Amanda Lin Costa explores the new methods of distributing films and the myriad of strategies that filmmakers use to get their product to the masses.Read More
It was Harry Tatelman’s job to convert Universal’s films into television fare by taking out the foul language, and some of the violence and nudity. When he was given the task of editing Scarface’s 160 ‘F’ words along with its other blue content few thought it could be done. But in the end it may be the most creative censorship ever to hit the TV airwaves.Read More
In 1927 the MPAA (then called the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America) made a list of what they called “The Dont’s and Be Carefuls.” It contained 11 things that should never appear in a film “irrespective of the manner in which they are treated” (“Don’ts”), and 25 things where “special care be exercised” before being included (“Be Carefuls”).Read More
Zyzzyx Road is a independent film made in 2006 with a budget of $1.2 million. Even though it stared Tom Sizemore and Katherine Heigl, it is notoriously on record as the lowest grossing film of all time with a grand total of $30 in ticket sales.Read More
“The Devil Inside” topped the box office despite being universally panned by critics and audiences alike. Steven Zeitchik takes a look at this low budget film that had the muscle of Paramount Studios behind it.Read More
When I woke up today it was morning in America, but it wasn’t until the afternoon before I realized I helped create the dawn. That’s when I saw Newt Gingrich’s “Rebuilding the America We Love” ad and noticed those images that all political pundits where dissecting where in part created by me. Read More
In Script Notes, John August and Craig Mason talk about how the money flows in a Hollywood Studio and how a theoretical movie studio can make money even if the last 20 pictures it releases looses money.