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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Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
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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Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
HBO has temporarily halted production on its long-gestating television adaptation of Westworld, claiming that executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy need more time to fine tune the final four scripts for the show’s first season. If you read between the lines, that’s obviously B.S. It’s clear to anyone who really thinks about it that the network is currently dealing with a robot uprising and that they’ve had to lock down the sets until they know how to deal with the cowboy androids currently racking up a body count of helpless production assistants and interns.
But go ahead and believe what you want. HBO is still confident that their ambitious science fiction series will air in 2016.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Someone needs to write a book about the production of World War Z. It shouldn’t happen now – too many people involved have a vested interest in keeping their mouths shut – but as the years roll on and lips start to loosen, someone needs to track down everyone involved and get the whole story. The infamously troubled production, which endured several calamities before its final 45 minutes were completely scrapped, rewritten, and reshot, sounds like a genuinely fascinating ordeal.
And its sequel isn’t getting off to a smooth start, either. A little more than two years after signing up for the job, director Juan Antonio Bayona has stepped away from the film, which was supposed to shoot this year for a 2017 release. Are we allowed to talk about this series being cursed yet? Because it’s one more major setback away from being totally cursed.
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Posted on Monday, January 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
Yahoo Screen saved Community, but it seems Community couldn’t save Yahoo Screen. Yahoo has confirmed it’s shutting down the streaming video platform, which launched two years ago to house both original and syndicated programming. The content that already exists will be folded into other sections (sorry, “digital magazines”) at Yahoo. More about the end of Yahoo Screen, and what this might mean for Community, after the jump. Read More »
Gather ’round the campfire, young ones, but be silent and remain nimble. For the Hunter Killers are on patrol tonight and their motion sensors can detect movement. It is time we told ya a story. It was time we told ya how the world ended. For first, the machines came for our movies. And then they came for us. And we let it happen ’cause we got greedy. We got too lazy to read our own screenplays, so we let them do it for us. Let me read to ya from an ancient document, a “movie news post,” to show ya how the end of the world began…
A new start-up claims that its new algorithm can examine a screenplay and predict its financial viability before a single frame is shot. The ScriptBook program, which is expected to make its debut sometime next year, wants to be the best friend to movie studios and producers, helping them determine whether or not a movie is hit before they commit to actually making it. In other words, here’s an early contender for one of the worst-sounding ideas of 2016.
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