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Does Bitcoin Hold the Key to Hollywood’s Financial Future, Or Is It Another False Savior?

Bitcoin Hollywood“People may be designing and buying Bitcoin, but the fact that it is not tangible would seem to imply that it remains open to potential sabotage, especially in a digital world without any regulation,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Why the Academy Should Reduce the Best Picture Nominees Back Down to Five

Ocsars900507Looking at a few reasons why the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences can cut back on the Best Picture nominees to make the main Oscar race seem that much more special.

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A24 Is On Fire This Year, From “Moonlight’s” Oscar Win to Its Current Awards Crop

LadyBirdTrailerOne of the more successful newer indie distributors has discovered the secrets of marketing and distribution to the point where they might have their best year yet with Lady Bird and The Disaster Artist.

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Under the Radar: 2017 Films That Deserve More Love

patticakesreviewxcerpt13 movies you might have missed or maybe some you’ve never even heard of, but hopefully will have a chance to watch before year’s end.

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Fox and Disney Sitting In a Tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G, But Is This Really a Good Idea?

Disney Fox DealOne has to wonder if Disney is interested in spending the money required to help James Cameron see through his ambitious vision for Avatar, which has staked out four December release dates that would coincide with more than a few Star Wars films.

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Actor Richard Jenkins on the Magic of Making “The Shape of Water” (Interview)

JenkinsShapeofWaterExcerptGuillermo del Toro’s fantasy might put Jenkins back in the Oscar race for his supporting role as the friend and neighbor of a mute woman, played by Sally Hawkins.

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Will “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Be Bigger Than “The Force Awakens”?

ReyLastJediTNLucasfilm’s 2017 release is just weeks away. Advance tickets are selling like hotcakes. But few think it will break some of the seemingly insurmountable box office records set by its 2015 precursor.

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“Bull Durham” Creator Ron Shelton Returns to Theaters with “Just Getting Started” (Interview)

RonSheltonJGSExcerptShelton’s new comedy stars Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones as rivals at a Palm Springs retirement resort.

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“Star Wars” Has Studios Gun Shy This Year, and For No Good Reason

star wars last jedi poster smallFive Christmas releases could be on the path to profitability right now if any of their distributors had opted to take advantage of the calm before the Star Wars storm. So why didn’t they? Neil Turitz questions Hollywood’s December release strategy in his new column.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA on Hip Hop, Poetry and His New Directorial Effort “Love Beats Rhymes” (Interview)

RZACommonLBR1A departure from his earlier martial arts film, the rapper-turned-filmmaker talks about switching gears for Azealia Banks’ acting debut.

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With the Establishment of One Blue Ribbon Panel, It’s Time for Another to Lead the Way in Post-Harvey Hollywood

Times UpWhy aren’t more publications writing about the women of Time’s Up, who reportedly include Kathleen Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Pascal, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Megan Ellison and Natalie Portman?

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“Call Me By Your Name” Stars Michael Stuhlbarg, Timothée Chalamet on Their Busy Fall Seasons (Interview)

StuhlbargChalametCMBYNTwo actors, one a respected veteran, the other a newcomer, not only star in Luda Guadagnino’s acclaimed drama, but also in Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and more.

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John Lasseter Takes a Leave of Absence From Disney/Pixar, But It May Not Be So Temporary

John LasseterIt’s going to be hard for Lasseter to recover from these allegations, because the fact that he essentially functions as not just a studio head, but the head of two animation studios, only compounds the severity of the situation.

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Hollywood’s Serial Sexual Offenders, and Why the First Step Towards Societal Change Is Admitting We Have a Problem

Louis CK“This town has run on sexism for decades, but I can see that the collective tolerance for that power dynamic has run its course. As more men confess their crimes, and they are crimes, we’ll have real proof that we’re evolving,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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Brett Ratner Allegations Complicate RatPac’s Relationship With Warner Bros. and the Release of “Justice League”

Thanks to his friendship with Australian billionaire James Packer, Ratner shifted from Hack Director into Big Time Producer over the past decade, but now his legacy hangs in the balance along with a $450 million co-financing deal.

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As Disney Prepares to Release “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” the Studio Appears All Too Eager to Embrace the Dark Side

In addition to antagonizing theater owners with a lopsided split of ticket sales, the company has banned the Los Angeles Times from screenings.

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YouTube Has Google Bankrolling It, But Will That Be Enough? (Network Series)

YouTube has made it clear that it is trying to emulate Amazon’s success on the film side and that it intends to challenge Netflix on the TV side.

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Doc Filmmaker Joe Berlinger on “Intent to Destroy” and his Ted Bundy Drama with Zac Efron

The doc about the Armenian genocide is latest from Oscar-nominated filmmaker who returns to narrative features for the first time in 17 years.

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Young & Hungry No More — A Look Back At Young & Hungry Alums

Just days away from the release of this year’s Young & Hungry List, we wanted to recognize some of the best scribes featured over the past seven years since the list’s creation.

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When Movies Stars Don’t Happen: Michael Fassbender

Are studios wasting money on talent like Michael Fassbender when they’re guaranteed to get audiences with popular IPs?

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What’s on the Table if The Weinstein Company Sells or Closes Up Shop?

A look at all the movies in development, production or post-production at the company, which is reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

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Is Hollywood Finally Throwing Out the Casting Couch?

the road to hollywoodIt’s time to demolish the casting couch and the only way to do this is to hold the guilty parties accountable.

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Taran Killam on Making “Killing Gunther” with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Interview)

KillingGuntherTaranKillamTNThe former “Saturday Night Live” cast member writes and directs the action-comedy.

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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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