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In Hollywood, We’ll Tolerate You Only as Long as We Need You

There have been numerous scandals in Tinseltown that have damaged careers, but there’s a basic tenet as to why some are able to return to glory and others, like Harvey Weinstein, cannot.

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Alexandre Philippe Explains How Doc “78/52” Delves So Deeply into Hitchcock’s “Psycho” Shower Scene

7852interviewTNFeaturing interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Elijah Wood, Peter Bogdanovich, Danny Elfman and a couple surprise guests.

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Women are Uniting and Hollywood Needs to Fall in Line

For the first time, women are exposing the nightmare that is being female in Hollywood and people are finally coming out in droves to support them and keep the conversation going.

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Will Storytellers Evolve with the Changing Tides of Hollywood?

For years, conversations surrounding the use of sexual assault and rape in film and television have been building. Will the recent events surrounding Harvey Weinstein and others finally force storytellers to make a change?

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Complex, Tangled Continuity Can Often Be the Undoing of a Potential Franchise Film

batmanvsupermanTNMovies that expect the viewer to have watched previous movies or read previous source material are likely hurting themselves as opposed to fresh new takes on popular characters.

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Is Doug Liman the Most Underrated Filmmaker Working in Hollywood Right Now?

DougLimanTNWith his new film “American Made” and previous one “The Wall,” Liman proves he’s able to do much more than big-budget studio action movies, so why is he rarely the first name mentioned for big-budget tentpole movies?

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Career Therapist: Shouldn’t Rachel Weisz Be More Visible?

RachelWeiszTNThe Oscar-winning actor has been making lower-profile indies the past few years, but shouldn’t she be looking at making something that will remind the general populace what a great actor she is? Or at least movies that might get seen?

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If Rotten Tomatoes Is Hurting Movies at the Box Office, Is Not Screening for Critics the Answer?

Sony’s “Flatliners” is the latest movie to not have any critics’ screenings in advance. Going by its 0% Rotten Tomatoes score, it probably was a wise move… or was it?

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Will 2017 Be the Year of the Big Bucks Auteur or Will Big Ideas, Visions Hurt Movies at the Box Office?

Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” is only one side of the equation as Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve are delivering larger-scale auteur films.

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On Yom Kippur, We Look to the Sins and Successes of 2017

Neil Turitz takes a moment to look on the bright side of a tough year to see what the industry got right.

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Should Movie Theaters Be Looking at TV Content To Fill Seats?

inhumansTNAs IMAX and ABC attempt to premiere Marvel’s The Inhumans as an IMAX experience a month before its television premiere, Edward Douglas looks at why this might be the start of what could be a successful venture, given the right material.

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Why Does Everything James Wan Touch Turn to Gold?

jameswanexcerptHas the director and co-creator of the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring horror franchises found a sure-fire formula for success or is it just plain luck?

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Why MoviePass is A Genius Way to Get People Back into Theaters, and Why AMC Should Be Embracing It

moviepassexcerpt With all the talk about the movie subscription service being bought by Helios and Matheson Analytics and the subsequent lowering of its monthly rate to $9.99, an actual user of the service shares some thoughts on how MoviePass could save the lagging box office.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (08.04.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Sony Pictures TV Studios gets an overhaul as chief Tony Vinciquerra promotes a trio from within to run the TV production division.

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Who Will Benefit Most From the Success of “Baby Driver”?

babydriverexcerptWith Edgar Wright’s latest movie grossing over $100 million worldwide, we examine the parties who are most likely to be the biggest winners thanks to their involvement in his 22-year passion project.

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“Apes” Star Andy Serkis Proves Motion-Capture Actors Deserve Awards Love Too

Andy Serkis Apes OscarMo-cap work demands more of actors emotionally, physically and mentally, because they are using their imagination to create the environment, establish relationships and set the scene. The visual effects exist to serve the physical performance, not “enhance” it, writes John Rocha.

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How Everyone Can Learn From the Genius of D23

D23 Expo ExcerptWhat Disney does is so darn smart. It shares the time and space with no one. While everyone else who might have something fancy to show is holding off until they head a hundred or so miles south, Disney is looking over all it has and holding out maybe one thing to tantalize the comic book crowd.

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The Exec Shuffle – The Blotter Recap (07.14.17)

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 4.52.36 PMKeep up with what’s happening in the industry with the inside information on who’s getting hired, promoted, and let go. Mireille Soria has been tapped as the new president of Paramount’s animation division and Warner Bros.’ digital group has made several executive changes.

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11 True Stories Begging for an Adaptation

billie holliday excerptNon-fiction works are great to scour for new ideas and we’ve found some of the best! From eccentric inventors to forgotten history to hippos, here are 11 pieces ready and waiting for an adaptation for the big or small screen.

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Our Picks For The Top 12 Video Game Trailers of E3 (So Far)…

E3With the first few days of E3 press conferences now in the books we break down our top 12 picks for the best new trailers and reveals coming out of E3 before Sony takes the main stage this evening. See which sequels, prequels, and newcomers make our list inside…

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows Coming to Netflix in June

unnamedWith award-winning stalwarts and exciting new shows, Netflix is back in June to continue their campaign to fulfill everyone’s entertainment needs. Along with a number of movies and shows from outside their production sphere, there will be something for everybody on Netflix in June.

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Amazon Is Starting Its Own Best Seller List, and That Is More Interesting than You Think

Amazon Books ExcerptYesterday, Amazon debuted its Amazon Charts as a sort of competitor to the New York Times Best Seller List, which is a welcome addition to the medium, an egalitarian move, and not unlike the landscape of blockbusters and indie titles in the movie world.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows New on Netflix in May

unnamedNetflix continues to crank out original content, with no less that 29 movies, shows, and specials hitting the streaming giant this month. With the addition of other stellar shows and movies, Netflix has your visual entertainment needs covered in May.

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Netflix Got Hacked, “Orange Is the New Black” Episodes Were Released, and No One Cared

orange is the new black excerptNetflix was recently hacked and neither them nor the industry at large had much of a response, which was initially puzzling, but upon closer inspection, seems like the best possible response Netflix could have had.

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For Those About to Strike, We Salute You

Writers-Strike ExcerptWe are less than a week away from the Writers’ Guild of America potentially going on strike if they cannot reach a deal with the studios by the time the clock strikes midnight on May 2. Neil Turitz looks back at the last strike to make a prediction about how he thinks the next few days will play out.

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Does Warner Bros. Really Need New Line Anymore?

New Line ExcerptWith Warner Bros. spending most of its time focusing on its larger films, its subsidiary New Line Cinema has fallen by the wayside. Neil Turitz takes the opportunity to figure out what should be done with this company that is consistently producing underwelming content.

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J.C. Spink, Executive Producer of “The Hangover” Trilogy, Dead at 45

J.C. SpinkHis company, Benderspink, was a behemoth in the lucrative spec market, but Spink didn’t just have an eye for broad commercial fare. He also had good taste in edgy material as evidenced by A History of Violence, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

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After All These Years, There’s No Question Stephen King Still Reigns

King ExcerptIt goes without saying that Stephen King is the godfather of horror, but why is the celebrated author suddenly going through something of a Hollywood renaissance? Neil Turitz previews the upcoming adaptations of his works and ponders why it’s happening now.

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The Must-Stream Movies and Shows New on Netflix in April

unnamedSpring has sprung and Netflix is going all-in on the release of original programming in April, with 25 original titles premiering this month, including the highly anticipated series adaptation of Dear White People.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Final Part)

Valiant 2 ExcerptAs the his series on the state of the comic industry comes to a close, Neil Turitz takes a positive look towards the future of comics to remind us that the industry is on the upswing and has no intentions of coming down anytiem soon.

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