Media

BBC Slashes 1000 Jobs As Britons Migrate Away From TV To The Internet

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“Some Britons have discarded their televisions — the main source of home viewing for half a century — in favour of tablets which many younger people use to watch programmes over a wireless Internet connection. The BBC’s Head of News, James Harding, last month predicted that by 2025, most people in the United Kingdom would probably get their television programmes over the Internet.”

Are Too Many Movies Being Made?

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“Let’s talk about this supposed crisis of overchoice in the film business. In the past couple of years, there have been a lot more movies released. Depending on where you live, there may be twice as many movies being released in theatres each week as there were in 2000.”

Netflix Isn’t Trying To Change TV, It’s Thinking Post-TV

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“That all-at-once drop of House of Cards, for example, illustrates part of what Netflix has that television doesn’t. “It was not meant to be the template” for how Netflix would release shows, Sarandos said. “It was just, Let’s see how people watch it.” They had the flexibility to try something that would never work on TV, and the data to see immediately how users responded.”

A 60-Year-Old Infographic That Explains Disney’s Strategy Today

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“Today, the network is larger, there are more platforms, and the path to success can get awfully messy, but the basic strategy is the same. Instead of following the model of other studios—releasing many films and hoping for a blockbuster—Disney is select. It releases about 10 films annually and builds out the franchising and revenue-generating opportunities that come with the territory.”

John Lassiter: Technology Is Changing The Vocabulary Of Film Storytelling

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“What’s great about film is it constantly reinvents itself. It started as a sheer novelty, those images moving on the screen. Then it went and every step of the way a new technology started being added — sound, color. What happens is the film grammar of storytelling evolves and changes as well. The technology goes directly with the evolution of the storytelling.”

Why Is The Academy Suddenly Getting More International (Again)?

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The Best Foreign Film category’s “apparent magnanimity was said to have emanated out of a desire to celebrate great international works, but many saw right through it: it was at least as much about giving Academy members a specific way of honoring foreign language films so that they wouldn’t necessarily feel compelled to honor them in categories in which Hollywood films were also competing.”

Why Are Movies Having Such A Blockbuster Year?

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“It’s been a phenomenal six months for blockbusters, with Avengers; Age of Ultron and Fast and Furious 7 also breaking the $1bn barrier – an achievement that was almost unheard of until a few years ago.”

PBS Withdraws Program Over “Undue Influence” By Ben Affleck

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“On Wednesday, PBS said that an investigation into the controversy showed that Mr. Affleck had exerted “improper influence” over the editorial process and that the producers of the show, Mr. Gates included, had erred by not informing the network of the actor’s “efforts to affect program content.” PBS said it would postpone the third season of the show until a fact-checker was hired and an “independent genealogist” was added to the show’s staff. PBS also will not show Mr. Affleck’s episode anymore and removed it from its online archive.”

The Difference Between Rating A Movie And Passing Critical Judgment

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“So much of what passes for critical thought these days puts numbers ahead of words, as consensus trumps individuality. Who are we to argue with a score on Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic, its main rival? (Jurassic World scored a so-so 59 per cent on Metacritic.) What you see happening are a lot of movies being critically deemed good (or good enough) but far fewer that are unassailably considered great.”

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“The fact that Fifty Shades of Grey is a phenomenon at all ‘just shows how mainstream it is, and it’s blasted the door wide open, saying sex is back in a big, big way. Now, sex has moved to the internet, and it’s on Girls, and that’s where people are getting it now. They’re not going to R-rated movies for titillation; you can get it on your phone. But that kind of subject matter is coming back in a big way.”

June Could Be Hollywood’s Biggest Month Ever At The Box Office

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“Even if the month falls short, it will still have been an impressive run considering analysts were initially worried ticket sales were lagging when big movies like “Tomorrowland” and “Spy” disappointed. But the big summer blockbuster season got back on track as “Jurassic World” smashed records when it debuted three weeks ago.”

Here’s Your New (Young!) Spider-Man (Cue The Fan Backlash)

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“Marvel and Sony announced Tuesday that 19 year-old Tom Holland will be taking over the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot of the character, this time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while fans might be excited to finally see Spidey swinging alongside Iron Man and Captain America, some are not happy about seeing yet another white man behind the mask.”

Latest “Jurassic Park” Reaches $1 Billion Box Office In Only 13 Days

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“The dinosaur film has collected $402.8 million domestically in 10 days and $584.4 million overseas since its international rollout began on June 10, according to studio estimates. Internationally, the latest installment will pass the $640-million lifetime box office total of “Jurassic Park” (which includes the first run, reissues and 3-D) and become the highest-grossing film in the “Jurassic” franchise.”

Everything About Canadian TV Is Changing

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“All the change is symbolized, illuminated, in CBC actually firing a well-connected person of privileged background on a heap-of-cash issue. It’s still a racket, the Canadian TV business, but the old version is dead. And some people dance on its grave.”

The Decline Of The American Leading Man?

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Terrence Rafferty: “The phenomenon may have reached its unignorable peak in last year’s docudrama Selma: the parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, Governor George Wallace, and President Lyndon B. Johnson were all played by Brits. … Crisis or not, this is getting embarrassing.”

China Has Hollywood-Sized Ambitions

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“Cashed-up Chinese companies have grander ambitions than the domestic market, making investments in US studios, signing co-production deals with other countries and seeking global box office success. In the biggest deal of its kind to date, a unit of state-backed Hunan TV in March announced a $1.5 billion agreement to fund the movies of US studio Lionsgate.”

In TV: A Built-In Fan Base Is Great, But They’re Pretty Demanding

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Genre properties dominate TV’s most popular adaptations, and genre audiences — typically science-fiction, fantasy and horror fans — are typically the most vocally devoted to their sources. “One is very aware of the devoted following to the books, and one wants to do right by that fan base while at the same time obviously taking advantage of the built-in constituency for the story.”