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Update: Apple has now entered discussions to make major Hollywood releases available for home rentals only two weeks after they debut theatrically. Get the latest information below.

One of the most intense business challenges Hollywood has faced during the past few years is dealing with the way the home video market has evolved. In an effort to breathe new life into it, some studios are now reportedly considering the idea of offering $50 home movie rentals after a film plays in theaters for a few weeks. But would you pay that price to watch a movie at home? Read More »

patty jenkins wonder woman 2 payday

After the massive box office and critical success of Wonder Woman, a sequel was a done deal. With development already underway on Wonder Woman 2, the only thing missing was the director.

Now, it’s been officially confirmed that director Patty Jenkins is finalizing a deal with Warner Bros. to return to the director’s chair for the sequel to the most successful DC Extended Universe film yet. And it may make her the highest-paid female director in Hollywood.

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MoviePass Prices

Everyone is talking about MoviePass this week. The subscription service that allows users to check into an app and use a special credit card to buy one movie ticket every day for a flat fee each month was recently acquired by Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. and introduced a new low price of $9.95 a month. That’s right, for $9.95 a month, MoviePass will let you see one movie a day every month for under $10. But one movie theater chain isn’t happy about it.

Shortly after MoviePass announced their new price point, AMC Theatres, the largest movie theater chain in the United States, came out with a harsh statement saying that MoviePass in its new form would not be welcome at their theaters and they were having their legal team look into the possibility of banning the subscription service in all their locations. But the founders of MoviePass aren’t concerned, and they don’t even see how it’s possible unless AMC Theatres stops accepting MasterCard altogether.

Find out more about why AMC Theatres banning MoviePass doesn’t seem possible below. Read More »

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From Jonah Hill’s teen dream to Academy Award-winning songstress, 2017 was the year Emma Stone hit it big. And what could top winning the most prestigious award in Hollywood for her role in the crowd-pleasing La La Land? A big fat paycheck, of course.

Stone has been named the highest paid actress in Hollywood by Forbes magazine in their annual Tinseltown salary ranking list. This means that Stone has dethroned Jennifer Lawrence, who held the highest-paid actress title for the past two years.

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AMC Theatres Banning MoviePass

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about about anything and everything. In this edition: AMC’s plan to block MoviePass is utterly moronic.)

Yesterday, some great news came for moviegoers. MoviePass announced that their movie theater ticket subscription service that has flown mostly under the radar since launching in 2011 was looking to increase its customer base in a big way by only charging $9.95 a month, regardless of where you live or how many movies you see using the service.

However, if you frequent AMC Theatres locations, MoviePass might not be beneficial to you for very long. At least if the executives behind the United States’ largest chain of movie theaters has their way. Not long after MoviePass announced their new price point and intentions to grow their customer base, AMC Theatres released a scathing statement saying, “AMC is consulting with its attorneys to determine if or how AMC can prevent a subscription program offered by MoviePass from being used at AMC Theatres in the United States.”

The long and short of it: AMC Theatres banning MoviePass is stupid. Let’s dig in. Read More »

walking dead lawsuit

AMC may be the one soon to be gutted after the network was hit by two subsequent lawsuits by current and former The Walking Dead creatives.

The Walking Dead producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara, and David Alpert are suing the cable network over profits rights, alleging that AMC has perpetuated a profits scam by underpaying the studio and producers’ for the licensing fee. The potential damages for this case could reach $1 billion.

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MoviePass Subscription

MoviePass has seen plenty of changes to its subscription service over the years since launching in 2011. For those who don’t know, MoviePass lets users pay a monthly price that allow them to see a single movie each day. Users check into a location-based app, pick the movie they’re seeing, and pay with an official MoviePass debit card. Over the years there have been changes in the pricing model depending on where you live and how many movies you see, ranging anywhere between $15 a month to almost $50 a month. But soon, everyone will be paying the same low price for the subscription service.

A majority stake in MoviePass has been bought by Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc., and they will be changing the monthly subscription fee to just $9.95 a month, regardless of where you live or how many movies you see. Find out more about the MoviePass subscription changes below. Read More »

shondaland netflix

Shondaland and ABC’s Thursday night lineups had become synonymous with each other for 15 years — but no longer. Shonda Rhimes is bringing Shondaland to Netflix, jumping ship from the Disney-owned television network that housed her beloved, award-winning hits like Grey’s AnatomyScandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

The sudden move to Netflix takes place a week after Disney announced it was pulling its movies from the streaming service. Talk about a scandal.

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Female TV writers

The entertainment industry can be brutal, and that often goes double for women. It’s tough to break into a system that’s been designed to keep them relegated to the sidelines and the struggle for representation in front of and behind the camera rages on, with occasional small victories fueling this generation of female filmmakers to battle for the right to share stories with audiences.

It’s not just directors, either: women accounted for only 13% of writers of movies last year. But while there’s still a lot of work to be done, things are looking up a little bit, and a couple of recent stories from the TV world illustrate the strides that have been made from the early days of The Simpsons to the new season of Rick and Morty.
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No matter how many times he has announced it, Hayao Miyazaki will never retire. And we can only be grateful that a genius like him will keep blessing the world with his works.

Miyazaki announced (for the umpteenth time) that he would retire from the grueling world of animation that he revolutionized with films like Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away in 2013, after the release of his World War II epic The Wind Rises. But a comeback was inevitable — a few years later it was revealed that Miyazaki was secretly working on a short film called Boro The Caterpillar. Unsatisfied with the final product however, Miyazaki is expanding the short into a feature length film. His un-retirement became official today when Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki’s professional home for 30 years, reopened its production department to work on Miyazaki’s feature film.

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