sabato 5 agosto 2017

venerdì 4 agosto 2017

GOSSIP - Li mortacci sua! "Star Trek: Discovery" non ha potuto iniziare le riprese fino alla dipartita di Sonequa Martin-Green in "The Walking Dead"
The upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery had a bunch of delays and the producers just revealed that one of them was waiting for star Sonequa Martin-Green to become available! The 32-year-old actress was committed to The Walking Dead and AMC wouldn’t let her join another series until her death on that show was made public.
Sonequa opened up about her gratitude for being on the show while joining cast members Jason IsaacsJames Frain, and Mary Chieffo, as well as executive producers like Alex Kurtzman at the 2017 TCA Summer Press Tour on Tuesday (August 1) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“The honor is mine. The pleasure is mine. I feel that we are all running over—our cups are running over with gratitude and excitement,” Sonequa said about being the first minority female to be a lead on a Star Trek show (via E! News). “We’re bursting at the seams from the weight of it and the breadth of it. We just—we couldn’t be more thrilled to share this journey with you because we understand its significance. We know we’re telling a story we believe in. Everybody is so passionate…This is an epicly grand, yet microscopically tuned, deeply emotional story. We don’t take it for granted. We don’t take it lightly. I certainly don’t. I feel like—it’s a dream to be able to be a part of history. It’s a dream. So, thank you.”

mercoledì 2 agosto 2017

NEWS - Netflix, ancora dubbi se sia una bolla: a fronte dei 104 milioni di abbonati nel mondo, un debito di oltre 20 bilioni di dollari (6 solo quest'anno, l'anno scorso erano meno di 2...)

News tratta da "Uproxx"+"LA Times"
Netflix and loss aren’t words that appear together in many stories about the streaming giant. The platform is constantly buzzing in coverage online, has a string of hits on its fairly young roster of shows, and might be one of the only platforms to surprise people when a show is canceled. This practice is changing, of course, and there could be a good reason for it according to the LA Times. In their pursuit of more subscribers and quality original programming, the streamer has accrued a long-term and short-term debt that totals $20.54 billion. And while the company can tout “104 million subscribers worldwide,” they’re still hoping for more to keep the wheels turning and investors happy: 
The company is pouring money into expensive prestige projects and expects to spend at least $6 billion in content this year. Its net cash outflow this year is forecast to grow to as much as $2.5 billion, up from $1.7 billion last year. Reflecting its growth, Netflix recently moved its Southern California headquarters into a 14-story building in Hollywood.
So far, investors have expressed approval of Netflix’s spendthrift ways. They are betting that debt financing in the near term will create growth and yield big results down the road on the theory that you have to spend money to make money.
The LA Times shows that the company’s stock is up 50% for the year, but that some experts feel that Netflix’s bubble could burst due to their inevitable stagnation in their growth. That’s not to say that it is on the horizon for Netflix or that the company is in trouble. It does mean that there is a risk that the clock could run out and the debt becomes heavier and heavier. The company doesn’t seem too worried at the moment, though, and is keeping positive about their future prospects: 
“That’s a lot of capital up front, and then you get a payout over many years,” Chief Executive Reed Hastings said in a recent investor call. “The irony is the faster that we grow and the faster we grow the owned originals, the more drawn on free cash flow that we’ll be.”
As a result, Netflix said it expects “to be free-cash-flow negative for many years,” meaning it will continue bleeding cash for the foreseeable future.
Bleeding cash is a wild way to put it, but Netflix’s biggest issue isn’t the money it is spending on original programs. Luring subscribers to the service via interesting shows they can’t get anywhere else is great, but there are still plenty of people signing on to binge shows that aren’t part of the Netflix family. And even then, some of those shows are licensed according to the LA Times. The streamer doesn’t fully own Orange Is The New BlackHouse Of CardsThe Crown, or its offerings from Marvel, so it has to pay to license them. Also, as we’ve seen with several shows from major networks, the platform could start losing more pieces to deals that end or will see prices go up as networks build their own streaming services to try and compete. Not to mention that Hulu, one of Netflix’s main competitors, is owned by three of the major networks and already has exclusive deals on programming that was lost on Netflix. 
It’s certainly not a new model and Netflix seems poised to grow while running with a hefty debt. The LA Times reports that the company’s long-term debt level was at half a billion dollars four years ago and “has more than doubled to $4.84 billion” in the past year. Some experts say the company’s stocks will need a reevaluation in the coming years and some of the numbers may be inflated, while executives say their competitors are running with similar debt levels. Almost a “nature of the beast” argument, which is true when looking at Amazon Prime and its programming. 
But as the LA Times points out, Netflix doesn’t have a major commerce operation backing it up to create “ample free cash flow.” It also doesn’t show signs of slowing up, an admirable move to either reach for the stars or burn up after flying too close to the Sun. It’ll be interesting to watch where Netflix goes in the future and if they’ll be able to climb to the level they’ve set their goals for. It seems weird to think there could be a day where Netflix is in trouble, but it could happen. 
Right now, they’re not too worried it seems.

martedì 1 agosto 2017

NEWS - Dalle stalle (di "TWD") alle stelle! Sonequa Martin-Green nella prima cover di "Star Trek: Discovery"
Sonequa Martin-Green is front and center on the cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s new issue, highlighting the stars of the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: DiscoveryThe 32-year-old actress, best known for her work on The Walking Dead, is the first black female lead in Star Trek history. Sonequa was joined on the cover by her co-stars Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, and Mary WisemanShowrunner Bryan Fuller opened up about the diverse casting for the new series. “I couldn’t stop thinking about how many black people were inspired by seeing Nichelle Nichols on the bridge of the ship,” he said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about how many Asian people were inspired by seeing George Takei and feeling that gave them hope for their place in the future. I wanted to be part of that representation for a new era.”

lunedì 31 luglio 2017

L'EDICOLA DI LOU - Stralci, cover e commenti sui telefilm dai media italiani e stranieri

Con "Orange Is The New Black" la prevaricazione lascia spazio alla modalità di visione della serie

"Su Premium Stories siamo alle battute finali della quinta stagione di «Orange Is the New Black», la serie targata Netflix e firmata da Jenji Kohan, racconta la storia vera di Piper Chapman, una ragazza wasp della buona borghesia costretta a scontare 15 mesi nel carcere femminile di Litchfield per aver aiutato la sua ex amante a trasportare in territorio americano una valigia zeppa di narcodollari. «Orange Is the New Black» è una storia al femminile con una struttura narrativa a flashback: le prigioniere si muovono sul doppio registro del dramma e della commedia, in un avvincente gioco di attrazioni, respingimenti, sotterfugi e arte della sopravvivenza. E l'aspetto più sorprendente della serie è proprio questa coralità, questo aver messo insieme un casting di grande livello. Il tema della quinta stagione continua a essere la prevaricazione: razziale, di genere, gerarchica. Una guardia uccide una detenuta e nel carcere scoppia una violenta rivolta. Temi come lo stupro e la violenza sono affrontati senza paura e reticenza, senza mai cedere alla lezione morale. Anche se alla fine Piper chiede ad Alex di sposarla e lei dice di sì. Più che alla trame, l'attenzione critica si volge sempre più alle modalità di visione. Il consumo televisivo tende a farsi sempre più personalizzato, in un'ideale linea di sviluppo che conduce dalla griglia del palinsesto alla libertà della distribuzione in streaming, «à la carte». In linea teorica, lo spettatore dovrebbe anche acquisire una maggiore consapevolezza di quello che decide di vedere. «Orange Is the New Black», per esempio, segue un percorso che presto diventerà classico: Netflix ha i diritti di prima visione (e rilascia i 13 episodi in contemporanea), Premium ha, per così dire, quelli di seconda visione (con cadenza settimanale) e forse, un giorno, qualche rete generalista acquisterà quelli di terza. Proprio come succedeva al cinema tanti anni fa". (Aldo Grasso

"Il trivial game + divertente dell'anno" (Lucca Comics)

"Il trivial game + divertente dell'anno" (Lucca Comics)
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