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How Streaming Platforms Are Dictating the Summer Movie Season

Apple has Tom Hanks at sea, Netflix gets a Charlize Theron action movie, and a Sundance romcom lands on Hulu. In this week's Screen Talk, we discuss the summer movie paradigm shift.

Screen Talk 294: Streaming Platforms Dictate the Summer Movie Season

Most summer movie seasons are filled with studio tentpoles and franchises galore. Of course, there’s nothing normal about this summer movie season, with virtually every major release postponed until later this year or 2021. Nevertheless, there are plenty of movies coming out on a regular basis — and all of the “big” releases are naturally coming from streaming platforms. This week alone, there’s a Tom Cruise WWII thriller (“Greyhound”) hitting Apple TV, a Netflix-produced action movie starring Charlize Theron (“The Old Guard”), and an Andy Samberg romcom coming to Hulu (“Palm Springs”). What does it mean when the summer movie season is dictated by streaming platforms?

In this week’s Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson debate each of these new release (as well as “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,” also in out this week). Separately, they touch on ongoing questions surrounding fall film festival circuit, and close by saluting two significant film figures who passed away this week: Ennio Morricone and Kevin Rafferty.

(Corrections: Sony sold “Greyhound” to Apple+, Hanks produced the HBO series “Band of Brothers,” and his “Greyhound” costar is Stephen Graham.)

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