October 30, 2006
Just in time for this week’s elections, TIME’s film critic Richard Corliss has put together a list of the seven top political films of all time.
Here’s the first film on the list:
CITIZEN KANE ORSON WELLES, 1941
Best film ever? Maybe. But beyond the epiphanies of film form and camera work, Kane offers an acute view of American politics that applies today as much as it did then. Like Silvio Berlusconi and Michael Bloomberg, Kane (Welles) is a media magnate who runs for office. Like Mark Foley, he is caught in a sexual scandal just before the election. The brilliant script by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles is about a powerful man’s need to be loved by the millions of people whose lives he dominates. And when they jilt him, he rationalizes the rejection by spinning tales of conspiracy. His newspaper runs the headline FRAUD AT POLLS.
Find out about the other films he picked and then comment with your favorites!
The new film “Death of a President”, which speculates what might happen if President Bush was assassinated, is having a difficult time finding theaters comfortable with the film’s subject matter:
Faux documentary Death of a President, which depicts the assassination of President George W. Bush, opened last Friday at less thatn 120 cinemas across the U.S. last week.
The nation’s two largest movie theatre operators deciding their viewers would not get the chance to see the film.
Regal Entertainment Group, the largest theatre operator in the U.S., led the way.
“We do not feel it is appropriate to portray the future assassination of a president,” said Regal’s Dick Westerling.
With AMC, the nation’s second-largest chain, and Cinemark, which owns Century Theatres, also lining up against Death of a President, the film has effectively been banned from at least 16,300 American movie screens.
The Adelaide Advertiser has the full report.
October 17, 2006
Targeted more towards independent films, Clickstar will bring recent films to people online.
When you think of Morgan Freeman and Intel, you don’t tend to think of the actor and the technology company together. A new Web venture between the two and Revelations Entertainment will now change that.
The venture is a website that will allow independent movies to be offered online the same day they launch in theaters.
For more, visit Geek.com.
October 16, 2006
With the box office back in somewhat of an upswing, National Cinemedia is trying to cash in.
National CineMedia, which sells on-screen movie theater advertising, on Thursday filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering.
The number of shares to be offered and the price range haven’t been determined, the Centennial-based company said in a statement.
The one-year-old company, which has about 240 employees, is a joint venture of Phil Anschutz’s Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment and Cinemark USA, the three biggest theater chains.
For more, visit the The Rocky Mountain News.
October 10, 2006
With the new independent feature, “Death of a President”, about to be released, some major chains are starting to claim they won’t play the film. The controversial film that depicts a fictional assassination of President Bush was a hit at the Toronto Film Festival but not a favorite of Regal and Cinemark.
Yes. Absolutely. I believe the theater groups have the right to choose which films they will and will not show.
I find it a tad ironic that Regal and Cinemark are kicking up such a storm about this film, because films of this sort of caliber, of this, rather of this budget — and it’s made for British television — don’t normally show in multiplexes anyway.
Fox News has the full interview with the writer from Time Out Chicago on their site.
Since we discussed people’s thoughts on a theater holding back films based on supposed quality last week, how about people sound off on their thoughts regarding a chain holding back a film based on content.
September 28, 2006
A company called CinemaNow, is breaking out some new technology with its same-day release of the new Fast and the Furious DVD.
Online movie service CinemaNow on Tuesday said it will offer a version of Universal Picture’s “The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift” that customers can download onto a blank DVD the same day it is available in stores.
The “download-to-burn” Web release on the same day the DVD lands in stores is a first for a major Hollywood studio. Until recently, studios have been reluctant to offer downloads to “burn,” or copy, for fear of piracy and because doing so might cannibalize retail sales in the $24 billion home DVD market.
For the rest of the story, visit Reuters.
September 26, 2006
A report in the Toronto Star, ‘Beyond blockbusters’ shines some light on how some theater owners in Canada are going ‘Darwin’ on their industry.
The article points out that “Movie theatre owners are very resourceful folk and they reinvent themselves every 10 to 15 years. This has been going on since the movie palaces of the 1930s,” and goes so far as to suggest “The future of movie theatres, in fact, seems to have less and less to do with movies as new technology allows cinemas to telecast everything from hockey, wrestling, opera and HBO comedy specials to hosting children’s birthday parties, church services and interactive video games.”
September 12, 2006
NEW YORK, NY — Like the rock concert broadcasts that are becoming increasingly more popular, The Metropolitan Opera has plans to transmit its shows to theaters all over the world.
Coming soon to your multiplex in the mall: bel canto fireworks and bass-baritone rumbles, love duets and orchestral colors, divas, tenors and trills.
The Metropolitan Opera announced yesterday that it would begin broadcasting live performances into movie theaters across the United States, Canada and Europe, rubbing shoulders with professional wrestling and rock concerts.
The broadcasts are part of a strategy by the Met’s new general manager, Peter Gelb, to widen the house’s appeal by branching out into new media.
You can read more on this in the New York Times.
September 7, 2006
Remember ‘The Player’? Either the novel by Michael Tolkin, or the Robert Altman film starring Tim Robbins? Well, it’s back!
More precisely, ‘The Return of the Player’ has arrived at your local bookshop.
In it, Tolkin updates the tale to incorporate changes in Tinseltown. “The book is what I think,” Tolkin says. But he also points out that most people in Hollywood now see their movies on DVD, and that Hollywood is being forced to confront technological change. “You can get a great home theater now for twenty thousand.”
Read the LA Times.com article for more.
September 6, 2006
The BBC online reports some good news for the theatrical distribution biz.
Cinema attendance is up 3% compared to a year ago, with actual revenues up 11%.
Good news for all those concerned.