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Could This Be The End Of Hollywood’s Pay Imbalance?

15 January 2017 1:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at the inequality in what men and women get paid for movies…

There has been much made recently of the disparity in pay between men and women across all industries, and a story this week brought the issue in Hollywood into sharp relief when Natalie Portman revealed that she was paid only a third of the salary her co-star, Ashton Kutcher received for the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached.

Portman isn’t the first big name female star to make her feelings known about the imbalance in Hollywood pay; with the 2014 Sony hack exposing the pay gap between Jennifer Lawrence and her male co-stars in American Hustle. I don’t know about you, but for me paying Jeremy Renner more for that film than Lawrence is nothing short of bizarre; the memorable moments of that movie all belong to her.

There’s a free market »

- Neil Calloway

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Which Hollywood superstars have their own plane?

13 January 2017 2:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

So you’ve finally made it in the big time and you think to yourself, I now have a private island and yacht, but what else can I buy myself to implement my Hollywood status? Oh I know, I’ll buy myself a private plane. The quality of life is what separates a common man from celebrities and adding a jet to their collection is just an enhancement to their life quality and quite possibly their personality too.  A number of Hollywood superstars own a plane and maybe it’s just to show off that they can buy one and another annoying factor is that they don’t have to deal with any of the stressful parking that us ‘normal’ people have to endure. That said, I can’t promise you that you’ll be a Hollywood superstar anytime soon, but one thing I can promise you, is using sites like this http://www. »

- The Hollywood News

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Should We Let A Computer Decide Which Movies Get Made?

8 January 2017 1:45 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Neil Calloway looks at software that could pick which films go into production…

The new year brought the news that a company has developed software that they claim can sort the blockbusters from the bombs before a single shot has been filmed.

ScriptBook have developed Script2Screen, which apparently works by analysing scripts and comparing them to films that have been successful in the past, rejecting those that appear sufficiently different that it is likely that they won’t be a success.

Immediately you can see the problem here; films that get the approval of the software will be pretty similar to films that have gone before; if you were worried that Hollywood was descending into this horrific, homogeneous mess before, then things are only going to get worse if the studios embrace this technology.

You can be the biggest fan of formulaic franchises in the world, but I guarantee »

- Neil Calloway

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Paramount, Jerry Bruckheimer Developing Science-Fiction Movie ‘Origin’

3 January 2017 5:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures is developing the science-fiction movie “Origin” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing and Joachim Ronning directing.

Ronning is in post-production on Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales,” which he co-directed with Espen Sandberg. Rønning will also write the script with his brother Andreas Rønning.

Paramount, which made a pre-emptive purchase of Ronning’s pitch, is keeping details of the plot under wraps. Bruckheimer, who has produced all five “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, will produce “Origin” through his Paramount-based Jerry Bruckheimer Films company.

Bruckheimer began his career at Paramount with Don Simpson during the 1980s with “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Top Gun” and “Flashdance” and then spent nearly two decades at Disney with “Armageddon,” “The Rock,” “Con Air,” “Crimson Tide,”  “National Treasure”  and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise with Johnny Depp. After a costly flop with Depp’s “The Lone Ranger,” Bruckeimer returned to Paramount »

- Dave McNary

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Film Anniversaries To Look Forward To In 2017

1 January 2017 3:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at what films are celebrating milestones this year…

With 2017 now underway, it’s time to stop looking at what happened in film in 2016, and start looking forward to the new year by looking back. Here are some film anniversaries you can look forward to.

2017 will mark the tenth anniversary of the release of such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Spider-Man 3, the three highest grossing films of 2007. That’s right, it was hardly a classic year at the cinema, though you can mark the decade since the release of Zodiac in March and There Will Be Blood in December, films worth certainly worth revisiting.

It’s also twenty years since 1997, which means we’ll probably get anniversary edition Blu-rays of Titanic and The Full Monty. Yes, it’s really been that long. »

- Neil Calloway

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