wga ata explainer

A battleground has formed in Hollywood, but it’s not the stuff of movies. The fights are taking place in boardrooms, and soon courtrooms, as writers and their agents wage a war that is as tricky as it is potentially transformative of the entire movie and TV landscape.

You may have heard the acronyms “WGA” and “ATA” thrown around, or seen the hashtag #WGAStaffingBoost on Twitter, and thought that this was a labor dispute that has little to do with you, the media-consuming public. But as negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents break down, it’s important to know exactly what is at stake. Is this a strike? What are writers and agents arguing over? How is this standoff threatening to change Hollywood? And can I still watch my favorite TV shows? We break down the intricacies of this standoff in our WGA ATA explainer.

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toho expanding

The Japanese studio behind Godzilla is planning to expand to Hollywood. Toho, the movie group responsible for the creation of the iconic giant lizard, is expanding a subsidiary in the U.S. with the goal of working more with Hollywood. This may put in question the fate of Legendary’s mammoth MonsterVerse, the first series of Godzilla films to be completely produced by a Hollywood Studio.  Read More »

olympics bombing movie

In the wake of The Wolf of Wall Street, actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill planned to quickly re-team for a movie called The Ballad of Richard Jewell, the true story of a man who discovered a bomb at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and then was falsely vilified as a suspect in the crime.

Over the next several years, directors like Paul Greengrass (Jason Bourne), Ezra Edelman (O.J.: Made in America), and Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven) came and went as potential directors, but now Eastwood has circled back around and is looking to make it his next directing project. Learn more about the story below. Read More »

moviepass subscription dropped

Update: MoviePass has released a statement claiming that the numbers from Business Insider’s reports are false and that its parent company has not released any subscriber numbers.

For some strange reason, MoviePass has dropped 90% of its subscribers in less than a year. Weird, right? What mysterious explanation could there be for this massive decrease in subscriptions? I’m joking, of course. We all know the answer: the movie-ticket-subscription service imploded after leaking money like a siv. This resulted in a sudden change of rules and pricing, which in turn resulted in MoviePass friends to become MoviePass foes. And now here we are, with the company somehow still hanging on, but just barely.

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Disney+ Titles

Ever since the deal for The Walt Disney Company to buy tons of assets from 21st Century Fox was announced, there has been a fair share of concern about what this means for the future of studio filmmaking. Now that the deal has closed, we’ve already  seen some of the upsetting fallout of that purchase, but it will be years before we see how this changes the box office landscape.

However, aside from the worries of cinephiles who think this is one more step in Disney owning the entire world, CEO Bob Iger revealed that the motivation for spending billions of dollars on Fox wasn’t to create a media monopoly. Instead, it was to help beef up the library of titles that will be available on Disney+. Read More »

disney+ mcu

At Disney’s Investor Day promoting the unveiling of the highly anticipated streaming platform Disney+, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige revealed that the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not just on the big screen, but on every other screen.

“A post-Endgame MCU will be extremely different and extremely focused on Disney+ tying into our future,” Feige said during his presentation of various Marvel Disney+ originals in the works for the streaming service, including WandaVision, Falcon & Winter Soldier, and Marvel’s first animated series What If

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355 cast

It’s been six months since international superstar Fan Bingbing emerged from her sudden disappearance amid a tax evasion scandal. But with the Chinese film industry all but turning their back on her, she may as well still be missing from the spotlight. However, Fan will soon be making her big-screen return in Jessica Chastain‘s highly anticipated spy thiller, as part of the 355 cast.

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Streaming vs theaters

Who is winning the streaming vs. theaters war? Netflix and other streaming services are hurting movie theaters, right? Wrong. While that’s been a hot-button topic ever since streaming platforms began to become more prevalent in our lives, new data reveals that it’s just not true. In fact, people who tend to stream more also go to the movies more. It’s almost as if people who like to watch movies will also go to the movies! Weird, I know.

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Avengers Endgame Runtime

Avengers: Endgame is on track to be one of the biggest box office hits of all-time. Not only did the first day of pre-sales shatter records previously set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but early box office projections think it could have the biggest opening weekend ever. Now we have even more confidence in those assessments after the recent Avengers Endgame ticket sales update from the folks at Fandango. Read More »

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horror lab

Even though some producers seem terrified to throw the term “horror movie” around, horror sells. Audiences love to be scared, and time and time again, scary movies break the bank at the box office. Sony’s Screen Gems realizes this, so they’re partnering with production company Ground Control to launch Horror Lab. Horror Lab will produce and develop “horror genre proof-of-concepts” – short horror movies that can then be turned into feature films. That all sounds well and good, but I have one question: why call it Horror Lab, and not Scream Gems?

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