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Niederpruem’s ‘Little Women’: Have Critics Misjudged a Hidden Gem?

In Featured, Industry Insights by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Maria Andress – This recent modern adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women might be a film on very few radars. Directed by Clare Niederpruem and distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment and Pinnacle Peak, it made just over $1 million in the 12 days following its limited release. Reviews on Little Women from mainstream Hollywood such as those …

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How Netflix Can Make Their Narnia Adaptations a Success

In Featured, Industry Insights by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Maria Andress – Yesterday morning it was announced that Netflix closed a multi-year deal with The C.S. Lewis Company for the rights to the entire The Chronicles of Narnia series for multiple feature length film and series projects. Under the agreement, Mark Gordon of eOne Entertainment will produce along with Douglas Gresham (C.S. Lewis’ stepson) and Vincent Sieber …

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7 of the Best Female Characters in Action Movies

In Culture, Featured, Industry Insights by Amanda Valdovinos

– By M Pelchat – In your basic Hollywood action movie, there are usually only a few different types of female characters: the classic damsel in distress, the sexy warrior, or the emotionless assistant.  While these cliches make for simple stories, they often leave the audience with very forgettable characters. A female character should not be confined to one aspect, …

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How Netflix Lost ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – This weekend, Crazy Rich Asians will make history as the first English-language film in 25 years to feature a nearly all-Asian cast, and to be released by a major studio. But the film can also boast another accolade: the film that Netflix could not get. Yes, the luxe romantic comedy potentially could have not graced the …

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‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ and the Future of Stunts

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – With the popularity of genres such as superhero and sci-fi fantasy, along with classic actions films, stunt work is a crucial element to Hollywood blockbusters. A stunt performer/ stunt artist (stuntman or stuntwoman) is a trained professional who performs stunts, often as a career. Many big stars have specific stunt artists who resemble themselves, who are …

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How Major Studios Are Competing with Established Streaming Services

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – Netflix redefined how audiences consume content, and most importantly, how they receive it. Gone are the days where consumers would sit through commercials. It’s clear that cable and broadcast TV is on its way out and streaming sites are here to stay, and major studios are beginning to adapt. Instead of continuing to license their shows …

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First-Look Deals: What They Are and Why Every A-List Hollywood Star Has One

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Katherine Sanderson – If you read the entertainment industry trades, you probably have come across the term ‘first-look deal’. Understanding what this contract denotes will set you apart from other filmmakers, and provide you with valuable insight into the inner workings of the film and television industry. Just this year, following their recent Oscar wins, Guillermo del Toro signed …

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The Problem With Video Game Adaptations

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – I have a confession: I love the Resident Evil movies.  Yes, I’m talking about the campy action/horror series starring Milla Jovovich and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.  They’re examples of mindless schlock catering to that childish part of my brain that just wants to see hordes of zombies mowed down by a chick wielding handguns …

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The Differences Between Pixar Films and Disney Animation Films

In Featured, Industry Insights, Katherine Sanderson by Impact Admin

– By Katherine Sanderson – With the announcement by Disney last week that John Lasseter’s previous role of Chief Creative Officer was being split into two separate roles (one to lead Pixar and one to lead Walt Disney Animation) many may be once again asking the questions: What is the difference between Pixar and Walt Disney Animation? Since Disney acquired Pixar, …