Box Office: Spiderman: Homecoming and Despicable Me 3 Record

The Hollywood Reporter's Pamela McClintock reported on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 the opening weekend "success" of Marvel's newest addition to the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Spiderman: Homecoming". The reboot is set to become the third biggest box-office domestic opening of the year with $50.5 million with a projected $120 million-$125 million by Sunday's end. "If that [...]

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The Oscars: Animated Voting Procedure Change

On Friday, March 7th, 2017, Awards Editor for Variety Kristopher Tapley examined the changes made to the voting system in regards to the animated film category. Noting: "Going forward, nominations in the animated feature category will be open to anyone in the Academy willing to join a nominating committee" (Tapley 2017). Normally, the Academy's committee [...]

How Social Issues Helped Change “Zootopia”

Over the weekend, Kim Masters of The Business podcast spoke with "Zootopia" directors, Rich Moore and Byron Howard, who have been in the industry for 25 years, over the production history of the film and how the events of Ferguson and the emergence of Black Lives Matters affected "Zootopia" and it's story. The film is now [...]

If You Can’t Be Yourself, Be Batman: “The Lego Batman Movie” Makes an Impressive Run at the Friday Box Office

"The Lego Batman Movie" (McCay 2017) which was released on February 10th, 2017, made an impressive two week run on Friday, beating out three of the February 17th new releases: "Great Wall", "Fist Fight", and "A Cure for Wellness". According to a  Variety article by Seth Kelley, the animated comedy picked up a healthy figure [...]

The Walt Disney Company: Wage Fixing and Antitrust Lawsuit

When one thinks of civil lawsuits, the name Walt Disney Company, does not come to mind very often. We do not usually think of The House of Mouse having anything to do with getting their hands dirty with anything. The creators of family friendly films for nearly a century found themselves in a class action [...]