As the playing field for media has changed in recent years, with exponentially much more content becoming available to stream by way of the internet, the distribution model for theatrical releases has been a hotly debated topic between movie studios and movie theaters. While movie studios have expressed interest in making movies available on VOD much sooner than usual, movie theater chains have pushed back with threats of refusing to show movies on their screens. But that may be changing in the future.
A new report indicates that movie studios are currently having discussions with some movie theater chains about the creation of a premium VOD service that would make some movies available to watch at home just 17 days after they hit theaters. Find out more about the smaller theatrical release window after the jump. Read More »
Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry has added films to its roll that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking” and will be preserved in the Library of Congress. They’ve announced their picks from this year, including staples from John Hughes, Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Rob Reiner, Robert Zemeckis and much more.
Get the full list of 2016 National Film Registry movies after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I don’t know about you, but when the governments of the world collapse and civilization dissolves into chaos, and we’re reduced to living in a world where the biggest corporations battle for control of the surviving population, I’ll probably end up joining Team Disney. Because if I’m going to die for the glory of a corporate entity, it might as well be for Marvel and Star Wars. I’ll lie there, bleeding out on the battlefield, and look at the Mickey Mouse patch on my uniform and think “Well, at least I didn’t die for AT&T/Time Warner. Screw those guys!”
Anyway, Disney’s next step in becoming the domineering force of the dystopian future involves them possibly acquiring Netflix, a move that would be nothing short of huge for both companies.
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Posted on Friday, November 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Robert Redford is on the short list of actors you can call a legend without anyone in the near vicinity having a word to say otherwise. He’s an icon, a powerful leading man who aged with grace, transforming into a powerhouse director, producer, and champion of independent film. And at 80 years old, it looks like we’ll see Robert Redford retiring sooner than later.
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While many cinephiles are lamenting the fact that Quentin Tarantino has said that he will retire from filmmaking after he makes his 10th film, most will probably celebrate when they hear that Uwe Boll has decided to call it quits too.
The filmmaker behind Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne, Far Cry, Rampage, Postal, Blubberella and Assault on Wall Street is finally putting an end to his reign of terror in cinema, and it’s just a shame it didn’t come sooner. But why is Uwe Boll retiring now? Find out after the jump. Read More »
With television being in a new golden age, the stars of some of the biggest TV shows are getting paid quite a bit of money per episode. You might remember that it was a huge deal when the entire primary cast of Friends signed a deal for $1 million per episode in 2002. That’s far from the norm even in today’s new peak time for television, there are a few cast members from one of today’s hit TV shows making that much money per episode, making them the highest paid actors in TV.
Find out who the highest paid actors are in television after the jump. Read More »
Netflix does not have a friendly relationship with movie theaters. Ever since Netflix starting creating their own movies, some of them have been pushed to a limited theatrical release in order to qualify for awards, but many movie theater owners haven’t been happy about it. They were even more upset when Netflix struck a deal with IMAX to release their Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel on the giant screen the same day it was made available on the streaming service. And now a new deal has them worried again.
Netflix has created a new deal with the iPic Entertainment theater chain that will see some of the streaming service’s upcoming movies released in their theaters the same day that they’re released online. Find out more about the deal regarding Netflix movies in theaters after the jump. Read More »
Back in the spring, you might remember that we called attention to the fact that Netflix‘s library of movies and television shows had shrunk significantly in the past two years. In fact, statistics pointed out that the streaming services entire catalog had decreased by 31.7% during that time. The reason for this, in addition to increased competition from the likes of Hulu, Amazon and other content-streaming services, was Netflix’s push to keep their library of original programming growing. Now we have word that it’s only going to get worse.
In a conference call with investors at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Netflix’s CFO David Wells said they’re in the middle of a “multiyear transition and evolution toward more of our own content,” and their ultimate goal is to have 50% of their library comprised of original programming. Find out more about the Netflix original programming growth after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: The Denver Post is reporting that Cinemark has agreed to drop the request for the victims of Aurora theater shooting to pay for their $700,000 legal fees. The theater chain’s lawyers have issued a statement saying that the company’s goal “has always been to resolve this matter fully and completely without an award of costs of any kind to any party.” Although the details have not been disclosed, it appears that Cinemark has waived their demand for payment in return for the victims officially dropping their suit and not pursuing an appeal.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
You’ve been here before – dinner ran long or the babysitter was late or you made the mistake of binging just one more episode of something on Netflix and suddenly you’re late for your movie. You arrive at the theater with minutes to spare…only to find that tickets are sold out. And if they’re not sold out, the only empty seats in the theater are to the far left in the front row, a location that is not ideal, to say the least. You know, total nightmare scenario.
But this particular predicament may soon become a thing of the past, as AMC Theaters has announced that all of the chain’s New York City locations will soon adopt a reserved seating model where ticket buyers can select the seat of their choice when they buy tickets online.
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