Sensei Dan

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As Hollywood continues to struggle with where it is going next, the eternal question of the past ten years reasserts itself: why continue the endless stream of remakes, when most of them turn out to be at the very least problematic and at worst, total cringe. We go over some of the reasons that remakes MAY be justified, as well as analyze some of the excuses for remakes that don't necessarily pass the test of truth.
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More updates on Hollywood's fall (and potential rise)
Why did Iger Sell $100mm of Disney Shares? Is It Something China Said?
Were the "Experts" Right in their Predictions of Cinema's Demise?
What's Up with the Tokyo Olympics and Japan's Lack of the Vax?
How Could "Mission Impossible" Shut Down Again?
And Why Is All of the Above Actually a GOOD Sign?

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Yes, it is fun to bash Oscar winners. Recently, Huffington Post published an article reviewing "American Beauty" as a film that does not pass the test of time. Building on that, our group discusses other bad Oscar winners...
https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d5c344fe4b0d1e1136902be
Our panelists are (in alphabetical order!)
Jonathan Arnold, Esq. (entertainment attorney)
Brooke Dammkoehler (producer)
Denise Dougherty (writer)
Scott Greene (graphics instructor)
Addison Randall (low budget producer/director)
Charles Unger (editor)
Cynthia Waite (writer)

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Join Jonathan Arnold, Esq. (entertainment attorney; currently developing an online entertainment law FREE course at LA Valley College which should debut this summer or the fall -- more details will be forthcoming on this channel as we get official dates and times); Scott Greene (instructor at Platt College in graphic arts; former Disney model maker for toys); and Cindy Waite (retired journalist and Earth Sciences administrator at USC). We were all at USC roughly the same time (1981-1987 or so) and have kept up our caustic views of movies... and life. The films highlighted include:
The Bad Seed
Deathwish
Family Guy
One of My Wives is Missing
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Brooke Dammkoehler (independent producery); Addison Randall (producer/director); Denise Dougherty (playwright) discuss their favorites "bad movies to love." The selection includes "Troy," "Under Siege," "Mommie Dearest," "Cleopatra," and "The Other Side of Midnight." We also bash "Last Year at Marienbad," "Forrest Gump," and more!

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The New Republic recently republished an article from 1995 to showcase the differences in Hollywood twenty-five years ago and today. It seems that as much as things have changed, some things have remained the same. Join us on this trip down Memory Lane.

Link to Original Article: https://newrepublic.com/article/101113/tnr-film-classics-the-case-against-hollywood-april-10-1995?fbclid=IwAR3AI2QtDJf64EgM9HHyFoNJajyn_LvFRyYNyIZY2NwUoSup0kUZeFAbIBU
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As the pandemic lockdowns come to an end, Hollywood is being rocked by yet another series of upheavals. What do they mean?
NOTE: I mistakenly refer to the Amazon acquisision of MGM as being Apple. That was a deal that never happened!
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By the 1960s, the film musical had either evolved or devolved into extremely expensive adaptations of Broadway hits. Some of these adaptations, such as West Side Story, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and Oliver would go on to win Best Picture. Others would be such colossal failures that they killed the genre more or less for good. In this episode, Hisato, Tye and Dan discuss these big musicals and a host of other things associated with them.
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With Discovery, a company that understands creating content for their audiences rather than for themselves, merging with Warner Media, does this mean Woke Hollywood has finally hit an impasse? We shall see, but add to that, streaming not notably increasing; Disney having to backtrack on Critical Race Theory Training, and more, the future certainly seems more bright than it did a year ago.

Confession: I don't know too much about the Marvel or DC Universes, at least compared to these guys (surprise!) They debate the virtues and vices of the two series and make some predictions for the future. Here is the link to each of their YouTube channels...
Mike Gonzalez: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7FeJ_F5mRGrwK5BnDfFmeA
Robert Reber: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbCHxyEMJelilpCgAMnfz0Q
Austin Gallow: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1PM4jw9O4CeDL2hqCsyxSw
The video during the opening and closing was done by Mike for Uproxx and the link is here: https://youtu.be/LENO4s8XU6E
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was a shock hit for MGM and went on to make a fortune. Over time, though, it has spouted much controversy, especially in academic and culture critic circles as being unduly anti-feminist. We discuss whether that accusation is true, and what this means about the entire concept of censoring media. Meanwhile, we have fun discussing all the usual inside trivia and speculation not only about this film, but so many others like it.

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The Academy Awards held on April 25, 2021 were the lowest rated ever, dropping 75% from 2014 (from 40mm viewers to under 10mm). Moreover, the show infamously spouted a number of memes, including those that pointed out homeless encampments were moved so as not to disturbing the celebrities awarding Best Picture to a movie about homelessness. But is it the performers' fault? Or any of the artists? Or is it merely corporate Hollywood paying no attention to its real job. The answer may surprise you.
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Today's panel includes Addison Randall (feature film director, grandson of Hal Roach); Denise Dougherty (screenwriter, playwright), and Michael Gonzalez (YouTube producer, romantic video game writer) discuss the various versions of "Dracula"as well as other famous vampires.

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GIna carano's firing was nonsensical, but that's how Disney does things these days, isn't it? Constantly showing their arrogant contempt for anyone who doesn't tow their line. Is it just an Ivory Tower elite choosing to ignore the rabble? Or has Disney just decided that the US market as a whole is unimportant? Like the Hedge Funds going after Game Stop and then forcing Robin Hood to shut down trading on "the little people," Disney has grown so arrogant in its power that it feels it can act overtly and that no one dares stop them. But can elites REALLY escape Karma, or have they instead hastened their own demise?

Is the entertainment industry "worse than it's ever been?" Of course! And it has been since 1896. There is never a time when entertainment isn't going through some sort of cataclysmic change. Now is no different. Given the short time window since things were REALLY starting to reopen, the industry has actually done quite a good job of adjusting to new circumstances.

However, that is NO "get out of jail free" card that makes inept decision making, lack of original content, and ever spiraling costs acceptable. Here's a look at Hollywood circa Feb 2021.
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Operatic teen star Deanna Durbin, a contemporary of Judy Garland, is worth revisiting. Her career is the result of two refugees from WWII Germany taking a chance on a pitch that resulted in the resurrection of Universal Pictures (which had hit the doldrums after their horror cycle). Musical expert Hisato Masuyama tells her fascinating story and gives some unique insight on Durbin, Universal, and how she played to Japanese audiences.
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On this episode of Backward Engineering Your Script, we talk with screenwriting instructor Adrian Castillo on his past, some of the reasons why taking a screenwriting class is preferable to just relying on books, and what some of the challenges to teaching are.

Adrian is currently teaching Broadcast 25, Introduction to Radio, Television and Film Writing at Los Angeles Valley College. Find out more about the program by checking out the class schedule for Spring 2021 here...
https://www.lavc.edu/schedule/index.aspx
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The battle in Hollywood for foreign investment is heating up. There has been a general consensus that China is the Big Whale. In truth, this is yet another in the long line of demented decisions by studio bosses who think they are smarter than everyone else, only proving that they do NOT understand the world around them (outside of the US) at all.

How can the art and camera departments help to make or break an adaptation? We take a look at three versions of "Hamlet" to see how the below-the-line (crafts) can make or break the above-the-line (creators).

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In the 1960[s, Joan Crawford was a pioneer in "Grande Dame Guignol" following her successful teaming with Bette Davis in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" She followed it up with a series of increasingly cultish horror thrillers. "Strait Jacket" is the best of these, with Joan pulling out all the stops!

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Sheridan Le Fanu's 1871 novella "Carmilla" is a direct predecessor to Bram Stoker's "Dracula." It has been made into a film numerous times. We will examine four versions.
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The 1954 version of "A Star is Born" has a long and sorry history of production, distribution, cutting, and a restoration that has always been controversial since it was first done in 1983. Let's take a look at the controversy.

スタア誕生 (1954) - 英語解説

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AT&T/Warner Bros. has announced theatrical and streaming windows will be merged. What an innovation! But, is it? A look at the real reasons why this move is most likely being made.

11/23/2020 - 私のクリップは、1日の間、二度著作権侵害の警告を受けました。 警告は3回受けるとチャンネルは放棄されますので、今回は残念ながら全てとり下げておきました。 うまくいけば、私は残り一つのストライクをどうにか挽回し、まもなくより多くの資料を提供出来る事を望んでいます。日本を離れてから38年になりますので、あまり日本語が良くない事をお許し下さい。

Because of two copyright strikes hitting my channel in one day, I have temporarily removed all Japanese content until the issue is resolved. Please stay tuned for further updates!

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Covid 19 has caused a reckoning in the entertainment industry. Outside of the attempts being made to gain a footing during the pandemic, what else is going on in show business? Plenty...

-- Will Disney survive the current organizational chaos?
-- How will AT&T deal with the mess that is Warner Bros?
-- Can Netflix survive its massive debt load?
-- Will the agencies regain supremacy in packaging using SAG as their bully?

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Arthouse favorite Ichikawa Kon (Fires on the Plain, The Burmese Harp) made a splash in the mid-70's with his transition to highly commercial mysteries based on Yokomizo Seishi's detective Kindaichi Kosuke. He eventually did four sequels and remade the movie in 2006 as his final film -- including many of the same original players!

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***IMPORTANT NOTE: I have once again started tp upload certain music and drama programs from Japanese TV circa the early 1980s and American programs that are assumed to be in public domain. Some of this content may be removed after approximately one month.*****
"Kawafuchi Sensei" provides a variety of content:
-- Iconoclastic movie reviews and advice for writing scripts. As a former development executive and current college instructor, I started recording movie reviews as a way to amuse my students and encourage them to do their own videos. Somehow that would up as this channel!
-- Interviews with industry pros. These are a series of interviews recorded while I ran a grant for the California Community College Chancellor's Office that provided information to students looking to break into the entertainment industry. Most of these interviews cover jobs in entertainment that aren't generally known to those not in the industry.
-- Various clips from American television documentaries, movies of the week, and other assorted tidbits that are assumed to be in public domain.
-- Various clips from Japanese television, most circa 1978-1983 when I lived there. Most are scenes from American movies dubbed in Japanese. Most of these dubs are different from those found on physical media. Other videos feature the commentaries that often came before those films as well as commercials that were in the initial telecasts.

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This is a series of videos that cover the subject of Hollywood... from an insider now turned educator. Learn about the entertainment business from a slightly different, even right-leaning perspective. Guess how some of the scandals of the past help to influence the creative decisions today. help to predict what may happen next in this ever changing world.

For fun, we will occasionally upload programs from Japanese TV from the late 70's/early 80's, when I was going to high school there. These are for nostalgic purposes only.

For my informal facebook page, check out http://facebook.com/ictdmla

To see more about job trends in entertainment, look at this report...

https://www.laedc.org/2018/02/08/report-ccw-dme/