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True Detective: Night Country Boss Issa López Discusses Franchises Future

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There is no denying the ratings success of ‘True Detective: Night Country’ for HBO and their streaming platform Max, and the filmmaker behind the crime franchises most watched season, Issa Lopez, is contemplating what the future holds for the franchise, including a potential sequel to the season.

When reflecting on the monumental success of the latest entry, Lopez discussed reaching the goals they set.

“Oh, God. That’s what you want with a series, right?” Lopez said, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “You want to start solid and grow, and the challenge was, can we revive that spirit and can we get people back to True Detective? And they came, and then not only came, but more people came than the first one. It’s always scary when you’re going to take a challenge like this and seeing this response has just been fantastic. This sounds so corny, but it was made with so much love that seeing this response, it just warms your heart.”

While Lopez was confident that the season would be successful, the filmmaker has been profoundly impacted, in a good way, by the positive reviews and the love that the show has received this season.
“The amount of love on reviews and podcasts and coverage, but also on social media and everything … it’s just not only the amount, but the enthusiasm and the declarations of this moved me. I cannot stop thinking about it. It’s just very profound and obviously, there are people that didn’t dig it, but it’s less, way less, and it’s just a little percentage, and they’re very angry and that’s kind of what it is. But you just bask in the fact that so many people responded to [the] reviving, and a lot of people who had seen the first season love the fact that it felt like that. And a lot of people who have not seen a single season before, loved it, went back, watched the other three, and now the original three seasons also [rose in ratings] because people went back to watch them. So that’s just beautiful.”
And as far as a potential sequel to ‘Night Country’, given it’s rather ambiguous ending, Lopez doesn’t exactly shut down the idea.
“I’ve been talking about this nonstop for the last two weeks because I’ve been seeing my actors. We did a lot of exit press, which is an interesting phenomenon in itself; turns out that the interest in the series only grew. So I was in Europe last week with Jodie and Kali, and then I saw Finn and Anna Lamb and Fiona Shaw, and all of them are giving me hell like you wouldn’t imagine. (Laughs.) Just going, “Think about it, think about it!” And it was very beautiful. It’s a beautiful thing to hear, that they would be like, “Why not?” And I would be like, “Guys, think about it for a second. It would be a disservice to the characters.” And they love the characters. Because we took these people through a tremendous journey and they broke through themselves and came out on the other side. If we go into a second season, “And then three months later, a cat disappears in town …”
“But it’s the truth! We [kept talking] and were obviously playing with the idea, and I was on the train between Paris and London with Jodie and Kali, and they were like, “But you did think about it, right?” And I was like, ‘Well, sometimes you’re in the shower …” And they were like, “Please tell us.” And I was like, “Well, first of all, it would take place during the long day … Oh, I shouldn’t have said that.” (Laughs.) So it’s very tempting because it was a joy and we miss each other, and it turned out so well, and people loved it. And the constant information that I’m getting from social is they want more of Danvers and Navarro, and also Prior. There’s a lot of love for Prior. It’s very tempting. But I do feel that the characters grew. It’s a lot more boring to do drama about grown people than people that need growth. So I don’t think I’ll do it.”
Read the full interview at the Hollywood Reporter.

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Pixar CCO Pete Docter Excited About Future

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The latest smash hit in theaters is Pixar’s ‘Inside Out 2’ which had a stellar opening in theaters grossing $295 million globally in its first weekend, and the film is currently this year’s highest box office debut.

Naturally, that success has many people excited, specifically Pixar who feel that the numbers, which are similar to pre-2020 numbers, indicate an incredible future is upon them.

“I feel like we’re in a really golden place where, after a lot of turmoil, every project we have is exciting to me for multiple reasons — both from new looks and technology, but more importantly, original stories and storytellers,” Pixar Chief creative officer Pete Docter said, during an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Docter also spoke about the recently announced ‘Inside Out’ series that will land on Disney+ and stated that the project is already completed and will be arriving to the streaming platform sometime in Spring 2025.

“But in the first film, remember we go to Dream Production to see how Riley’s dreams are made? It semi-explains why they’re so weird. We’ve continued the exploration of the power of dreams and how they affect us in our waking life, as well. So it’s pretty cool,” Docter said.

Docter discussed how the company decides which content lands on Disney+, which was announced just before the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, or gets a premier release in theaters, which seems to be making a comeback in the market.

“But that was really before anyone had an understanding of the economics of how it all works. How much can you spend on a show, and how do you even track what it made? A box office is super easy. Three people came in, I know I can count the money exactly. With streaming, depending on how you divide it up, do you get more money to do something that’s new or that attracts new viewers? It’s very squirrely,” he explained.

With Pixar basking in the limelight of their latest success, the future is exciting for the company and it will be interesting to see how far their new success can go.

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Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ Gets Massive Budget

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Netflix is opening up the bank for the latest film from Joe and Anthony Russo.

According to World of Reel, Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ movie, which is going to be exclusively for the entertainment streaming platform, Netflix has topped the $300 million budget mark, costing $320 million to produce.

The cast for “The Electric State”, a sci-fi movie based on Simon Stålenhag‘s 2018 illustrated novel, includes Millie Bobbie Brown, Chris Pratt, Ke Huy Quan, Giancarlo Espostito, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Brian Cox, and Jenny Slate.

According to the official synopsis: ““The Electric State” is a coming-of-age tale that mixes sci-fi and western genres in a retro-futuristic past. Brown plays an orphaned teenager who traverses the American West with her robot friend and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother.”

Netflix won the bidding war for the rights to the film back in 2022, and now we will see if the ROI on the investment will reward their massive investment.

 

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Kenya Moore Suspended Indefinitely From ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

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Kenya Moore has been suspended indefinitely from ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ after Moore allegedly displayed posters with explicit images of franchise newcomer Brittany Eady at the grand opening of her Kenya Moore Hair Spa in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The show is currently filming it’s 16th season.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the photos were “allegedly found online” and referenced a source that said – “Kenya was suspended for allegedly depicting Brittany performing a sexual act at the grand opening of her Kenya Moore Hair Spa in Atlanta, from images allegedly found online. The network is still reviewing the content Kenya displayed during filming.”

The report goes on to address rumors of a threat made against Kenya involving a firearm –  “At no time was Kenya ever threatened with a weapon, nor was there ever a weapon present during the course of production.”

Moore has since taken to social media to address the news and defend herself: “I would never engage in revenge porn, I have never distributed private images or footage of anyone, nor solicited images owned by others to use to threaten or blackmail. I have always been vindicated. I can’t talk about STORY even with people planting fake news.”

“For the record, I’ve never once had possession of any weapons or threatened anyone ever,” she wrote.

The Hollywood Reporter goes on to say that Bravo was filing the cast event at the time, with a source informing Entertainment Tonight that “the network is still reviewing the content Kenya displayed during filming.”

Later, Moore shared the following on her Instagram story –  “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. The truth always comes to light.”

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