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After original plans for a wide release got all screwed up, The Interview went on to become Sony’s “#1 online film of all time.” But it still wasn’t enough to make The Interview turn a profit, according to the National Association of Theater Owners, which sounds all too pleased with their assessment.

Regardless, Sony is pressing on with The Interview‘s digital rollout, striking a deal to make the comedy available on Netflix just one month after its theatrical/VOD bow. More on The Interview Netflix debut and The Interview Sony losses after the jump.  Read More »

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Amazon Studios movies

Amazon Studios has quickly distinguished itself through a “pilot season program” that sees the company generating ten to twelve pilots a year, then polling viewers to help decide which ones to push to series. Transparent, from the second pilot season, is the first real breakout success from Amazon, but the studio’s output, pilots aside, is still primarily restricted to those who pay Amazon’s $99/year Prime membership fee. In addition to TV series there are also Amazon Studios movies in the works. But now Amazon is planning to expand, by producing and/or acquiring films which it will release in theaters, then make available to stream on Prime four to eight weeks after the theatrical debut. Read More »

Spider Man Avengers 3

UPDATE: As expected, Sony denied this rumor. Disney wouldn’t comment. Read more below.

Today’s juicy rumor comes from the land of Marvel. We all know about the talks Sony and Marvel Studios had over the last year about what to do with Spider-Man. Marvel wanted him back. Sony was open to sharing after The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Both sides discussed it, but as far as we know an agreement could not be reached. The original plan was for the web-slinger to appear in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. For now, as far as we know, Spider-Man remains at Sony, maybe appearing in The Sinister Six or The Amazing Spider-Man 3, if those movies even happen.

Well, the latest rumor doesn’t know what’s happening with Spider-Man at Sony but believes the company was able to work out a deal with Marvel. But since Captain America: Civil War will be in production very soon, the next opportunity for the character to appear is Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2018. Which, supposedly, is what’s going to happen. Read more about the Spider Man Avengers 3 rumor below. Read More »

Martin Scorsese

During periods of his career, Martin Scorsese has enjoyed working with one lead actor over and over again. In the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties, that actor was Robert De Niro. In the last two decades, it was Leonardo DiCaprio. However, the three have never worked together on a feature film. That’s the gag in a series of commercials for two casinos in Manila, Philippines.

Scorsese directed the commercials, which star DiCaprio and De Niro as themselves, competing for a same role. However, these are not just commercials. These are basically trailers for a short film called The Audition that will also bring Brad Pitt into the mix. Yes, it’s a Martin Scorsese directed short starring DiCaprio, De Niro and Pitt. And rumor has it, each actor made over $10 million for the work. Check out the Martin Scorsese Leonardo DiCaprio Robert De Niro commercials below. Read More »

tomorrowland title change

Say the world “Tomorrowland” in the United States and most people immediately think of Disney. Walt Disney World and Disneyland are well-known for having areas called Tomorrowland; later this year, Disney will release a movie of the same title. The film is directed by Brad Bird, co-written by Damon Lindelof, and stars George Clooney. Watch the trailer here.

In other parts of the world, though, “Tomorrowland” has a different pop culture meaning, as the name is used for an electronic music festival that takes place in a few different countries. In the US, that festival is called “TomorrowWorld” because of Disney’s lock on the US trademark to “Tomorrowland.” But Disney doesn’t own that trademark everywhere, and it might force them to change the title in different countries. Read more about the potential Tomorrowland title change. Read More »

interview change VOD

The Interview was a pretty solid success on VOD, with Sony calling the film its best-ever digital performer, but what will that mean for studio VOD films, especially the concept of day and date releases, going forward? Probably nothing, say analysts, so long as theater chains continue to be resistant to day and date schedules that put films in theaters and on VOD at the same time. Read More »

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Interview VOD gross

Update: Sony will release The Interview in the UK and Ireland on February 6. We don’t have info on or even an indication of further international dates at this time.

While it’s a far cry from the $100m that some had expected The Interview to make in a theatrical release, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s comedy has pulled in over $30m on VOD after being available online since December 24. Sony is spinning the numbers well, calling The Interview the studio’s “#1 online film of all time.” Read More »

Movie Theater Attendance Hits 20-Year Low

Sundance Tickets

We caught a lot of great movies in 2014, but it seems many other people did not. Preliminary estimates indicate that just 1.26 billion cinema tickets were purchased in 2014 — which sounds like a lot until you realize it’s the lowest number since 1995.

Meanwhile, movie ticket prices continue to rise but they can only do so much. Box office revenue is down about 5% from 2013, the lowest year-to-year decline in nearly a decade. Dig into the 2014 box office with us after the jump.  Read More »

abandoned Toy Story 3 concept art

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: In 2005, Disney and Pixar were gearing up to split ways and was Disney Animation was creating its own and very different version of Toy Story 3 without John Lasseter and gang. A ton of new images have found their way online from the abandoned version of Toy Story 3. Hit the jump to see the abandoned Toy Story 3 concept art images now.

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