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Expect traditional release windows and drama at Paramount to be on the agenda.
CinemaCon, the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato), is focused on the relationship between exhibitors and distributors. And like all long-time relationships, it is one that has learned to take the rough with the smooth. The talking points at this month’s event, held March 27-30 in Las Vegas, are likely to test this dynamic more than ever before.
Will there be a breakthrough on release windows?
While there have been experiments with the average 90-day theatrical window before a film moves on to home entertainment platforms, we are unlikely to see a dramatic paradigm shift at CinemaCon. AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron recently stirred the pot when he said he was intrigued by the notion of home viewing within several weeks of theatrical release if exhibitors could get a share of digital revenues. He noted, however »
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At least five of the major studios are pushing plans to get movies into homes earlier, but theater chains and studios are still far apart from agreeing on how it would happen.
Warner Bros. and Universal have been the most aggressive in pursuing an arrangement that would see certain movies receive a premium video-on-demand release within weeks of their theatrical premieres, but now other studios are joining the discussions. Twentieth Century Fox has also begun to talk early releases with theater owners, while Sony is having its own separate talks with exhibitors and is trying to devise its own plan.
Paramount, which previously did a pilot program with AMC and a few other exhibitors to release “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” and “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” on digital platforms early, has continued to seek a similar strategy. Though different studios are exploring different scenarios, the plan that has »
- Brent Lang
In a press briefing that revealed writing team Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman (Project Almanac, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) would be developing Unexplained Phenomenon for Amblin, it also dropped the bomb that the duo are developing a second remake of House on Haunted Hill over at Warner Bros. House on Haunted Hill is William Castle’s classic 1959 film starring Vincent Price as a millionaire […] »
- Brad Miska
You've seen demonic forces torment families in the Paranormal Activity franchise, but you can soon experience that horror firsthand with the new virtual reality game Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul, a collaboration between Paramount Pictures and Beast Media Group's Vrwerx. Ahead of the game's release, new gameplay footage takes you down creepy, candlelit corridors.
Revealed on the game's official Twitter page, the brief gameplay footage from Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul can be viewed below, along with the original press release that was unveiled in 2016 (when the game was initially slated to come out before the year's end).
Gamers won't have to wait much longer to experience the horrors of Paranormal Activity in Vr, though, as The Lost Soul is expected to be released for the PlayStation Vr, Oculus Rift, and Htc Vive early this year. No official story details are known at this time, but we'll keep »
- Derek Anderson
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