Category Archives: Neil Turitz

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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This Is What Netflix’s Big Decision Means For the Rest of Us

netflix excerpt Netflix decided to allow users to download some of its programming for offline viewing. This is good for those on the go, stuck without wifi, or just plain bored, but how will it affect how we consume media and interact with others?

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NBCUniversal Has a Lot Going For It, but Is That Enough To Save Its Cable Business? (Network Series)

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Only one of NBCUniversal’s 15 cable properties gained viewership from 2014-2015. The networks saw a boost in ratings from NBCUniversal’s monopolistic coverage of the Rio Olympics, but now that the games are gone the question remains: will people stay to watch?

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How One Film Division’s Business Plan Should Be Required Learning For Everyone In Hollywood

turitz excerpt Studios stand to make more money off of their small budget, high concept films but a fallacy exists that tent poles are the future in terms of profitability.

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Viacom Sees Firsthand Now Is Not Really a Great Time to Be In the Cable TV Business (Network Series)

Shari Redstone ExcerptIt’s tough to target just how Viacom can turn things around, but even if there was a concrete method to do so, it’s not going to be easy, simply because of the nature of the cable business. It has to hope that Shari Redstone and her new board of directors can make changes that will help matters, and that both MTV and Nickelodeon can once again draw the viewership numbers it used to.

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The Late Night Television Conundrum

David Letterman ExcerptDoes late night television matter anymore? There is now the fact that nothing on late night is “must-see.” If something is must-see, it can be caught online the next day. There’s nothing that sets it apart from anything else we can find and in that regard, it is almost always lost in the morass of all the other stuff being pushed at us.

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The Big Picture Possibility That All of Hollywood Seems to Be Missing

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With the amount of money that studios make from superhero franchises, remakes, sequels, and films based off of toys and video games the crossover capabilities of these existing properties create an interesting and ludicrously profitable possiblity if said studios chose to work together.

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Hulu Is the Third Biggest Streaming Service, and That Probably Won’t Change Soon (Network Series)

hulu excerptAs we discussed last week, it’s tough for anyone to compete with Netflix at the moment, but it becomes even tougher when the operation interested in doing so, Hulu, can’t really decide what it wants to be or how it wants to become it. However, Hulu’s upcoming fare sounds like it’s all smarter, more upscale forms of entertainment, which could be a good thing.

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After a Tumultuous Election, What Is Hollywood’s Next Move?

Captain America ExcerptHollywood has always responded to the large-scale events that have rocked the United States since Hollywood first came to be. But after last week’s election results, and the side of the divide Hollywood finds itself on, how will this industry respond in its creations?

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Fox’s X-Men Issues Prove This Kind of Thing Is Harder than It Looks

X-Men ExcerptIt feels remarkably like no one at Fox is actually piloting the rather large ship of X-Men, and when that happens, it often ends up running aground. For that reason, perhaps the best move here is to make no move at all, let the characters rest for a spell, then revisit things around the time there’s another presidential election.

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Amazon Isn’t Yet a Competitor to Netflix, but Stand By (Network Series)

Amazon Studios ExcerptSo far, Netflix remains the dominating streaming service for original content in the television sphere, but Amazon isn’t far behind them. With Amazon’s endless well of resources and how many projects they’re developing, they could soon be a much bigger player.

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Some Unsolicited Advice for Our New Oscar Show Producers

oscars excerpt Oscar season is upon us and Neil Turitz is here to offer some suggestions on how he believe that the award show can improve itself this year, including who the host should be, a musical medley, and creating a brand new ceremony to air before the big night.

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The Complicated Case of Leadership and Vision at Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment

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After another director walks away from a Warner Brothers Pictures film because of “creative differences” we are left to ask ourselves: What on earth is going on over at Warner Bros?

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Netflix Has Become Enormous, But Is It Too Big To Fail? (Network Series)

netflix excerptWith hundreds and hundreds of hours of original content produced each year, Netlix has grown into a giant of the television industry and it isn’t even on television. Is the bubble going to burst on Netflix or will their unprecedented growth continue?

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Is the Indie Film World in Trouble? Actually, Not Really

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Will weak box office performances cause distributors to be more cautious when taking chances funding indie movies or is the world of independent film still financially viable?

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The Legacy Of the Legendary Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll excerptTurn out the lights and call the cops. Uwe Boll is retiring. The man who literally fought his critics and was behind several of what have been called the worst films ever made is stepping away from the camera, not out of shame, but because he says the market is no longer viable.

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For One Pay Cable Network, It’s Good That People Are Seeing STARZ (Network Series)

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Starz is now the second most subscribed pay cable network but still has yet to find it’s buzzy award winning show. With interesting new projects, current sleeper hits, and a partnership with Lionsgate can the network make the jump into the pantheon of prestige television?

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The Revolution Will Be Right In Your Hands, Whether You Like It Or Not

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A look at Nintendo’s new Switch console and what its creation means for the future of gaming, technology at large, and society.

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