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Report: Obama To Pen Memoir On Marlon Brando’s Tetiaroa

Report: Obama To Pen Memoir On Marlon Brando’s Tetiaroa

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“The Writers Guild asserted that the studios have largely refused to respond to their efforts to address the financial strains that many TV writers in particular are facing amid broad changes in the industry.”

“The Writers Guild asserted that the studios have largely refused to respond to their efforts to address the financial strains that many TV writers in particular are facing amid broad changes in the industry.”

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“Rock’s demographic crisis has been a concern for some time. But the spate of deaths over the past 18 months highlights the limited time frame the industry has to buttress its future and figure out how to better attract young audiences and develop young stars.”

“Rock’s demographic crisis has been a concern for some time. But the spate of deaths over the past 18 months highlights the limited time frame the industry has to buttress its future and figure out how to better attract young audiences and develop young stars.”

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Academy Launches 2017 Student Academy Awards Competition

THE ACADEMY LAUNCHES 2017 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS® COMPETITION New Expanded International Eligibility: Winners Eligible for Oscars® LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2017 Student Academy Awards® competition. All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars® consideration. The entry deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 1. New this year, the…

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“To Donald Trump, The American City Will Always Be A Dystopic, 1980s-Movie New York”

“To Donald Trump, The American City Will Always Be A Dystopic, 1980s-Movie New York”

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Elon Musk Putting A Billion Dollars Toward Preempting An “Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse”

Elon Musk Putting A Billion Dollars Toward Preempting An “Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse”

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Looking Back To Toronto’s Renegade UHF CITY-TV, Partial Inspiration For Videodrome

Looking Back To Toronto’s Renegade UHF CITY-TV, Partial Inspiration For Videodrome

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Barry Jenkins’ Adaptation Of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” Confirmed In Development For Amazon Limited Series

Barry Jenkins’ Adaptation Of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” Confirmed In Development For Amazon Limited Series

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Amazon Streaming Crackdown On “Extreme” Content

“Amazon might be getting rid of numerous ‘extreme’ indie horror titles from their free queue but the rent or buy option is still available to all filmmakers, and it means more revenue.” Amazon Streaming Cracks Down On “Extreme” Content “Included With Prime”

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“TV industry executives and Wall Street skeptics question whether Netflix can add enough subscribers, especially in international markets, to support its breakneck spending pace and justify a $60 billion market capitalization that values Netflix at more than 300-times its 2016 earnings. Netflix’s overall subscriptions grew 25% in 2016 from the previous year to nearly 94 million. Netflix has financed the spending by borrowing money, increasing its debt burden more than seventeen-fold since 2012 from $195.8 million to $3.4 billion.”

“TV industry executives and Wall Street skeptics question whether Netflix can add enough subscribers, especially in international markets, to support its breakneck spending pace and justify a $60 billion market capitalization that values Netflix at more than 300-times its 2016 earnings. Netflix’s overall subscriptions grew 25% in 2016 from the previous year to nearly 94…

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Richard Brody On A “Whimsical Yet Impassioned” Installation By Agnès Varda

Richard Brody On A “Whimsical Yet Impassioned” Installation By Agnès Varda

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So Sez Phil Clapp, Chief Exec, UK Cinema Association

“Both UK and US box office reached record levels. This year already promises to be even better. 2016 saw a record 900 titles arrive in UK cinemas. If Netflix poses any threat (and we’d be hard pressed to know, given its unwillingness to publish revenue figures), it is to the rest of the home entertainment sector…

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“Get Out and I Am Not Your Negro, in their different ways, mock and cheer the death of white racial innocence.”

“Get Out and I Am Not Your Negro, in their different ways, mock and cheer the death of white racial innocence.”

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Billionaire Investor Demands Access To Records Of tronc, Free-Spending Publisher Of Los Angeles Times, Over “Poor Corporate Governance”

Billionaire Investor Demands Access To Records Of tronc, Free-Spending Publisher Of Los Angeles Times, Over “Poor Corporate Governance” And – “Ferro has upped the ante. Using shareholders’ money, the company has spent $56 million buying Oaktree’s shares in tronc at $15 each, a 12% premium. This exercise has cost fronc nearly a third of its…

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David Milch Boards Possible “True Detective” Third Season, Inspires Peak Blogginess At EW

“At any rate, adding at least some of Milch’s voice into the ‘True Detective’ universe could be very cool for fans of both franchises if this newfound alliance between two strong voices works out.” David Milch Boards Possible “True Detective” Third Season, Inspires Peak Blogginess At EW

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Annapurna Pictures Partners With MGM For Some Int’l Distribution Of Theatrical Slate

ANNAPURNA PICTURES PARTNERS WITH METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER ON SELECT INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF FILM SLATE Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2017) – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is partnering with Annapurna to distribute all of Annapurna Pictures’ films in select international territories, it was announced today.  The multi-year partnership is set to begin this year with Annapurna’s first distribution title, Kathryn…

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Rumor: Sony Even Interviewed Warner’s Tsujihara To Replace Michael Lynton

Rumor: Sony Even Interviewed Warner’s Tsujihara To Replace Michael Lynton

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“Universal, owned by Comcast, which is in the home-delivery business, has staked out the most aggressive position and ideally would like a title to be made available for home viewing for $40 after 10 days. Warner Bros. — which AT&T is buying — has put forth a proposal for $50 after 17 days.”

“Universal, owned by Comcast, which is in the home-delivery business, has staked out the most aggressive position and ideally would like a title to be made available for home viewing for $40 after 10 days. Warner Bros. — which AT&T is buying — has put forth a proposal for $50 after 17 days.”

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Brooks Barnes Reaches Back

“In the early 1960s, hobbled by cost-cutting and the release of contract players following the forced sale of its theater chain, Paramount was nearly shuttered and sold for the real estate value of its lot. Instead, a new corporate boss, having little to lose, brought in a brash, untested producer — Robert Evans — to…

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Gianopulos Installed On Melrose; New Topper Takes Chairman-CEO

Gianopulos Installed On Melrose; New Topper Takes Chairman-CEO

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Movie City News

Report: Obama To Pen Memoir On Marlon Brando’s Tetiaroa

“The Writers Guild asserted that the studios have largely refused to respond to their efforts to address the financial strains that many TV writers in particular are facing amid broad changes in the industry.”

“Rock’s demographic crisis has been a concern for some time. But the spate of deaths over the past 18 months highlights the limited time frame the industry has to buttress its future and figure out how to better attract young audiences and develop young stars.”

Academy Launches 2017 Student Academy Awards Competition

“To Donald Trump, The American City Will Always Be A Dystopic, 1980s-Movie New York”

Elon Musk Putting A Billion Dollars Toward Preempting An “Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse”

Looking Back To Toronto’s Renegade UHF CITY-TV, Partial Inspiration For Videodrome

Barry Jenkins’ Adaptation Of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” Confirmed In Development For Amazon Limited Series

Amazon Streaming Crackdown On “Extreme” Content

“TV industry executives and Wall Street skeptics question whether Netflix can add enough subscribers, especially in international markets, to support its breakneck spending pace and justify a $60 billion market capitalization that values Netflix at more than 300-times its 2016 earnings. Netflix’s overall subscriptions grew 25% in 2016 from the previous year to nearly 94 million. Netflix has financed the spending by borrowing money, increasing its debt burden more than seventeen-fold since 2012 from $195.8 million to $3.4 billion.”

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas