Tech resurrects James Dean for a new movie in 2020 (The Daily Charge, 11/7/2019)
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It's Thursday November 7, I'm Izhar Akhztar.
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The Hollywood Reporter ran an article that says James Dean will be brought back on film.
Now James Dean has been dead since 1955.
Also the role is considered the secondary lead.
So you're going to get a lot of CG, James Dean.
The film is called Finding Jack, by the way.
The CEO of CMG Worldwide which represents Dean's family said quote, this opens up a whole new opportunity For many of our clients who are no longer with us.
Ben, just cuz we have this technology, should we be doing this?
Is this right?
Is it right?
Look, we'll see if the movies is successful.
Because unfortunately, if it is successful, you'll see a lot of copycating.
That's how Hollywood.
That's how Hollywood works.
That's how a lot of entertainment works.
The problem that I have here from reading The Hollywood Reporter story is that they said that they spent a lot of time trying to find the right secondary lead for this part and then determined that a CGI James Dean Was their best option, I'm not buying that.
Yeah, how bad is your talent pool?
Such that you can't even,
It's not possible.
But James Franco's pretty close, like he kinda looks like him.
He could kind of do the role, maybe.
Or maybe you could find an unknown, but yes it definetly sounds like a gimmick.
But the idea that the talent agency is like, a lot of our guys are happy to be dead, we can bring her back.
It just sounds like a terrible, terrible idea.
So, if you wanna look at this very cynically too, this has the possibility going back to your dreams.
Say for example, of avoiding having to pay Very large sums of money to leaving well known actors and instead putting a completely unknown person in the CGI outfit and then [INAUDIBLE] a James Dean's skin on them and then calling it a day.
It is entirely possible, they would save a lot of money doing this, but I'm not really sure what the dollars and stunts are here.
So you're thinking that there's gonna be a mo cap man, a mo cap person running around on stage with whoever the actual lead is.
What is mo cap?
Mo cap, okay.
I'm totally with it.
[LAUGH] So they will.
They are hiring an actor to do the voice though.
Of James Dean.
So the question-
Whether, this is a terrible idea.
I don't love it and we've certainly seen other examples of this before, but certainly not for a lead character.
For instance, Carrie Fisher is a good example where they did a young version of Carrie Fisher for one of the Star Wars movies.
But young Carrie Fisher didn't exist anymore, she was older Carrie Fisher at that point so, in that part it's unavoidable and I would have been more okay with that example.
I dunno, I am just really curious about what this is going to do.
Could this CG James Dean win an Academy Award?
Is it possible?
You're hurting my head is okay, let's put that aside.
We're less than a week away from the launch of Disney plus the company announced on Twitter that Avengers end game is coming to the US Canada and the Netherlands on November 12, which is the launch day originally and the game was supposed to hit the new service on December 11.
Then why would Disney need such a heavy hitter on day one?>> They're flooding the zone.
That's pretty obvious what they're doing.
They're really trying to push as much content on day one as possible in an effort to try to beat out Netflix and and everybody else HBO max.
There's just so much competition in the streaming world right now Disney plus has a lot of people's attention.
I think Apple TV plus just launched right so.
Why not End Game?
You're gonna add it in a month later anyway so just throw it all out there.
But here is why?
Because what about the server load on day one?
They're flipping the switch on a Tuesday.
People will have tons and tons of content to watch including that new Star Wars television show that's brand new original that nobody's ever seen.
End Game has been on for a while so people have seen it.
They've seen it on home video already.
And that will be on the streaming service.
It just seems like a smarter idea would be to kind of stagger out your releases to see how your network responds because if everybody goes nuts about this relatively cheap service, they can be facing lots of delays.
Remember that HBO and became a Game of Thrones, people were seeing terrible terrible compressed versions of videos if they can see it at all.
What do you think about that?
Is Disney supercofident in themselves?
It's a great question, especially because you are mentioning the Game of Thrones example.
My immediate impression here was a company the size of Disney should be able to mitigate some of those issues, if you remember they purchased BAMTech a couple of years ago specifically to be able to manage large streaming loads, so If they're not prepared for what will happen on the 12th, which is very very soon, then that's their own damn fault.
Like that's that's they should know what's coming.
So that's but at the same time You make a good point that this happened to HBO.
Games of Thrones is obviously also super popular.
So it is possible they may end up with some egg on their face over this, but hopefully, they've prepared themselves properly.
.Yeah, otherwise, looking at a bunch of Wednesday stories saying, I couldn't watch anything on Disney Plus, the world's over.
I'm gonna have to wait until.
You know, tomorrow.
T-Mobile has three new programs, they're releasing a $15 a month phone plan.
Three five jet, police, fire fighters and EMT's for the next decade, offering ten million households with children, Home broadband access, a mobile hotspot and a telephone for free.
All of this sounds great.
T-Mobile says they won't do any of this unless it merges with Sprint.
T-Mobile has approval to merge with Sprint.
By the FCC and the Justice Department, attorneys general from 15 states and Washington DC are opposing the merger.
Then do you think we're all of these like what seems to be an excellent idea so that's that finally going to get these attorneys general to drop this case and T-mobile and Sprint will finally merge?
I feel like those attorneys general have their own specific concerns and issues relating to this plan and they might even perceive these gimmicks as problematic.
It might even blow up in T-Mobile and Sprint's face and that's saying, hey, these all sound like really positive things.
You're gonna help more low income people, you're gonna help emergency responders.
Why wouldn't you do that anyway?
Why are you trying to force through this deal and you're claiming that this is the only way that you're actually going to get these done now to mobile would argue with that we need Sprint's assets to be able to complete these things, but at the same time I can kind of see the talking points from the attorneys general to kind of twist this in such a way that it's not goNNA sound as positive as T-Mobile wants
But T-Mobile is gonna come back with the idea that T-Mobile estimates that this this free 5G to police or 4G whatever the coverage areas, it's gonna save local departments $7.7 billion
Yeah Maybe that would be a way to twist their arms, but you're right it just seems like a sleazy move things but you know what?
Not until you let us merge with these guys who are obviously floundering, keeping spread around this long though it seems like it's this.
It's like Watching I can't say it it's like a suffering animal it's like you gotta put this thing out of it's misery.
Obviously it's acutally pretty accurate when it comes to sprint sprint is in a lot of trouble and they really need,
We need the T Mobile Lifeline, at this point.
So, and it's important to mention that the Justice Department and the FCC have already given this approval.
It's been a year and a half since the murder was announced.
So We're really getting to the point where T-Mobile \g is putting out its best cards at the table and they're saying like,can we consummate this deal or not?
We really want to get this done.We're trying to do everything we possibly can.So this does kinda feel Sleazy, but you have to remember the context for which it were really at the end game here.
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Yeah, I appreciate that, that was a great call back.
I was stunned in silence due to their brilliance is that, the deal has gone on for so long that Timo was actually going to launch this 5g network on December six.
They're not T Mobile sprint or wherever new t mobile's going to be they still are moving forward so Wow.
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