Transcript: Summer's High Stakes Movie Showdown
The box office drought is over. But there are only so many slots for winners
Sean McNulty (00:06):
Hey everybody. Welcome to The Ankler podcast. This is Sean McNulty from The Wakeup Newsletter here at The Ankler here in New York City. As we begin the unofficial start of summer at the start of Memorial Day weekend, I'm of course joined by Richard Rushfield and Elaine Low in Los Angeles. And of course, as always, you can follow The Ankler on the social platforms at The Ankler and subscribe to the Ankler at theankler.com to get the full suite of newsletters and podcasts. And of course, sign up for The Ankler's free Strikegeist newsletter, which Elaine does a wonderful, fantastic, super fragile... what's that word, Elaine, that I'm forgetting right now?
Elaine Low (00:43):
Sean McNulty (00:45):
Elaine Low (00:45):
That. That's the job I do, yeah.
Sean McNulty (00:46):
That too, exactly right. The words I use for her daily evening newsletter, which you get with your... When you sign up for Strikegeist, you can do that at strikegeist.com. And that gives you all of Elaine's work, plus all the news and the pieces from Richard and the rest of the team at The Ankler, strikegeist.com and totally free. Richard and Elaine, of course, my two favorite creators in Hollywood. How are you doing today?
Richard Rushfield (01:11):
Feeling very creative. Thank you.
Sean McNulty (01:13):
You're not a writer anymore, Richard, you're now a way creator. So congratulations. You've been upgraded, downgraded, what is that-
Richard Rushfield (01:19):
I'm going to have some content coming up soon.
Sean McNulty (01:24):
Your other favorite word.
Richard Rushfield (01:25):
Standby for fresh content.
Elaine Low (01:27):
Don't forget to smash that subscribe button.
Sean McNulty (01:30):
Yeah. Max service getting off to an interesting start this week in Hollywood, they had no defense, Richard, I think was... They were like, "Yep, this was dumb and we're going to fix it," was basically the reaction, right, Richard?
Richard Rushfield (01:40):
Yeah. I mean, everybody loves a good narrative and the writers happen to be on strike at this moment. So the narrative of the studio disrespects us is in the air. But it's hard to imagine, other than a stupid mistake, what motive anybody would have of cutting off the credits, like saving a few pixels of server space, or the idea that Warners was trying to convince the public that David Zaslav actually wrote and directed these episodes himself or something. So it's a dumb mistake. It's disrespectful to have allowed it to happen, perhaps, but the sinister motives behind it seem hard to credit.