HOLLYWOOD—We all watched the Golden Globes that took place on January 7, 2018. The Globes were draped in black, with actresses and actors making a statement through their attire. Winners were expected to use their moments of glory to rail against sexual harassment. They were against the behavior of men like Mr. Weinstein, James Toback, Louis C.K. and Mr. Spacey.
On the red carper, eight actresses walked hand in hand with activists who focus on sexual harassment and gender inequality. The tone was not entirely serious, inside the ballroom they ate and drank. The stars, producers and studio executives schmoozed during commercial breaks. The vibe was carefree and easy-going. Celebrities hit parties hosted by InStyle, HBO and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Let’s not forget, Ms. Winfrey’s speech. Looks like someone is interested in running for President in 2020. With that speech. All hail Queen Oprah. Her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award brought the house down. So let’s see how the film industry will be shaping up for 2018. Shamelessly the industry is capitalizing on their franchise potential with its remakes, reboots, “re-imaginings,” sequels and of course, spinoffs. “Proud Mary” which will be released January 12 starring Taraji P. Henson as a sexy, hit woman. Its an original story, however, its marketing leans on 70s classics that feature female protagonists, such as “Foxy Brown,” “TNT Jackson.” February 9, Will Gluck’s “Peter Rabbit,” will be released, which isbased on Beatrix Potter’s children’s book of, dig it, 1902.
On March 2, Eli Roth’s “Death Wish” will be released. Bruce Willis plays a merciless vigilante played by Charles Bronson in previous flicks from 1974 and 1994. Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Avengers: Infinity War” opens on May 4, and will be a crossover heaven for Marvelites, with Passaic native Zoe Saldana reprising Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Lady Gaga will follow in the footsteps of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand as the latest to play in the film “A Star is Born.” The film will be released on October 5, and is being directed by Gaga’s co-star Bradley Cooper, who is following in the footsteps of Fredric March, James Mason and Kris Kristofferson as the girl’s mentor-turned-insignificant other.
On October 19, David Gordon Green’s “Halloween” purports to have Jamie Lee Curtis have a final faceoff with masked killer Michael Myers. On November 9, “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is being released. Are you ready for this? Sylvester Stallone is again playing Rocky Balboa. The title may be “Creed 2,” but we all know who the main attraction is. The film is scheduled for release on November 21. Oh let’s not forget, the prim-and-proper, umbrella-wielding governess Julie Andrews. She will fly again in Rob Marshall’s “Mary Poppins Returns” on December 25. Emily Blunt takes over Julie Andrews role, with Andrews’ blessing. Dick Van Dyke returns as the offspring of his 1964 character. But will there be dancing penguins?
You can see or not, “Black Panther” (February 16), “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (May 25), “Deadpool 2” (June 1), “Ocean’s 8” (June 8), “Ant Man and the Wasp” (July 6), “The Jungle Book: Mowgli” (October 19), “X-Men: The Dark Phoenix” (November 2), the unpromising Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly comedy “Holmes and Watson” (November 9), “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (December 14) and — break out the snorkels — “Aquaman” (December 21).
So what’s new for 2018? According to published reports, television is splitting into two, between high-end entertainment with big production values, ranging from glamorous dramas to documentaries and boxset comedies, on the other hand, and live, event based news and sport on the other. Rupert Murdoch decided to sell most of his entertainment interests to Disney because he could see this bifurcation happening, and he realized that to compete in the entertainment game you need massive scale and as direct a route to customers as possible.
Even Murdoch, the ultimate media mogul, can’t compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Disney when it comes to entertainment, so he’s focusing on what he knows, which is news and sport. Just look at all the mega mergers in media today, from Disney and 21 Century Fox to AT&T and Time Warner, all driven by this need for scale.
Rose’s Scoop: Elvis Presley “The King” would have turned 83 on January 8, 2018.