November 29, 2013 |
These are tough times to be a film critic. Not because the number of quality films for adults is diminishing - it is, but that's an old story - but because the movies are not getting the respect they should. Everywhere I turn, people are writing stories insisting that "the conversation is moving away from movies to TV" and "television is the new cinema" or asking questions like "can the cinema still thrill?" There was even a story positing that film school graduates would rather - oh, the horror - run a TV series than direct a feature.
November 15, 2013 |
NEW YORK - She knew they were waiting to hear from her - Channing Tatum's millions of fans. It had been more than an hour since LaQuishe Wright had posted a photo of the actor on his Twitter account, dressed in a suit "Headed to the Zeigfield. " Now she and Tatum had arrived at the "White House Down" premiere, and Wright needed to give his followers another update. So as he began walking down the red carpet, posing for photographs and greeting reporters, she stayed close by. Glued to her iPhone, she was barely noticeable among the melee, a diminutive 38-year-old in an airy halter dress flanked by hulking bodyguards, publicists, studio handlers.
October 28, 2013 |
Ted Sarandos, chief content officer of Netflix, might want to bring his own popcorn and soda the next time he goes to the movies or think about hiring a food taster if he decides to try his luck at the concession stand. During a speech at the 2013 Film Independent Forum, Sarandos blasted movie theater owners while trying to make the case to movie studios that Netflix should get films the same time they debut on the big screen. "Why not premeire movies on Netflix the same day they're opening in theaters?"
October 16, 2013 |
Director James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment Inc. appeared to have prevailed earlier this month in a legal case brought by a man who alleged that his ideas were stolen by the filmmaker for use in the 20th Century Fox blockbuster "Avatar. " But the matter may not be entirely laid to rest. On Oct. 3, Judge Susan Bryant-Deason granted Cameron's motion for summary judgment in the Los Angeles County Superior Court case, ruling that the 2009 science-fiction film was independently created by the director.
October 4, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before getting my World Series tickets. The Skinny: I'm a little disappointed Twitter hasn't reached out to me yet to buy shares in advance of the IPO. I feel like all my tweeting has been for nothing. Friday's report includes the weekend box office preview and a look at what is driving many of the executive shifts at the movie studios around town. Also, Sony may be getting some more movie financing. Daily Dose: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent an email to the media Friday talking about all the league is doing these days to try to improve player safety.
April 23, 2013 |
Amazon, the online bookseller turned online department store, turned e-book-reader manufacturer, turned publisher, turned video streaming service, turning movie-and-TV studio, has posted its first 14 "TV pilots" -- six kids' shows and eight grown-up comedies -- online for your ratings and comments. (That is the Amazon way.) What is a studio? Once it meant a physical place, with soundstages and a back lot and departments full of craftspeople with crazy skills. Now it requires only a name and money.