Sunday, October 17, 2021

WE HAVE A LEADER AT CANNES!

July 12, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

At the halfway point of the Cannes Film Festival, a clear leader in the competition for the Palme d’Or award has emerged — at least among international film critics. (The critics and the jury that makes the actual award selection are often not in sync.) In a poll of the ten top critics conducted by […]

SEAN PENN’S “FAMILY FILM” DEBUTS AT CANNES

July 11, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

The last time Sean Penn took a film that he directed to Cannes, he nearly had the red carpet pulled out from under him. Critics unanimously savaged his 2016 film The Last Face, with some even booing during the press screening. Benjamin Lee, the critic for Britain’s Guardian, for example, called it a “staggering misfire.” […]

ABORTION DRAMA COMES TO CANNES VIA AFRICA

July 9, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s an anomaly: a film, written and directed by a man, about a mother’s struggle to seek an abortion for her teenage daughter, who is determined to have one even at the cost of her life; a film produced in the central-African country of Chad, where there is not a single movie theater to screen […]

CANNES RETURNS

July 6, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

To say that the 2021 edition of the Cannes Film Festival feels understated would be something of an understatement in itself. Returning in July (it is usually mounted in May) after the Covid-inflicted cancellation of the 2020 presentation, the usual hallmarks of the annual film celebration appear muted. The streets of the French resort city […]

FCC BLACKS OUT FOOTBALL BLACKOUTS

October 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

If in the future, your local NFL team blacks out a TV telecast of a game in your area, it won’t be because of the existence of an FCC rule requiring such blackouts. In a 5-0 vote on Tuesday, the FCC chose to scrap the rule that bars broadcast and cable channels from airing local […]

NO GOOD DEED BLASTS PAST DOLPHIN TALE

September 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

What was expected to be a close race for first place at this weekend’s box office turned out to be a rout instead. Sony’s No Good Deed,which was not screened for critics and was roasted by them when they got to see it at their local theaters, went unpunished. Indeed, it went well rewarded with […]

PROS TO HELP DISTRIBUTE STUDENT FILMS

August 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

USC’s famed School of Cinematic Arts has formed a partnership with the New Form Digital studio and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to create a program to support and distribute student films online, the university announced on Monday. The program will be headed by Jack Epps Jr., chairman of the school’s screenwriting division, and […]

TIVO SUFFERS ANOTHER BLOW; FORCED TO SHUT DOWN QPLAY

July 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

TiVo, whose name is synonymous with digital video recorders but is a company that has struggled against major cable and satellite companies that have offered their own software and hardware DVR products, has suffered a new setback. It has thrown in the towel in its effort to launch a new service that records and stores […]

RATINGS PLUNGE FOR PRIMETIME TV

July 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Not a whole lot of people were watching broadcast TV last week. Perhaps it had something to do with all the daylight hours during the week. (TV viewing traditionally drops off as the days grown longer.) Perhaps it had something to do with all the reruns. (Twelve of the twenty most-watched shows were repeats.) Perhaps […]

WORLD CUP FAILS TO HURT OVERSEAS BOX OFFICE

June 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Studio executives who expected the overseas box office to collapse with the start of the World Cup were breathing a heavy sigh of relief as ticket sales remained virtually flat with the previous weekend. The big news was that Disney’s Maleficent, which opened in China with $20.3 million, crossed the $500-million mark in worldwide sales, […]

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