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Why Breaking Box-Office Records Matters to Hollywood More This Year

As the U.S. movie industry gets its swagger back, many believe that making history will send a message to the world Ask a film executive or moviemaker about box office records and they’ll typically react like an awkward baseball slugger. “Shucks,” they’ll mutter. “We’re going to take our best swing and if it happens, it Read MoreRead More

Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner’s Reassuring Life Advice For the Struggling Artist

In “Getting There: A Book of Mentors”, the lauded creator candidly revewals his years of struggle and his eventual path to success. I remember studying Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” in high school. According to Coleridge, upon waking from a deep, opium-induced reverie, he recalled a vision and immediately wrote the 54 famous lines. Read MoreRead More

What the Visual Style of J.J. Abrams’s ‘Star Trek’ Films Can Tell Us About ‘The Force Awakens’

Lucas directed the original Star Wars with static cameras like a fable – JJ Abrams may be bringing the look of Star Wars more down home. One of the first sights in the new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a massive, collapsed spaceship, gray and imposing like the remains Read MoreRead More

Why The Fate of Humanity Hinges on the Trends of #NAB2015

Much has been written about the diminished importance of trade shows in the internet age – how all marketing information is being disseminated through the web without the need of a centralized communication hub. And perhaps NAB is really more interesting to the media that covers it than to the audience in general – a Read MoreRead More

Visiting the ‘Archer’ Offices: How the Sausage is Made

Come along for a tour of the “Archer” production offices, courtesy of series creator Adam Reed. FX’s “Archer” — one of the most anarchic and foul-mouthed animated cable series ever made — gets made in a mall. Pop music blasts from speakers set into the ground outside; a multiplex is a stone’s throw away. You Read MoreRead More

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