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 »
Even though Warner Bros. Pictures recently said they weren’t concerned with the box office drop that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw in its second weekend, dropping 81% Friday-to-Friday and 68% in the overall weekend, a new report seems to indicate otherwise.
Despite the fact that the DC Comics film crossed $700 million worldwide as of yesterday, the movie is not doing as well as the studio hoped, and then there’s a chance that the film may not even cross $1 billion. According to industry insiders, this underperformance at the box office has Warner Bros. rethinking its distribution strategy to take less risks with the movies they release and focus more on sure-thing tentpoles.
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It’s been a few years since MoviePass hit the scene in 2012, providing a location-based app and exclusive payment method to give users the ability to attend as many movies in theaters as they want for one monthly rate (with some restrictions). At the time it was introduced, exhibitors were worried that it would cut into their profits, but some recently released numbers would seem to indicate otherwise.
A new report indicates that MoviePass has raised movie theater attendance in its users by 111%, and that boost in attendance also comes with quite the increase in the money spent on concessions, where movie theaters truly make their money. Get the MoviePass statistics after the jump. Read More »
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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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 »
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 »
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 »
Posted on Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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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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Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There will come a day when the human race doesn’t care about Star Wars. However, that day is long in the distance. That day is beyond our lifespans. You and me and everyone we know will be dust before the cyborgs and algorithms running the nation of Disney crunch the numbers and realize that the citizens of Future Earth are no longer interested in additional Star Wars movies.
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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