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- Indie Filmmakers Look for Lifeline from Piracy with CASE Actby Stanley B. Gill
This is a typical indie-filmmaker piracy story. Independent filmmakers make a low-budget movie only to be raped by pirates.
- How To Register Your Screenplay with the U.S. Copyright Officeby Stanley B. Gill
A professional screenwriter, or even a novice trying their hand at creating a first screenplay, will want to register the copyright created in their work (a screenplay) with the United States Copyright Office (USCO).
- A Screenwriter’s Tool: OmmWriter For Writing Storyby Stanley B. Gill
If you were ever looking for something other than Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, for your screenwriting development, you should give OmmWriter a workout. #indieproducerlife
- Louisiana Film and TV Tax Credit Programs Near 2015 Revampby Stanley B. Gill
The long Louisiana film and TV tax credit nightmare is nearing an end. State legislature is fixing most of the issues surrounding the tax credits.
- Tax Credits: Realities of Motion Picture Investor Programs in Louisianaby Stanley B. Gill
Louisiana legislators will be hassled for anything from manicuring rights for orphaned crawfish to the diabolical motion picture investor tax credits.
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom / The Pursuit of Happyness producer: Todd Black!by [email protected] on December 8, 2020
With Warner Bros. shaking up the distribution model, veteran Producer Todd Black talks about studios and streamers, the […]
- Ted Lasso vs. Hacks: Is There an Emmys Upset Brewing?by Gold Derby on July 22, 2021
Gold Derby editors and experts Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen survey the comedy categories at the Emmy Awards, where Ted […]
- Women Go to Space, Filmmakers Go to Fast Track
When 35-year-old astronaut Kalpana Chawla boarded the Space Shuttle Columbia for her first NASA mission in 1997 she instantly became a permanent part of aeronautics... The post Women Go to Space, Filmmakers Go to Fast Track appeared first […]
- 7 New Netflix Shows in August and the Best Reasons to Watch
A few tantalizing original series threaten to be overwhelmed by the return of two stone-cold classics in another odd month of Netflix releases.
- Guest Post: The Muslim Narrative in Hindi Cinema – 20 Great Examples
The following guest post comes to us courtesy of Shazia Iqbal, Indian filmmaker and 2019 Global Media Makers Fellow. Iqbal participated in GMM’s LA Residency... The post Guest Post: The Muslim Narrative in Hindi Cinema – 20 Great […]
- From the Archives: Behind the Accent with Dialect Coach Jessica Drake
NOTE: The below piece originally ran in 2018. We’re re-posting it here with minor edits to the original text. Special thanks to author Su Fang... The post From the Archives: Behind the Accent with Dialect Coach Jessica Drake appeared […]
- Someone We Watched: The Meditative Nerdom of Christopher Munch
Each year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards give the Someone to Watch Award to an emerging filmmaker of singular vision. In this column, film critic David Bax... The post Someone We Watched: The Meditative Nerdom of Christopher Munch […]
- Questlove Brings ‘Summer of Soul’ to Light and Gets Us Back in the Theater
The July 10 Film Independent Presents screening of Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) was the first live, in-person event held by Film Independent... The post Questlove Brings ‘Summer of Soul’ to […]
- Eight Bone-Crunching Female-Driven Action Films We Love
Ask any woman standing nearby with her shoulders slumped from the weight of the high-powered firearm hanging at her hip: it’s a great month for... The post Eight Bone-Crunching Female-Driven Action Films We Love appeared first on Film […]
- ‘Borat 2’ Writer Still Doesn’t Buy Rudy Giuliani’s Defense of Infamous Hotel Scene
Sacha Baron Cohen's partner Dan Mazer says Giuliani definitely wasn't "tucking in his shirt" during a compromising moment in the sequel.
- From the Archives: Mitch Paulson and the Art of Color Correction, Part Two
NOTE: The below piece originally ran in 2017. We’re re-posting it here with minor edits to the original text. Special thanks to author Su Fang... The post From the Archives: Mitch Paulson and the Art of Color Correction, Part Two […]
- Amanda Knox Blasts ‘Stillwater’ for ‘Profiting’ Off Life Story, Says Film Makes Her Look ‘Guilty’
Knox, who was exonerated for the 2007 murder of her roommate, said Tom McCarthy's film "reinforces an image of me as a guilty and untrustworthy person."
- From the Archives: Mitch Paulson and the Art of Color Correction, Part One
NOTE: The below piece originally ran in 2017. We’re re-posting it here with minor edits to the original text. Special thanks to author Su Fang... The post From the Archives: Mitch Paulson and the Art of Color Correction, Part One […]
- WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jungle Cruise Rides to No. 1 w/ $34.18M, Ahead of The Green Knight ($6.78M) and Stillwater ($5.12M)
Over the final weekend of July, the box office picture grew somewhat more precarious given increasing concerns around the coronavirus Delta variant, which has led to a new indoor masking recommendation from the CDC and the imposition of masking mandates and recommendations in several cities and states across the U.S. Amid this worsening climate, three The post WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: <em>Jungle Cruise</em> Rides to No. 1 w/ $34.18M, Ahead of <em>The Green Knight</em> ($6.78M) and <em>Stillwater</em> ($5.12M) appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Marcus Theatres Chairman, President, and CEO Rolando Rodriguez to Receive ShowEast’s Dan Fellman Show “E” Award
Rolando Rodriguez was announced this week as 2021’s winner of the Dan Fellman Show “E” award, a lifetime achievement prize, at November’s upcoming film convention ShowEast. Rodriguez is the chair, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres and executive vice president of The Marcus Corporation, in addition to his roles as chair of the National Association The post Marcus Theatres Chairman, President, and CEO Rolando Rodriguez to Receive ShowEast’s Dan Fellman Show “E” Award appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Weekend Box Office Forecast: Jungle Cruise, The Green Knight, and Stillwater
July comes to a close this weekend with a trio of new releases -- Jungle Cruise, The Green Knight, and Stillwater -- catering to various audiences after last weekend saw mixed results from Old and Snake Eyes. The post Weekend Box Office Forecast: <em>Jungle Cruise</em>, <em>The Green Knight</em>, and <em>Stillwater</em> appeared first on Boxoffice.
- This Week on The Boxoffice Podcast: Jungle Cruise Producers on Disney’s Hybrid Release Model
This week on the Boxoffice Podcast, co-hosts Daniel Loria and Rebecca Pahle sit down with veteran producers John Fox and John Davis of Davis Entertainment, whose credits include Game Night, Chronicle, and Dolemite Is My Name. Davis and Fox’s latest outing—Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt—comes to theaters and Disney Premium Access this The post This Week on The Boxoffice Podcast: <em>Jungle Cruise</em> Producers on Disney’s Hybrid Release Model appeared first on Boxoffice.
- How Premium Large Format Auditoriums Are Helping Welcome Audiences Back to the Movies
As moviegoers make their long-awaited return to cinemas, premium large-format (PLF) auditoriums have emerged as a preferred destination. The trend began to emerge as early as last summer, when Chinese cinemas first reopened following the closures that presaged the pandemic’s global disruption. The August release of The Eight Hundred, the first Chinese film to be The post How Premium Large Format Auditoriums Are Helping Welcome Audiences Back to the Movies appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Cinemark Announces Executive Leadership Transition Following Mark Zoradi’s Retirement
Cinemark, the third-largest exhibition circuit in North America, has announced major personnel changes among its executive ranks. Mark Zoradi, CEO and Board Director, will retire as the circuit’s Chief Executive Officer at the end of 2021 while remaining a member of the Board of Directors until the company’s 2024 annual meeting. Sean Gamble, currently serving The post Cinemark Announces Executive Leadership Transition Following Mark Zoradi’s Retirement appeared first on Boxoffice.
- The Biggest Movies Coming to Theaters in August 2021
As the joke goes: on the first day of school, what did the teacher say her three favorite words were? June, July and August. The end of the summer makes people want to cram in all that fun and entertainment at the last minute, and cinemas are obliging with a packed schedule of films to The post The Biggest Movies Coming to Theaters in August 2021 appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Frank Tees Elected ICTA President at Annual Convention
At its just-concluded annual convention at The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) elected Moving Image Technologies vice president of technical sales support Frank Tees as ICTA president, the organization announced today. The ICTA is a trade organization that represents companies dedicated to cinema technology including cinema equipment, manufacturers, dealers and The post Frank Tees Elected ICTA President at Annual Convention appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Weekend predictions: Jungle Cruise should sail choppy waters to the top of the chart
Jungle Cruise enters this weekend as a firm favorite to take the box office crown, even though family films have been performing notably weaker in recent weeks and Disney has the film available for a premium via Disney+. Our model thinks it will do roughly twice the business of the number two film on the chart, and there’s a good chance it’ll do even better than that. With the other two new wide releases not expected to do huge amounts of business though, it’s likely to be a flat weekend for the market as a whole unless Disney’s latest theme-park-ride-turned-movie outperforms expectations.
- Theater Counts: Jungle Cruise sets new pandemic-era record for widest release
Walt Disney’s release of Jungle Cruise breaks a pandemic-era record for widest release, arriving in 4,310 theaters this weekend. The number matches that of another Disney feature, Onward, which debuted just before theaters began shutting down back in March, 2020. The new film, which is based on the popular theme park attraction, follows Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt as Amazon riverboat captain Frank Wolff and Dr. Lily Houghton as they encounter innumerable dangers while they travel through the Amazon rain forest. Jungle Cruise will be available to stream simultaneously on the Disney+ platform.
- Dune trailer
Sci-fi action movie directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet opens in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22… Full movie details Paul Atreides is a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
- Weekend estimates: Old leads on lackluster weekend
M. Night Shyamalan returns to the top of the box office charts this weekend, but he might be the only person celebrating as every opening and returning film in the top 10 looks set to underperform this weekend. Shyamalan’s new film, Old is coming closest to our model’s prediction with an opening of $16.5 million, which is 12% below what the model expected. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins will come second with $13.35 million, which is 15% behind expectations. Those results are both well within the model’s margin of error, but the collective performance of the market is troubling.
- Weekend predictions: four films vie for top spot
Our model has four films within five million dollars of one another this weekend as Space Jam: A New Legacy and Black Widow return to theaters, and Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins and Old appear for the first time. Black Widow and Old are in a statistical dead heat at the top, but any of the four films has a shot at winning the weekend.
- Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins trailer
Action movie starring Henry Golding opens today, Friday, July 23… Full movie details Snake Eyes is a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested—even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.
- Theater counts: Black Widow fends off Snake Eyes and Old for top billing
Black Widow once again leads our theater count list this week despite taking a backseat at the box office to Space Jam: A New Legacy last weekend. The former enters its third week with a domestic total of over $140M and a worldwide total of $272M. The latest Marvel film drops from 4,275 to 4,250 locations beginning Friday. While we don’t have an official theater count for Space Jam: A New Legacy, we are estimating the sophomore feature to be in 4,000 theaters. The live action/animated hybrid sequel starring LeBron James and Bugs Bunny scored a better-than-expected $31M during its opening weekend, positioning itself as the number one movie of the week.
- 2021 market forecast: the recovery is gathering pace, but we still have a long way to go
The release of Black Widow was a landmark moment for the movie business. The first theatrical release in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe delivered the biggest opening weekend since December, 2019, but also ushered in a new business model for a tentpole release by generating $60 million in sales for the Disney+ streaming platform. There’s no way of hiding the fact that Disney has shown that a day-and-date release for a film like this makes sense for the studio, at least while theatrical box office earnings are still depressed due to the pandemic. What that means for the long-term future of the theatrical business is hard to predict. In the medium term though, recovery at the domestic box office looks like it will continue largely as expected. Our model’s prediction for the 2021 market stands at $5.8 billion today, which is down slightly from last month’s predicted $5.9 billion, but has remained fairly steady since our first market prediction back in April. Here’s what the model has to say today…