Author: 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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Award Contenders Talk 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 […]

2019 Fall Preview: What Disney/Fox Movies Bleeding Cool Staff are Hyped For (Yes, Star Wars)

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 On Rub and 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 excecutives 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 Didn't 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 […]

Termionator: 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

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 […]

Film director Martin Scorsese in Trinity College, Dublin before speaking to students and alumni. 24 FEBRUARY 2017

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 […]

Warner Bros. Releases a New Batch of "Joker" Promotional Images

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 Shouldn't Be A Problematic Film 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 […]

Woke Culture Didn't Kill Comedy

Sorry Todd Phillips But Woke Culture Didn’t Kill Comedy

When it comes to being woke, the “woke culture” has yet to kill comedy. If anything, it’s shown that comedians can survive if they’re able to adapt with modern times. Taika Waititi joined the conversation when he called out fellow filmmaker Todd Phillips‘ on Twitter.  During an interview with Vanity Fair, Phillips said said he […]

Natalie Portman on Lucy in the Sky criticism

Natalie Portman on Lucy in the Sky criticism

Lucy in the Sky actress Natalie Portman opened up with the Los Angeles Times about the film’s negative reaction following the world premiere in Toronto. What is surprising is that Portman isn’t surprised by the universal panning. The movie isn’t, as she calls it, “easy.” It’s about a complicated woman who is neither hero nor […]

Four Directors Tapped To Helm Disney Animation Projects

Four Directors Tapped To Helm Disney Animation Projects

It was reported on Tuesday that four directors were given the responsibility of directing future projects for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Carlos Lopez Estrada and Suzi Yoonessi will be joining Disney veterans Josie Trinidad and Marc Smith in developing films for theatrical release. The move is great for those who are pushing for inclusion and […]

Please Let A Woman Direct A Star Wars Film

It was reported on Wednesday night that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige would be developing a Star Wars film for Lucasfilm. Listen, I’m all for Kevin Feige wanting to develop a Star Wars film. After everything he’s done at Marvel Studios, he’s a guy who has certainly earned it. That said, would it hurt Lucasfilm […]


George Lucas Felt Betrayed by Disney's Direction on Star Wars

George Lucas Felt Betrayed by Disney’s Direction on “Star Wars”

With the release of Bob Iger‘s memoir today, some new comments from George Lucas about the direction of the Star Wars franchise have been made public. What we knew before the book’s publication was that Lucas delivered some story ideas to Disney when they purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion. There’s always the worries […]