In Hollywood, you can never own too much intellectual property. Producers option novels and magazine articles before they’re even published in hopes of landing the next lucrative franchise. This is also why, when a screenwriter has a solid original idea with potential, everyone goes crazy. They don’t want to be the company who passed on the next big thing.
The latest sci-fi franchise pitch going around Hollywood is Emergence, a large-scale alien invasion film written by Nic Kelman, and it was just purchased by a team with lots of experience in the genre. Centropolis Entertainment now owns the film and Roland Emmerich is attached to direct. Read More »
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Your e-mails, your searches, your browsing, these days almost all of it done through Google. That means there’s basically nothing the giant company doesn’t know about you and the people around you. It also kind of means they know everything about everything which, according to a new study, relates directly to box office.
Google has released a study that says, by analyzing searches for movie trailers and the prevalence of a franchise on the Internet, they can predict the potential box office of any movie with up to 94% accuracy. And that’s just one of the many revelations the company has made using your data to look at Hollywood. Read More »
Almost like a kid trading baseball cards, Warner Bros. reportedly swapped Jason Voorhees and Eric Cartman for Christopher Nolan. Nolan’s next film, Interstellar, is set up at Paramount Pictures and will be co-produced by Warner Bros. Some insiders wondered how the rival studios came to an agreement over this massive movie and now, The Hollywood Reporter has the answer. Warner Bros. had to relinquish partial rights they held to a new Friday the 13th sequel, as well as a second South Park movie, to Paramount in order to get a piece of Nolan’s November 2014 sci-fi film.
The one catch is Paramount would have to make those sequels in the next five years or Warners gets their stake back. Read More »
The opportunity to see an all-time classic on the big screen should be taken whenever possible. Ideally, this happens at a repertory house where the original content and quality of the film is preserved, and sometimes (though less and less as 35mm gives way to DCP) even the format is the same. On special occasions, though, a film is so grand and adored it gets not only a big time restoration, but major release as well. Titanic comes to mind. Jurassic Park. And now, The Wizard of Oz can be added to the list.
The 1939 classic celebrates its 75 anniversary in 2014 and leading up to that, Warner Bros. is releasing both a 3D Blu-ray super set on October 1 and a restored, 3D IMAX edition in theaters September 1. Read More »
That Bad Santa sequel we’ve heard about for such a long just got some HBO swagger. Doug Ellin, the creator of Entourage, has signed on to rewrite, and possibly direct Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa 2. The actor is hoping to shoot the R-rated Christmas comedy at the end of the year. Read More »
The directors of the Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki are directing the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. Norwegian directing team Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg will soon sign to helm Pirates of the Caribbean 5, starring Johnny Depp, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Jeff Nathanson.
They were at the top of a short-list that went around a few weeks ago and will quickly move ahead hoping to start filming later this year or very early next year aimed at a July 10, 2015 release. Read More »
The fourth season of Arrested Development was never meant to be the end. From its earliest conception, creator Mitchell Hurwitz said the fourth season was just a long recap and preamble to a movie. Now that the fourth season is out there, it’s no spoiler to say there are more than enough stories to populate not only a movie, but maybe even additional seasons.
Exactly what the future of Arrested Development will be after its fourth season debut is still unclear, but one of its major champions is on board to continue. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said though the company is currently contracted for only one season, he’d love to buy another season of the show if the talent is willing to come back. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 by Angie Han
A well crafted trailer for a highly anticipated picture is a thing of beauty, but there are lots of ways trailers can annoy as well. They might be sloppily edited or downright misleading. They can show too much of the movie, or feature too many scenes that aren’t in the film at all. They can be time-consuming hurdles to the features we’ve actually paid to see.
The National Association of Theater Owners has heard consumers’ complaints about these promos, and wants to rectify at least some of them. Their grand plan? Whittle the trailers down to just two minutes each, from the current standard of two and a half. More details after the jump.
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