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Disney’s Retroactive Editing

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – When Toy Story 2 was re-released on blu-ray this year, fans were quick to notice something was missing.  During the end credits a blooper reel full of character “outtake” plays, often having Woody, Buzz, and the gang break character as on-set shenanigans ensue.  The blooper reel was still there, but one bit involving elderly prospector …

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The Failure of Strong Female Characters

In Featured, Industry Insights, Marielle Cuccinelli by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Marielle Cuccinelli – (This article contains some spoilers for Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider) Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen a push to bring more female representation to the screen. Every genre has manifested varying degrees of change on this front; where I’m most informed is the action genre, so that will be for the most part the …

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Seeing the World in Black and White: What’s the Appeal of Decolorizing Movies?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – When CBS released their reboot of Twilight Zone this year, they surprised everyone by releasing a black and white version of each episode side-by-side with the original “color” versions.  This was a publicity stunt meant to bring audiences back to the memory of the original ‘60s show they grew up loving, but it’s hardly the …

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A24’s Secret Sauce for Film Marketing

In Featured, Industry Insights, James Powers by Impact Admin

– By James Powers – Back when Avengers: Endgame came out, I published a long rant about how movies like it – massive “event” films with astronomical budgets and correspondingly astronomical audiences – have essentially become the new business model for wide-release theatrical features. In this day and age, a theatrical film that hopes to be profitable needs a marketing …

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How Did We Lose the Found Footage Film?

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – I was a freshman at JPCatholic when Paranormal Activity hit theaters in October of 2009.  I remember because the buzz surrounding the movie took the student conversation by storm.  The horror fans saw it, the non-horror fans saw it, and those who didn’t see it were definitely aware of it.  It was an indie hit, …

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‘Animal Crossing’ Release Date – Nintendo Investors Should Take a Note from Tom Nook

In Dana R.H. Box, Featured, Industry Insights by Impact Admin

– Dana R.H. Box – At Nintendo’s E3 Press Conference, the screen went black, and a sanitized voice announced the words, “Nook Inc.” like a bass drop, it rocked the crowds with pure excitement, and the line is still being heralded in the trailer’s Youtube comments. As a lifelong Animal Crossing fan (my mom forgot to pick me up from …

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How to Overhaul the Oscar Categories

In Featured, Industry Insights, Renard Bansale by Impact Admin

— by Renard N. Bansale — “Best Popular Film” & ‘The Lion King’ Remake Debate On August 7, 2018, the Academy’s board of governors (led by Academy Pres. John Bailey) voted to introduce a new Oscar category called “Best Popular Film”. The reaction to this across entertainment journalism, social media, and the internet in general was a swift and resounding… …

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In Between the Panels: A Look At Subversive Superhero Movies

In Featured, Industry Insights, Joe Campbell by Amanda Valdovinos

– By Joe Campbell – Spoilers below for “Super”, “Chronicle”, and “Unbreakable” Halfway through the 2010 vigilante movie Super, our two anti-hero Frank and his younger sidekick Libby pause between rounds of dealing out violent justice to petty criminals.  Libby, inspired by her favorite heroes in comic books, is new to the vigilante gig and bemoans the long spaces in …