John Hamm joins Curb. ALSO: The madness of ranking every movie of the past decade.

Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett who refuses to count past 10. Just generally...

What is more insane: That Vulture compiled a ranking of all of the movies from the past decade - that’s 5,279 movies apparently? Or that Avatar wasn’t in the top 10? Madness…

Read the list here: Vulture


Jan 19. That is when we will see the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Now with added Jon Hamm. Sounds like Santa got my list.


And speaking of trailers… the new DC live action show Stargirl. It is expected in early 2020.


Jan 26. That’s when US politics-focused weekly docu-series The Circus returns for another season - just in time for the start of the first Democratic caucus and primary voting kicks off.

Source: Deadline


Marvel Television, which is a different division to the Marvel movies, is having its operations absorbed into the larger Marvel Entertainment company. This means lay-offs.

So, when you’re getting excited about a new Ant Man TV show debuting on Disney+, just remember that accountant John Johnson lost his job, could no longer provide for his family, went through a divorce, and was subsequently found in the garage of his brothers town house (which he moved into after no longer being able to pay his mortgage).

Was that too dark? I’m sure John will be fine….

Source: Deadline

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When you think about the ‘streaming awards’, rarely does the hardware we use to watch these services come to mind. But, just as there is a battle between Netflix and Disney+ and Apple TV+, etc etc, there is also competing hardware companies trying to get you to use their devices.

The quiet achiever in this is Roku. It is the highest selling streaming product in the US. In other places around the world (including Australia), Roku has its hardware rebadged and sold as the streaming hardware for Internet service providers and cable companies. Here in Australia it is known as the Telstra TV.

Roku doesn’t make a profit on the hardware it sells, but rather controlling the platform offers opportunities for paid promotion. For example…

Nearly every inch of real estate on Roku is for rent. For $1 million, a streaming service can take over the home screen to advertise a show. When Hulu got the rights to stream Seinfeld, it paid Roku to transform a portion of the screen into an image of Jerry’s apartment instead of the default purple backdrop. Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, and YouTube have paid Roku to build brand-specific buttons on its remote controls; these lead users straight to those services. At $1 per customer for each button, the cost can quickly add up to millions of dollars in monthly fees.

Source: Bloomberg


And finally…

The indie film Uncut Gems, which features a dramatic turn by Adam Sandler which has gotten Oscar buzz, is due to hit Netflix on Jan 31.

Source: Dark Horizons

Not everyone is happy about so many high profile art-house films bypassing the art house and heading straight to Netflix.

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