“The Valencia institution, founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy, reported that movies directed by graduates from CalArts’ animation programs generated $1.5 billion in box-office revenue in 2014.”
“Beyond lowering the prices, something movie theaters are likely loathe to do, there are other incentives that could be explored. For instance, 87% of moviegoers across all demographics were attracted to some kind of subscription plan, which would allow them to pay a set fee for an unlimited number of movies.”
“As surprising as the company’s breakthrough success with “Transparent” may be, it is also consistent with its history and identity. Amazon is the first digital streaming service to win a Golden Globe for best TV series. In other words, the company that has changed the way consumers buy everything from diapers to high-definition TVs is trying to disrupt yet another industry.”
“The problem, though, with making reality television about gay men who don’t want to be gay is that it will invariably lack empathy for the pain that likely defines those men’s lives. The failure of My Husband’s Not Gay is one of style, not substance; but the fact that it has been protested for its substance says a lot about the cultural tensions surrounding homosexuality in America.”
“Critics love them and audiences, represented by tickets sold, like them pretty well. But the Academy almost completely ignores them. Anderson’s eight feature films have received just four Oscar nominations total … [and] have lost every one. … Whether or not you like Wes Anderson movies, their failure with the Academy highlights several shortcomings of the Oscars.”
Cinematographer Chris Doyle: “We want some ongoing relationship with this generation, which is more or less frustrated, if not dissatisfied, with the financial and socioeconomic, and in the background, the political journey of this period of time. … We have certain talents, we have a certain idealism, we have a certain voice, and we’d better speak up for ourselves.”
“The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the film academy have envy issues. The HFPA craves respect. The academy wishes the Oscars, bound by its rigid format, could be as fun as the Globes. So the jealousy spiral continues, with the academy jostling its dates to mess with the Globes and the HFPA retaliating by hiring talented hosts like Fey and Poehler.”
“Over the past several weeks, it seems that almost every major awards contender has had some kind of high-profile accusation flung at it over its misappropriation of the truth. It happens every year, of course …, but this time, it’s reached comically epidemic levels … These movies are not documentaries, nor are they acts of journalism. (And even documentaries don’t always need to be totally accurate – just ask Werner Herzog.)”
“While the Walton thrived as a community playhouse, it stopped showing movies, which created a kind of cultural segregation for the city: for two decades, to see a first-run blockbuster, Selma residents were forced to drive nearly 40 miles to Prattville, a Montgomery suburb that, unlike Selma, was majority white and affluent. For many, the drive was not just costly and time-consuming, but often dangerous.”
“Nikolai Borodachyov, director of Russia’s Gosfilmofond, or State Film Foundation, told newspaper Izvestia that his organization would not take part in the project” – titled The Eisenstein Handshakes – “unless details about Eisenstein’s ‘nontraditional sexual orientation’ were edited out of the screenplay.”
The director of the State Film Foundation, responding to earlier reports, said, “The reason is nothing to do with homosexuality, I didn’t talk about it at all. There are issues with the screenplay, but it’s not about this. For example, about the shooting of Battleship Potemkin. I really don’t like the way that Peter Greenaway interprets it.”
For a popular but complicated Stephen Sondheim musical that had nowhere near the widespread appeal of such shows as “Les Misérables” or “The Phantom of the Opera,” the breakout success of the film is something of a surprise. The film is managing the difficult feat of appealing to the younger “Frozen” audience as well as older fans of Broadway musicals.
Chris Boyd, the director of the national broadcaster’s English-language radio network, and human resources director Todd Spencer were placed on indefinite leave of absence after investigations – including one by the CBC’s own flagship news program – into the way they handled complaints over now-fired radio star Ghomeshi’s conduct.
“Netflix’ efforts to block geoblocking circumvention tools doesn’t come as a surprise. TF has seen a draft of the content protection agreement Sony Pictures prepared for Netflix earlier this year. This agreement specifically requires Netflix to verify that registered users are indeed residing in the proper locations.”
“It’s not a question of homage but of throwing absolutely everything into the mix for processing, every stray particle of a commonly shared culture—every joke good or bad that you ever heard, every commercial you couldn’t escape from, every sex fantasy or tabloid crime story that inhabited your dreams, every tag line dredged up from ancient comic strips or pulp stories.”
“Cinemas took in 29.6 billion yuan ($4.77 billion) in ticket sales last year with domestic films accounting for a little more than half the total, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Domestic productions made 16.15 billion yuan, or about 55 percent of the total, as China produced more than 600 movies, Xinhua cited Zhang Hongsen, head of the country’s film censor as saying.”