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6 Degrees: Fall Film News

Hello Film Fans! Welcome to the Fall film News from 6 Degrees of Film. This edition is chock full of news you can use. The fall films that are opening soon are featured, as well as some of the top issues we have discussed in past newsletters and throughout the pandemic. Sign up to receive 6 Degrees Round up in your box each month. Here’s what’s happening: About Hollywood & the Chinese Fandom Hollywood studios are hoping to be able to incorporate the growth of the burgeoning middle class of Chinese and Eastern countries with films such as the latest Marvel offering “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Chloe Zhao, the first woman of color to win an Oscar for Best Director, will debut as the director of the new Marvel film, The Eternals, opening in November. ScreenRant offers their theory of why it took 20 years to make the latest Marvel comic film. The Great White Hope The Question is this. If there was a vote among top critics and fans, who might be the greatest American actor making films in the 21st Century? After passing the mantle of Nicholson and De Niro, there really is only one choice. Leonardo Di Caprio is the obvious pick.  Nicolas Cage is a contender for the title, as Tom Hanks is really the  everyman’s answer to the quintessential all-American film star. Hanks is a great actor, probably more in the mold of Jimmy Stewart. The Motion Picture Museum opens in L.A! Excitement for the Motion Picture Academy’s new Museum surrounds the iconic memorabilia on display such as Dorothy’s slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” and all the costumes from classics like “Gone with the Wind” or the original “Star Wars.”  Read more about the September 30th opening in the LA Times’  “The Ultimate Film Lovers’ guide to the Academy.” Some Random Film News Martin Scorsese talks about his favorite filmmaker (Spoiler: It’s Stanley Kubrick…Me Too, Martin!) AFI (American Film Institute) has honored the legendary film director Billy Wilder. Check out some of his films listed on TCM such as “The Apartment” and “Some Like it Hot.” Clint Eastwood is also being honored.  Some of his best roles are celebrated, including the iconic Spaghetti Westerns like ‘The Good, The Bad & the Ugly” as well as his Dirty Harry series. Films that fit well together: We can’t help noticing that the concept of the idea of double features of similar themes runs parallel in some ways to the concept of 6 Degrees Films. Films that go together are part of the 6 Degrees of Film book (Sign up to download “The List of 100 Films”) Books to read on Film Hayley Mills, a huge favorite child star of mine and countless other teenagers from the fifties and sixties, has written a memoir of her life as a Disney starlet entitled “Forever Young.” Other books of note include, “How 1940’s critics changed Film Culture,” which is reviewed on David Bordwell’s site.  Out of the Past website recommends “Cecil B DeMille’s Hollywood.”  Finally there is a book coming out about another huge favorite of mine entitled:  “Steve McQueen: In his own Words” The Multiverse within the Universe The Eternals debut will again set off debates within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For one thing, there are certain rules that apply within the Cinematic Universe. And they are rules that we apparently need to know!; The Multiverse rules include the recent fact that (Spoiler here!)…the Sacred Timeline was split into multiple directions, thus causing the creation of a multiverse. Apparently, there’s no one to stop it now! The Streaming Wars Streaming vs In-person premieres is an ongoing debate within Hollywood. We also have come to terms with how the movie industry has been changed forever…by the Pandemic and COVID. Forbes critic Scott Mendelson takes a look at “Tenet” and it’s disappointing box office returns.  Yet somehow “Tenet” has become a benchmark for new releases to aspire to! Finally in the streaming wars,  the gross for Black Widow further muddies the waters of the theater vs streaming debate. Here’s a quote on the Future of Film The following quote about the future of film-making comes from my 2013 book,  6 Degrees of Film:  “…The Industrial Light & Magic studios sprang from the creative genius of George Lucas. ILM was all about technology, and using it as a tool. Their future technology dream was “…of an interactive experience that would enable participants to explore virtual worlds or even inhabit the form of computer graphics characters. controlling the action with a joystick. “ ILM veterans also projected that in the future, theaters would “be able to use an electronic or laser-light projection system.” There was speculation that the many theaters would not be able to afford such an expensive process. However, the post-Covid world is not going to be one where there is a movie theater on every corner! Another article asks: Is Cinema Dead Again?…. and goes on to add, “…’no other art form has died as consistently as the cinema.’ Critics are always proclaiming it dead… Another post talks of  changes in how cinema works. For example, there are ways in the future of making the Marvel films more interactive. What does that mean? We could, in essence, ‘live’  inside the movies!  Virtual models and 3D Renderings are explored in another piece on the future of film-making, and it sounds very similar to the predictions that we saw from ILM over a decade ago! Pioneering women of #MeToo: The Strong women In my book, I write quite a bit about the many strong and pioneering women in Hollywood who stood up to the ‘man’ and were able to make their voices heard. This article from Entertainment Weekly  talks about Olivia de Havilland and her fight from the 1940’s where she took on the all-powerful studio system in Hollywood-and won. Here’s a quote from 6 Degrees of Film: “Olivia de Havilland also fought studio bosses, winning a landmark decision

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Five Favorite Things for January

Here’s the Five Favorite Things for the month of January. As the hilarious Randy Rainbow put so well on Twitter: “Can’t believe tomorrow is only January the 48th!” 😊 Number One: The Flag was Still There! The Idea that the “Flag was still there” keeps running through my mind. Not long ago, I learned of the original story of our National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”  The flag that Francis Scott Key wrote the poem about had survived a night of conflict and battle at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. So when Francis Scott Key watched from a British ship where he was being held he looked to see the Flag still flying! Frayed and battered, the flag was still there. … So I thought of this key moment in the nation’s history as the lawmakers from both parties still met to vote and certify the Election on the same night that the Capitol riots took place. They wanted us to know: “The Flag is still here!” I thought about the hero-Officer Eugene Goodman and his inspirational bravery fighting against an angry mob; as well as the other brave policemen and women who fought for the Capitol building. And again I return to thoughts of the flag and the inspirational rendition of The Star Spangled Banner that was given by Lady Gaga at the Inaugural Ceremony. All of this reassures us that through it all, there is still a lot of good things about America that we need to celebrate. And the flag is still there! Number Two:  The Heroes in the Fight with Covid-19 Most people think of new beginnings with New Years Resolutions at the beginning of the month. We have seen some new leadership this month, and in this New Year for the ongoing fight against Covid-19. There are so many things to be thankful of in this fight, but our frontline workers and caregivers are the ones we see that are the most resilient in this almost year-long fight with the Coronavirus Pandemic. Number Three: Affirmations-Positive Planning Workshop! This month has been a month of looking for Affirmations. The Positive Planning Workshop was launched on our website, and we have been featuring all sorts of special offers to help kick off the new series. Stay tuned for more as we continue to offer discounts-but the main thing to know is that Monday Mojo features weekly affirmations and motivational exercises each week, delivered straight to your inbox…No obligations to buy anything, just sign up with us and set your Mojo to Now! Number Four: Dogs are always a Favorite Thing! The Dogs are always a favorite with me. And it’s always a good sign to have dogs back in the White House! Every month the website called, The Dodo features many sweet and sometimes inspiring stories of people who rescue dogs. This month, Tampa, Florida, my hometown, was named as one of the best cities in the country to BE a dog! I know my friend and I used to laugh that if we were reincarnated, we would return as one of our dogs! Number Five: Super Bowl for Tampa Bay and Tom Brady! Finally, A Favorite thing is about how all things considered, be careful what you say about Tom Brady. Always a Peyton Manning fan, never a Tom Brady one, I have been forced to root and follow the home team through thick and thin. And now we hear that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be in the Super Bowl against all odds, even in spite of Covid! Tampa has been given a gift of a Super Bowl appearance this year- and we recognize that it is mainly due to the presence of the star quarterback, Mr. Tom Brady of New England Patriots fame. With the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series, The Tampa Bay Lightning WINNING the Stanley Cup in Hockey and now this….What a remarkable year in sports for Tampa Sports Fans. We have been almost overwhelmed by the news of COVID and the hard fought battle to even get our sports teams on the field! So our cup runneth over…. So this month has given us some wonderful gifts that we may have overlooked in the long and winding road to our new tomorrow. But along the way, it’s always good to look back and remember some of the little things that we may overlook, and some of the larger things that go unnoticed as we careen through our hectic work weeks. These are a few of my favorite things….

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