PopMuse: Technology Trends http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins was offered a Justice League movie, but turned it down https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/patty-jenkins-turned-down-a-justice-league-movie https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/patty-jenkins-turned-down-a-justice-league-movie Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:40:00 UTC Josh Weiss at SYFY WIRE After the release of 2017's Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins was riding high. The film (starring Gal Gadot in the title role) breathed new life into Warner Bros.' shared comic book film universe by becoming�the best-reviewed entry in the entire DC Extended Universe. A global box office haul of $821 million didn't hurt either.�To date, its Rotten Tomatoes score of 93 percent has yet to be bested in the DCEU. Using all that good will she'd generated from the studio,�Jenkins could have chosen any large-budgeted�project�she liked. Indeed, at one point, the chance�to helm a giant crossover movie was floated her way. And this wasn't just any crossover, mind you —�this was a�Justice League�movie!�Chatting with�Premi�re magazine, the filmmaker explained why she turned down the incredible offer. "I love comics, but I've come to superheroes through films," she said. "There is, in me, this desire to emulate compared to the movies I saw as a child. A certain spirit that reigned in those times. Is that relevant when I shoot? I don't know. The point is, unlike other directors, I don't really care about shared universes, continuity, and that kind of detail. I've been contacted to make a�Justice�League�movie in the past, and it doesn't connect to me. Too many characters." This does raise some questions, though.�Did this offer come after the critical and financial disappointment of Zack Snyder's own Justice League film? Did the studio want Jenkins for the direct sequel�or an entirely new team-up project that will eventually result from WB's current strategy of putting grand�world-building aside in favor of character-based standalones? We may never get answers to those queries, but we do know what Jenkins has coming down the pipeline: Wonder Woman 1984,�an untitled Amazons spinoff, and Wonder Woman 3. Credit:�Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images Jenkins' creative standards are�what caused her to part ways with 2013's�Thor: The Dark World�(ultimately directed by Terminator Genisys'�Alan Taylor). "I really like the people who work there, but they want full control over their movies," Jenkins said of Marvel Studios. "The director is under control.�Yes, it can happen. Furthermore, it shows immediately if a director cannot impose his/her vision. When this is the case, I get the impression that these people are doing a different job than me. But with�Wonder Woman 1984, I think I did exactly what I wanted. And then, everything a superhero movie needs comes naturally to me: I love shooting great action scenes versus great sets. I really enjoy it." Wonder Woman 1984�is currently slated to hit theaters Friday, August 14. The sequel�was originally going to open this coming weekend, but was delayed two months by�the coronavirus pandemic, which shut theaters down across the planet. As for what the future holds for Justice League, Warner Bros. is allowing Zack Snyder to realize his long-fabled cut of the 2017 movie, which will debut on HBO Max sometime next year. (Quotes via ComicBook.com; translation verified by Premi�re) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ A drug that cools the body’s reaction to Covid-19 appears to save lives https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/03/1002650/antibody-drug-tocilizumab-immune-response-covid-19-saves-lives/ https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/03/1002650/antibody-drug-tocilizumab-immune-response-covid-19-saves-lives/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:51:05 UTC Antonio Regalado at MIT Technology Review In an advance toward conquering covid-19, doctors in Michigan say an antibody drug may sharply cut the chance patients on a ventilator will die. The problem: The pandemic viral disease is infecting millions, and for those who end up on a ventilator in an ICU, the odds are grim. More than half are dying. The… http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Mission: Impossible 7 back on track, will resume production in September https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/mission-impossible-7-restarting-production https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/mission-impossible-7-restarting-production Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:50:00 UTC Josh Weiss at SYFY WIRE Accepted:�Mission: Impossible 7 is choosing to restart production this September, according to a Variety report. The promising news is said to have been originally confirmed on BBC Radio 4's Today program�by the film's first assistant director, Tommy Gormley. "We hope to restart in September. We hope to visit all the countries we planned to. We hope to do a big chunk of it back in the U.K. on the backlot and in the studio," Gormley reportedly said. Simon Pegg, who plays computer maven Benji Dunn, backed up the claim to Variety, revealing�that the plan is to start with exterior scenes. (Science shows�that a person is less likely to catch the novel coronavirus in a wide,�outdoor setting.) "That feels fairly doable, and obviously, there will be precautions put in place," Pegg said, while also joking that fight sequences would have to be conducted "five feet apart." “People that are involved in any close proximity stuff, it will have to be determined that they’re safe to do that," Pegg continued.�"I don’t know what the testing situation is, how that works, or whether they’ll be able to be tested regularly." Credit: Paramount Pictures On BBC Radio 4,�Gormley added that he firmly believes the project can wrap up by April or May of 2021 if it's able to kick off in�September of this year. Right now, it's unclear if�M:I 7�is�filming�back-to-back with M:I 8,�as per the original plan. Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (Rogue Nation, Fallout) is returning to helm the next two installments of the hit spy-fi franchise.�Due to the extended shutdown, both movies have had their theatrical debuts delayed. Given the massive scope and globetrotting nature of the series, it'll be interesting to see how Paramount tackles the need for big crews and multiple exotic�locations. The use of a�backlot and sound stages should help on the latter front,�as they won't require trips to different countries.� Nations that are opening back up for production�are�requiring films and TV shows�to follow strict health protocols, most of�which (like those set by�New Zealand authorities)�include quarantine upon arrival. Those necessary precautions may add an extra layer of planning for a project, like Mission: Impossible 7, that's�shooting around the world and�grappling�with a protracted production schedule.� For all their convenience, however, enclosed spaces like sound stages�present their own set of circumstances when planning�for safety in stemming the spread of the coronavirus. There's certainly no easy solution here, but newly published guidelines on set safety from the film industries�in the United States and the United Kingdom�are�a solid first step in the plan to get�cameras rolling again. "If we have the protocols in place and we break down all the procedures very carefully ... we will get it going again," Gormely said.�"Some things are very challenging such as stunt scenes, crowd scenes, etc. but we can’t do a Mission: Impossible�movie and not have a fight scene or car scenes in it." Credit: Paramount Pictures Mission: Impossible 7 was put on hold back in late February, just as it was about to kick off�production in Venice, Italy (the first stop on what was supposed to be a�lengthy European shoot). In late April, there was some debate over whether Italy would be scrapped as a filming hub or if that part of the story�would simply be delayed until the fall "when the virus may have subsided." Judging by�Gormely's comments, it sounds like they've decided to go with the second option. In all this�time, there's been one major casting change as Esai Morales (Titans) replaced Nicholas Hoult (Dark Phoenix) as the movie's�main antagonist. Tom Cruise will reprise the role of Ethan Hunt, leading a band of familiar faces like Pegg,�Rebecca Ferguson (Ilsa Faust), Vanessa Kirby (White Widow), Ving Rhames (Luther Stickell),�and Henry Czerny (Eugene Kittridge).�Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter),�Pom Klementieff (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and�Shea Whigham (Joker)�are appearing in M:I 7 as brand-new characters. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ The Lancet, HCL and Trump https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-lancet-hcl-and-trump-11591226880 https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-lancet-hcl-and-trump-11591226880 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:28:00 UTC RSSOpinion A widely promoted study may be based on questionable data. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ How WHO Really Feels About China https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-who-really-feels-about-china-11591226923 https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-who-really-feels-about-china-11591226923 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:28:00 UTC RSSOpinion Officials coddled Beijing publicly while privately doubting its honesty. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Unrigging the Poverty Trap https://www.wsj.com/articles/unrigging-the-poverty-trap-11591226815 https://www.wsj.com/articles/unrigging-the-poverty-trap-11591226815 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:27:00 UTC RSSOpinion What do struggling workers lose when they make an extra buck? http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Boris Johnson's Freedom Lesson https://www.wsj.com/articles/boris-johnsons-freedom-lesson-11591226758 https://www.wsj.com/articles/boris-johnsons-freedom-lesson-11591226758 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:26:00 UTC RSSOpinion The British PM offers visas for three million Hong Kongers. Will Trump follow? http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Social media firms fail to act on Covid-19 fake news https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52903680 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52903680 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:16:21 UTC BBC News - Technology A study indicates that 90% of misinformation reported to Facebook and Twitter remains online. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Unemployment Bonus Keeps Workers on the Sidelines https://www.wsj.com/articles/unemployment-bonus-keeps-workers-on-the-sidelines-11591225925 https://www.wsj.com/articles/unemployment-bonus-keeps-workers-on-the-sidelines-11591225925 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:12:00 UTC RSSOpinion Democrats want to extend the extra $600 a week through January 2021, while businesses struggle to get employees back on the job. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ America's New Nihilism https://www.wsj.com/articles/americas-new-nihilism-11591225713 https://www.wsj.com/articles/americas-new-nihilism-11591225713 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:08:00 UTC RSSOpinion ‘Systemic racism’ is a systemic forgetting of 55 years of urban policy failure. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/