“With its online streaming service, Netflix is serving up the future of television and movies. That’s undeniable. The question is whether it can hang on to that future as the pressure increases. Here’s what it’s facing.”
Derek Thompson: “TV, as we know it, is cable packages and live channels. But the new players are building an Internet-video experience around apps with very little access to live television. It’s not TV. It’s Internet TV. Even as these tech upstarts are battling each other for living-room dominance, they’re also battling the legacy of […]
“The Disney film, which won the 2014 Oscar for best animated feature, has now earned $1.072-billion internationally, beating Toy Story 3‘s record-holding $1.063-billion and making it the highest-grossing animated feature in history. The film is also now the tenth highest grossing film in box-office history.”
“We found that the data doesn’t appear to support the persistent Hollywood belief that films featuring women do worse at the box office. Instead, we found evidence that films that feature meaningful interactions between women may in fact have a better return on investment, overall, than films that don’t.”
Jay Caspian Kang: “There’s a long tradition in American comedy of dumping tasteless jokes at the feet of Asians and Asian-Americans that follows the perception that we will silently weather the ridicule. .. Even when you want to be in on the joke – and you understand, intellectually, that you are not the one being […]
In the 1990s, as studios stockpiled scripts “they were buying so much material that they didn’t make that they began to think, why are we doing this?” By the mid-2000s, the spec market was in decline — with studios rolling the dice less often on screenplay purchases, relying instead on relatively safer projects.