Category: Film News

Career Box Office Milestones for Directors Will Soon Morph Into Simple Reflections of Who Made the Most Marvel Movies

Steven Spielberg, as the internet has been happy to report, just became the first director to cross $10 billion at the worldwide box office. That’s neat. What does it mean, exactly? Not much. It simply […]

Cathy Yan Has One Indie Movie to Her Name. Now She’s Directing a Hollywood Blockbuster. A Bunch of Dudes Already Know the Feeling.

In terms of Hollywood career paths, Cathy Yan’s might be hard to emulate: born in China, raised in Hong Kong, moved to D.C., became a reporter for The Wall Street Journal based out of New […]

Suddenly, Deadpool 2 is 2018’s Only New X-Men Movie

Remember when we were all worried about “superhero fatigue” and whether or not the market could really withstand 6, 8, as many as 10 new comic book movies a year? Funny thing about that: we never quite […]

Jason Blum Explains Why Blumhouse Made a New Benji Movie

It’s no secret that I’m an admirer of Jason Blum, both the horror films like Split, Get Out, and Happy Death Day he releases through micro-budget horror label Blumhouse and his against-the-grain business model which […]

How Marvel Studios Picked Iron Man to Be Its First Self-Produced Movie

They asked a bunch of kids which superhero toy they’d most want to play with. There, I’ve given away the big reveal hinted at in the title of the post. But don’t you want to […]

Was Paramount Really Wrong to Dump Annihilation on Netflix?

Annihilation is now on Netflix around the world, and it has only grossed $26m in the States against its $40m budget. Reviewers in places like the UK and Australia are chiming in and expressing astonishment […]

What Do You Think Shape of Water’s Best Picture Win Means to Disney and Bob Iger?

Two business podcasts. Two different answers to the same question: What do you think Shape of Water’s Best Picture win meant to Disney CEO Bob Iger? He is, after all, the guy in the process […]

Oscars 2018 Reaction

Last year, at the end of the Oscars the crowd was left practically speechless over the insane upset they’d just witnessed and how exactly it had gone down. The excitement was palpable. This year, well, […]

Why The Academy Switched to a Preferential Ballot for Best Picture

Predicting the Oscars calls upon our math skills. Go full Nate Silver on it and use a formula based on the predictive power of pre-cursors wins and nominations at the various guild awards (SAG, PGA, […]

2018 Oscar Predictions: Will Win vs. Should Win

The Oscars aren’t what they used to be. The ratings have been in a freefall for years. The box office impact of an Oscar win is seriously diminished. And the steady rise of other televised […]