Maisel payrises! The Michael Jackson "public lynching"! AND... The Dude abides!

Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett who has opted against paying for a Super Bowl ad this year.

There’s considerable speculation about which movie trailers will be broadcast during the Super Bowl this coming weekend. Don’t expect to see Star Wars, but do expect Fast & The Furious spin-off film Hobbs & Shaw. Plus Disney trailers. And maybe Alita: Battle Angel. The price of a single spot during the Super Bowl is between US$5.1-5.3 million.


Speaking of Super Bowl ads, I have trouble believing The Dude isn’t ordering a white russian.


Fresh off winning a bunch of SAG Awards yesterday, the cast of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel are deep in contract negotiations as they seek a decent bump in pay for the show’s third season. I suspect the cast will do okay with this - the show is Amazon’s first bona fide hit.


Don’t expect to see Atlanta season 3 anytime soon. Zazie Beets told Indiewire:

“Ideally we would be shooting now; that’s not happening,” she said with a laugh. “Everybody’s schedules are sort of all over the place — they’re hoping for spring sometime, but no dates.”

“Everybody’s busy,” she added, “and Donald [Glover] had his tour in the fall, and that doesn’t lend itself to time for scriptwriting. I know that they have a couple of episodes together, but I don’t have any real information.” [Armie] Hammer then interjected, “Get your shit together, Donald! We’re waiting.”


Michael Jackson’s family has referred to the upcoming documentary Leaving Neverland as a ‘public lynching’. The doc just screened at Sundance and will soon be available on Channel 4 in the UK and on HBO in the US.

“But we can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him,” the statement adds in provocative language. “Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made. “


And finally…

A quick recommendation. I generally have an aversion to a lot of the scripted series produced by Showtime. Most of it is just generally not very good. But, I did check out Black Monday starring Don Cheadle and co-created by Happy Endings’s David Caspe. It’s really very good, and I’d possibly even go as far as suggesting it is great. The show is laugh out-loud funny and has a unique set-up (for a comedy) in being set in the one-year lead-up to the 1987 Wall Street crash (hence the name of the show). I really didn’t care at all for Cheadle’s other Showtime comedy House of Lies, but this has Cheadle really delivering the comedic goods in a way I don’t remember seeing since Boogie Nights.