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WILL BULLY CONTROVERSY SHAKE UP MPAA RATINGS SYSTEM?

April 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The controversy over The Weinstein Bros.’ Bully could “turn out to be a pivotal chapter in the battle to overhaul the Motion Picture Assn. of America’s ratings system,” Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein wrote today (Thursday). Goldstein noted that although John Fithian, head of the National Association of Theatre Owners, had warned that theaters […]

3D MOVIES DECLINE AT BOX OFFICE

March 23, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

The latest revival of 3D may have turned out to be another flash in the pan. While a record 47 movies were released in 3D last year, revenue from 3D movies dropped 18 percent to $1.8 billion in 2011 versus $2.2 billion in 2010, according to figures released Thursday by the Motion Picture Association of […]

NATO CHIEF SUPPORTS NC-17 MOVIES, CALLS FOR MORE

November 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Persistent reports that newspapers will refuse out-of-hand to run advertisements for NC-17 movies and that many theaters will likewise refuse to screen them are perpetuating a “myth,” according to John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners. In an interview with the Associated Press, Fithian hailed Fox Searchlight for its decision not to […]

GOODBYE, $60 MOVIE RENTALS; WE HARDLY KNEW YE

October 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Bowing to pressure from theater owners, Universal has scrapped plans for a test of Premium Video on Demand (PVOD) that would have made its upcoming Tower Heist available for a $60 rental fee in two markets, Atlanta and Portland OR, three weeks after it hit theaters. Two large exhibitors, Cinemark and National Amusements had threatened […]

STREAMING PIRATE MOVIES MAY BECOME A FELONY

June 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved The Commercial Felony Streaming Act that would make streaming copyrighted material online a felony. In effect, the bill provides the same penalty for streaming as current law already does for illegal downloading. Presently, streaming is considered “public performance” under the law and is punishable only as a misdemeanor. […]

NATO ASKS: IS ANYONE PAYING $30 FOR PREMIUM VOD?

May 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) wants to know whether consumers have been willing to spend the $30 or so being charged to rent movies via so-called premium video-on-demand. In a statement released today (Wednesday), NATO asked the studios that are participating in the VOD experiment — they’re releasing some films 60 days after […]

EXHIBITORS OUTRAGED BY STUDIOS’ VOD PLANS

April 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Like yelling fire in a crowded theater, four movie studios set off panic among exhibitors attending the convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners with word, first reported by Daily Variety, that they plan to launch a premium video-on-demand program called Home Premiere that will allow subscribers to the DirecTV satellite service to watch […]

NEW MPAA CHIEF DELIVERS UNITY SPEECH TO EXHIBITORS

March 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a speech to the National Association of Theater Owners that was undoubtedly greeted with numerous silent “amens,” the newly appointed chief of the Motion Picture Association of America, Christopher Dodd, declared, “I want all of you gathered here this morning to know that as the new CEO and Chairman of the MPAA, I passionately […]

TICKET SALES SOAR OVERSEAS — BUT NOT IN U.S.

February 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While theater attendance in North America was down and ticket sales were flat in North America in 2010, elsewhere the box office soared to record heights, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said in a report on Wednesday. In its annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report for 2010, the MPAA said that the international box […]

VIDEO ON DEMAND FOR BILLIONAIRES?

December 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

During a week when “tax cuts for the rich” has been receiving considerable media attention, a proposal has been unveiled that would allow the rich to view movies on their home theaters beginning the same day that they open in theaters. Today’s (Wednesday) Wall Street Journal says the service, from Prima Cinema Inc., would require […]

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