will 35mm film survive

35mm film continues to fight for its life. Last year, a few high profiled filmmakers vowed to continue to use film stock on their films. Now the last remaining manufacturer of film, Kodak, has just signed deals with Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, NBC Universal and Warner Bros. – basically every big studio in Hollywood – to “purchase undisclosed amounts of film over ‘a few’ years that would be enough to extend Kodak’s film manufacturing business.” So will 35mm film survive? Read more about the answer below. Read More »

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Amy Pascal steps down

Amy Pascal is stepping down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and as chairman of Sony’s Motion Picture Group. Her profile was battered last year when the hack of Sony servers revealed email conversations between Pascal and producers and execs. And while the official line is that Pascal’s transition has been in the works for a while (which might not surprise those who have paid attention to Sony’s troubles over the past couple years) the broad supposition is that this change is directly related to the hacks. Pascal will stay on at Sony in a producing capacity, launching her own production shingle on the Sony lot.

New studio leadership can directly affect the sort of movies that are produced by the company so we’ll be curious to see how this affects some of Sony’s biggest assets, such as Spider-Man. And in this case, Pascal will be a producer on Ghostbusters and future Spider-Man films, though how that affects the projects remains to be seen.  Read More »

Science Says Binge-Watching Is for Sad, Lonely People

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Between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and what have you, it is now entirely possible watch an entire season of your favorite show in one sitting. But if you’re actually watching an entire season of your favorite show in one sitting, well, you might have a problem.

A new study confirms what people with common sense have already guessed: binge-watching is linked to depression, loneliness, and low levels of self-control. More on the binge watching depression connection after the jump.  Read More »

Holidays horror anthology

The holidays and horror go together like peanut butter and jelly. They seem totally opposite, but end up fitting just right. A day like Halloween makes clear sense but several holidays have been given the horror treatment over the years. Now, all of them will come together in one massive movie.

XYZ Films and Distant Corners Entertainment are teaming up to make Holidays, a horror anthology film that’ll feature segments based on holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Mother’s Day. Among the directors participating are Kevin Smith (Clerks), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest), Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Nicholas McCarthy (At The Devil’s Door), Sarah Smith (The Midnight Swim) and Anthony Scott Burns with more on the way. Below, read more about the Holidays horror anthology. Read More »

Hasbro Might Be Thinking of Making a Gobots Movie

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It’s always easy to spot a knock-off. A company, show or movie that tries to jump on the success of another by producing a very similar, inferior product. The list in movies is endless. But in the toy world, one of the most famous was the GoBots line.

The GoBots were the less cool Transformers. They had their own mythology, but were basically “robots in disguise” just like those other robots who turned into cool stuff. Besides toys, they, too, spawned a TV show that wasn’t quite as successful, but had its fans. Now, nearly thirty years after the GoBots went extinct, news has broke that Hasbro has attempted to claim a new copyright for the franchise which would include “distribution of motion pictures.” Yes, there’s a chance we might see a Gobots movie. Read More »

Dreamwork's Animation layoffs

The animation world was rocked this week as Dreamworks Animation closed its PDI Studio in northern California. The closure comes as part of an expected round of Dreamworks Animation layoffs, but the 500 jobs that were cut this week far exceeded expectations, and the closure of the studio had not been predicted at all. Along with these layoffs comes a significant reduction in production, as the company’s planned three film per year output will now back off to only two films: one original per year, and one sequel.

Along with this closure comes another push for the How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date — the film will now arrive in 2018. Read More »

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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 »

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 »