How Hollywood Killed Death

Nobody dies in the movies anymore… Death in the blockbusters of 2013 played out something like this: “I’m scared, Spock,” Captain Kirk says to his hyperlogical space pal halfway through his four-minute death scene in “Star Trek Into Darkness.” It’s heavy. Eyes are brimming with tears. The score swells mournfully. Kirk dies. Spock yells. Cue Read MoreRead More

Farewell to Abby Singer, Creator Of The “Abby Singer Shot”

Hollywood says farewell to another pioneer – this time to legendary production manager Abby Singer who’s namesake shot goes right before the martini shot. Abby Singer, a veteran production manager and assistant director and aDGA member for more than 60 years, died this morning of cancer and old age at the Motion Picture & Television Country Read MoreRead More

Why Hollywood’s Blockbuster Strategy May Actually Make Sense

Charlie Rose interviews Anita Elberse, one of the youngest female professors to have been granted tenure in Harvard Business School’s history, on her book which explores the Hollywood’s Blockbuster strategy and how that might actually be beneficial in other realms of business. Anita Elberse’s book Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of EntertainmentRead More

John Landis Rails Against Studios: ‘They’re Not in the Movie Business Anymore’

At the Mar del Plata fest, the “Animal House” director decried “vampire” tech giants and the state of the industry: “Now if a movie doesn’t make money its first two days, you’re f—ed!” MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina – ”The studios are not in the movie business anymore,” said filmmaker and producer John Landis to a group of reporters Read MoreRead More

The Book to Film Business – I think I read that movie before…

Neil Turitz looks at the business of turning the written word medium into moving pictures and the trends in Hollywood and Television. When thinking of movies that have been adapted from other mediums, most would probably assume that the original idea came from a book. Despite the rise of more-popular-than-ever remakes, and a spat of Read MoreRead More

Hollywood’s Tanking Business Model

Economists take on the studios and ask if there’s just too many movies coming out during the summer season. Nearly 40 years ago, a great white dorsal fin sliced through American cinemas with its ominous, minor-second-interval leitmotif, and a new business model was born. “Jaws,” which cost $7 million to make, was deemed a good Read MoreRead More

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