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Blank Check with Griffin & David Podcast – Pokémon: Detective Pikachu with screenwriters Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit

Los Angeles Times: Hollywood working moms and the brutal conflict between family and career – This is a terrible shame, but I don’t see it changing any time soon based on the workaholic culture I’ve seen in my time in the industry.

Avengers: Endgame Brought Back One MCU Star with Recycled Footage – I suspected this! Something seemed very off about how Natalie Portman was integrated. Not to say the filmmakers didn’t do their best with what they had. It would have been more distracting to re-cast.

Justin Chang: A few reasons to be grateful for John Singleton

TechCrunch: Avengers: Endgame becomes the first film to break $1 billion in an opening weekend – The money is not a surprise. I was surprised by how nicely everything wrapped up. What a feat of storytelling over many years and 20+ films! What do you think? This year’s front-runner for Best Picture?

Scriptnotes Podcast: The Sound Episode – John and Craig welcome back Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center, Straight Outta Compton) to talk all things sound: how it works on the page, on the stage, and in the mixing room.

I saw similar reactions to the above when images of Will Smith as the genie in Aladdin first came out. I’d caution people not to judge VFX too harshly when they appear in a trailer. I know from the inside of the process, these shots are often rushed and undercooked by necessity. That said, it is fair game to criticize the design of Sonic, which doesn’t seem to fit most people’s image of the video game character.

ScreenDaily: Academy renames Best Foreign Film to Best International Film, among other changes – All good decisions here, some of them long overdue!