Posts by Danielle Solzman

About Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is a film critic and aspiring filmmaker living in Chicago. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, Galeca: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Online Association of Female Film Critics, Online Film Critics Society, and the Online Film & Television Association.

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Could Apple or Amazon Buy Disney or Netflix in 2020

Could Apple or Amazon Buy Disney or Netflix in 2020?

Industry insiders revealed some of their predictions with The Hollywood Reporter and a few folks predicted some major sales or mergers. Among a number of predictions for 2020, there were a few in particular that caught my eye. Linda Lichter, an attorney, makes the following prediction: "Sony and Netflix will be bought by Amazon or […]

Marvel Studios to Feature a Transgender Character in an Upcoming Film

Marvel Studios to Feature a Transgender Character in an Upcoming Film

Marvel Studios will be including a transgender character in one of their future releases according to a recent Q&A. The announcement was made by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige according to Comic Book Resources. At a Q&A taking place at the New York Film Academy, a fan asked: "Are there any current plans on bringing […]

Netflix Is Changing The Game For Cinema

Netflix Is Changing The Game For Cinema

The conversation surrounding Netflix at the end of 2019 is much different than it was during awards season last year when Roma was drawing praise. How do we know that the conversation is changing? For one, look at the silence coming from Steven Spielberg. There was a point in which he didn't want any Netflix […]

Judi Dench Says Her Cats Character Is Trans

Judi Dench Says Her "Cats" Character Is Trans

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Judi Dench described her Cats character as being transgender while on the press tour. Gender-flipping a character is not the definition of being transgender. It never has been and it never will be. It's one thing to cast a transgender person in a role. To describe one's […]

Power Rangers: Is A Reboot Necessary

Power Rangers: Is A Reboot Necessary?

It was recently announced that the Power Rangers movies would be rebooted yet again. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Jonathan Entwistle would be taking the project's reins at Paramount. The filmmaker most recently created The End of the F—ing World for Netflix. Here's the background information for what could potentially happen: Now in Paramount's court, Power […]

Simon Pegg Says Theatrical Cinema Is Dying

Simon Pegg Says Theatrical Cinema Is Dying

Star Trek actor Simon Pegg recently said during an appearance at C21's Content London that theatrical cinema is dying. Pegg, according to The Hollywood Reporter, appeared with Nick Frost. The bigger news is that the two of them are adapting Neil Gaiman's novel, Ocean at the End of the Lane and a sci-fi novel, The […]

Some of the 2019 Award Contenders Talk the Writing Process

Some of the 2019 Award Contenders Talk the Writing Process

The beauty of awards season is that we get a number of roundtables with various awards contenders that bring about some fascinating tidbits. While Bombshell will not be out in theaters for a few more weeks, screenwriter Charles Randolph revealed something about his approach to writing the film during The Hollywood Reporter screenwriters roundtable. Randolph […]

The Holiday Blockbuster Season

The Holiday Blockbuster Season

The holiday blockbuster season means a wealth of studio tentpoles for the winter season and a slew of Oscar contenders fighting for screen time. This New York Times article hits at one of the problems that comes with this time of the year. While "middlebrow" may not be the best term, the standard multiplex just […]

Scarlett Johansson Opens Up About the Rub &#038 Tug Backlash

Scarlett Johansson Opens Up About the "Rub & Tug" Backlash

Scarlett Johansson opened up about the backlash from the transgender community after the whole Rub & Tug fiasco last summer. While comments made earlier this year shows that the Marriage Story actress still has some work to do, her newest comments appear to show some growth. The new comments came by way of an interview […]

Studio Executives Wanted Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman

Studio Executives Wanted Julia Roberts as Harriet Tubman

As surprising as it may sound, studio executives suggested that actress Julia Roberts portray Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman. The report comes by way of a recent interview for Focus Features with screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard.  Howard's script was in development hell for the better part of almost three decades. Howard studied the Freedom Fighter […]

Will the Marvel-Scorsese Drama Ever End?

Marvel directors the Russo Brothers are producing 21 Bridges starring Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman, it means the certainty for more questions about Martin Scorsese. Cue the inevitable press tour during an awards season where Avengers: Endgame is being pushed. This tour might not be as major as earlier this year during the theatrical release or […]

Paul McCartney Didnt like the Idea of Yesterday

Paul McCartney Didn't like the Idea of "Yesterday"

Speaking to Billboard, legendary Beatles musician Paul McCartney revealed that he wasn't originally a fan of the concept behind Yesterday. McCartney was asked about his thoughts on the film during the cover story interview. That began when Richard Curtis, who [directed] Love Actually, wrote to me with the idea. And I thought, "This is a terrible […]

The Terminator Franchise: Is This the End of the Road

The "Terminator" Franchise: Is This the End of the Road?

All good things come to an end and the Terminator franchise appears to be coming to the end of the line after an under-performing opening weekend. It used to be that we could dissect these kind of things after a few weeks but that's no longer the case. Many studio decisions these days come as […]

George Lucas Described Star Wars As A Disney Movie

George Lucas Described Star Wars As A Disney Movie

According to a new book published today by Oscar-winning film editor Paul Hirsch, writer-director George Lucas once described Star Wars as a Disney movie. Writing about George Lucas' comments during production on the first Star Wars: "This is basically a Disney movie," he said, "and those movies always make $16 million. You can look it […]

Fox Searchlight Films Will Get Released In Theaters

Fox Searchlight Films Will Get Released In Theaters

During a recent roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney's Alan Horn took some time to speak about the future of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Much has been said recently with the Fox acquisition with speculation that their films could go straight to Hulu rather than Disney+. As recently as early October, Fox Searchlight co-chairs Stephan Gilula and Nancy […]

Booksmart Rocketman and Censoring LGBTQ Content

"Booksmart", "Rocketman", and Censoring LGBTQ Content

Booksmart director Olivia Wilde recently tweeted out a list of changes made to the film following a recent flight after someone mentioned an edited version of the film. It's one thing to edit content for viewing on broadcast and cable television. It's another thing altogether to make substantial changes for people watching in-flight. Based on […]

Martin Scorsese Expands on His Comments Regarding Marvel Films

Martin Scorsese Expands on His Comments Regarding Marvel Films

Martin Scorsese expanded on his comments about Marvel films during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Scorsese made the comments while discussing the final 20 minutes of the film and whether it could have been made at a traditional studio. This conversation alone is an entirely different animal altogether when we talk about the traditional studios […]

Todd Phillips Says His Joker Might Not Even Be the Joker

Todd Phillips Says His Joker Might Not Even Be the Joker

WARNING FOR MINOR SPOILERS In a recent interview Joker director/co-writer Todd Phillips said that the Joaquin Phoenix version might not even be the actual Joker who will eventually face off against Batman. It's bad enough that the discourse already reached a disturbing level but Phillips is doing nobody any favors. Historically, Arthur Fleck becomes the […]

Marc Maron Goes After Todd Phillips Comedy Comments

Marc Maron Goes After Todd Phillips' Comedy Comments

Comedian Marc Maron wasn't shy about having comments for Todd Phillips in light of the Joker director saying he quit comedy because of "woke culture." Maron's addressed the comments in an episode of his podcast, WTF With Marc Maron (via The Playlist). "There's plenty of people being funny right now. Not only being funny but […]

Jojo Rabbit Isnt A Problem For Disney

"Jojo Rabbit" Isn't A Problem For Disney

Shortly before the world premiere of Jojo Rabbit took place in Toronto, it was reported that Disney executives were worried about the film. It turns out that there was nothing here to worry about according to The Hollywood Reporter. The comments from Fox Searchlight co-chairs Stephan Gilula and Nancy Utley came during a panel celebrating […]