disney buying netflix

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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robert redford retiring

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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Uwe Boll Is Retiring From Filmmaking

Uwe Boll Retiring

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 »

Who Are The Highest Paid Actors In Television?

Highest Paid TV Actors

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 Original Programming Growth

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 »

Netflix Original Programming Growth

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 »

Colorado Movie Theater Shooting Lawsuit

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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AMC reserved seating

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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Blair Witch Producer Talks Sequels

This past summer was pretty disappointing in the sequel and remake department, even if the box office numbers weren’t as underwhelming as they may have seemed. This summer’s blockbusters just felt mostly underwhelming, but thankfully there are plenty of smaller independent films that are worth seeking out. However, just because this summer churned out some regrettable sequels and remakes, don’t expect Hollywood to slow down on churning them out.

Next month brings the sequel Blair Witch to theaters, and while it’s a recognizable title, the filmmakers behind it come from the indie world. In fact, the experience of working on a film like this has only solidified why sequels and remakes will continue to be made instead of focusing more on original titles. Producer Keith Calder recently took to Twitter to explain how the kind of attention paid to a movie like Blair Witch compares to his work on movies like The Guest and You’re Next. Read More »

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Friday the 13th TV series

Earlier this month, we learned that The Crazies director Breck Eisner may be lined up to direct the next iteration of the Friday the 13th franchise, which has been in the works for years now. However, the future of the slasher film series may be uncertain with the rights to Friday the 13th now at the center of a new legal battle.

Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller has filed a notice of termination for the rights to the horror franchise that would see current rights holder Horror Inc. and collaborator the Manny Company forced to revert them them back to Miller. How is this even possible? Find out more about the Friday the 13th rights lawsuit after the jump. Read More »