Lucasfilm Congratules Marvel Studios

In case you hadn’t heard, Avengers: Infinity War made a little bit of money at the box office last weekend. The Marvel sequel earned enough to smash the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time, previously set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. In fact, it smashed all sorts of records all over the world. And that meant Lucasfilm had to pass the baton.

It has become tradition for whoever smashes box office records to receive some kind of congratulations from the previous record holder. It’s a tradition George Lucas and Steven Spielberg started as the directors frequently exchanged titles thanks to the success of Jaws, Star Wars, and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. But it’s been kept alive in recent years as well, and Lucasfilm has now continued the tradition by passing the baton, or rather the lightsaber, to Marvel Studios.

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Moviepass lawsuit

MoviePass keeps making us jump through hoops so we can go to movie theaters on the cheap. But the question is: how many hoops are we willing to jump through?

MoviePass could make users upload pictures of their ticket stub after they make their purchase, or risk termination of their account. MoviePass ticket photos are currently being rolled out with a few users to “test” user behavior, but may soon be a user-wide feature. And that’s not all. MoviePass are now making it so users can only see a movie once.

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CtrlMovie

During 20th Century Fox’s presentation at CinemaCon this morning in Las Vegas, the studio announced that they’re licensing something called CtrlMovie, an interactive technology that gives audiences “the opportunity to interact and collaborate with a story in a brand new way, actually allowing them to choose what happens next and see the consequences of those choices play out on the big screen.” The studio is developing a Choose Your Own Adventure movie that will use that technology. Read more about it below. Read More »

Movie Ticket Subscription Service - Theater

MoviePass continues to grow, with over 2 million subscribers paying $9.95 (or less) a month to see one movie every day in theaters. It’s an incredible bargain, but it’s one that has seen MoviePass hemorrhaging money to the tune of $150 million in 2017. Some think MoviePass won’t last, but the company has their sights set on continuing to grow their customer base and selling the valuable consumer data about their movie habits that comes with it.

Though MoviePass may be good for the consumer, it’s certainly rubbing movie theater chains and distributors the wrong way. Even though they’re being paid the full price for movie tickets bought with MoviePass, they’re worried that the service will go under, leaving all the customers who were flocking to movies more often demanding to pay equally low prices for their tickets. They’re also worried about having to strike a deal with MoviePass that would have them give up part of their ticket or concession sales. So what are the movie theaters trying to do to counter those fears? Create their own subscription service, of course. Read More »

Laika's next film

Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and their most recent movie Kubo and the Two Strings, has teamed up with Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures for their untitled fifth film, currently being referred to as “Film Five.” Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis will star, and ParaNorman director Chris Butler is at the helm. Read more about Laika’s next film below. Read More »

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Eternals Movie

Just a few days ago, we wrote about a rumor that was making the rounds that said Marvel Studios was developing a film based on the Eternals, a genetically enhanced race created by Marvel Comics legend Jack Kirby. Now producer Kevin Feige has given an Eternals movie update and confirmed that a film featuring those characters is in active development – potentially being eyed as a part of the studio’s upcoming Phase 4 slate. Plus, he teased the possibility of a Moon Knight movie. Read his quotes below. Read More »

Black Panther 2 director

Excitement is ramping up for Avengers: Infinity War, and the gargantuan success of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther earlier this year has a lot to do with that. We know we’ll see T’Challa, Shuri, and a majority of the Wakandan residents again later this week as they battle Thanos’ army, but who will be at the helm the next time we return to Wakanda for a sequel to Black Panther? Will Ryan Coogler return as the Black Panther 2 director? Read what Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had to say about that below.
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Firebase

Update: That was fast. After planning to crowdfund his new movie Firebase, director Neill Blomkamp has decided to nix the whole idea. Blomkamp took to Twitter to announce that the idea was dead after not raising enough funds.

I’m assuming Blomkamp will try something again, soon.

The original story follows below.

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After a stint making movies the traditional way, Chappie director Neill Blomkamp wants to turn to crowdfunding to make his next film, Firebase. Blomkamp isn’t interested in offering a lot of perks, or using money frivolously. He just wants to put all the money up on the screen, and use it to generate even more money for even more features. Unfortunately, the demand just wasn’t there, and Blomkamp has given up on the idea.

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Netflix vertical movie previews

Netflix, wyd? The streaming service and constant content producer has decided to pound another nail into the coffin of cinema and start providing TV and movie previews in vertical orientation for mobile phones. More on the Netflix vertical movie previews below.

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Guillermo del Toro Dreamsworks Animation deal

Very busy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro just added several more projects to his plate. The Shape of Water director just inked a deal with Dreamworks Animation to write, produce, and direct animated family films for the studio. Does this mean we’re about to get the Guillermo del Toro reboot of Shrek? No, it does not, but we can dream.

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