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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, »
As Cannes approaches, Screen casts its eye back at the winners and losers of 2012 according to our jury of critics.
Screen International’s jury of international critics has long been a strong indicator as to what will take the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – and 2012 was no different.
Both films scored 3.3 out of 4 and Amour went away with the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or.
Beyond the Hills also performed strongly, winning awards for best screenplay and best actress for its two leading ladies Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. Director Mungiu has another shot at the Palme d’Or this year with Graduation (Bacalaureat).
It was a year for ties, with »
March 21st sees the home release of the critically acclaimed American thriller Bloodline – Season 1. Produced by Sony Pictures as a 13 episode Netflix Original series, the story centres on the Rayburn family who own and manage a beachside hotel in the Florida Keys. To mark the 45th anniversary of their reputable and well-respected business, the Rayburns are being celebrated with the dedication of a local pier being given in their honour.
A seemingly respectable and upstanding family within the community, the return of the Rayburn’s oldest son, Danny, to take part in the festivities doesn’t raise any eyebrows. However Danny’s return isn’t so welcome among the family, who see him as a threat to their carefully constructed facade; a facade which hides a dark and murky past.
Debuting at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in 2015 the series instantly gained rave reviews for it’s tense and gripping overtones, »
- Dan Powell
Menino, who died in 2014, was in his fifth term and 20th year in office when terrorists attacked at the 2013 marathon.
The movie will be directed by Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor”) and written by Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) based on former Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis’ account of the events. Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Dorothy Aufiero, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky are producing the pic, which begins shooting this month in Boston.
J.K. Simmons recently joined the cast as Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the Watertown Police Department. Four days after the 2013 bombing, the off-duty officer jumped fences and went through backyards to flank bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. »
- Dave McNary
Erik Lomis, president of distribution at the Weinstein Co. for the past five years, is leaving the company for a new post at Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Picture.
The departure was confirmed Thursday by David Glasser, chief operating officer, who said Lomis is headed to another job.
“He got a great offer and we wish him the best,” Glasser said. “He did a great job for us.”
Lomis’ new post at Annapurna, first reported by Deadline, will include distribution duties
Lomis, who was president of distribution at MGM between 2000 and 2005, came on board at TWC in 2011. He saw major successes from “The Artist,” which won the Oscar for best picture in 2012, and from “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Django Unchained” in 2013 and “The Imitation Game” in 2014.
- Dave McNary
The operation will handle sales and distribution on all MadRiver films as well as films from Vendian Entertainment, which has made a strategic investment in MadRiver Pictures.
MadRiver titles include Burr Steers’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” starring Lily James and set for release Friday; John Hillcoat’s “Triple 9,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul and Anthony Mackie, which will be released by Open Road Films on Feb. 26; and James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” starring Charlie Hunnam.
Fox will separately continue to run the Annapurna International label and represent all Annapurna Pictures titles for the international marketplace, including Annapurna »
- Dave McNary
The Friends of Eddie Coyle, 1973.
Directed by Peter Yates.
After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.
Eddie Coyle is a small time gun runner for an organised crime outfit in Boston. He knows the game. He knows when to keep his mouth shut and what happens to those who do not. They call him ‘Fingers’ due to an incident with his hand, an open drawer, and someone’s foot closing that draw on his hand. It’s a constant reminder of the life he chose.
We enter the film with Eddie in trouble; caught smuggling contraband and it’s not his first time which means another stretch in jail. But Eddie is 51 years old, »
- Amie Cranswick
Just months after Johnny Depp’s comically over-the-top role as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, the actor is potentially returning to the criminal underworld as the lead in J.C. Chandor’s next project, Triple Frontier. Chandor’s follow-up to the 2014 morality play A Most Violent Year its title refers to the real-life border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil where crime has thrived in the absence of law enforcement. Chandor already has his next project lined up as well, a remake of the 2010 German film, The Robber, which tells the true story of Johann Kastenberger, a marathon runner who robbed banks as a hobby. [Variety and Deadline]
Scoot McNairy isn’t yet a household name, but he’s built a resume with an impressive list of heavy hitter directors since his breakout roles in Monsters and Killing Them Softly. He’s signed on to two more promising films with The Legacy of A »
- Michael Snydel
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