The Screening Room

UPDATE: Now directors M. Night Shyamalan and Brett Ratner have come out against The Screening Room as well. You can read what they had to say on the matter after the jump. Our original story from March 17th, 2016 follows.

Just last week, we asked whether or not you would be interested in paying $50 to watch major big screen releases from the comfort of your home at the same time they’re released in theaters, because that’s what The Screening Room initiative wants to make possible. The new effort from Napster and Facebook’s Sean Parker has been rather divisive since it was revealed, and now it looks like the service might be creating a sort of filmmaker civil war as some of Hollywood’s most respected directors take a stance.

While filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams have spoken out in support of The Screening Room, other directors like Christopher Nolan and James Cameron are on the opposing side. Whose side are you on? Read More »

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Theatrical Releases at Home

Back in April of 2011, some of Hollywood’s major movie studios were in talks with Time Warner Cable to offer movies at home on demand 30 days after they debuted in theaters. However, movie theater chains were not happy with that possibility, and the opportunity was never made available to the consumer. But that might change if a new start-up being backed by Napster and Facebook’s Sean Parker takes off.

The man who was played by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network is working on launching The Screening Room, which would offer major theatrical releases on demand at home the same day they hit the big screen. Find out more below. Read More »

Wachowski Sisters

The duo formerly known as the Wachowski brothers, the creators and directors of The Matrix trilogy and the sorely underrated Speed Racer, previously became known as the Wachowski siblings when Lana Wachowski came out as a transgender woman in 2012. Now they will be known as the Wachowski sisters, as Lilly Wachowski, formerly called Andy Wachowski, has also come out as transgender.

After the jump, you can read a full statement from Wachowski about coming out as transgender, which includes a frustrating explanation as to why she was forced to come out this week. Read More »

Amazon Release Window

Ever since streaming services like Netflix and Amazon started producing their own movies, they’ve had a bit of a tiff with theaters who don’t want to show their movies on the big screen if it’s just going to be available to stream online at the same time. In order for Netflix and Amazon to get their movies in theaters to qualify for awards, they’ve had to buy out theater space themselves. But Amazon is about to change that approach by playing nice with the movie theaters.

Amazon Studios will soon allow a 90-day theatrical window between when the movie plays on the big screen and when it’s available to stream. The hope is that it will bring more attention to the movie, and give theaters some time to make money off the release before people can watch it at home. Find out more about the Amazon release window after the jump. Read More »

oscars stunt category

If you’ve ever looked over the list of categories at the Academy Awards and wondered why the American film industry’s highest honor doesn’t recognize stunt coordination, you’re not alone. Stunt performers have been calling for recognition at the Oscars for over two decades and over 100 of them recently rallied at the offices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make their voices heard in demanding an Oscars stunt category.

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Rotten Tomatoes and Flixster Acquired By Fandango

Rotten Tomatoes Fandango

Movie ticketing website Fandango has acquired the popular film review website Rotten Tomatoes and ticketing app Flixster. Previous owner Warner Bros. will take an equity position in Fandango and become an ongoing strategic partner.

The move is a smart one for the NBCUniversal-owned Fandango, but it will be interesting to see how or if this will affect Rotten Tomatoes. The site is used by millions of moviegoers to help them determine which movies they should and shouldn’t see. Being owned by a company that is interested in selling tickets, to every movie, might not align with the goals of a consumer advisory site like Rotten Tomatoes. But then again, being owned by a mega movie group like Warner Bros. also seemed like a possible conflict of interest, and Rotten Tomatoes still managed to function rather independently of the entertainment division.

Read the full Rotten Tomatoes Fandango Flixster press release after the jump.

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So the news that Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has revealed plans to make additional Star Wars movies after the 2019 release date of Star Wars: Episode 9 is a real “Well, duh” moment. What, did you think he spent $4 billion of his company’s money to buy Lucasfilm just to call it a day in a few years? Nope. Star Wars is forever. Star Wars will outlive you puny mortals.

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Has your wallet been looking kind of thin lately? Checking account balance a bit low? Credit card bills surprisingly high? Well, we don’t know your life, so we won’t presume to tell you exactly what your problem is. But it could have something to do with the fact that the average movie ticket price in the U.S. hit another all-time high in the final quarter of 2015. And while Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t the only reason for that increase, it’s a pretty big part of it.  Read More »

asylum animated movies

Even if you haven’t actually sat down and watched their movies, you have probably brushed shoulders with the work of The Asylum. The independent film production company reached a new level of notoriety with their Sharknado films, but they’ve been working the low-budget, direct-to-video corner of the film industry for nearly two decades. Their modus operandi: hustle easily confused movie fans by making low-budget “mockbusters” that resemble actual movies when given a quick glance. This method has survived into the age of streaming: they make cheap, fast junk that exists so it can be mocked by hipsters or accidentally rented by someone who mistakes Transmorphers for Transformers or Age of Tomorrow for Edge of Tomorrow.

And now, The Asylum is creating an animated film division. Place your bets on which famous movie they’re ripping off first!

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