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The distribution arm sets whatever fees it wants. If they want to charge themselves eleventy quintillion dollars for distribution, they totally can. Then, even if the film earns billions of dollars in box office receipts, they’re still technically in debt (to themselves) and thus haven’t turned a profit.
The first weekend of a movie’s release, the profit is split heavily in the studio’s favor, typically around an 80/20 split. The second weekend, it may change to a 70/30 scale, and so on. So why do the theaters take these awful deals? Because if they don’t, the studio is under no obligation to lease their films to that theater, so they can just totally bounce if they want to.
Marketing departments just plain don’t give a #. For example, one critic’s review of Live Free or Die Hard got shortened from “hysterically overproduced and surprisingly entertaining” to “hysterically… entertaining.” Sometimes they’ll even take the blurb from parts of the review where the critic was referring to a different movie entirely or the genre as a whole. Another fun trick Hollywood likes to use is trying to woo critics with free screenings, food, set visits, and other goodies. The people who take the bait are called quote whores.
Nowadays, the very act of creating something gives you copyright, whether you register it or not, but back then, you had to specifically register the copyright for the works you wanted protected, and you had to label it in a very certain way afterward. A George Washington University copyright expert found Steamboat Willie to be not properly copyrighted and therefore being public domain and published a paper saying so. It was at this point that Disney took notice of the issue and actually threatened to sue him for “slander of title.”
You see, film studios aren’t the biggest fans of things like Netflix, Redbox, or Hulu. You know, those things that allow you to pick and choose what you want to watch when you want to watch it for a reasonable, affordable price. The reason is that it eats into their sales of DVDs and pay-per-view rentals, for which they get a much higher cut of the profit. As DVD sales drop, movie studios panic. So, instead of adapting their business model to a format that consumers obviously prefer, they’d rather try to turn back the clock and take away the distribution methods people love and enjoy.
Turns out, some of those crazy people who constantly crop up and say Hollywood producers ripped off their scripts aren’t so crazy. In fact, it turns out that it’s a dirty little secret of Hollywood’s that stealing scripts is almost commonplace. Example: Buchwald was already a successful humor writer and satirist, even winning himself a Pulitzer for his work. he pitched Paramount an idea for a movie about an African prince who moves to America to find a bride. He suggested Eddie Murphy as a lead actor. Paramount took the pitch, but then had trouble getting it off the ground. The rights returned to Buchwald and he pitched it to Warner Bros. Warner Bros. killed the project. Turns out, there was a similar film going into production at Paramount. It was a movie about an African prince who moves to America to find a bride. It starred Eddie Murphy, who was also given writing credit. That movie was Coming To America.
Originally posted by kittendaydreamer
reply to post by evil12day
Is it just me or does Cory's face look a lot like Charlie Sheen's at many points in that clip?
Probably just because I'm tired.
Choi Min-sik to stage screen-quota protest at Cannes...
...Choi Min-sik, star of the South Korean film Old Boy, that won the Grand Prize in Cannes in 2004, will stage a silent demonstration at the opening night at the Palais de Festivals on Wednesday, they said. The actor has been one of the main opponents of the government’s policy to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with Washington. As part of the agreement, Seoul plans to reduce the mandatory days for screening of domestic movies in theaters, allowing more space for foreign movies. The reduction was a years-long demand from Washington under the influence of major U.S. studios...
...South Korea’s government announced in January that it will cut the mandatory screening days for homegrown movies to 73 days a year starting in July, from the current 146 days. Movie workers say the reduction of the quota will deal a heavy blow to low-budget Korean movies and help Hollywood blockbusters in the lucrative Korean market, where each individual watches at least three movies in theaters a year, according to statistics.
Min Shik Choi sticks it to the South Korean Gov...
``The medal was personally my pride and honor,'' Choi Min Shik told reporters in Seoul today as he held his Jade Crest Cultural Medal, carefully wrapped in pale green satin. ``Now it is a symbol of the government's betrayal.''
South Korea's government announced Jan. 26 it would halve the number of days that cinemas must show local movies to 73 from 146, in response to demands by Pixar, Walt Disney Co. and other Hollywood studios. A week later, South Korea and the U.S. agreed to begin negotiations for a free-trade agreement.
Clad in a thick coat, turtle-neck sweater and gloves, he planned to stand in the sleet and snow holding a sign that read: ``Oldboy would not have existed without the screening quota.''
THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.
Although the film itself is completely fictional, the Coen brothers claim that many of the events that take place in the movie were actually based on true events from other cases that they threw together to make one story. Joel Coen noted: "We weren't interested in that kind of fidelity (definition: the quality of being faithful or loyal). The basic events are the same as in the real case, but the characterizations are fully imagined...If an audience believes that something's based on a real event, it gives you permission to do things they might otherwise not accept."
Originally posted by wigit
OLDBOY WOULD NOT HAVE EXISTED WITHOUT THE SCREENING QUOTA!!!
Maybe that's why Charlie Sheen is crazy Both of them had/have problems with drugs Maybe Sheen has pedophilia problems/sexual abuse just like Corey That those issues actually cause their agony to reflect on them physically
It is those movies that when watched and when our imagination is captured that we begin to alter our consciousness which manifests a change to our future reality which is all based on the influence of what movies Hollywood put out for the viewing public to see and which ones we saw or watched over and over and over because we liked them.
Originally posted by greenWeenie
I never watched Fargo a second time. I can't remember if I gave it away or just threw it out. Not that it matters, they still took my money. But Hollywood's "innocence" was ruined on me that day. How is that not false advertisement?!! At least I can take comfort in knowing these geniuses have wiped each other's asses with more cash that I'll probly ever see.