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 [...]

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Box Office Follow Up (Part 2): China’s Box Office Suffers Due to a Dismal March

Despite "King Kong: Skull Island" and "Beauty and the Beast" delivering box office success overseas, China still suffered in March. Variety's Patrick Frater reported on April 3rd, 2017 that China's box office revenue for March was $488 million (RMB 3.37 billion) which is 9% lower than March of last year. Admissions were also down from [...]

Box Office Follow Up: “Beauty and the Beast” and “Kong: Skull Island”

Variety's Dave McNary reported on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 that Disney's live action remake, "Beauty and the Beast" amassed $207 million over its second weekend, making the total box office run of two weeks approximately $690 million. Internationally, "Beauty and the Beast" grosses $119 million, followed closely by "Kong: Skull Isand" with $91 milion according [...]

In the Spirit of Howard Ashman: Bill Condon on “Beauty and the Beast”

Kim Masters interviewed Bill Condon, director of "Dreamgirls" (2006), who also directed the new adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) on Saturday, March 25th, 2017. Speaking on the film, Bill Condon noted how he wanted to make the remake in the spirit of the original lyricist of the 1991, Howard Ashman, who died before [...]

Why Race Doesn’t Really Matter When Writing Scripts: Scriptnotes

On Tuesday, March 14th, 2017, Scriptnotes hosts John August and Craig Mazin tackle viewer questions and answer them to the best of their ability. Ranging in a variety of questions in regards to screenwriting, this podcast was generally focused on writing credits, the importance of an agent, and, what caught the eye the most, the [...]

How Wang Jianlin May Have Killed the Chinese Film Market… and How “Kong: Skull Island” Could Save Us All

On March 14th, 2017, Variety's Gene Maddaus and Brent Lang reported on a massive mistake left by China's richest individual, Wang Jianlin, chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group, who failed to pick up Dick Clark Productions (DCP) and faces trouble with Legendary Entertainment. Last fall, the Wanda Group agreed to pick up Dick Clark Productions, which [...]

The Illegal Practice of Hollywood Casting Workshops: Pay to Play

On February 25th, 2017, Kim Masters of "The Business" podcast interviewed Gary Baum, who in 2016, investigated the practice known as casting workshops. According to Baum, a casting workshop is "... an educational experience put on by a casting director, an associate, where an actor can learn how to audition better. It practical terms, it is [...]