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

The Legendary Hollywood Stunt Doubles Who Make Movies More Exciting

Vincze Miklos rounds up a gallery of legendary stunt doubles that had to stand in when the going got tough. While some actors insist on performing their own, sometimes dangerous, stunts, many iconic movie action moments were performed by brave stunt doubles. Here are some of the great stunt people of the last hundred years, Read MoreRead More

How to Improve Hollywood: 9 Experts Weigh In on the Future of Film

The Wrap asked nine industry insiders about the state of the Hollywood and what must be done to improve it. How do we make sense of the changing landscape? And what trends are emerging as a new year dawns? From “Paranormal Activity” producer Jason Blum to Black List founder Franklin Leonard to Film Nation CEO Read MoreRead More

Movies struggle to find ‘The End’

It seems like there are so many movies that have a great exciting hook in the beginning, but end up floundering in the third act. Why is that?  Tom Hooper, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg offer some insight. The filmgoer was noticeably upset. He didn’t like a moment in ”Lincoln.” More specifically, he didn’t like the final Read MoreRead More

Top Studio Executives Reveal the Perks and Pitfalls of Hollywood Power

Sony’s Michael Barker, Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman, Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, Universal’s Donna Langley and Paramount’s Rob Moore gather for a candid discussion of what life is really like when you’re a movie mogul. Full Transcript below: As busy as it is for talent during awards season, they’ve got nothing on the top executives Read MoreRead More

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