Joel Kim Booster, Matt Rogers Defend Gay Rom-Coms, Streaming Releases – The Hollywood Reporter

Agni Island Stars Joel Kim Booster and Matt Rogers say some “wrong lessons” were learned Brothers Box office performance and word-of-mouth success of his rom-com.

Appearing at the Gotham Awards on Monday night to accept an ensemble honor alongside his co-stars in the Searchlight Pictures film, actor, comedian and writer Booster addressed the debate over film distribution in the streaming era.

After a modern take on Jane Austen’s Booster Pride and Prejudice Released on Hulu earlier this year, it received strong word of mouth amid ongoing reluctance from audiences to return to theaters, with its positive streaming reception being compared to Billy Eichner’s Judd Apatow-produced R-rated rom-com. Brothers, which struggled to perform at the box office after its theatrical release. Both faced marketing backlash, along with fears that another LGBTQ-centric film would not make it to the big screen.

“I think a lot of the wrong lessons were taken,” Booster said The Hollywood Reporter On the carpet at the award ceremony. “People see films differently and that has nothing to do with a gay film. I don’t think people are watching R-rated comedies Agni Island No longer in theaters.”

For that reason, Booster says, he appreciated the film’s streaming release. “I’m very grateful that we went into streaming because, again, it was able to find a wider audience. There are still a lot of people who stay at home, don’t feel comfortable going to the cinema,” he reflected. “I was really happy that I honestly didn’t have the pressure of a theatrical release.”

Separately Interview with The Daily Beast Posted on Tuesday, Boosters Agni Island Co-star Matt Rogers took on the discussion surrounding the receptions of both films — and the comparisons.

“We’re in 2022, we’re going to move forward in time, and streaming is the way people watch movies now. So streaming shouldn’t be underestimated. You don’t have to be a box office juggernaut to be considered a success, especially because, where exactly are the really good romantic comedies?” Rogers said. “I mean, A ticket to paradise Julia Roberts and George Clooney make money with them because they are international stars.

Rogers’ comments indicate a statement made Brothers Co-writer and star Eichner A Variety Cover story Universal announced ahead of the film’s release. “This is not an indie movie. It’s not some streaming thing that’s disposable, or it’s one of a million Netflix shows,” Eichner said at the time (he has since apologized for his remarks.)

Rogers noticed when it came to him Brothers, “I think there’s no reason why this movie couldn’t have just gone to Netflix and then it would have been a huge success. Or at least the narration is funny, you can watch it.

“Of course, we all would have liked that movie to have opened to a $20 million-plus opening weekend,” Rogers added. “But we’re not living in a healthy time for romantic comedies in terms of the box office.”

In terms of what other lessons can be learned from Brothers And Agni Island In conversation, Rogers also recounted Eichner’s initial reaction Brothers A poor box office performance in which the comedian indulged a small audience in homophobia.

“Well, homophobia is very real, isn’t it?’ There are things to learn from this outside,” Rogers said, echoing his co-star Booster. “We knew that, but there’s a market for this movie and it’s great. It’s great that it’s on Netflix. It really reaches more people. And now to hear that it’s doing so well at the box office, I’m like, ‘Yeah, of course it is.’ And people find that movie. It’s great.”

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