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The Most Profitable 2015 Oscar Movies

American Sniper may have brought in the most money at the box office, but its not the most profitable in terms of return on investment… This year’s Oscar contenders are a mix of big studio films and smaller indie ones with production budgets ranging from as high as $165 million (Interstellar) to a meager $4 million (Boyhood). To Read MoreRead More

What Filmmakers Should Know About Negotiating A Film Distribution Deal

Michael C. Donaldson and Lisa A Callif discuss what happens when a film gets a distribution deal. Via Film Courage Here’s another discussing what it’s like hiring an entertainment attorney.Read More

How To Read The Numbers For THE INTERVIEW’s VOD Release

Fawn Lebowitz tries to shed some transparency in comparing THE INTERVIEW’s day-and-date release to a typical weekend box office. With the release of Sony’s The Interview on limited VOD platforms, there were a number of cyber conversations about the ramifications of a major studio doing a day and date VOD release. And then Sony made their Read MoreRead More

The Curious Copyright Case of “It’s A Wonderful Life”

It’s A Wonderful Life has become a holiday tradition bolstered by near constant plays on television as the film fell into the public domain in 1975. But in the 90s, a studio would regain control over the film and put copyright to the test. This lesson is proudly sponsored by RØDE Microphones:Read More

Kevin Smith on How He Avoided an NC-17 Sex Scene

As a veteran of battles over his films Clerks, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith is intimately familiar with the MPAA Ratings Board. The issues with those first two efforts were largely linguistic. Zack and Miri, not so much. The ever-voluble writer-director explained how, exactly, he was able to avoid Read MoreRead More

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