When the sci-fi action flick Lockout arrived in theaters in 2012, many reviews pegged the film written by Luc Besson as a half-ass remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 classic Escape from New York with the action transported to a space prison instead of a dark future. It appears critics weren’t the only ones annoyed with the similarities between the two films because director John Carpenter actually ended up suing writer Luc Besson because the script plagiarized the 1981 movie.
Previously, a court ruled that Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production banner, along with the film’s directors/co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather had to pay $95,000 (or 85,000 Euros) to John Carpenter, co-writer Nick Castle and StudioCanal. But Besson decided to appeal that ruling, and now the appeals court has finalized their ruling, and yet again, it’s not good news for The Fifth Element director. In fact, it’s worse than it was previously. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s been a brutal summer for the major studios, who’ve suffered one expensive flop after another, but it turns out now’s not really a great time to be a moviegoer, either. The National Association of Theatre Owners reports that average ticket prices in the U.S. have hit an all-time high of $8.73, thanks in a large part to premium formats like IMAX and 3D for smash hits like Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War. Read More »
Over a week ago, there were rumblings of some new MoviePass subscription plans being tested with the subscription service’s CEO Mitch Lower looking to offer a variety of pricing options with an eye towards even offering a plan as low as $20. Now Movie Pass has officially announced their new pricing plans, and the lowest plan actually comes in at $15, but there are some specifics that will change how much you’ll end up paying for the subscription you want.
Find out about the new MoviePass prices and plans after the jump. Read More »
Virtual reality technology has been making a comeback in a big way with the Oculus VR hitting shelves along with Samsung and PlayStation creating their own devices for the immersive innovation in entertainment. Slowly but surely, the technology is starting to make its way into filmmaking as VR movies have been playing at various film festivals recently.
However, director Steven Spielberg doesn’t sound too keen on the technology making its way into cinemas and he believes it could be “dangerous” to the nature of storytelling. Read the Steven Spielberg’s remarks on virtual reality movies remarks after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
That shiny new logo isn’t the only big change coming to DC Entertainment. Following the disappointing reception to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. is reorganizing its executive team. DC chief content officer Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. executive vice president Jon Berg will now oversee the newly created DC Films division, which will handle the studio’s fledgling DC Extended Universe franchise. In other words, DC finally has its own Kevin Feige. Sorta. Read More »
Another blow is coming to overpriced cable providers, from one of the most popular streaming services available today. A new report indicates that Hulu is planning to provide a service that will allow users to live stream broadcast and cable channels along with the library of movies and TV shows that they already provide. Find out more about this potential new Hulu TV streaming option after the jump. Read More »
Good news, Saturday Night Live fans! We’re about to get more time for sketches to air on NBC when the show returns for its 42nd season this fall. The peacock network will be go lighter on commercial time during each new episode of Saturday Night Live next season, in addition to introducing a new form of advertising that will integrate sketches with sponsors.
Get more details on how Saturday Night Live commercial time will be cut after the jump. Read More »
Just yesterday, AMC Entertainment head Adam Aron really made a lot of AMC Theatres customers angry by indicating that the chain of movie theaters was considering having some of their screenings become more texting friendly. The consideration came about as a way to help entice more millennials who can’t put down their phone to come to the movies. However, an overwhelmingly negative response from customers has Adam Aron pulling back on any potential plans for AMC Theatres allowing texting in theaters.
Read a full statement about the matter from AMC Theatres after the jump. Read More »
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When you’re in the darkness of a movie theater, there’s nothing more annoying than some inconsiderate fool getting our their cell phone for more than just a quick time check. Personally, I’ve seen people get out their phone to carry on extended text conversations, check Facebook, and even take a selfie with the flash on during the trailers. This is the world we live in.
Now Adam Aron, the head of AMC Entertainment, the company behind the AMC Theatres movie theater chain, has indicated that he’s willing to allow texting and cell phone use during some movies in order to appeal to the millennial crowd. Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like this is something that will be allowed in all screenings. Find out more about AMC Theatres allowing texting after the jump. Read More »
Back in 2014, a company called Barco teamed up with 20th Century Fox to debut The Maze Runner as the first film to use their new format called Barco Escape. Using three different screens, Barco Escape attempts to immerse audiences even more deeply into any given film by adding images on the left and right of the primary screen in front of you, creating a panoramic experience in theaters.
Now Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot are the next to give the format a shot by releasing Star Trek Beyond in the experimental Barco Escape format this summer. Get details on the special Star Trek Beyond Barco Escape release below. Read More »