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Cinemascore and exit polling in Hollywood: what is it?

9 May 2016 1:33 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




If a film gets a Cinemascore of B or C, it's often classed as a disappointment. But what is a Cinemascore?

The process of marketing a movie is now an operation that lasts many months across all sorts of media, from bus stop posters to social media campaigns, all in pursuit of making sure the movie makes an impact in its opening weekend. Tracking and analytics can give an indication of how audiences are responding before the movie even hits cinemas, but it's only in that opening weekend, once they've actually seen the movie, that you can get a more accurate read on public opinion.

Box office aside, one way in which Hollywood's studios reads public response after release is Cinemascore, the Las Vegas-based market research firm which conducts nationwide exit polls. Billed as “Hollywood's Benchmark”, the company's researchers gathers information from filmgoers and the results, expressed as letter grades, »

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'Les Misérables' Director Is Bringing the 'Cats' Musical to the Big Screen

6 May 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Once upon a time, Cats was the biggest thing on Broadway. After a successful debut in London, the musical opened in New York in October 1982 and became an instant sensation. It won seven Tony Awards the following year and in time became the longest running show on Broadway, eventually concluding its run in September 2000. A new production is scheduled to return to Broadway this summer, with previews set to begin July 14. Thus, this may be the ideal time for news that a big-screen version is finally moving forward. Tom Hooper, who won an Academy Award for The King's Speech (top, center), will direct the adaptation, according to Variety. Hooper will also serve as one of the producers for the project, teaming again with Universal and Working Title. The filmmaker and the...

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- Peter Martin

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A 'Cats' Movie May Finally Happen With 'Les Miserables' Director Tom Hooper

6 May 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Long-running Broadway musical "Cats" may finally be coming to the big screen, with several reports linking Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper to the potential flick.

Hooper, who won an Oscar for "The King's Speech," and also helmed the theatrical version of musical "Les Miserables" (which also won three Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway), is reportedly attached to produce and direct a "Cats" movie. But just how far along the project is -- and how much of a certainty it is that it will actually happen -- is up for debate.

Variety indicates that the project is full steam ahead, with the trade reporting that Hooper has already agreed to work again with his "Les Mis" collaborators at Universal and Working Title. But according to a report from The Daily Mail, it seems that the project is currently in the infancy stages -- and based on what happens »

- Katie Roberts

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Guess how many Best Actress movies have won more than one Oscar since 2000

29 February 2016 1:06 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Surprising absolutely no one, Brie Larson picked up a Best Actress statuette at last night's Oscars for her starring role in Room. The movie didn't win any other Oscar that night, which made us wonder: How many Best Actress-winning films have actually won another Oscar? If you look at the stats since 2000, it's pretty shocking.  Writer Mark Blankenship added up the Oscars and found out the Academy doesn't want Best Actress-winning movies to matter in any other way.   Since 1999, only 3 Best Actress films have won additional Oscars. For two of them -- Iron Lady, La Vie En Rose -- it was a 2nd for makeup. — Mark Blankenship (@IAmBlankenship) February 29, 2016 The only movie to win a non-makeup category was Million Dollar Baby, which won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman), in addition to Best Actress (Hilary Swank). The implications are grim: It's like the Academy is saying »

- Louis Virtel

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Last-Minute SAG Awards 2016 Predictions: Sentimentality and 'Diversity'

30 January 2016 4:50 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2016 SAG Awards Predictions: The Winners Last-minute SAG Awards predictions, as the 2016 SAG Awards ceremony will begin in about half an hour (Jan. 30) at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. So far, there's one clear winner at the ceremony. That's veteran film and (mostly) television actress Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show, Annie), who will be handed the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be handling that particular presentation. As for the SAG Awards' competitive motion picture categories, this year remains murkier than most even though the list of likely winners has been narrowed down in recent weeks – especially following the Golden Globes ceremony and the Oscar nominations announcement. The 'oddities' The easy part: eliminating the “oddities.” No matter how good (or not-so-good) their performances, Johnny Depp in Black Mass, Sarah Silverman in I Smile Back, Helen Mirren in Woman in Gold, Idris Elba »

- Mont. Steve

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The Academy's Diversity Problem Is Complicated

21 January 2016 4:07 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There are many issues swirling in this Oscar diversity debate. At the heart of it is how much the Oscars reflect the way that the Academy likes to see itself. That's one reason why I believed that "The King's Speech," "The Hurt Locker" and "12 Years a Slave" would win Best Picture. I was surprised by "Driving Miss Daisy"'s win, as well as the one for "Crash." Remember, even if they are mostly white, male and senior, and many have not actively worked on a movie in years, the 6000-strong voting Academy members consider themselves to be industry professionals capable of judging good work. They are mostly liberal. They tend to like well-made, high-minded movies that make them feel proud to be coming from Hollywood. So why no people of color in the key races this year? Consider the candidates. There are reasons why each of them did not make the cut. »

- Anne Thompson

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From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

21 January 2016 9:49 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The continued blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them are collected in the second season Blu-ray / DVD of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the Amazon exclusive home media release that includes both seasons of the Robert Rodriguez series:

Press Release: The Original Crime Drama, Executive Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Swoops Into Retail in a Loaded 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray/DVD) Featuring All 10 Episodes from Season Two, Audio Commentary from Rodriguez, Cast & Crew, 13 Featurettes, "After Dusk: Inside the Episode" Segments - and More!

Also Available Will Be From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Seasons One & Two, Exclusively at Amazon

Street Date: February 2, 2016

Blu-ray/DVD Srp: $49.98/$39.98

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Spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, »

- Derek Anderson

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Universal, See-Saw Plan Mary Magdalene Biopic

21 January 2016 7:28 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Universal Pictures International Productions and See-Saw Films are teaming up for a currently untitled biopic of Mary Magdalene. The aim is to deliver a humanistic portrait of the enigmatic and misunderstood devoted follower of Jesus Christ who is believed to have witnessed both his crucifixion and resurrection.

Mary Magdalene developed a reputation as being a repentant prostitute during the Middle Ages, despite none of the Gospels supporting that claim. The likes of Barbara Hershey, Anne Bancroft and Monica Bellucci have played the role on film and TV productions.

Garth Davis ("Top of the Lake," "Lion") will direct the new movie from a script by Helen Edmundson & Philippa Goslett, while "The King's Speech" duo of Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce. Shooting kicks off this summer ahead of a 2017 release.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Grammy for Visual Media Score: Alexandre Desplat ('The Imitation Game') vs. Antonio Sanchez ('Birdman')

20 January 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

In a way, this year's Grammy race for Best Visual Media Score is a rematch of the 2014 Oscars. Because of the recording academy's unique eligibility period (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015), this contest includes score soundtracks from some of last year's Oscar contenders. -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions That includes Alexandre Desplat ("The Imitation Game"), who is nominated for the seventh time in this category and has won it twice before, for "The King's Speech" (2011) and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (2014). He finally won his first Oscar last year for "Grand Budapest" competing against his own "Imitation Game" score, but the Grammys' different eligibility period means he has a chance to win here two in a row. He faces two of his 2014 Oscar rivals. Hans Zimmer competes for "Interstellar," a...' »

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5 myths that prevented 'Carol' from getting a Best Picture nomination

15 January 2016 1:52 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I thought I'd be over Carol's Best Picture snub by now. The Best Actress nominations were so stunning that I figured I'd pile all my hopes there. But no.  Carol, to me, is the rarest of treats: a queer movie by a queer director (Todd Haynes) that explores feminine inner-life and feminist personalities of another era while managing to be a stunning period piece sporting exquisitely accurate visual and aural detail. The story of a sophisticated New York housewife (Cate Blanchett) who courts a younger woman (Rooney Mara) while dealing with the dissolution of her marriage to husband Harge (Kyle Chandler) was visually gorgeous and, at least to me, radically real. Over the past few months I've heard certain movie biz types speculate about Carol, and I can't shake the memory of a few strange, yet eerily agreed-upon complaints in that conversation. I've counted up five of them here »

- Louis Virtel

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A Look at the 2015 Best Picture Nominees

15 January 2016 9:27 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The 2015 Oscar nominations have been announced with The Revenant leading the way with 12 nominations followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with ten. After crunching some numbers we've taken a look at how this year's crop of Best Picture nominees stacks up to prior, pre-nomination box office totals. Have a look at what we found after comparing this year's eight Best Picture nominees to 190 previous Best Picture contenders, going back 33 years to 1982. Note: Before reading on, please be aware this article is specifically comparing pre-nomination grosses (not adjusted for inflation) unless otherwise noted. To begin, Room is the sixth lowest grossing Best Picture nominee (pre-nominations) in the last 33 years with $5.1 million. The five lower grossing films are American Sniper ($3.3M), Letters from Iwo Jima ($2.5M), My Left Foot ($2.1M), The Dresser ($562k) and Amour ($371k). In fact, Room will likely end up as one of the top ten lowest grossing Best »

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Oscar nominations analysis: 'The Revenant' & 'Spotlight' up, 'The Martian' down

14 January 2016 8:08 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

To win Best Picture at the Oscars, you usually need to pick up nominations in directing, writing and editing: few films win the top prize without them, though there have been very recent exceptions: "Argo" (2012) prevailed without a directing bid, and "Birdman" won despite its editing snub. Nevertheless, those categories are often telling, but they're not the only ones to watch out for. -Break- Consider 2010, when "The King's Speech" swept the nominations, including an unlikely bid for Sound Mixing. Sound categories tend to favor thrillers, action movies, epics, and musicals, so the inclusion of a smaller character-driven drama indicated how much support there was for the film across the board. Oscar nominations: 'The Revenant' leads with 12, followed by 'Mad Max' (10) The same year, "The Social Network" did well, earning eight nominations, but its canary in the coal mine was probably Andrew Ga »

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Will BAFTAs preview Oscars again?

6 January 2016 1:20 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

On Friday, the British Academy of Film and Television Academy (BAFTA) will unveil the nominations for the 69th annual edition of its movie awards. Since the BAFTAs moved up in 2000 to take place while academy members are voting in the final round, these kudos have foreseen eight of the 14 Best Picture Oscar winners. Last year, the BAFTAs went for "Boyhood" over eventual Oscar champ "Birdman." However, they got it right in the previous five years of the expanded Best Picture race: "The Hurt Locker" (2009), "The King's Speech" (2010), "The Artist" (2011), "Argo" (2012) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013).  Let's take a closer look at each of these half dozen years and see how often (or not) the Brits hit the bullseye when it came to predicting the Oscar winners.  -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Last year,&nbs »

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Interview: Lucinda Coxon's 11 Years With "The Danish Girl"

4 January 2016 6:02 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

One of this season's most talked about movies, The Danish Girl, set tongues wagging long before anyone had seen a single frame. Years before in fact. It wasn't just the subject matter, though the subject matter would have been enough. The Danish Girl tells the true story of married painters Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) and Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) who struggle to come to grips with Einar's true identity, Lili Elbe. Lili was one of the first trans women to ever undergo gender confirmation surgery which was then an experimental series of surgery. It's a difficult subject to dramatize, and a difficult subject to talk about particularly given how quickly the verbiage and discourse has changed across the decades. People didn't know how to talk about it in 1930 when the story was a very current sensation in Denmark and Germany and do people really know how to talk about it now? »


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Academy Awards Series: Russell Boxing Drama a 'Smart Film' from a Commercial Viewpoint

4 January 2016 2:18 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Fighter' movie: Mark Wahlberg as boxer Micky Ward. 'The Fighter' movie review: 'Smart' filmmaking from a business standpoint David O. Russell's The Fighter is a smart film; smart in the way it's constructed and executed as a means to appeal to a wide audience. People tend to like sports movies. They also tend to like movies where the good guys win and where the hardships the characters go through can all get tidily worked out by the time the credits start rolling. The Fighter is smart from a business standpoint. That also means Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson's screenplay is predictable and much too “safe” as well. Russell and the screenwriters don't tread any new territory; in fact, they don't even try. On the positive side, The Fighter offers several solid performances that make up for some of what's lacking elsewhere. 'The Fighter' »

- Nathan Donarum

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The Real Events That Tom Hooper Didn't Include in The Danish Girl, and Why

4 January 2016 1:57 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

If you haven't seen The Danish Girl, you're missing out. Not only are stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander racking up nominations for their performances, but the movie is also greatly entertaining and thought-provoking. The film, based on the book of the same name by David Ebershoff, tells the story of Lili Elbe, one of the first women to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King's Speech) has created a beautiful film, and I got the chance to talk to him before the movie was released. Read below to find out why it took him seven years to get the story to the big screen, what convinced him that Redmayne was right for the part, and what parts of Lili and Gerda Wegener's stories he didn't include. Mild spoiler warning! Popsugar: This movie seems to come in the middle of a flood of Lgbt movies. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Composer Alexandre Desplat at Oscars: Will 'The Danish Girl' and 'Suffragette' continue his streak?

3 January 2016 3:06 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Alexandre Desplat is one of the most prolific film composers currently working, routinely writing multiple film scores per year. His hard work has been rewarded with eight Oscar nominations in just the last nine years, finally prevailing last year for "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Will he continue his successful streak this year with nominations for "The Danish Girl" and "Suffragette," or maybe even another win? -Break- Subscribe to Gold Derby Breaking News Alerts & Experts’ Latest Oscar Predictions Since his first nom in 2006, Desplat has been nominated every year except 2007 and 2011: 2006: "The Queen"; lost to Gustavo Santaolalla ("Babel") 2008: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; lost to A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire") 2009: "Fantastic Mr. Fox"; lost to Michael Giacchino ("Up") 2010: "The King's Speech"; lost to Tre...' »

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Film Review: The Danish Girl

3 January 2016 11:14 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Tom Hooper has made several films about men playing roles. 2009's The Damned United concerned the managerial exploits of Brian Clough (Martin Sheen), a legend of football who alpha-ed his way to the top of a fiercely competitive business. The King's Speech (2010) was, at its core, a film about a man learning to play a role he felt unfit for: unlike Brian Clough, George VI was skeptical about power and status. The film portrays him as a begrudging king, uncomfortable with a crown that will make him into the sovereign.


- CineVue UK

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