After ‘Trolls’ AMC theaters bans Universal films

AMC Theaters (who also own UK Chain Odeon Cinemas) have vowed to no longer screen Universal Pictures films in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. That comes after NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell spoke about the success of Trolls World Tour on VOD platforms amassing $100 million. “The results for Trolls World Tour have exceeded our expectations and … Continue reading “After ‘Trolls’ AMC theaters bans Universal films”

What will become of the movies and theaters post Covid?

A bold catchphrase circulated the online world amidst the Covid 19 pandemic initial lockdown: “artists are second responders.” With deep respect to our first responders and frontline workers saving lives, the average citizen did their part by staying home isolated with no contact to the outside world. What we thought would be a few months … Continue reading “What will become of the movies and theaters post Covid?”

AMC Theatres to offer 15- cent tickets upon reopening

In 1920, the Dubinsky Brothers began operations with a single movie screen in Kansas City, Missouri. That single screen would serve as the foundation for what is known today as AMC Entertainment , the largest theatrical exhibitor in the United States, in Europe & the Middle East, and in the world. One hundred years later, … Continue reading “AMC Theatres to offer 15- cent tickets upon reopening”

Universal Pictures reaches deal with AMC Theatres

Good news. Universal Pictures has reached a deal with AMC Theatres which means that the studio now has the option of releasing any of its titles (including those from Focus Features) on VOD (Video on Demand) platforms after just 17 days of screening in theaters.  AMC originally refused to screen Universal films after the success of … Continue reading “Universal Pictures reaches deal with AMC Theatres”

AMC Theatres plan reopening for August

Even with potential summer blockbusters as Warner Bros’ Tenet and Disney’s Mulan delayed indefinitely, AMC Theatres has announced the chain is currently planning to reopen its U.S. movie theaters in mid to late August. AMC closed its 450 U.S. theaters in March due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. AMC operates among the most productive … Continue reading “AMC Theatres plan reopening for August”

Only 7% Americans likely to return to theaters in new poll

This is fairly dismal, potentially disastrous, news for movie theaters. In a new poll conducted by by Morning Consult on behalf of The Hollywood Reporter, many Americans are leery of returning to their local AMC or Cinemark when theaters do eventually reopen. 2200 people were polled and the results are not good. Only 7% of people … Continue reading “Only 7% Americans likely to return to theaters in new poll”

California movie theaters can reopen on June 12

Good news, cinephiles. Movie theaters in California can begin reopening later this week if they follow a strict set of guidelines, including limiting capacity, according to new rules issued by the state on Monday. The rules call for theaters to limit capacity to 25% or no more than 100 moviegoers. Theaters are added to a … Continue reading “California movie theaters can reopen on June 12”

WB renames ‘Harley Quinn’ film to boost box office

That was fast. Although box office tracking for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) initially came in at $50 million domestically before Thursday’s early preview numbers were finalized, the film only grossed $33.2 million over the previous weekend. These numbers give Birds of Prey the lowest opening weekend gross for any DC Extended Universe film, but … Continue reading “WB renames ‘Harley Quinn’ film to boost box office”

‘Matrix 4’ is greenlit. Will it shoot in Chicago?

It’s time to take the red pill again. The Wrap is reporting that the fourth film in the Matrix series will return to theaters. Warner Bros’ chairman,Toby Emmerich, announced Tuesday. Stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning in their original roles as Neo and Trinity, with Lana Wachowski set to write and direct the … Continue reading “‘Matrix 4’ is greenlit. Will it shoot in Chicago?”

McGarryBowen CCO to talk “Bloody Mess” in Cannes

Tomorrow morning at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, McGarryBowen chief creative officer Ned Crowley will launch a new event format with a presentation titled, “A Bloody Mess — How Advertising Saved My Movie and My Sanity.”

Crowley will describe the four-month sabbatical that he took from his professional advertising job and devoted to completing a feature film on a small budget in early 2015.

According to McGarryBowen, who is hosting Crowley’s appearance, he chose a time of “tumultuous agency change and business upheaval” to make the foray into filmmaking.

Arclight set to close permanently in CA and IL

To say you are just watching a movie at the famous ArcLight Cinerama Dome is an understatement and almost an insult to cinephiles. From the ushers introducing the film to being immersed into a 70mm film due to its majestic curved screen, a trip to the dome was an experience. The Dome is where I … Continue reading “Arclight set to close permanently in CA and IL”

Disney announces plans for 2021 and beyond

On Thursday December 10, 2020, The Walt Disney Company hosted their webcast for Their Investor Day. Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, and Bob Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, led the virtual event, which included presentations from leaders of the company’s content and distribution teams, along with financial updates … Continue reading “Disney announces plans for 2021 and beyond”

AFI screens Switzerland Oscar entry ‘My Little Sister’

Filmmakers Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond’s heartwrenching and heartwarming debut future My Little Sister stars thespian heavyweights Nina Hoss and Lars Eidinger in shining performances as twin siblings. Brilliant playwright Lisa no longer writes. She lives in Switzerland with her family but her heart has stayed in Berlin, beating to the rhythm of her twin brother’s heart. … Continue reading “AFI screens Switzerland Oscar entry ‘My Little Sister’”

Regal Cinemas to close indefinitely

After the sobering news that MGM and EON have pushed back actor Daniel Craig’s hotly anticipated No Time to Die to April, 2021, Cineworld, the UK’s largest theater chain and parent of the United States Regal Cinemas, has announced that Regal will be closing indefinitely. According to Variety, the company’s theaters in The UK, Ireland and The … Continue reading “Regal Cinemas to close indefinitely”

‘Tenet’ surges to $5 million at global IMAX theatres

IMAX today announced that Warner Bros. Pictures and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet surged to a better-than-expected start in IMAX, with an estimated $5 million in international box office from only 248 theaters worldwide. IMAX theatres generated a per screen average of approximately $20K — about 7.5 times the estimated overall per screen average — even with an average 50% seating capacity limitation … Continue reading “‘Tenet’ surges to $5 million at global IMAX theatres”

U.S. Regal Cinemas to reopen August 21

In response to the recent changes in the upcoming theatrical release schedule, Cineworld, parent company of Regal, today announced that its theatres will begin to reopen U.S. locations on Friday, August 21. Theaters originally shut down nationwide in March due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, opening in the U.S. on Thursday, September 3, will … Continue reading “U.S. Regal Cinemas to reopen August 21”

Peele, Smith rumored for Universal monster flick

Jordan Peele, after two films and The Twilight Zone, has solidified himself as voice to be reckoned in horror and sci-fi. That will probably be even more cemented after the release of Candyman in September if theaters are open. Could Peele now be considering Will Smith for a leading role in a new monster film … Continue reading “Peele, Smith rumored for Universal monster flick”

Oscars launch virtual Gold mentorship program

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is proud to announce commitments from 19 partner companies in its fourth year of Academy Gold, an entertainment industry internship enhancement and mentorship program for students and young professionals from underrepresented communities.  The alumni program has been established to provide a continuum of support for all participants in … Continue reading “Oscars launch virtual Gold mentorship program”

Prepare for the Death & Rebirth of Hollywood

Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of a blog that first appeared on It is reprinted with Richard Jane’s permission. Production, exhibition, and good old fashion power are all being violently uprooted in tinsel town and where we land twelve months from now is going to look very different from the last twenty years. … Continue reading “Prepare for the Death & Rebirth of Hollywood”

‘Justice League Dark’ among 3 series coming to HBO Max

It would seem the DC Universe is beginning to thrive more on TV than in movie theaters. Justice League Dark which has been in development limbo and Hell for some time is finally going to seen an appearance on the flat screen. HBO Max today announced it has given production commitments for three new high-octane one-hour … Continue reading “‘Justice League Dark’ among 3 series coming to HBO Max”