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Top Ten Box Office Takeaways: Holiday Box Office Suffers Worst Drop of the Year

This fourth of July weekend, the box office, led yet again by Michael Bay's latest "Transformers," suffered a serious collapse. The Top Ten grossed $113 million. That is $107 million less than last year (when the 4th fell on a Thursday). It's worse than that -- no June or July weekend has grossed this low since 2005, nor any grossed lower for the holiday weekend this century. Some anomalies contributed including the lingering effects of World Cup issues.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 6, 2014 4:09 PM
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Hollywood Memoir: A Young Woman's Intro to Filmmaking in The Golden Age

It was 1973 when I arrived in Hollywood with all the usual hopes, dreams, and expectations...A few weeks later, I was sent to the production offices of "The Godfather: Part II," which filmed on the Paramount lot for a month before moving on to the Dominican Republic for the Cuba sequences.
  • By Tova Laiter
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  • July 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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Seven 2013 Box-Office Trends the Studios Should Not Ignore, Market Shares, Top 20 2013 Chart

At first glance 2013 wasn't much different from 2012. Sequels ruled the world. On closer examination, however, the Hollywood studios would do well to heed some key trends revealed by the 2013 box office.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 8, 2014 2:46 PM
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LGBT Actors Face Discrimination in Industry Weighted in Favor of Men and Masculinity

Hollywood may be famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for its liberal politics, but according to a new report, LGBT actors continue to face discrimination in the movie business, even as they see conditions improving. To put it simply, Hollywood is weighted in favor of men and masculinity.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 28, 2013 2:37 PM
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Producers Guild Execs: "Historic" Producers Mark Finally Accepted by All Six Major Studios

The Producers Guild of America has waged a ten-year campaign to get the six major studios to adopt their "Producers Mark" on their films. It's a Seal of Approval showing that the credited producers on the film meet the strict criteria set by the PGA. And they finally got all six studios to sign up to implement the on-screen "p.g.a." credit and certification.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2013 9:54 AM
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A New Age of Original Content Needs Script Services: A Guide

Hollywood is allergic to taking risks on the unknown. But not every young adult franchise or fairy tale retelling can be as uber-successful around the world as "Twilight" ($392 million), "The Hunger Games" ($691 million) or "Oz: The Great and Powerful" ($426 million to date). This year's "Beautiful Creatures" grossed $57-million worldwide, and $200-million "Jack the Giant Slayer" mustered a miserable global $158 million.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 9, 2013 2:27 PM
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Super Bowl Trailers: Which One Won You Over?

Which Super Bowl spot won you over? While Amy Poehler's Best Buy ad was probably my favorite, which studio made you want to see their film the most? Not the best TV spot, that was probably aerial wonk-fest "Iron Man 3," which looks like an improvement on Two, as it better be. Justin Lin's "Fast & Furious 6" looks like more of same, with the welcome return of Michelle Rodriguez. Troubled Brad Pitt-starrer "World War Z" and Sam Raimi's costly "Oz the Great and Powerful" look over-pixelated to me. Vote below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2013 2:32 PM
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Super Bowl Movie Ads UPDATE: 'Star Trek,' Lone Ranger,' 'Iron Man 3,' 'World War Z,' 'Oz the Great and Powerful' [VIDEO]

On Super Bowl Sunday (February 3), a spate of new movie ads hit CBS football fans and the web. See the updated spots below. Several studios unveiled Super Bowl spots for their tentpole films.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 3, 2013 8:45 PM
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MOD (Manufactured on Demand) Moves into Blu-Rays

Hollywood is always looking for new ways and new places to sell its movies. In 1982, Barry Diller, one of the smartest men ever to run a Hollywood studio, told me that the decisions he and the other studio heads were then making about new technologies – basic cable, pay-cable, satellite television. Pay-Per-View, videocassettes and videodiscs – “will dictate the makeup of this industry 20 years from now.”
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • January 3, 2013 6:26 AM
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