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The Fast and Furious announces its 8th Installment

 

The historic run for the Fast and the Furious franchise will continue with its next installment set to release in the spring of 2017.

Vin Diesel has announced publicly that part 8 is the first of a trilogy that will finally bring the franchise to an end. He also announced that the location for the new film will change to New York City for this new film instead of Los Angeles like it has been in the past. F. Gary Grey will be the new director for part 8 as James Wan; the director for part 7 has opted out. No new cast members have officially been announced but there is speculation that the cast could add new actresses such as Eva Mendez, Helen Mirren, and Ruby Rose.

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This would be the first film since Paul Walkers death that he won’t be part of a film for the franchise besides Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The tragic death of Paul has left family, friends, and fans in a state of shock and disbelief. His death makes the franchise feel incomplete and just feels like unreal that he will no longer be in the films.

I think that the next three films should all be in Paul’s honor and that the films should bring back that element that captured the audience from the very beginning and making the films so popular with all the car races and just go back to the very beginning where it all belong. Also they need to give Vin Diesel a new partner in crime. I think the studio should explore bringing back Lucas Black, who played Sean in the Tokyo Drift film and had a small cameo in Fast7. He could add a new dynamic to the series but only if they make it in a way that makes sense and believable. Part 8 is the most important of the trilogy because it will set the tone for the other 2 films and lead it in a path that will inevitably lead to an epic conclusion to a franchise that we all have grown up with and fell in love with!

By: Michael Lazo



The Martian Just Won’t Quit

 

The Martian moves back up to 1st place in the box office after a disappointing weekend of new releases. This weekend saw the opening of The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimensions, Jem and The Holograms and Rock The Kasbah, non of which made any sort of impact in the box office numbers. Last Witch Hunter  came in 4th, Paranormal Activity 6th, Rock the Kasbah 13th and Jem and the Holograms ended the weekend in 15th place.

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The only real impact was between Goosebumps who dropped down to second place and The Martian, which moved back up to first. The Martian has now passed the 200 million dollar mark, after only being out for 24 days. This puts it above the starts of Interstellar and Ridley Scotts own Prometheus, making this 1 of Foxes 4 biggest hits ever. Which is very good news for the studio after its Fantastic 4 flop.

With the new 007 movie Spectre releasing on November 6, this upcoming weekend is the last chance for The Martian to stay at the top of the pack. With Spectre expected to dominate in its opening weekend, there doesn’t seem to be much competition expected from other films.

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Hollywood’s Gender Pay Gap

 

Since the November 24 hack of Sony’s system, more and more files have been systematically released. One of the most damaging leaks was the release of an email, which publicized the pay gap between the male and female actors in American Hustle. The email stated that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams only received 7% from the profit made, this is after Lawrence had been bumped up from 5%, in order to match Adams. On the other hand their male co-stars Bale, Cooper and Renner, all received 9% from the profit made.

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Soon after the release of the email, Jennifer Lawrence released her own personal email and then later participated in Lena Dunhams Lenny Newsletter. She stated that rumors of the pay gap had always circled around, but now that there was concrete information, she felt the need to word her opinion on the matter. Overall She expressed more disappointed in herself, for giving up so early in negotiations.

Lawrence and other actresses have expressed the need to end negotiations early as to not come off as spoiled or difficult. Something that their male counterparts don’t worry about, when negotiating their pay. Lawrence is not the first female actress to speak out against the pay gap. Many having been doing so for years, with Patricia Arquette using her oscar acceptance speech, to bring up the subject of equal pay in hollywood.

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The Emails also revealed that female hollywood stars are not the only one’s being gypped. A salary spreadsheet released by the hackers, lists 6000 sony employees and their pay rates. 17 employees in the spreadsheet were making over 1 million a year, yet only one of those employees was a female.

Since the leak of the email, many actors and actress have begun to take steps in helping to close the pay gap. lawrence learned from her mistake and is now set to make 8 million more than Chris Pratt in their upcoming Sci-Fi Drama Passengers. Charlize Theron negotiated a 10 million dollar raise, in order to make as much as her Snow White and the Huntsman co-star Chris Hemsworth, in their upcoming movie. In addition to that, Bradely Cooper has stated that from now on he will be revealing his pay rate, in the hopes that it will help his female co-stars better negotiate their rates. Jeremy Renner on the other had has stated that he will not get involved in the pay rate fiasco, mainly because he himself doesn’t focus on the money aspect of the business. His focus lies solely on his performance, in addition he stated that most of the time his negotiations are handled by a third party and not himself.

Post by: Raquel Justiniani



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New Power Rangers Movie

 

The latest news for the upcoming Power Rangers movie has established that they will be using the characters from the original series. With the announcement of who will be playing the 5 Rangers, rumors have begun to spur as to what the plot of the story will be.

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Once such rumors claims that we will see Zordon and the original rangers in a battle fought in prehistoric times and that through a rift caused by a black hole, Zordon, alongside Rita will be transported into the present. Where Zordon will only have 71 hours to prepare his new Rangers for the fight of their life.

With only the Rangers listed as the cast for the movie, many are wondering if we will see the iconic Bulk and Skull and the infamous Green Ranger make an appearance in the movie.

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My only worry is that this movie will end up just like the reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a complete and total failure. One of the things that I always liked about the original Rangers series is that most of the main cast had some experience with either martial arts or gymnastics. So it made it easier for me to believe that maybe they did most of their own stunts. But with Becky G rounding up the cast of Rangers, I highly doubt that the actors will be performing any major stunts.

The Power Rangers reboot is being directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and is set to release on January 13, 2017.

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Finding Dory Trailer released

 

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The first trailer of Pixars Finding Dory was released earlier this week, with the first trailer released, it has many people excited for the new installment that is following Pixars first movie Finding Nemo. The story follows Dory(Ellen DeGenerous) trying to find her parents, when certain nights she starts to remember flashbacks of her past and goes on an adventure with Marlin(Albert Brooks) and Nemo(Hayden Rolence) in order to find answers.

The movie is to be released on June 17, 2016 with director and writer Andrew Stanton returning to the film, Stanton stated that the characters from the first film are to be in the sequel as well. With already half a million views in the last 24 hours, the film is getting much attention with the poster release too.

Much publicity has been going for the movie as Ellen DeGenerous puts out hints of what is expected for the movie as she talks about it ob her talk show, she mentions that the film will be joined by more sea creatures

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   The new season for Baby Daddy is set to release On February 3, 2016 on ABC Family. The show will be televised at 8:30 p.m. The new season would be the fifth in the TV sitcom that first aired on June 20, 2012. The full cast will return and reprise their roles.

   Baby Daddy is a sitcom on ABC Family about Ben Wheeler , played by Jean-Luc Bilodeau, who one day opens his front door and realizes a baby on his door step with a note saying that he is the father of the baby. Now its up to Ben to raise the baby with the help form his friends Riley (Chelsea Kane), Tucker ( Tahj Mowry), his brother Danny (Derek Theler), and his mother Bonnie (Melissa Peterman).

  The new season is highly- anticipated due to to the success that the show has had in it’s first four seasons. The show is very funny and enjoyable for all ages and the story line is very well put together. The characters are all so enjoyable, fun, and bring their own little thing to each role. However the main reason why season 5 is so anticipated is because of the way season 4 left fans on a cliffhanger and now everyone is dying to know what is going to happen next!

                                                               written by: Michael Lazo



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Alice Through The Looking Glass Trailer Reveal

 

The first trailer for Tim Burtons, Alice in Wonderland sequel has been released.  Alice Through the Looking Glass, directed by James Bobin, sets up a story where Alice has been gone from wonderland for some time and must now return in order to save the Mad Hatter.

Time, played by Sacha Baron Cohen is the new villain Alice will encounter as she travels to the past, in order to save the Hatter. Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Michael Sheen (White Rabbit), Alan Rickman (Blue Caterpillar), Timothy Spall (Bayard), Paul Whitehouse (March Hare) and Barbara Windsor (Dormouse), will be returning in the sequel.

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Rumors are that the plot of the story revolves around Alice being sent by the white queen to borrow the Cronosphere, an orb located in the center of the grand clock chamber, which she will use to travel back in time and save the Hatter. This means that we will finally get a glimpse into how the Hatter became who he is.

New posters released for the movie portray the main characters holding a golden globe, which could be the cronosphere, if so then the rumors must be true.

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Screenshots from the newly released trailer also reveal that they might be fighting a dragon once again.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass is set to release on May 27, 2016

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TMNT Sequel

 

The next TMNT movie has been codenamed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shelled. The project is once again being produced by Michael Bay but will now be directed by Dave Green ( Earth to Echo). The plot of the story is still unknown, but some scenes involving Will Arnett and Alessandra Ambrosio, were shot during a New York Knicks game. Ambrosio will be playing Vern Fenwicks (Will Arnett) new love interest.

Other new actors that have joined the cast are Stephen Amell ( Arrow), who is portraying the ever popular Casey Jones.

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casey jones 1In addition they reintroduced Bebop ( Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (Sheamus from WWE), from the original animated series into the upcoming sequel.Unlike Casey Jones who will be riding around in a muscle car rather than his usual motorcycle, Bebop and Rocksteady will have their own individual motorcycles.

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The film is currently in post production and is due to release on June 3, 2016.

Post by: Raquel Justiniani



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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

 

After a 13 year hiatus, the Portokalos family is back and with an all new wedding dilemma to boot.

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The trailer for the new movie reveals that Toula’s parents are not legally married because their marriage certificate was never signed, which sets the family off on another wacky wedding planning experience. In between all of the wedding chaos , Toula and Ian attempt to rekindle their love as Toula focuses on convincing her college bound daughter, to attend school close to home.

The sequel is once again written by Nia Vandals and produced by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks. Majority of the main cast will be returning alongside some new actors. In a Facebook post, Nia revealed that the story will center mainly around what being a mom is like. From what can be seen from the trailer, Toula’s biggest challenge as a mother, will be letting go of her daughter.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is set to release on March 25, 2016.

Post by: Raquel Justiniani



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Memento Remake

 

Ambi Pictures has announced that it will be releasing a remake of Christopher Nolan’s “Memento”. The company, ran by Andrea Lervolino and Monika Bacardi, gained the rights to the movie after purchasing the library of Exclusive Media Group.

Memento was the indie success that propelled Nolan into success. Part of what made the movie so popular was that it told its story backwards, with the movie starting at the end and finishing at the beginning.

There has been no mention of Nolan participating in the remake of the movie. Which leads many to believe that whomever takes on the task of directing the project, might have to just rip-off Nolans shooting style, in order to keep the remake true to its original version.

Wether this project will be accepted by fans of the original Memento is yet to be seen, since many are already calling it the “unwanted Memento remake”.

No release date has been set for the upcoming project.

Post by: Raquel Justiniani



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The Huntsman: Winters War

 

The Snow White and the Huntsman sequel/prequel has officially been named The huntsman: Winters War. The new movie introduces 2 new characters. The Ice Queen ( Emily Blunt) and the warrior Sarah ( Jessica Chastain)

The beginning of the movie is set to be a prequel, showcasing the Huntsman and Sarah as kids training in the Ice Queens army. Some time after, the Ice Queen becomes enraged when her prized warriors the Huntsman and Sarah break her most important rule “Forever harden your hearts”

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After banishing the two warriors, the Ice Queen learns of her sisters demise and sends her army to retrieve the magic mirror. Soon she realizes that she has the ability to resurrect her sister and together they begin to terrorize the enchanted land. leaving it up to the two banished warriors to save the land.

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It seems that they have managed to remove Snow White (Kristen Stewart) from the story line. As there is no mention of her in the films synopsis. Which is not surprising, being that the Evil Queen was the biggest draw of the original film.

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The Huntsmans: Winter War is set to release April 22, 2016.

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Tomb Raider Reboot

 

GK films has partnered up with MGM and WB’s to produce the remake of the Tomb Raider series. After 5 years of development the reboot seems to be finally getting a Writer and a Director.

Roar Uthaug the Norwegian film director known for The Norwegian disaster movie The Wave, is set to Direct the upcoming reboot. He will possibly  be joined by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, writer of a Blacklist episode and recently announced co-writer of Transformers 5, is in talks to write the Tomb Raider reboot.

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Word is that Crystal Dynamics developers, have been working close with producers, to ensure that the new Raider release matches the tone and style of the popular video game. Though the new plot line has not been revealed, word is that the reboot will center around Lara’s first adventure. Which isn’t surprising, if the producers intend to match the video games style.

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There is currently no release date for the Tomb Raider reboot, but This will be Roar Uthuag’s first English-Language movie.

Post by: Raquel Justiniani

 



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Midnight Rider’s Jay Sedrish

Jay Sedrish, the Executive producer and Unit Production Manager of Midnight Rider has resurfaced as a teacher at the Columbia College of Hollywood. Jay Sedrish was one of 3 who plead guilty and was later convicted of criminal trespassing and felony involuntary manslaughter, for the on-set incident that caused the death of Camera Assistant Sarah Jones

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 As the films UPM one of Sedrish’s main tasks was to acquire the permits necessary to shoot at public locations. Sedrish was convicted and sentenced to 10 years probation, in which he is not allowed to work as a Director or Assistant Director. In addition he cannot be placed in any position that oversees the safety of others. This is mainly because on the day of the aforementioned incident, Sedrish took the crew to shoot at the location, even though he had received a written letter from the railway company rejecting their request to use the live railway as a shooting location.

Not much has been heard about Sedrish since his conviction until now. Sedrish has been hired by the Columbia School of Hollywood to teach a class on being a Unit Production Manager and an Assistant Director. This has sent many into an uproar because one of the main tasks an Assistant Director is in charge of is set safety. Many feel that of all people, Sedrish should be the last person teaching future filmmakers about on set safety.

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Originally Sedrish applied to be an accounting teacher, but upon meeting with the Dean and President of the school, it was decided that Sedrish’s knowledge would be better put to use as a production teacher. The schools Dean claims that during their interview, Sedrish did not attempt to hide from the Midnight Rider incident, Instead they spoke about it in length. The President of the College believes that this could be Sedrish’s way to redeem himself, by teaching others not to repeat his mistakes. It is confirmed that on-set safety will be one of the subjects covered in his class, as to whether or not Sedrish will use the Midnight Rider incident in his lesson plans is unknown. As for now student who are registered for his class have stated that he has not spoken about the incident.

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Star Wars: The force awakens sky rockets ticket sales!!

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In 24 hours, film websites like Fandango and Movie Ticket, blew up in sales for the new installment of Star Wars. Tickets went on sale on Monday, following the final trailer of the movie during “Monday Night Football”, in just a matter of seconds midnight showings all over the country were sold out, continuing with the premier date. Sales exploded with 8 times more sales than The Hunger Games.

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Movie Ticket and fandango stated that Star Wars is #1 on their ticket sales   on their website right now, continuing sales are increasing more today as people begin to prep for the new film releasing on December 18th. The film will have original cast members like Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher along side new ones, the trilogy will consist of continuing the film with its original ideas from previous movies, and the question everyone has been asking ” will J.J Abrams live up to the creative mind of George Lucas?”

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The Bad Boys are back!

   Its been 12 years since the last sequel in the “Bad Boys” franchise has appeared on the big screen. Well the wait for a third installment to the franchise may soon be over with confirmation from Sony pictures that Bad Boys 3 will be released February, 2017.

   Both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have both confirmed in recent weeks that the movie is indeed happening but no confirmation on whether they would be back to reprise their roles as Marcus Burnett and  Mike Lowry.

  Jerry Bruckheimer in a recent interview mentioned that a script is in the works and that they should hopefully get it done in about 3 months. He also confirmed that the location of filming will be in Miami once again.

  So with  the film right now being a work in progress we will have to wait and see what the third film has in store for us. Especially with the amazing success of Bad Boys 1 and Bad Boys 2 in the box office, Bad Boys 3 will have very high expectations to keep the franchise on top of the box office charts and deliver a movie that fans will enjoy but also bring a new dynamic that will keep the film from being a bust and making the long wait for the third installment worthwhile!

                                                          Posted by: Michael Lazo



Pan Busts at the Box Office

Pan ends its first weekend with an unprecedented upset, grossing only 15.3 million. Coming in third below Hotel Transylvania 2 with 20.4 million and The Martian 37 million, in the north American Market. With the movie budgeted at around 150 million with an added 125 million for marketing expenses, Pan is set to cause a huge loss for Warner Brothers.

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The movie was originally set to release on June 26, 2015, but was later pushed back to its October 9 release date, in an attempt to avoid box office competition against Ant-Man and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. Many credit the movies flop to poor reviews. Since the movie was first released in Australia on September 25th, bad reviews made their way to the states weeks before its national release date. Creating a bad buzz about the movie and lowering film goers expectations.

Pan is set to release in the U.K on October 16, followed by France, China and Japan in the following weeks. But it would take a miracle for Pan to make a profit, after such a horrible opening weekend. Chances are Warner Brothers isn’t too worried about this flop, mainly since they are expecting great profits from the upcoming Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad films.

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The real question is how will Warner Bros. end the year, with their upcoming remake of the action film Point Break already causing a negative uproar, from fans of the original movie. 

Posted by: Raquel Justiniani



Latest Actor to join Supergirl

Chris Vance, better know for his leading role in Transporter: The Series has been announced as the latest actor to join the Supergirl roster. Vance will be portraying Non, on the upcoming T.V series, set to begin airing Monday, October 26.

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Non was originally a distinguished scientist on krypton,who alongside Jor-El ( Superman’s father) discovered that Kryptons sun had become unstable and would soon destroy the planet. Upon bringing this to the Kryptonian Science Council’s attention, Non and Jor-El were ordered by the council to keep quite about their findings, as they could not be possible. Jor-El maintained his silence, but Non believed that the Kryptonians should be warned. For this Non was punished by the council and lobotomized, causing him to lose his intellect and ability to speak. Soon after this Zod discovered the councils plans, added Non to his army and began his plan to take over Krypton.

Non was previously portrayed by Jack O’Halloran in the original Superman Movies.

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Non is set to quickly become one of Supergirls greatest threats, in the upcoming series. In addition, show producers state that they will be taking a different approach to this character, then that taken by Richard Donner in the late 70’s Superman movies.

Vance will be joining a star studded list of recurring characters including, Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Lucy Lane, Glenn Morshower as Gen. Sam Lane, Iddo Goldberg as Red Tornado, Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, Brit Morgan as Livewire and Chris Browning as Reactron.

Posted by: Raquel Justiniani



Paramount/ AMC Deal 

Since the early 1980’s, when VHS finally hit big with home audiences, film studios and movie theaters agreed on a set window of time as to when movies could be released for home view. The standard deal giving theaters movie exclusivity for 90 days. Meaning that the movies can’t be sold for home view until at least 90 days after the theaters have begun to show them.

With the new video on demand fad hitting full force, studios have been attempting to cut down the 90 day exclusivity deal. Only to be met with threats of having their films boycotted by movie theaters, this is mainly due to the lowering ticket sales. So you can understand why its a shock to see a major theater company agree to a shorter exclusivity deal.

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Paramounts deal with AMC states that after Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, drops to under 300 domestic screens, then Paramount only has to wait 17 days before releasing the movie on demand. Paramount has also agreed to give AMC a percentage of sales made during the initial 90 day window release of the film.

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It’s rumored that the deal was offered to the top three movie theater chains, Regal, AMC and Cinemark. With only AMC agreeing to the deal. Which leaves all the other theater chains up in the air as to whether or not they will be showing the movies in their theaters. With some already removing the movie advertisements from their theater lobbies.

From the theaters point of view, the lowering or removal of the exclusivity deal is catastrophic. With movie releases and tickets sales dwindling more and more every year, theaters are terrified that video on demand could be the end of their businesses. Every year the movie making cost goes up, in turn ticket prices go up, leading to the lower ticket sales. Theaters count on big blockbuster movies to increase their sales, It’s that 90 day exclusivity that offers them that profit safety blanket. 

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Film studios are looking at this from a profit standpoint as well. They believe that they are losing more money having to release certain movies in theaters, rather than straight to video on demand. For example, the upcoming Paranormal Activity which has been losing steam, as more sequels are released. Movies such as this, which really only make money when released close to halloween and are only popular for about 2 weeks are a profit loss, when kept in theaters for too long. Mainly because the studio is forced to spend money marketing the movie on two separate occasions. First when the movie releases in theaters and then when it releases for home view. Smaller budget movies like that, stand to make a larger profit with smaller theatre window releases.

Paramount claims that they are not attempting to rid the industry of the exclusivity window deal, but just trying to adjust it to modern times. In their eyes, home audiences expect to see big blockbuster movies on large format theater screens, its just the smaller budget films that are in question.

In my opinion the exclusivity deal does need to be looked over. Having to wait 90 days for a movie to hit VHS or DVD was acceptable when there were multiple movies hitting theaters every weekend. Now a days, there are weekends where we only get one new release. I think 90 days for movies such as Avengers or Hunger Games is acceptable,  but for movies like The Visit, 90 days is just way too long. If studios can make a bigger profit out of smaller movies released on demand, then they have more money to risk on bigger movies. Which can hopefully increase the movie release count in the upcoming years.

Posted by: Raquel Justiniani

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