Category Archives: Neil Turitz

All articles written by Neil Turitz.

The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Five)

Faith Comic ExcerptValiant Entertainment is, in fact, not just surviving in the marketplace, it’s actually thriving. Thanks to a specific strategy to publish a limited amount of books each month, thereby focusing on quality storytelling over quantity of market share, a company that only began its latest run of publications five years ago now averages higher sales per book than any other publisher outside of the Big Two.

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Netflix’s New Old Rating System and the End of Movie Criticism

Siskel and Ebert ExcerptNetflix has changed its star rating system to simply a thumbs up or thumbs down. Neil Turitz explains why this unfortunate change is the newest development in the suppression of the movie reviewer.

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Yet Another Memo to the Studios About the Movies They’re (Not) Making

atomic-blonde-excerptWomen enjoy going to the movies as much as anyone male does. And yet, studios refuse to acknowledge this, as well as the fact that movies targeted towards women tend to do very well at the box office. It would be nice if the concept of making cheaper, more inclusive films for a wider audience hungry for them wasn’t so alien, Neil Turitz argues, but this seems to be the sad current reality.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Four)

Maus ExcerptIt used to be that the automatic response a non-comic book reader had to the genre was the connection to Superman and Batman and Spider-Man and all the rest. Now things have changed quite a bit and there is no denying that the medium has evolved, allowing for more daring and interesting forms of storytelling.

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The Dangers of Counting Too Heavily on Foreign Dollars

GreyThe American film industry has been relying more on foreign money than ever before, which has been beneficial in some ways but could become harmful in the future. Neil Turitz has evaluated why these companies should be cautious in putting so much faith in international investors.

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Ryan Murphy’s Master Plan

Ryan Murphy ExcerptDoes it seem like Ryan Murphy is coming out with a new show all the time? Well he is and Neil Turitz thinks that his interest in creating an increased number of shorter series is the brilliance behind his success.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry, Part Three

DC Batman ExcerptHas the lack on continuity with characters in comic books ever bothered you? Neil Turitz discusses the importances of reviving characters and having multiple universes with a staffer at DC Comics.

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Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine: An Appreciation

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Logan was released in theaters on Friday thus ending the Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine. Neil Turitz evaluates Jackman’s legacy in the pantheon of great super hero characters and why Logan was the perfect ending to a great run.

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Marian, Queen Arthur, Thor, and the Continuing Rise of the Badass Female Hero

Xena ExcerptIn recent years there have been an increasing number of women playing the leads in action roles. Neil Turitz examines this upswing and say why we should expect to see even more of this in the future.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Two)

Captain America ExcerptIn the second part of Neil Turitz’s examination of the comic industry, he focuses on the juggernaut that is Marvel Comics. While it’s easily the number one company in the industry, that doesn’t mean its immune to some of the most basic problems that plagues an industry like this.

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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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