Category Archives: Neil Turitz

With Two Big Wins in Two Months, Blumhouse and Horror Are Back (Or Are They?)

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Horror has been a genre on the decline but with two very successful horror films already out in 2017, Neil Turitz takes a look at horror’s future prospects and whether or not the success streak can continue.

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No Matter How Well He Does, Is Jimmy Kimmel Ultimately Doomed to Fail at the Oscars?

jimmy-kimmelThe Oscars might be the apex of hosting gigs for personalities, because it’s the biggest audience and the most publicity and the greatest prestige, and so everyone wants to do it, but almost every time, they are doomed to fail, because that’s how all this works. Neil Turitz examines past hosts to address his predictions for Jimmy Kimmel this Sunday.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part One)

X-Men ExcerptWhat has become of the comic book industry? Neil Turitz analyzes the state of comic books in 2017 and how it has gotten to where it is in the first part of his six-part series. First, an overview of the industry — its rise, fall, and renaissance.

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Is There Another Writers’ Strike on the Horizon?

Writers' StrikeThe Writers Guild of America’s contract is ending soon and another strike is a distinct possibility. The writers have clear demands and are not afraid to shut down if an agreement they like cannot be reached.

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When Bad Marketing Ideas Become Reality

The Great Wall ExcerptThere are certainly more than a few movies that do bad box office because of marketing failures, but what dictates a successful marketing campaign? Neil Turitz examines examples of good and bad movie marketing choices to determine why some are more successful than others.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Final Part)

screenwriting excerptIn the final part of Neil Turitz’s analysis of Hollywood writing competition, he speaks to several people who have seen success from the competitions, as well as a judge for numerous competition, to give new perspectives on the experience and outcomes.

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Things Just Ain’t What They Used to Be: Movies Studios from the 90s to Now

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What is up with the lack of original content being produced these days? Neil Turitz takes us back to a time when not every movie was a sequel and looks at how we got to where we are.

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What Becomes of the Ousted Studio Head?

Lynton 3What do former studio heads do after they have been pushed out of their leadership roles? Neil Turitz analyzes the current state of studio execs careers and some potential moves to be made in the near future.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Part Two)

screenwriting excerptIn the second part of our series looking at screenwriting competitions, Neil Turitz examines the variation in the different contests and advises how to find the best one for each individual writer.

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Why oh Why Do Any Movies Come Out Super Bowl Weekend?

Lego BatmanSuper Bowl weekend always delivers a blow to the box office, with movies taking extreme falls from previous weekends. What’s the formula surrounding this time of year with movie releases and are there any movies that are immune to the damage inflicted by the Super Bowl? There just might be.

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Batfleck Returns, Or Not

Batman Ben Affleck ExcerptNeil Turitz discusses how Ben Affleck stepping down as the director of the upcoming Batman film impacts its potential, the DCEU at large, and Affleck’s career.

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The Effect of Writing Contests on Hollywood (Part One)

screenwriting excerpt In this three part series we will look to examine where the screenwriting contest came from, how they operate, how they have become so important, some of the people they’ve helped, how some reps use them to scout new talent, and more.

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All This Great Television Content Is Creating a Bubble, and It’s Bound to Burst

stranger-things-excerptThe television landscape is not as pie in the sky as you might think. This bubble of peak TV is going to burst. It’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of when, and how we’re going to adapt to the new reality when it does.

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With Mary Tyler Moore, Love Really Was All Around

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Mary Tyler Moore personified two eras of television. She paved the way for women in comedy. An Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy award winner, Mary Tyler Moore left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry and she will be missed.

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The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Final Part)

hollywood china 1The conclusion in our four part series on Chinese investment in Hollywood addresses whether or not it is wise for Hollywood filmmakers to continue taking overseas money to finance their projects.

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Don’t Bet Against Megan Ellison’s Big Move Into Distribution With Annapurna

Ellison excerpt Megan Ellison has made a name for herself in film with multiple Oscar nominations and several prestige pictures coming out of her production house, Annapurna Pictures. What does Annapurna Pictures move towards becoming a full on distributor mean for the company, Ellison, and the types of films they are making?

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They’re Bringing Back “Will & Grace” — Why Stop There?

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If the networks are going to insist on rebooting or creating sequels to long dormant programs, here are some suggestions that, in fact, could be sort of interesting for network execs to consider pursuing as we head full bore into the 2017 TV season and beyond.

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The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Part Three)

hollywood china 1 Chinese investment in Hollywood could cause more harm than benefits in the film industry.

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The Floundering of The Founder

founder excerpt With strong central performances The Founder should have been an awards season contender but with a January dump and little fanfare the project looks to be forgotten. Neil Turitz examines what went wrong.

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The Deadpool Oscar Consternation

DeadpoolDeadpool was one of the best pictures of the year, but will the Academy deter from their usual practice of voting for award-bait drama films and nominate this wisecracking superhero flick? And if it does, will it mean anything to the larger landscape of blockbusters and the Oscars?

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The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Part Two)

hollywood china 1 Neil Turitz looks to examine whether or not the investment of Chinese money good for the film industry. In the second part of this new series, he explores the benefits to Chinese money and influence staking a claim in Hollywood and its business.

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Spoiler Culture, and the Spoilers Who Spoil It

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Spoilers are hard to avoid in our internet culture, but that does not mean you shouldn’t try to keep some plot points secret. In this day and age, consideration for others shouldn’t be an endangered concept and yet that seems like the case more often than not.

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Look Out for 2017, There’s Plenty of Bad Stuff Ahead

excerptAll the things you can skip, ignore, or otherwise pass up in the coming months of 2017. A look at some of the potholes and unfortunate entries on the road ahead, a sort of heads up for the 2017 equivalents of your Ben-Hurs, your Collateral Beautys, your Jack Reacher: Never Go Backs, your Alice Through the Looking Glasses.

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The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Part One)

china excerpt The film industry in China is growing and growing which is leading to an increasing demand of high quality film entertainment in the world’s most populous country. Over the next weeks, we’ll delve into this recent development and what it means for the future of Hollywood.

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On the Importance of These Year-End Best Script Lists

neil excerpt Hit, Black, Blood, Brit, etc.. These year-end lists are important to the writers on them, the agents representing them, and the industry executives reading them but what do they really mean to those who end up on them?

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Disney’s Cable Networks May Be Bigger Than Most, but They Have a Lot of the Same Problems (Network Series)

neil excerpt With the final entry in our Network Series, Neil Turitz is here to talk about the Walt Disney Company owned network and how they fall into the everchanging landscape of television.

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The Curious Case of Sony’s Potentially Unpleasant Christmas, and the Wrong Lessons We Will Undoubtedly Take From It

sony excerpt Despite the film’s superstar leads, Sony Pictures is taking a gamble pitting its original space romance Passengers co-starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence against movies like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Assassin’s Creed. Is it foolish or can it pay off?

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Overpaid Actors, and the Studios Who Enable Them

turitz excerptIf studios return to the days when they’re making more movies that cost less money, they mitigate their own risk and offer themselves much better opportunity for success. This involves spending less money casting big names.

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Different Companies, Different Networks, but Similar Problems (Network Series)

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Even small victories for cable networks come amidst turmoil, frustration, and shedding of viewership. Today let’s take a deep dive into FX and FXX, Time Warner’s TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim and TruTV, and AMC Networks’ AMC, IFC, BBC-America, WeTV and SundanceTV.

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The Importance of Emotional Connection in Movies This Award Season

neil excerptThat emotional connection is what tends to separate a mediocre film from a good one, or a good one from a great one, and that’s never more evident than during this season right here. It’s why I keep thinking about a movie like Moonlight, and dismiss one like Lion.

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