July 7, 2010 |
If you can't join 'em, compete against 'em. With top pay cable channels HBO and Showtime and upstart Epix largely refusing to let Netflix stream movies during the long periods that they control the rights, the DVD subscription service is going around them, starting with independent film financing and production company Relativity Media. The two companies have signed a five-year-plus agreement through which Relativity's movies will be distributed via Netflix's Internet streaming service instead of the typical runs on pay-cable channels, which start four to seven months after a DVD release.
February 17, 2010 |
Walt Disney Pictures' decision to accelerate the release of its upcoming 3-D film "Alice in Wonderland" on DVD has sparked a revolt among movie theater owners in Europe. Major chains in the U.K. and the Netherlands have threatened to boycott the movie when it hits theaters March 5, a move that could cut into box-office revenue. The film adaptation based on classic characters of Lewis Carroll has become the latest battleground between studios and exhibitors over how soon movies should be released on DVD after they've opened in theaters.
November 1, 2009
The 2009 Holiday Movie Sneaks is a broad snapshot of films opening through early January. Compiled by Liesl Bradner, these release dates and other details are subject to change. Nov. 6 The Box A suburban couple faces a moral dilemma when they receive a wooden box promising $1 million if they push a button that will cause the death of another person. With Cameron Diaz, James Marsden and Frank Langella. Screenplay by and directed by Richard Kelly. Warner Bros. Pictures Died Young, Stayed Pretty A look at the underground indie-rock poster subculture in North America.
October 25, 2008 |
Walt Disney Pictures has gone to great lengths to promote its Nov. 21 animated movie "Bolt." But when the studio attached a six-minute-long promotion for the 3-D family flick -- about a superhero dog -- to film prints of its box-office hit "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," numerous theater owners said Disney had gone too far.
June 20, 2003 |
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who's built a career on high-velocity action pictures, was turned off when Disney Studios sent him a script for a movie version of its theme park ride "Pirates of the Caribbean." It was bland, too tame, he told the Disney brass. After all, he's the man who brought the masses "Top Gun," "Armageddon" and "Bad Boys." Still, he was intrigued and brought aboard some like-minded creative types to jazz up the project.
December 16, 2000 |
How to target Latino moviegoers--or whether to even bother--has long confounded Hollywood. Walt Disney Pictures this weekend is taking that question more seriously with side-by-side English and dubbed Spanish releases of its new animated movie "The Emperor's New Groove" in 16 multiplexes across the Southland. For years, Disney and other studios have offered dubbed or subtitled prints of their movies to select theaters that requested them in heavily Latino markets around the country.