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Disney’s planned acquisition of many of 21st Century Fox’s assets raises a lot of questions. For movie fans, one of the most important is: what is going to happen to Fox Searchlight, the indie branch that produced movies like The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? Well, according to Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, the answer is nothing. Below, read Iger’s comments about how Disney plans to leave Fox Searchlight alone should the deal go through.
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Fox commercials

Traditional broadcast media outlets have historically been slow to adapt to changes in the television industry. But at a recent private event, the ad sales chief of Fox Networks Group announced that the network is hoping to switch things up in a significant way: by cutting its ad time down to two minutes per hour by the year 2020. Read more about the new Fox commercial strategy below. Read More »

Black Panther highest grossing

Wakanda forever! Marvel Studios has been no stranger to huge blockbuster success stories since the company’s inception a decade ago, but their most recent cinematic effort, Black Panther, is kicking things to a whole new level. As of today, the film is now the ninth highest grossing movie of all time at the United States box office. And the most impressive part? It’s been in theaters for just 18 days.

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weinstein company sold

Update: Despite seemingly being finalized last week, the $500 million deal to acquire The Weinstein Company has fallen through (via Variety). It seems that the investors “uncovered new information about previous undisclosed liabilities.” Our original article follows below.

After teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, The Weinstein Company sold its assets to an investor group led by former Obama-era Small Business Administrator Maria Conteras-Sweet.

The $500 million deal will spare the embattled company from bankruptcy and go to creating a compensation fund for the victims of the disgraced former executive Harvey Weinstein.

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Frances McDormand inclusion rider

Talk is cheap, but Frances McDormand may have just changed the game in Hollywood with two simple words at last night’s Oscars ceremony. After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the actress wrapped up her memorable speech with two words: “Inclusion rider.”

Read on for how that Frances McDormand inclusion rider comment could spark actual, measurable change in Hollywood in the years to come.
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That hasn’t stopped MoviePass from accumulating subscribers like crazy. The service recently hit 1.5 million subscribers — and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. But as more subscribers join MoviePass, there will inevitably be more problems. Now, the service is trying to fix that by overhauling its MoviePass customer experience.

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In-demand movie theater subscription service MoviePass isn’t about to let someone muscle-in on their turf. The similar service Sinemia thought they could get in on that sweet, sweet subscription action, but MoviePass is taking them to court for patent infringement. Who will win this battle of the subscription services? Place your bets.

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