Bread Cutters

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Bread Cutters
Number 230
Broadcast Date July 30, 2018
Episode Length 56:52
Hosts Brian Brushwood, Tom Merritt

Locke & Key, Deadwood movie, Star Wars 9, and a Stranger Things date? All this and more on Cordkillers!

Primary Target

The Deadwood movie has been approved. HBO ended the series without a proper finale 12 years ago. Production begins in October with plans for a premiere in Spring 2019. David Milch is writing and Daniel Minahan who did 4 episodes is atatched to direct.
Netflix has officially ordered 10 episodes of Locke & Key. Meredith Averill ('The Good Wife') will co-showrun with Carlton Cuse. They are redeveloping the series and will recast. Aron Eli Coleite ('Star Trek: Discovery') will executive produce and is re-writing the pilot along with Joe Hill.
Lucasfilm issued a press release on Star Wars Episode IX, confirming Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, and Keri Russell are in the movie as is Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. Also listed as being in episode IX is MArk Hamill. And most surprising was the announcement Carrie Fisher will appear as Princess Leia using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

How to Watch

Sources tell Bloomberg Verizon is considering partnering with Google or Apple for a TV service to offer over 5G in Los Angeles and Sacramento later this year. Last month, Verizon folded its go90 streaming app. At a May investor conference, Chief Financial Officer Matt Ellis said Verizon wants the outside help until it gets “comfortable” with its own internet-based video service." Google’s YouTube TV offers more than 60 channels of live TV for $40 a month. Apple doesn’t offer a live TV streaming service, but is expected to announce something eventually since its locked up dozens of top actors and producers to make original TV shows.

What to Watch

Most networks include projections for syndication when estimating the revenue they'll get from a series. Netflix is now part of that game. All seasons of BoJack Horseman will run in syndication on Comedy Central starting September 26th, shortly after season 5 premiers on Netflix, September 14th.
Apple TV, and iOS device users can now watch the premiere episode of Hulu's Castle Rock for free. Apple has done similar things for networks but never for a paid streaming service. The first three episodes are up on Hulu as well.
Netflix acquired the worldwide rights to Warner Brothers Mowgli, a live-action movie based on the Jungle Book directed by Andy Serkis. The movie had previously been scheduled for an October theatrical release. Netflix now plans to release it in 2019.
There's a trailer out for the Netflix series Maniac directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. Patrick Somerville of the Leftovers is the showrunner and EP. Its a dark comedy about two people in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. It arrives on Netflix September 21.
Amazon's series The Romanoffs from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner will arrive October 12. It's an anthology series of 8 stories about people who believe themselves to be descended from last Russian royal family.
Netflix’s VP of Original Content Cindy Holland told told the Television Critics’ Association that the next season of Stranger Things won't arrive until next summer in order to, "deliver something bigger and better than what they did last year. And so, they really want to take the time to get it right."
Netflix optioned the rights to Nike co-founder Phil Knight's memoir, Shoe Dog. The book will be adapted by The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
The Coen Brothers The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is no longer a six episode anthology series but instead a movie that will premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Netflix will premiere the movie before the end of the year. Tim Blake Nelson stars as the titular character, and Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson and Tom Waits co-star.
HBO confirmed it is moving forward with its Game of Thrones spinoff from Jane Goldman, tentatively titled The Long Night. The pilot was originally scheduled to shoot in November with a 2020 release but shooting may not begin until spring. All the other Game of Thrones spinoffs are officially on the shelf for now. Game of Thrones itself will return for its final season in the first half of 2019.
Rafe Judkins shared the first page of the the first Wheel of Time TV series script, an episode titles Leavetaking. That's also the title of the tenth chapter of the first novel. Amazon has ordered the pilot but has not approved a full series yet.
Amazon's Lord of the Rings series has named JD Payne and Patrick McCkay to lead development of its Lord of the Rings Series. Amazon did not go so far as to name them showrunners or producers. PAyne and McCkay wrote the first draft of Star Trek: Beyond which was later re-written. They are also part of the writers room for Godzilla vs. Kong and working on Star Trek 4.
Colony co-creator Ryan Condal is working on Amazon's Conan the Barbarian series as producer, writer and showrunner. Condal says they will adapt Robert E. Howard's short stories rather than new situations as done in previous films. The show's pilot episode will adapt The Frost-Giant's Daughter, chronologically the earliest story of Conan's life.
Netflix has ordered 8 episode of Altered Carbon for season two, with Anthony Mackie aka Falcon from the MCU, taking over the role of Takeshi Kovacs. Alison Schapker (Scandal, Fringe) is joining the production team as executive producer and co-showrunner.

What We're Watching

Front Lines

Researchers at 20th Century Fox are developing a deep learning system that can predict who is most likely to watch a movie based on its trailer. The AI was trained with hundreds of trailers linked to their movies attendance data. It has had some success anticipating the performance of movies based on the trailer. It analyzes visual elements like colors, faces, landscapes and lighting, but not temporal ones like an explosion after a car chase.
Amazon's Studio head Jennifer Salke announced the company has "set aside for now" the practice of letting the public vote on Amazon Prime Video pilots. Instead it will use internal testing and user data to make decisions about shows. The move is less about fan voting and more about avoiding the time and cost of making pilots. Salke also said the company is in the middle of a new interface for Prime Video that she says should be coming soon.
Viacom has acquired AwesomenessTV the YouTube channel that has grown into a full TV production arm. Awesomeness TV will help Viacom reach younger viewers that have moved on from its channels like Nickelodeon.
Disney and 21st Century Fox shareholders both voted to approve the sale of most of Fox's assets to Disney. What's left will become New Fox, which will include Fox Broadcasting Co. and Fox’s TV station group, Fox Sports and Fox News. Disney already received US approval in exchange for agreeing to divest itself of the regional sports networks within 90 days of the sale.. Disney still needs approval from a handful of international regulators before it can close the deal in the first half of 2019.
MoviePass's service was unable to process ticket requests Thursday because Moviepass hadn't paid the company that processes its payments. Parent company Helios and Matheson borrowed $6 million to pay that company and get everything working again. However technical issues were blamed for continued outages and high surge pricing over the weekend. And the loan is half due August 1st with the total due August 5. A source told Business insider that MoviePass head Mitch Lowe told staffers that the service won't offer tickets for Christopher Robin or The Meg and it might be the policy for other big movies in the future.
Discovery CEO David Zaslav says the company is considering a streaming service fro all Discovery properties, including the recently acquired Scripps networks, for $5 to $8 a month. It has not been decided if it would be US-only.

Dispatches From The Front

Hey Killers,

Our barber is currently having money troubles, and as he was discussing it, he mentioned that he has cable, and was getting charged $80 a month for it. We told him about streaming services, but he said he'd gotten his wife what seems to be a loaded Fire stick, which he claims he got from Wal-Mart. He says with this device, his wife can watch anything she wants for free. We tried to explain that it's piracy, and is illegal, but he still doesn't see benefits of subscriptions over free venues.
Now currently he's not using the Fire stick because he lives in another house, but I can't convince him to switch from cable and piracy to something like Sling or PlayStation Vue. I think Brian once called himself a "proud pirate," what convinced you to switch to more...legitimate alternatives to cable & satellite?

- Amar

Hey Cordkillers,
I just canceled because of surge pricing. I’m seeing Mission Impossible and the surge was $4.25. Regular ticket price here in small town Indiana is only $9.00.
On top of that, the theater was not at all busy and half of the movies had surge pricing so that says to me the surge is just B.S.
I’ve signed up with Sinemia but have yet to receive my card so I don’t know if it’ll be better or not.
I definitely got my money’s worth out of Moviepass and went to the theater more than I have in the past. But I don’t see enough movies to pay for the subscription plus surge. If they had changed my unlimited plan to a limited one I’d be less disappointed than I am now.

Now back to work,
Your Boss,
- Michael

Hey guys-

With regards to your recent discussion of an "I Feel Lucky" button on Netflix, am I the only one that remembers/experienced the "You Don't Know Jack"-style suggestion engine that was briefly available? You could select the option from your content menu and it would launch into a fake cheesy game show setting, complete with a very Cookie-like announcer/host. It would ask a series of questions ("Are you in the mood for a comedy or drama", etc) and offer choices on screen, and after 3 or 4 questions, it would present you with a single recommendation based on your answers and prior watch history.

I loved it, and thought it was a fun, clever way to solve that all too familiar sensation of just freezing because Netflix has too many choices and you don't know what you want to watch.

Anyway, keep up the good work.

- Ryan



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