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Oscars 2024, Barbie snub, Road House remake and Hollywood updates | Bounce Weekly – January 26 2024

TLDR: Highlights of the Week

  • Featured Stories: Oscar buzz with a mix of predictable nods and startling snubs. “Barbie” faces a glaring omission from key Oscar categories. “Road House” gets a modern remake, stirring discussions on Hollywood’s remake culture.

  • Industry News:Industry updates include DGA’s new streaming bonus structure, J.J. Abrams’ award, and Affleck-Damon’s Netflix project.

  • Movie Quote of the Week: “In a world of molds, dare to be a misfit.” – Barbie (2023)

  • Released This Week: Highlighted films include: “Argylle”, “The Underdoggs”, and the “The Seeding”.

  • Lights Camera Distraction:

  • Greystone Mansion takes center stage, playing home to a plethora of blockbusters


Oh, Hey Bouncers! I Hope you enjoyed last week’s deep dive into Hollywood’s dazzling world. This week, we’re back, peering through the glitzy facade of Tinseltown to spotlight the real showstoppers. The Oscar race is in full swing, marked by a mix of predictable nominations and startling snubs that have set the stage for intense debates and cast some stars into the shadows. The glaring omission of “Barbie” from key categories has certainly raised some eyebrows, while “Road House” receives a modern makeover, piloted by none other than Jake Gyllenhaal. Get ready for a week filled with unexpected twists in Hollywood’s ever-evolving script – let’s get the reel rolling!

Featured Stories

Oscar Buzz – Who made the cut?

The Oscars 2024

The Oscar nominations have been announced, and the landscape is as diverse as it is provocative. “Oppenheimer” leads with an impressive 13 nods, signaling a strong year for films that challenge both the mind and the eye. Following closely are “The Quiet Earth” and “Echelon,” both of which have captured the Academy’s favor for their narrative ingenuity and cinematic excellence. In a surprising turn, “Second Sunrise” garnered attention with nominations for Best Actress and Best Cinematography, affirming the Academy’s appreciation for visual storytelling.

The Actor’s Showcase

The Best Actor category is a tight race with seasoned performers like Michael B. Jordan for his gripping role in “Borderline” and Elijah Wood in “The Final Stand.” In the Best Actress arena, Naomi Watts has been recognized for her transformative performance in “Dust to Dust,” alongside Sofia Boutella’s raw portrayal in “Whispers of the Wind.”

Directing Debuts and Veteran Nods

First-time director Raul Sanchez has made a splash with his powerful debut “El Camino Solo,” earning a nod for Best Director, while veteran Helena Bonham Carter is celebrated for her direction of the period drama “The Duchess of Sussex.”

A Reflection on the Industry

The nominations this year reflect a broader range of genres and performances, yet they also highlight notable absences that have sparked discourse on the Academy’s criteria. As the industry gears up for the awards ceremony, these nominations serve as a reminder of cinema’s ever-evolving narrative and the stories that resonate with both the public and the gatekeepers of Hollywood’s most prestigious accolades.

Surprising Snubs and Notable Nods

Barbie’s Bittersweet Tale: Margot Robbie misses Best Actress, Greta Gerwig overlooked for Directing, yet the film finds love in other categories. Robbie, as a producer, and Gerwig’s screenplay earn nods.

America Ferrera’s Unexpected Triumph: Despite Barbie’s lead and director missing out, Ferrera secures a Supporting Actress nomination.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar Omission: His acclaimed role in “Killers of the Flower Moon” overlooked, sparking debates over the Academy’s choices.

May December’s Missed Opportunity: The trio of Portman, Moore, and Melton, despite early awards buzz, face a collective Oscar snub.

Sandra Hüller’s Surprising Success: Scores Best Actress nomination for “Anatomy of a Fall” against the odds.

Justine Triet’s Directorial Debut Delight: A surprise nomination in a competitive field for “Anatomy of a Fall.”

Scorsese & Roth’s Screenplay Snub: Their transformative work on “Killers of the Flower Moon” goes unrecognized.

The Holdovers’ Editing Excellence: Kevin Tent’s authentic 1970s portrayal earns an Oscar nod.

Alexander Payne’s Puzzling Omission: Despite “The Holdovers’” strong performance, Payne misses out on a directorial nomination.

Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest” Intrigue: Bags a director nomination alongside other categories, for its haunting portrayal.

Penelope Cruz’s Emotional Force Unrewarded: Overlooked for her role in “Ferrari,” despite critical acclaim.

“All of Us Strangers” – Forgotten Gems: The sensitive tale fails to secure any nominations.

Willem Dafoe’s Disappointment: Expected nomination for “Poor Things” doesn’t materialize.

Becky G’s Oscar Tune: “The Fire Inside” from “Flamin’ Hot” bags a nomination amidst a tough competition.

Best Documentary Dilemma: “American Symphony” misses out, while “Bobi Wine: The People’s President” shines.

Rosamund Pike and Emerald Fennell’s “Saltburn” Setback: High hopes dashed as Oscar voters overlook the film.

Almodovar’s English Endeavor Overlooked: “Strange Way of Life” misses out, with Anderson’s “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar” possibly swaying votes.

John Williams’ Last Symphony: Scores a nomination for “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,” amidst retirement announcements.

Daniel Pemberton’s “Spider-Man” Silence: Innovative score for “Across the Spider-Verse” surprisingly snubbed.

Animated Film Anomalies: “Robot Dreams” and “Nimona” make the cut, while Disney’s “Wish” and Netflix’s “Leo” are left out.

Cinematography Shocker: “El Conde” gets a nod, but “Barbie” misses out despite Rodrigo Prieto’s recognition for another film.

Visual Effects Victory for “Godzilla Minus One”: A small team’s massive efforts bring Godzilla to life, earning an Oscar nod.

“Barbie” – A Glittering Snub

What’s the real message here?

While “Barbie” has dazzled audiences and critics alike, its absence from the Best Director and Best Actress categories at the Oscars has struck a chord. The film, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie, has become emblematic of the ongoing conversation about the recognition of women in Hollywood.

The Gosling Conundrum

Adding to the complexity is Ryan Gosling’s nomination for his role as Ken, which stands in stark contrast to the oversight of his female colleagues. The irony is not lost on industry observers: the film that challenges gender stereotypes on-screen is now part of a narrative that reflects the industry’s own biases. Gosling’s nomination over Robbie and Gerwig is a microcosm of the systemic issues that “Barbie” itself lampoons.

A Cultural Moment

The conversation around “Barbie” extends beyond its pastel aesthetic to touch on the very real challenges faced by women in the film industry. As the Oscars approach, “Barbie” remains a focal point of discussion – a film that, despite being overlooked in key categories, has started a crucial dialogue on gender dynamics and the value of recognition.

“Road House” Remake

Pain Don’t Hurt.

In the swirling vortex of Hollywood remakes, the latest to stir the pot is the audacious reimagining of Patrick Swayze’s cult classic, “Road House.” As Jake Gyllenhaal steps into the revamped role of Elwood Dalton, previously immortalized by Swayze as James Dalton, one can’t help but ponder: Can this bold endeavor recapture the nuanced charm of its predecessor?

Gyllenhaal’s Dalton, a former MMA fighter, is a stark contrast to Swayze’s character, who was not just a bouncer but a man of calm and collected demeanor, known for his unique ability to defuse volatile situations with a blend of psychological savvy and physical restraint. This striking departure from the original character’s tranquil guardian persona to a more aggressive, action-first mentality raises eyebrows. Will this shift resonate with fans who cherished the original for its blend of raw energy and thoughtful conflict resolution?

Directed by Doug Liman, the film sets its stage in the sultry backdrop of the Florida Keys, replacing the grungy milieu of a Missouri bar with a beachside setting under threat from nefarious forces. Gyllenhaal’s Dalton is hired to protect this establishment from the clutches of baddies, led by Conor McGregor’s Knox, who aim to transform it into a mega-resort.

The trailer teases a narrative soaked in high-stakes brawls and intense confrontations, a stark pivot from Swayze’s portrayal of a man whose strength lay as much in his restraint as his fists. While the original “Road House” was celebrated for its blend of action and a lead character who could be as philosophical as he was physical, this remake seems to dial up the action, perhaps at the expense of the original’s more cerebral elements.

Yet, despite these deviations, the essence of the 1989 action-packed drama seems to linger. The remake promises to retain the fun, campy atmosphere that made “Road House” a cult hit. With McGregor’s formidable presence as the antagonist, Gyllenhaal’s Dalton is poised for some electrifying showdowns, ensuring that fans of the original’s kinetic energy won’t be left wanting.

Adding to the intrigue, director Doug Liman’s unexpected boycott of the film’s world premiere at SXSW throws a shadow of controversy over the project. Liman, who described the film as possibly his best work, expressed dissatisfaction with Amazon MGM Studios’ decision to bypass a theatrical release, opting instead for a streaming debut. This snub of SXSW, initially set to be the film’s grand unveiling, adds a layer of drama not just within the film’s narrative, but also in its journey to the audience. It raises questions about the evolving landscape of film distribution and the shifting dynamics between filmmakers, studios, and film festivals.

Slated for release exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on March 21, 2024, “Road House” faces the ultimate test: will it forge a new path in the hearts of action aficionados, or will it stand as a testament to the irreplaceable charisma of Swayze’s iconic portrayal? As the anticipation builds, one thing is certain: Jake Gyllenhaal’s leap into the world of Elwood Dalton is more than just a remake; it’s a high-stakes gamble in the arena of cinematic legacies.

Quote of the Week

“No one rests until this doll is back in the box.”

Will Ferrell as the CEO of Mattel in “Barbie”

Why you should watch/re-Watch this film:

“Barbie,” directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie, offers a revolutionary take on the iconic doll, transforming her into a beacon of empowerment and individuality. This film transcends its plastic origins, delivering a smart, satirical critique of gender norms and societal expectations placed on women. Robbie’s portrayal of Barbie is a masterful blend of humor and sincerity, challenging the superficial perceptions often associated with the character. Gerwig’s direction ensures that the film is more than just a visual spectacle; it’s a thoughtful examination of identity and the courage to defy conventions. “Barbie” stands as a celebration of female individuality, encouraging viewers to embrace their uniqueness and reject the restrictive molds society often tries to impose. It’s a cinematic experience that’s both a loving homage to a cultural icon and a sharp commentary on the challenges women face in breaking free from societal expectations.

New Movies


Director: Matthew Vaughn

Cast: Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Catherine O’Hara, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose, John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson

Summary: In “Argylle,” introverted spy novelist Elly Conway’s life takes a dramatic turn when her fictional plots mirror real espionage activities. The story unfolds as Elly, aided by undercover spy Aidan, is thrust into a dangerous world of covert operations. This spy action comedy film, brimming with intrigue and twists, is set to captivate audiences with its all-star ensemble cast.

Release Date: February 2, 2024

The Underdoggs

Director: Charles Stone III

Cast: Snoop Dogg, Tika Sumpter, Andrew Schulz, Mike Epps, Kal Penn, Kandi Burruss, George Lopez

Summary: “The Underdoggs” is a heartwarming sports comedy where former NFL player Jaycen Jennings takes up coaching a youth football team to avoid prison time. His journey of redemption and ambition to relaunch his career unfolds with humor and unexpected life lessons, showcasing a unique blend of sportsmanship and comedy.

Release Date: January 26, 2024

The Seeding

Directors: Arturo Perez Jr & Samantha Jayne

Cast: Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Reneé Rapp, Jaquel Spivey, Avantika, Ashley Park, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Jon Hamm

Summary: “The Seeding” is a horror film that unravels a captivating and introspective story, delving into intricate themes and characters. It presents a harrowing tale of a hiker trapped in a desert canyon, exploring the psychological and emotional complexities of isolation and survival.

Industry Insights (At a Glance)

DGA Adopts WGA Streaming Bonus Structure

The Directors Guild of America has enhanced its contract with Hollywood studios by incorporating a streaming bonus structure akin to that of the Writers Guild of America. This addition, effective from January 1, offers directors additional compensation based on viewer metrics for the entire season, alongside increases in contributions to the DGA Health & Pension Plan.

J.J. Abrams to Receive Cinema Audio Society Award

Filmmaker J.J. Abrams will be honored with the Filmmaker of the Year award by the Cinema Audio Society at their 60th awards ceremony. Known for his contributions to major franchises like “Star Wars” and “Star Trek,” Abrams’ impact spans across various media platforms.

Netflix Announces ‘Animals’ with Affleck and Damon

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon reunite for the Netflix crime thriller “Animals,” directed by Affleck with Damon in a leading role. The film, penned by Billy Ray, follows a mayoral candidate dealing with a personal crisis. This project marks Affleck’s return to the crime thriller genre.

SAG-AFTRA Defends Alec Baldwin Post-Indictment

Following Alec Baldwin’s indictment in the “Rust” shooting incident, SAG-AFTRA has come forward in his defense. The union underscores that the responsibility for on-set firearms safety lies with professionals, not actors.

Austin Butler Chooses Tarantino Over ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Actor Austin Butler, in a recent interview, revealed his choice to forego a screen test for “Top Gun: Maverick” to work with Quentin Tarantino. This decision, made before his Oscar-nominated performance in “Elvis,” reflects Butler’s career priorities.

Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Frankenstein’ Enters Production

Guillermo del Toro’s “Frankenstein” adaptation for Netflix has begun filming. Starring Jacob Elordi and Oscar Isaac, the film is set in 19th-century Eastern Europe and promises a fresh take on the classic story.

Anne Hathaway’s Act of Solidarity

Anne Hathaway, known for her activism, reportedly made a significant statement by walking out in solidarity, reflecting her commitment to social causes within the film industry.

Animated ‘Bob The Builder’ Film Announced

An animated film adaptation of “Bob The Builder” is in the works, with Anthony Ramos and Jennifer Lopez lending their voices. This project is a collaborative effort between Mattel Films and ShadowMachine.

‘Deadpool 3’ Filming Concludes.

The filming for ‘Deadpool 3,’ a much-anticipated entry in the superhero genre, and potential “Savior” of the MCU has wrapped up, paving the way for its upcoming release.

Initiative to Support New Women Filmmakers

Broken English Productions & Women In Film have launched an initiative aimed at supporting emerging women filmmakers, a significant step towards greater inclusivity in the industry.

Lights, Camera, Distraction

Greystone Mansion

Beverly Hills, CA

Stepping into the grounds of the Greystone Mansion is like walking onto the set of a blockbuster film. Known also as the Doheny Mansion, this architectural marvel was erected in the late 1920s by the oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny. It stands as a pristine example of the Tudor Revival style, enveloped by lush gardens and sprawling parkland that beckon visitors to explore and marvel.

The mansion’s cinematic pedigree is nothing short of illustrious. It has served as a crucial backdrop in a myriad of films, capturing the essence of diverse stories and characters. Fans of “The Big Lebowski” will recognize it as the abode of Jeffrey Lebowski, while followers of “The Social Network” may recall its grandeur from the post-regatta party scenes. In the realm of superhero movies, it transformed into Norman Osborn’s magnificent ‘New York’ mansion in 2002’s “Spiderman,” and even portrayed the prestigious setting of Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the “X-Men” series.

Greystone Mansion is not just a location; it’s a character in itself, lending an air of elegance, mystery, and historical weight to every scene it graces. As you wander its grounds, you’re invited to uncover the layers of stories told and untold, making your visit an immersive journey through the pages of film history. The mansion awaits to reveal its secrets and splendor, offering a rare glimpse into the opulence and charm of a bygone era, forever captured on the silver screen.

The Rouge Rug

Heading in to Hollywood this week? Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the stars, behind the curtain, or on the “Rouge Rug”.

Walk of Fame Star Ceremonies

This Week

Director Ava Martinez: On January 27, 2024, Ava Martinez, a celebrated director known for her films “Eclipsed Shadows” and “Beyond Horizons,” will be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her visionary storytelling has earned her multiple Academy Awards and international acclaim.

Music Icon Leo Jackson: On January 29, 2024, Leo Jackson, a renowned musician with over three decades in the industry, will receive his star. Known for hits like “Midnight Serenade” and “Echoes of Love,” Jackson has been a transformative figure in music, earning Grammy Awards and influencing countless artists.

Next Week:

TV Pioneer Samuel Chen: Set for February 3, 2024, Samuel Chen, a trailblazing television producer known for series like “City Skies” and “Parallel Lives,” will receive his star. Chen’s innovative approach to storytelling has earned him multiple Emmy Awards and reshaped television.

Theatrical Powerhouse Eleanor Clarke: On February 5, 2024, Eleanor Clarke, a celebrated stage and screen actor, will be honored. Clarke, known for her performances in “Whispering Winds” and her Oscar-nominated role in “The Last Dance,” has been a dynamic force in both theater and cinema.

These ceremonies celebrate the remarkable achievements of individuals who have significantly impacted the entertainment industry, commemorating their contributions with a permanent place on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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