Mashable: Movie theaters won’t be around much longer. Here’s why. – Josh Dickey may be overstating the case here, but he’s not wrong. It seems inevitable that the theatrical experience will be changed by the trend toward releasing movies on home video sooner. However, you could argue that many talented writers and filmmakers have already migrated to television, including web-delivered television. Many episodes of the last season of Game of Thrones had higher production value than the average Hollywood film.
LATimes: Disproving the ‘black films don’t travel’ Hollywood myth – Dumb gatekeepers means a big opportunity for filmmakers and distributors who are willing to defy conventional wisdom.
Deadline: Why Kumail Nanjiani & Emily Gordon Went With Amazon For ‘The Big Sick’ – Amazon’s strategy of buying festival-tested films and supporting name filmmakers creatively paid off big last year.
I Think You’re Interesting Podcast: Interview with Ceyda Torun, Filmmaker of Kedi – How to film a documentary from a cat’s POV. Also, some good sense of the business of being an independent filmmaker and leveraging your unique perspective on the world.
IndieWire: “Netflix isn’t making ‘movies.’ They are funding exclusive-access commodities that help grow their subscriber base.” – Relatedly, Variety reports that Adam Sandler has re-upped his Netflix contract.
SlashFilm: Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ Stunt Will “Top Anything That’s Come Before” – Any guesses as to what it will be? He’s already dangled off the world’s tallest building and held his breath for long periods of time. I’m gonna go with space jump.
Hollywood Reporter: ‘Beauty and The Beast’: Why Live-Action Remakes Can’t Replace Cartoons – And yet, with Mulan, The Sword in the Stone, The Lion King and so many more in production, it seems they will keep being made. There has been a backlash to this trend, but I see it as part of the broader trend of nostalgia entertainment: Jurassic World, The Force Awakens, Stranger Things. In the 1980’s there was a great deal of 1950’s nostalgia entertainment. Disney cartoons are especially ripe, since they re-release about every seven years, and thus are nostalgic for more than one generation of filmgoers.
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