was a hedge against what if people really react negatively to this but however based on the early tracking the box office is going to be huge I will say. I don't know if the academy how they how how they react I mean they've done dark movies before. Joaquin Phoenix is seen as favourite Oscar race but sometimes controversy is bad for for for Academy Award Contenders sometimes and sometimes it might be the thing that breaks through the clutter and this is a visionary film so it might be the distinguishing factor yeah. I just hope this all this talk about. The potential for violence doesn't increase the potential for violence. Thank you matt. Thank you Melanie aditorial director of the Hollywood reporter.
"matt bellamy" Discussed on KCRW
"Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood reporter can we shop new movie sort of trustmark Merrin plays Mel a cranky down on his luck pawn shop owner in Alabama mills been around but even he doesn't know what to make of a sword that Cynthia played by Jillian bell and her partner Mary played by the kilowatt Ken's bring in to his shop they claim it belong to Cynthia's recently deceased grandfather and that it dates from the civil war what battle are we talking about here this battle up this ticket our Chickamauga Chickamauga I don't I don't think that battle I don't think it happens well it happened okay I assure you thirty thousand men lost their lives that day probably haven't heard of it because it's buried they're not in history books the winning pair it is buried by sixty obviously mail doesn't buy that story but then he finds out that some potential customers are very interested in the sort for some very strange reasons Lynn Shelton's earlier work includes hump day and your sister sister as with those films much of the dialogue in sort of trust is improvised Merrin is a veteran stand up comic with some improv experience and enough experience working with Shelton to trust her with sort of trust where did you kids meet my garage little distraught by his garage one day I interviewed her in two thousand and what fifteen yeah because I was interested in her and I seen summer movies and she seemed like an interesting person and we talked we got along probably too well and I asked her to direct a couple episodes of Merrin in the fourth season and that went well it was the beginning of our relationship on camera in her behind the camera in coincidently she shows up on glow at that point I might is ladies stocking me a little I was hired before it was I example okay that's what you say that you're hired before I was restoring yeah I get it I'll check that out but yeah so as time went on we have we are creative relationship involved after to direct my last comedy special which she did and we began writing a movie about three years ago it's almost done and in the middle of that process she's like I really don't know you know why you don't want to finish this and I just have a hard time finishing things in general United I'd like other people to do it for me so I said what do you want to make a movie with me once just go right one yeah and then she would but she did she want more of this movie she came back she said I got it I drove by a pawn shop you belong in one with the other sad artifacts that people had to give up and that's what it's going to be organised Eutin somewhere in the south was Alabama nationally and I said okay sure and that sounds like that's gonna happen and then it did list of laughing here might not making noise like want me on my listeners to me like you know like what when where how long it's gonna take and then it came down to two weeks till I was that was what you told me you would give me I see I was why it why shot in twelve days what I knew I had to do it I see all day I I don't want to sound like some sort of diva or some sort of white persons or if I don't have the time to do it hi I just I think there was some part of me was right is it going to happen are we going to do it here is two weeks try that lady that happened I see how fun it is for you to work with mark all the time he's so easy it's easy so easy our truth when you know how you know yes relate to a feral cat that's okay and your honor I got it so this idea for this film that you have to make in two weeks because looks about cat lover now if there was other issues don't hang it all on me it makes it easier to produce something and get a bunch of very highly you know employed other actors like the entire caster it's made up of people who are working constantly and ask them for two months I never would have gotten them but just call up and say I got two weeks I got a really fun project come out I'm a be like summer camp this summer yeah no no it's early may I thought it would be a little more recently after Neri about their stance on choice I died time I know I don't know what I would have done if they pass that hurt people just before had to shoot if it was if it had been this year I would have been yeah I would have to shell out yeah Anna so you also and I don't give my I don't want to give myself about plot when I talk to people about projects but there is a conspiracy at the heart of this film or a belief in a legend that has a little not sane this was inspired by a lift ride that you took yes it's true it was a longer stride and the the driver and I had a very normal seeming conversation seems like just happy banter Smalltalk totally normal regular guy seemed intelligence of average intelligence at the very least at the end of this right he starts to describe to me a theory that I couldn't grasp he was being serious about and I don't know why he was talking about this absurd thing that obviously wasn't serious about it which was that the earth was flat and I had yet to discover that this was a whole thing is an actual movement that has had a recent resurgence in the cultural narrative which is really still astounding to me by the time I had no idea it even existed I thought was just this one cook who is driving me back to my apartment and when I finally realized he was absolutely serious I had this look on my face I couldn't control that was you are your cooking bananas any parks the car and he turned around from the front seat and he looked at me and he said look I I know exactly how you feel as though I was exactly where you are year ago all you have to do is Google it just keep googling it it's all there it's irrefutable fact and that you know just just do me that favor and I needed to put that in the movie as soon as he as I walked out of the car I realized at that is that is totally on a movie that was the portal into this stupid I want to know if it affected the rating when you read that right to feel like well nice guy delusion it's only a matter of weeks before he starts asking for money set the any minute now under the mandate letter arrived we see now there's a scene in this movie mark you do this monologue and you guys are I'll just say you're in a truck which sounds so fun in the summer in a horrendous in this day we are ox we thought it was going to back of a truck I want to be a good day because it was in the studio we're gonna get relief from the heat but that was not the case that was the air conditioning work it wasn't good and we're in a trucks were in hot studio in a hot truck for about nine hours nine hours in fact I'm not in the driver public now city an exit we know that god Harper did crafted back in this nasty trucks sitting on a very hard wheel wells yeah and this is basically when you have there's a script for the slaying except when I say so directly says something like to know each other and get to know each other in the band yeah right so then everybody kind of talks about themselves yes and we worked out some of that backstory before we got there but but the details all came did you improvise no I mean I improvise all of that to win and I have discussed you know where this guy's from and kind of came up with a bit of backstory because I think the the initial one seven once I want to say this this is to be clear so people understand it is a dark soul baring monologue basically began EM but it's it's it's hard felt it is dark but I think the humanness of it transcends the darkness because it is in the context of a movie that's kinda bubbling along at a pretty funny clip right and you do get to know these characters it is pretty well yeah it has been for super funnier and then we're in the truck but it's like when I watch it again and again the way that the monologue serve unfolds and then the way we come out of it it it kind of has a nice flow thanks to winds editing and my spontaneity what does the backstory I think the intention initially was I don't believe that when I was told I'm gonna be a pawn shop owner in Alabama that I had any desire to do an accent yeah I'm I'm getting better at acting but I'm I'm not at the street yeah I'm not gonna put on waiter warned a dialect right so we had to sort of figure out how he got down there and through bits and pieces of my life and do bits and pieces of ideas I had heard and that we talked about you know how he would get there and what happened we came up with sort of a a a a pretty good backstory but once I got in the truck and we started running this saying I start integrating here it's about heartbreak it's about addiction it's about deeply codependent relationship with that lens character who you see a few times in the film so I was able to integrate a lot of my personal experience but also sort of project a little yeah I've gotten better maybe it was because it was so hot in the truck maybe I was somewhat delusional but I spent a lot of time in the eighties on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and it was I was clean at the time yeah I've got I'm coming up on twenty years sober actually next week but back then I lived in a very sort of heroin ridden neighborhood and I used to see the same people come down the street every day to score and something I because I use bits and pieces of the Lower East Side in the monologue and that was from you my living there at that time in me sort of wondering about these people's lives in them placing myself in them so I was able to kind of utilize these made up memories to inform that monologue but I I think we did it a lot the caps kind of evolving and I think if I'm correct in saying when that was the close up was from the last shot of the day one of the very last shots for sure yeah and every time we did a take of the entire scene it probably ended up being about forty or forty five minutes long because everybody had a backstory that it ended up getting winnowed down a lot in the edit room but it was a very long scene for everybody to go through and we had to figure out how to bridge from one story to the next and how to set up the next story and so on and so by the time we got to mark's coverage in that close up he'd found a nice groove for that story and that was the best take of it but the most amazing thing is that at that point he was so aggravated and so really angry and so exhausted and and hot and he was able to channel all of that negative energy into this really beautiful poignant you know performance I'm a master of channeling negative energy it's one of my son I find these sometimes to get ray said dammed up in my day to day life I can just take negative energy magically make it funny or notionally rest yeah poignant poignant that's a good word coming up after a short break mark Merrin tells us about taking a role in the upcoming joker movie despite dissing superhero films in the past you're listening to the business from KCRW case here W..
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"Revelation, and that gets confusing too because it was initially revelation revelation taking it back to leave it there. Lee hail of member station K U, E R, and you're listening to all things considered from NPR news. I'm Kim masters in. This is the Hollywood breakdown joining me as Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter, and Matt there was a big splashy premier in New York last few days for game of thrones. That has been a huge hit for HBO, and it is ending, and it is ending as Richard Platt Bler, the longtime head of HBO is has resigned and is leaving and John stinky, the new head of Warner media stalled by AT and T the new owners of what was Time Warner is looking to HBO to generate more content. I don't know. I mean, I wasn't at the premier neither you, but if for reading about it from a distance if felt to me like is this the end of something or can HBO continued to be be. Oh, well, that's the big question is, you know, game of thrones for the past decade has been the HBO signature show and you see up to thirty million viewers for one. One show, which is unheard of. And now they are facing for the first time a post game of thrones HBO, and yes, there are as many as four they're calling them successor series in development, and who knows if those will work, but can they amass the same audience and grow it to the extent AT and T wants to grow it without that signature show. Yeah. And veep is ending too. I mean they've been on such a role. And so I guess one of these spin offs is casting. But of course, it's gonna be a while before that's a show. And and the question is a site. Geiss question will people still be there when it returns do they love game of thrones? And that that ongoing way can they maintain that that level of whatever it was about game of thrones? That has so many people so in love with it. And and at the same time are they going to just hold onto their subscriptions waiting. Yeah. We did a pole this week in how? Reporter that show that twenty eight percent of people have unsubscribe to a channel or streaming service based on one show coming to an end, and that's an interesting stat. Because if there was ever a show that would drive interest in a network, it would be game of thrones. Which is the number one show on television. That's one issue. The second issue is that AT and T is really pushing HBO to be more of a volume player. More shows more demographics, creating content for and really trying to ramp up the output, but game of thrones was game of thrones. Because HBO took its time it spent lavishly these final six episodes are reportedly costing more than ten million dollars each, and they really, you know, it was a bespoke product that turned into a massive hit is AT and T going to give that kind of freedom to create. What will what will ultimately be the next game of thrones that we have. Idea. What that is now. Yeah. I mean, the lavishness of that party was old school HBO. I felt like it was HBO still being HBO. We we know very Well Matt that HBO throws. Some of the splashy is parties that anybody throws in Hollywood. So are they even gonna continue that tradition? This is a regime change there. So we don't know how many of the people who were at HBO are now going to remain, and whether this transition in I have to say looking big picture at all the stuff that was acquired in this Time Warner acquisition HBO is now in transition Bob Greene Blat arriving at Warner media running HBO as well as the from the cable channels, Kevin C HARA gone. At Warner Brothers studio. There's just a lot going on right now at this company. And it feels like a lot of uncertainty is AT and T has only just really taken control of this company. HBO is the key here. They've gotta get HBO. Right. Because that is the two billion dollar a year cash cow and AT and T. Needs even more profit out of HBO because it is highly leveraged, thanks to this eighty five billion dollar deal to buy Time Warner. Yeah. And there in lies the potential irony. Thank you, Matt. Thank you. That's Matt felony editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. He joins me this Monday at two o'clock on the business. I'm Kim masters, and this is the Hollywood breakdown..
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"Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. We're talking to cinematographer Caleb national decimals in the race for his work on the German film. Never look away. This is his sixth nomination. He's never one. We was previously in contention for films. You may have heard of the right stuff the natural fly away home the patriot. And the passion of the Christ. Decades before anyone could imagine an academy that wanted to relegate the announcement of the cinematography award to a commercial break DeShaun was a college student in Baltimore. He wasn't imagining a career in the movie business. He was thinking about becoming a doctor. You started out at Hopkins Johns Hopkins and weirdly, even though it's not a film school. They're all these future famous people there. I mean, what happened at Hopkins is had two friends a year ahead of me. Walter merch, and Matthew Robbins, and the graduated and then they came out the US film school. And while they were here, they kept insisting that I come out to film school when I graduated since I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I mean, I was interested in journalism, and I sort of started out wanting to be pre med, and you know, because I come from a family of doctors on my mother's side. But I really was more interested in the arts. And so, you know, I applied to USC and got in. And I followed them out there. And then. You really have a famous click the year, he doesn't that's what those costs. Well, I mean, Walter merch who became really amazingly talented editor and sound designer and Matthew Robbins, a writer and director, and then George Lucas and John Milius. So you come out here, and in film school, are you that directed or you just like I'll go to film school loon figure it out. In those days when you went to film school. You didn't have any idea that it was a school where you would learn a craft that you could then apply yourself too. I really never thought past learning how to make films that that was a a profession that I would go into. I mean, a lot of it too. In terms of the crafts was that the unions were really closed, and unless you were the son of someone who was in the union, you really had a lot of difficulty getting into the business at all. If you were a daughter, forget it altogether. Yeah. Absolutely. So so how in that situation? How do you go about making your way? Well, you know, I met Carol Ballard and he was doing educational films. So we did things that were sort of caused by documentaries and shot a film called rodeo, which got a lot of attention. And then I also went on from USC to go to the AFI. So I was at the American film is the first year than they had the first year. And that was David Lynch and Terry Malik and Paul Schrader offensive, really, amazing people and. You know after I got out of the FBI. I couldn't get in the union and a bunch of us including Alan debut decided to sue the union, and then you know, it took a long time. But in the meantime, there was another union could neighbit- that you could join and so I joined that and I was able to do commercials. So I worked a lot in commercials in those days, and that kind of gave me a certain amount of experience. And then finally Carol Ballard got to do the black stallion because he had gone to school with Francis. Coppola UCLA and networking that paid off. I mean, it's really true. And when Carol was at UCLA he would always come in second to Francis. And all the awards that you know, but France has really respected him. And when Francis became successful. He decided that he was going to try to find some project for Carol Ballard, and he bought the rights to the black stallion and knew that would be a perfect first movie for Carol to do. And since I had worked with Carol on a number of shorts. Films. He asked me to photograph it, and that was the first feature that I shot. So did you ever win the lawsuit? Well, what happens is they don't go to you know, to try and say, okay, you can join. But the reality is is that the way I ended up getting in the union because when I did the black stallion I didn't have to be in the union because it was photographed in Canada. And then in Italy, so it was out of their jurisdiction. So then Steven Spielberg offered me a movie after school, and he had a lot of power in those days. Even though he had only done a few things for some reason. He was able to get universal to hire me. I'll has sid Sheinberg. Was there isn't it was? Yeah. Absolutely. Yeah. I mean, I have no idea how he was able to do it. But I ended up working for thirty days on this movie. It was never made. And I never shot a foot of film. But because I worked for universal for thirty days and was paid by them. I got in the union somehow, Steven Spielberg. Yeah. Non projects became a thing. Stephen a lot for that. So you have this array I mean, a pause for a second on black stallion. I mean, black stallion. I mean, I still have it in my head that there's this horse. A black horse. Yeah. I mean, I don't know when you're figuring it out on your first movie. And there's and I don't I don't know. Whether the fact that you're shooting with this huge animal makes it harder or easier is not a factor. I don't I don't know how the mind works of for Cinematograph OMI or a horse. Definitely don't know. How the mind or it's funny. I've been very lucky with animals, they've all you had geese too. No. I mean for some reason they seem to be well behaved. I mean, I've done commercials with animals like Moose's and things like that that are really impossible to work with. But we had a great time. We had a guy named Corky. Randall who was the trainer of all the horses. And he was amazing. You know, there's a scene where the boy Kelly. Reno is feeding the horse for the first time he gets them to come to him. And it's all done in this one shot where we're kind of wide, and we see the horse and the horse has backing up as as the little boy comes tourism. And then the little boy backs up.
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"Banter, Matt Bellamy of the Hollywood reporter. Hello, Matt happy new year same to you. So Matt there's been this conversation off and on a year. Plus in the time's up metoo movement of what's going to happen to some of these guys at this point. We're starting to find some of the answers and his ranges from kind of disturbing to really disturbing. I would say I don't even know who won the horse race. But as the year wrapped up we I had Kevin Spacey dropping this bizarre. Let me be Frank video in character as the character. He played in the Netflix series house of cards, and it was we're not even gonna play a clip from that because no I couldn't get through the whole thing because it's I was sort of incredulous for the first minute or two, and then just kind of put off and I felt like I was watching something from the very creepy movie that was real and as we're taping. You know, he is awaiting arraignment. He. Tried to get out of making an impersonal hearings in this case of alleged assault. But he is going to have to appear in person. And we will know more it probably more or less as this show is broadcast on the air. However, whatever happens with that. It's pretty clear things are not going well for Kevin Spacey's career, and what would motivate a guy to do a thing. Like that. I think just mystified everybody it really just raises more questions than anything. I mean, it is obviously are the what is he thinking question. But also like who is helping him. This was a video that the production quality was not great. But it wasn't terrible and someone had to make that with him. And nobody around him said, hey, you know, this is a really bad idea. This is only going to Vilnai's you. And then there are these 'paparazzi shots of him. You know, delivering pizza to photographers, and he was wearing a hat that said retired since two thousand seventeen which. Yeah. Seems to make light of his exile after the allegations against him. So I just I don't quite understand the rationale usually when these things come out you kind of understand what they're doing. They're either trying to influence a jury pool or they're trying to mend a reputation. So they could work again. This is just bizarre and doesn't help him at all. Speaking of not helping at all then we have Louis C K. And there's a leaked tape of his set. He did at a club. It was just chock full of material that was not only really offensive stuff about the park land kids, anti-asian racist, just very very offensive and aggressive. There are people who will say comedians need to be able to work on material and take chances, but the creative community did react to this. I'd I'd say the majority was extremely negative people like japa- tau va. Very outspoken about how unfunny this was. And how sad it was. And I have to say I really thought Louis C K if anybody would in a he said he was going to take a year off and reflect and I thought there was a chance that he's obviously a smart guy and has done a lot of material about his own major shortcomings. I thought there was a chance he could come back and do material about what he might have hollow have learned. But instead this just goes into a direction of absolute darkness, and it was disheartening to say the least. Yeah, I mean from a business perspective a lot of these metoo cases, pretty cut and dry. You know, Kevin Spacey will never work again. But in the Louis C K case, people did think that if he had rehabilitated himself if he had apologized profusely and in a way that was meaningful. He doesn't need a network or a. Studio to do what he does best stand up comedy. Or what he did best a lot of people thought he could come back and be a prominent figure again, but this is just a u-turns step in just the wrong direction. And these jokes are just bad. I mean, a lot of people have commented people like Seth Rogaine, big comedy connoisseurs. They're just like this. There's no self reflection here. It's just bad comedy. And that's surprising. Turn louis. C? K also had been a major role in getting taro her own show and Pam Adlawan. Of course, Pignataro broke with him. But boy there that's a complicated guy. And he just clearly chose a fork in the road. And it feels to me like there's no coming back from this at all and another version of this. Where are they? Now, you know, les Moonves says who also had a pretty stunning downfall is reported to have been floating around on a yacht. Over the holidays with David Geffen who seem. Seems to be a judgment free zone. I will say that he's very rich. And I guess he can afford to have no judgments, but meanwhile, it appears that that in at least one case where one of these guys was reported to have said something or appeared to have said something, very unsmarmy. Maybe maybe that didn't really happen. Because les Moonves was reported to have given an interview to this obscure corporate governance, new service of -ffiliated with the very respectable financial times. And he had said that this fight over his hundred twenty million dollars severance was far from over. That's a quote far from over and the quote content. He's supposedly said how quickly the board for gets the job. I did for CBS. They were a rudderless ship. When I went there when I took over, and it was kinda weird because les Moonves could talk to the journal he could talk to any of us. He knows all of this the reporters who cover this beat and has no most all of us for a very long time. And quite well, but he chose this week. Never some head-scratching at the time. They claim that you know, they absolutely positively got him for this interview. But now, it seems like, you know, at least Vanity Fair is raising the question was this really a less Moonves interview. It's not so clear, and the F T is saying that they're going to be reviewing this to reveal whether it's real or not I now believe that this is probably not real because of all the reasons you just said, but then the question becomes the teas are very reputable outlet. How did they get duped? And if someone calls and says that he's less moon as good reporters. Don't just take that at face value. They wanna confirm maybe that didn't happen. Maybe it did. Who knows it would have to be somebody. We we all would recognize his voice. I think but it's so either somebody mimicked him very well where it was him. But it was one of the weirder. Little twists in a year of very weird things going on in just before we go. I just want to mention this problem that Netflix has had this past week. They pulled an episode of Hassan Maggio's talkshow Patriot Act. This is critical of Mohammed bin Salman who is believed to have orchestrated the very brutal murder of Jamal kashogi. This was an episode very critical of the Saudi regime. This is a problem that net flicks is gonna face. I mean, Netflix says they were only complying with valid Saudi law the lawn question is basically like don't say or do anything that we don't like that. That's a very specific law that everybody can understand and. There's been a lot of backlash from public institutions. I mean, it's kind of an incident in the broader political world now. Yeah, I mean, this is a big welcome to Netflix. And they are now a global broadcaster, and they have to deal with the global issues that come up in this world. You know, this is not a new issue television is distributed all over the world and certain things play in certain countries. Certain things don't play and typically there are separate distributors in these various territories that handle this. But when you are a global streamer like Netflix is it's one company that's broadcasting show in America and broadcasting show in Saudi Arabia, and they have chosen to kowtow to the Saudi Arabian government and take this episode down. We'll see if there's going to be backlash in the creative community hasn't been so far, but there has been some rumblings as to why Netflix would just so easily, you know, roll over for this government. They've got a. Balance this because if the creators turn on net legs that is their lifeblood. Yes. Indeed. Thank you. Thank you. That's not felony.
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"The Hollywood reporter map. Hi there. So Hollywood is still I would say reeling from this New York Times piece that round this past week about less moon fat. You might have thought you knew everything that happened with les Moonves because of the two New Yorker stories, but this is a real look inside the final days, really. And what finally brought him down at CBS, and what it was was an encounter that he had had years earlier with an actress where he allegedly sexually assaulted her. He says he thought the encounter was consensual, but she clearly did not and this actress had a manager the sky named Marv dour, and he was like a Hollywood character. A friend of mine who knows him says that people kind of called him a Broadway, Danny rose type of character. But he was a manager. He had this actress the alleged assault took place and basically less moon vast spent a lot of time toward the end of this Dana Ma of his career at CBS. Desperately trying to make sure that this encounter never became public and breaking apparently all kinds of rules to save his own hot. Yeah. I mean, this is an extraordinary story. It reveals text messages between this manager and one of the most powerful men in Hollywood who is essentially trying to pay off an actress with a role on a CBS show. So she won't go forward and essentially bring him down, and it paints a picture of a desperate executives who is doing whatever he needs to do to stay alive while at the same time waging this war against Sherry Redstone. Viacom people to maintain his position of power in the industry. So this manager has said that les Moonves said things like if Bobby talks and Bobby Phillips is the actress that he allegedly assaulted if Bobby talks, I'm done and frantically these these texts go. Back and forth. And what I found sunlight mesmerizing was that this manager who spontaneously tells the New York Times that he was not blackmailing. Les Moonves says nonetheless makes all of these demands that left moon has pay attention to him. And while giving him all of these gifts, and sort of sucking up in the way that the supplicants in Hollywood do at the same time. He is using this power that he has over less moonville and telling him to come to his seventy fifth birthday party this past April. And this is the party. I can tell you. I'm quite sure that les Moonves says and Julie Chen, his wife would never have gone anywhere near this party for this manager. I mean, this this was people like a James woods and Bruce McNall who was jailed for fraud, the former owner of Los Angeles Kings. This is a list party that list Moonves, and Julie Chen would go to, but this Marv dour this manager basically makes them go. And I have to say that is an image in my mind of lesson. Julie. Showing up at this party as if they are just delighted to be here and then counting the minutes until they can flee. Now, the whole thing would be comical if they weren't so sad and a sign of the times. And now for me the question is what's next because hanging over all of this is the fact that les Moonves is negotiating with CBS his terms of his exit and he claims he's owed one hundred and twenty million dollars in an exit package. I don't think he's going to get any of that at this point. I mean, there's no way I think that this story absolutely kills any chance of that. I mean, they they can fire him for cause. And they will in my opinion, this talk of maybe he won't get the money. No. He's not going to get the money. Well, I mean, it comes down to your right? Whether they can fire him for cause. And I think it's a pretty good argument that attempting to thwart the investigation of your allegedly abusive conduct at CBS would be a reason to fire a CEO four 'cause but. CBS doesn't look good in this situation. Either. I mean, there's this whole issue with the board and the internal investigation that was going on an investigation that had cleared him until they started looking more closely at some of these details and ultimately one of the investigators asked moon vase about this incident. And when he admitted that he was essentially forcing this actress on a CBS show to cover up for an alleged incident of abuse. That was the final straw. Yeah. And we've seen this before. I'm we've seen it at NBC universal. They say, well, we're going to do an investigation and even though this involved a lawyer from wild. Gotcha. Which is a very well respected law firm. It's bogus that seems it looks completely like they didn't look hard. They didn't really figure out what was going on at all. And it looks like it's honestly a cover up. That's the appearance. It's also in substance. I don't think this is acceptable for a publicly held company to basically try to sweep stuff under the rug with the lame so-called investigation. I mean, I'm not talking about the current investigation now, which of course is dead serious because Sherry Redstone who basically controls CBS and Viacom shares. She is not intending to pay less moon. Visit dime. I'm talking about the previous investigation, which completely just kind of. Oh, nothing to see here. Let's move on. Yeah. I mean, there's an issue as to what they knew. But it seems like they had a pretty good idea that there was at least smoke here if not fire. But now this investigation that is ongoing we'll be very interesting because it's not complete. It's ongoing. They're lumping in a lot of different things, including the Charlie rose situation at. CBS including the sixty minutes situation, and this conduct of les Moonves says, and if I'm CBS I want to get to the bottom of this come out with something. And I think you wanna make it public. Just go through rip the band aid off and say this is what happened? This is what we're doing about it. And we're moving forward. I don't know if that's going to happen. Yeah. They have said that they don't feel that there's any obligation to say what the outcome of the investigation is. And maybe this story is as much as we'll know like the investigation is uncovering bad things on the New York Times is uncovering bad things. But yeah, I have to agree. Why is there no transparency in a culture that seems to be shot through with what put it mildly seems to be very questionable behavior? Yeah. I think CBS owes it to its employees and to its shareholders, and frankly to the public that has been following this to reveal what's going on. And if they are going to pay less moon, beds, one hundred and twenty million dollars or any portion of that. I think they need to reveal it because it will likely come out regardless. I think it will come out that he's getting nothing. And if I were less moonville, honestly, I would seriously think about withdrawing the claim and saying I will now move to Palm Beach and start a new chapter of my life. Thank you. Thank you. That's Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood reporter. Listeners who have young kids will recognize this cover a Beatles. Classic as the theme song to the animated..
"matt bellamy" Discussed on Analog(ue)
"It was at a pretty cool bar in a in a pretty important building here called guk. And so, yeah, it was. It was pretty good. Did you see Matt Bellamy there from us because apparently he's number then they don't have everybody that's on the list. Right? So like Matt Bellamy was not there. Maisy Williams was there though she's from in game of thrones. Oh, I've never seen it. I know it's important rely. Oh, I'm so happy that I'm finding more people in my life that haven't seen game of thrones. Yeah, I bet it's very good. Like I'm not trying to be like one of those people that's no, I know it's good. I know it's good, but I've just never watched it. I feel like I know too many spoilers at this point because you can't be on the internet and not know game of thrones spoilers, and it's just too much of it. The. All right, but party is good. It was great. I very happy. So like when I was on the list of fuss time, it felt like dislike, incredible achievement like I was so excited. So happy for myself and stuff. Yeah, we spoke about it. I thought then, yeah, we spoke about it. It was definitely. We definitely covered it in this show. And then when I wasn't on it, the second time I was a little bit like, oh man, like I was a bit bummed out about and then getting on the list this time. Again, it didn't feel the same to me. It was kind of just like like, you know, like this is fleeting. Kinda thanks like, well, you know this gave an app or it doesn't happen like an open up in off it and I just didn't really understand like I didn't really feel like it was a huge like it was as important as it used to be to me like I didn't have the same feeling which of course it wouldn't because like there's a huge difference between like the first time. But when I went to the event they had it felt it felt really important. Like I felt like, wow, this is. This feels cooler than it did loss time like because obviously they're putting a bigger focus on like the fact that the man came and gave this speech to everyone. You know it was, it felt it felt important, and I felt very proud of myself so late now I, I do feel super proud because I feel like the context of this like achievement is totally different now to how it was before, and I feel I do feel really good about it like, I'm I'm really pleased. I'm honored in a way to to be on this list. It feels good. Like I'm very pleased about. Congratulations. I know that it was very important to you the first time, and I know you're really pleased about it in. I'm happy to hear that. It kind of is a lot of the same this time eventually, like I kind of had to go through a realization because it is like, you know, the the, you can only experience something for the first time once. Yeah, yeah. And I experienced this like once like the it was the first time and it was like blew my mind. So when it happened again, it just didn't have that same fall and I was like, oh, is it? Because it is an important or like I couldn't really get my head around why it didn't feel the same. But then when I was kind of there at the event that they put on conceal the people and they'll lots of interesting people that are like the the number one was Christopher Wiley. The guy who broke the Cambridge on elliptic thing, and I think he was there. I believe I saw him. I could be wrong because the I don't really know much about the guy. Except the couple of photos that I've seen of him. Sure. But wherever he wasn't, he wasn't like he. He was a very interesting posted to put the number one spot. Also liked young person whose name was not then followed by a company right once like your name and the company. We doesn't walk anywhere at seems right now or at least anything that is relatable to his achievement if you would call it that. I mean, I would. I think he did thing, but like chievements is maybe a strange what to pin to it..
"matt bellamy" Discussed on KCRW
"There. So it's just about the one year anniversary of the two exposes one of the New York Times one in the New Yorker about Harvey Weinstein. And as we well, remember the floodgates opened. We at the Hollywood reporter were instantly overwhelmed with people calling with other times up me stories multiple stories were written and a year later, you know, looking around I'd say the report card is kind of mixed. I think it's worth starting with noting some of the positive movement that has happened over the past year, a number of people who had had these stories if they had not told for many, many years felt a freedom that they had never felt before to tell those stories and media outlets that had not reported on this stuff started all of a sudden reporting on it, including us in many, many others. So that's a good thing. A number of people who had committed this alleged behavior were outed. Many of them were. Purged from the industry. Again, a great thing. And there have been a number of industry-wide changes that I think are worth noting including the launch of the times up movement, which is a specific women's defense fund. That has been empowered and funded to back cases on behalf of women inside, the entertainment industry and more importantly outside the entertainment industry, there was a piece of Hollywood reporter this week from the president of sag after the actor's union that noted some of the changes that they have pushed for including banning business meetings in hotel rooms, they have pushed for greater oversight and reporting of incidents that you can do so anonymously on movie sets, and I think the general tone and culture at studios agencies all over Hollywood is there is a renewed attention on these issues because people want to be on the right side of this issue. Yeah. And at the same time, we see weird inconsistencies, and we see, of course, a lot of fear. This is an industry that has always been based on. Fear and people in with a lot of power concentrated in their hands. And that is an open invitation for many people to abuse the power, you know, we've seen some mixed examples this veterans CBS producer Brad Kern was fired finally this past week. He was an NCIS New Orleans producer. There were multiple HR investigations of this guy. Multiple multiple complaints of all sorts of harassing behavior in retaliation and racially insensitive remarks, the kind of behavior that you would think we just wouldn't be brooked anymore. And he was finally let go and CBS executive who worked in late night was placed on leave after an expose about his alleged misconduct. And I will say to the credit of Stephen Colbert that he not only said he was glad that story had been written. But you know, when the single biggest name in terms of fortune five hundred company executive, Leslie Moonves went under the gun for this kind of alleged behavior. Les Moonves has hired Colbert. And colbert. Spoke out with total clarity that he did not consider this to be acceptable behavior. So he's been very decent about that. Meanwhile, in ABC produced show that also airs on CBS this criminal minds, the director of photography when he had multiple multiple complaints. Groping male staffers threatening them physically firing whoever complained this was reported. This is a Disney operation nothing seems to have happened. It's sort of an explicable Disney. Also, kind of dragged out the John Lasseter stuff after we reported allegations against him and said, they were putting them on sabbatical and let it go is going to be six months and didn't really just pull off the band aid and say he wasn't coming back until the bitter end and fought it every step of the way. Yeah. And that's where we are. Right now is that these companies are put in the position where they're having to evaluate these claims that are being made about employees or clients in certain instances with talent agencies, and they're having to make a decision and the way they're doing it as they are for the most part conducting internal investigations. Hiring outside counsel at sometimes not hiring outside counsel at other times. That's controversial. And they're having to make a decision as to whether they part ways of this people we've seen mixed results at some of these talent agencies in particular, both and w me arguably the two dominant power agencies. Have both terminated agents over the past three months that were accused of groping male clients on this case at CA was a male television executives now besides being kind of bizarre coincidence, that's examples of these agencies that acted or at least we're forced to act when behavior was alleged. There have been other instances though, at these talent agencies where people have been investigated for behavior. And then they have been cleared either an internal investigator or from an outside investigator. So it's not like you get an allegation against you. And your automatically gone. These companies are trying to do something to investigate. And it's just what that standard is. Is a little bit opaque right now. Yeah. And I will say in the case of Wm WMA. It took months and months as I'm sure Terry crews would attest for them to finally let go of that agent. You know, one of the pieces I wrote that I think was very sensitive was these early complaints about times up where it was the question of how it was operating, and who was invited was a morpheus and some people who really wanted to participate said I wanted to do it. But I couldn't find out where and when the meetings were and they were sort of responding without saying anything on the record. They had people saying, well everybody's invited. Which kind of goes in a circle they just hired this woman. Lisa borders from the WNBA and before that she worked at Coca Cola to be their executive director. And I think it's clear that for an organization like that to be effective, and to speak with a voice promptly and address. These matters having somebody who is supposed to be in charge is critical. However, I will say there's a lot of major talent. And that a lot of big stars like Reese, Witherspoon and others. It's going to be a tricky thing. To reconcile all the agendas and all the needs and wishes of all the people who are part of the times up movement at the same time. You know, it's a demanding thing to pay attention to this day in day out. And you need somebody whose job it is to do that. Yeah. And I think that's part of the larger conversation that's going on right now not just about harassment in Hollywood. But also about equal pay and equal opportunities and the diversity question. And I do think that there have been big moves over the past year in all of those areas, you're seeing people getting called out for paying women different amounts than men make in the same job. And there is an effort being made you see it in the fall TV shows this year to put more inclusive actors in these major roles, and I think that is while not directly related to the Weinstein scandal. And all of that. I do think it's all connected and part of this awakening for lack of a better word that Hollywood has been under. And you know that in the past year, there's been pretty significant movement. Yeah. I mean, we still. Don't see the representation that we would find anywhere close to equal. But maybe we will. I hope I mean, I guess I would say a couple of things I think another frontier will be generally abusive behavior, whether or not it's sexual misconduct, and whether that is going to be tolerated as question to be dealt with. And I would say at this point still we know that there are some open secrets in this town. And it's not that we don't want to report on them. It's that we have to have people come forward who can credibly make allegations if they want something done. So as long as that doesn't happen as long as there's fear or and maybe it's justified. But as long as that's the case certain people will still sit in the seat of power, and they still haven't been budged some. We'll see where it goes. Thank you, Matt thank you. But that's Matt Bellamy editorial director of the Hollywood.
"matt bellamy" Discussed on KCRW
"I'm joined by my colleague and banter matt bellamy the hollywood reporter's loman are there so the ongoing controversy about equity in parody and the aftermath of metoo and the current attempts to organize of times up manifests itself in myriad ways and the most recent noisy way is this argument about the netflix series the crown it has come out that claire foy who plays the queen made less money than matt smith who plays prince philip and that seems wrong to a lot of people because the queen you know has a lot of screen time and a lot of heavy lifting to do and prince philip comes and goes and he's good but that just seems unequal now prince philip aka matt smith also is doctor who was doctor who in the british series a very big star so he came into the game with what we call a higher quote his immediate past salary record was higher than clarify wasn't that well known but from this springs and argument how fair is that it's a great question i tend to agree with with producer judd appetite who tweeted this is how television works you have a quote quotas based on stuff you've done previously matt smith is a huge star because he's done doctor who so when he comes into this and they really wanted him he has more leverage and he can get higher salary the crown was a big break for clarify people did not know her before this even though she had done other work so she had to go into this in my opinion with less money now in season two after the crown is a gigantic hit and is getting emmy nominations it would make sense in my opinion for them to renegotiate her deal to bring her up to parody with her co star even morgan sibling her role that apparently didn't happen so while the optics are bad in this situation i think that this happens all the time in the tv industry where you come in with a quote and it may not match it's your responsibility then to go after that raise once the show is a hit and a bunch of other people women tweeted back ampato saying things like you know she was the number one person on the call sheet and if the guy had been in.