Movies/TV

Horror Movies Are Secretly Saving Hollywood’s Major Film Studios

What do four of the six highest grossing major film studios of 2016 have in common? They each released a horror film that made enough money to compensate for another big budget box office flop on their roster.

Hollywood accounting is “creative” to say the least, but the general rule of thumb is that a tentpole film needs to earn two times its estimated budget worldwide in order to outweigh production and marketing expenses and begin to make money.

According to Box Office Mojo, Sony’s The Magnificent Seven earned approximately $160.4 million on an estimated budget of $90 million. Ghostbusters (2016) earned approximately $229 million on an estimated budget of $144 million. 

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Different Walking Dead Producers Say Violence Was NOT Toned Down After Season Seven Fan Backlash

Godzilla 2 to be Written and Directed by Michael Dougherty

Horror News Network reported in October that Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty would write the next installment in the Godzilla reboot, but Variety has reported today that he will also direct Godzilla 2.

Godzilla 2 will not only serve as the sequel to the successful reboot, but it will also  lead to a highly anticipated  rematch between King Kong and Godzilla in 2020. Variety’s Justin Kroll explained how this “Mega-Monster Universe” took shape when “In October 2015, Legendary and Warner Bros. made a joint announcement that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” films would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting with Kong: Skull Island in March (3/10/17). Legendary currently holds a distribution deal with Universal, but in order to re-team Godzilla and King Kong, Legendary decided to send the rights back over to Warner Bros. to be able to create this new “ecosystem” of giant super-species, both classic and new.”

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Split Finishes Number One at Weekend Box Office with $40 Million Dollar Take

According to Variety, Split, the psychological horror thriller by M. Night Shyamalan, finished first at the box office with $40.2 million in ticket sales, exceeding industry estimates by roughly $20 million dollars.

Shyamalan has become a director who can once again turn a profit for studios after a pair of disasterous big budget failures in the form of After Earth and Avatar: The Last Airbender.  Things got so bad for the formerly trendy director, that Shyamalan even took a break from directing to write a book about school reform entitled I Got Schooled, hoping to cash in on the state and federal money available to would-be “saviors” of education.

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James Cameron to Return to Terminator Franchise with Deadpool Director, Tim Miller

Deadline has reported that the legendary James Cameron will return to the Terminator franchise with a “reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.” In 2019, Cameron will regain certain rights to the franchise due to a copyright reversion which will occur 35 years after the release of the original 1984 film. This allows him to return to his creation with greater creative control (and greater profits) than ever before.

Cameron is reportedly in early talks with Deadpool director, Tim Miller, to direct the film. Miller is also known for visual effects work on blockbuster video games and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

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Sony Considering Sale of Film and TV Businesses After Difficult Year

The New York Post has reported that Tokyo’s Sony Corporation is “listening to bank pitches about a potential sale of its film and TV operations.”

Several sources told The Post that numerous banks have been visiting Sony offices with pitches. The article speculates that because Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has not filled outgoing Sony Entertainment boss Michael Lynton’s position despite the ample notice of Lynton’s departure, there may not be a position to fill.

This news is not entirely surprising. According to Box Office Mojo, Sony/Columbia was the fifth highest earning major studio in 2016, with a market share of just 8% when accounting for all 22 films they released during the year. To put that into perspective, 20th Century Fox and Universal each released 17 films in 2016, and each studio had a market share of 12.9% and 12.4%, respectively. Buena Vista released just 13 movies in 2016, but it held an impressive 26.3% of the market share.

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Teaser Trailer Released For Anne Hathaway Monster Movie, Colossal

I like Anne Hathaway and I like monsters. That makes me part of a very specific demographic that Hollywood is aiming for with Colossal, a new film where Anne Hathaway can psychically control a Pacific Rim style giant monster.

If you also like Anne Hathaway and monsters, check out the teaser trailer for the film below:

The film is written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, a Spanish writer, actor, and director who has numerous horror and thriller projects on his resume (V/H/S ViralOpen Windows). Judging by the trailer, Colossal will have a more lighthearted and humorous tone. The movie also stars Dan Stevens (The Guest) and Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, Horrible Bosses).

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Walking Dead Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd Says Violence Was Toned Down After Season Seven Fan Backlash

The Walking Dead’s Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd says that the level of violence was toned down after fans reacted negatively to the double skull-bashing season seven premiere.  Variety reported that Hurd spoke to the press at the NAPTE Conference and made clear that decisions were made after the October 23rd premiere to move away from explicit violence.

Hurd said ““We were able to look at the feedback on the level of violence. We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season.”  She went on to say that, “This is not a show that is torture porn,” and reitirated that “we don’t cross that line.”  

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Taboo Episodes 1 & 2 Review and Analysis

You never quite know what FX will come up with next. While the network’s programming is inconsistent overall, it is capable of producing quality works that bring out the best in actors and filmmakers. American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson was one of those shows, popping up early last year with some of the best performances from its actors we’ve seen in years. With Taboo, FX has pushed the boundaries of quality television even further. Produced in part by Ridley Scott, the series features HBO alumni such as Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) and Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire), and the quality of the content would not feel out of place in any of their previous work for the premium network.

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New Trailer Revealed for The Belko Experiment

Orion Pictures has released a new trailer for The Belko Experiment.

The one-minute trailer gives us insight to the madness that is set inside of a locked office building where co-workers are ordered to kill or be killed.

The film is written by James Gunn (“Slither”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and directed by Greg McLean of Wolf Creek fame. The cast stars John C. McGinley (“Stan Against Evil”), John Gallagher Jr. (“10 Cloverfield Lane”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective”) and Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”).

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