Saturday, August 23, 2014

MOVIEGOERS EXPECTED TO WELCOME IF I STAY

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Theaters are likely to be awash in tears this weekend as the movie adaptation of the young-adult novel If I Stay debuts. Most box-office pundits are predicting that it will open with around $25-30 million, but Warner Bros., which is releasing it, anticipates that it will earn around $20 million. It has been the top […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: IF I STAY

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

You get the feeling that if critics brought Kleenex and handkerchiefs with them to the press screenings of If I Stay, they went unused. Several suggest that passionate dialogue that works on the printed page of a teen novel becomes downright silly when actually spoken on a giant screen. To Peter Keough of the Boston […]

NORTH CAROLINA ENDS TAX CREDITS FOR FILMMAKERS

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

North Carolina, whose tax incentives for filmmakers have made it one of the top destinations for movie and TV productions, has terminated the program, replacing it with a $10-million fund. The state’s action "has kind of brought things to a halt," Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, told the Daily Tar Heel, […]

MAN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS FOR CAMCORDING MOVIE

August 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

An English computer programmer who camcorded Fast & Furious on the day it premiered and later uploaded it via BitTorrent, has been sentenced to 33 months in prison, SkyNews reported today (Friday). Universal Pictures had used its "webwatch" team to track down the programmer, 25-year-old Philip Danks of Walsall, West Midlands, after discovering that his […]

DIVERGENT REMAINS TOP VIDEO SELLER

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lionsgate’s Divergent has remained at the top of the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales charts for the second consecutive week — the top DVD seller and Blu-ray Disc seller. It also topped Home Media magazine’s rental chart. Coming in second on the DVD chart, as it did the previous week, was the faith-based God’s Not […]

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY MUSIC STAYS AT NO. 1

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Time was when compilation discs of oldies music were sold mostly on late-night TV infomercials ("You’ll get 30 hits from the ’60s, and, if you act now, you’ll get 30 more from the ’70s, all at the unbeatable price of…") Now, thanks to the popularity of the superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy, "Awesome Mix […]

73% OF TAIWANESE PIRATE MOVIES, BUT SAY IT’S WRONG TO DO SO

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

According to a study by Asia consultancy group Sycamore Research and Marketing, nearly three-quarters of Taiwanese Internet users have admitted engaging in movie and/or music piracy. Of these, however, 81 percent agree that piracy is wrong. The research, cited in today’s (Thursday) edition of the British trade publication Screen Daily, found that 67 percent of […]

DEADLINE & VARIETY OWNER BUYS MAGAZINE BUNDLE

August 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Penske Media, the company that owns the Hollywood trade publications Deadline.com and Variety, among others, is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media’s trade magazines, including Women’s Wear Daily, from Condé Nast Publications, the companies announced on Tuesday. The New York Times said that Jay Penske had paid $100 million for the publications, a price that reflects the […]

PRODUCERS QUASH RUMOR WILLIAMS DIDN’T COMPLETE WORK ON MOVIE

August 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Comments by British comedy actor Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek into Darkness) that Robin Williams may not have finished recording the voice of a talking dog for his upcoming movie Absolutely Anything have been scotched by the film’s producers. "Contrary to reports, we are able to confirm that Robin Williams completed his […]

MEDIA SHAKE-UP IN CHINA

August 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In a statement suggesting that a shakeup in China’s media structure is in the works, President Xi Jinping has announced plans to create new media groups that will "integrate traditional and new media," the state-run Xinhua wire service reported today (Tuesday). Xi’s statement was perhaps intentionally unclear. Xinhua quoted him as saying, "Integration should be […]

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