Requiem for Community

NBC has all but canceled Community this week, sending the internet abuzz.  It is a quality show with a rabid, but small fan base.  As a network that was defined by quality in the 80s and 90s, current president of programming Bob Greenblatt claims the he is trying to restore NBC back to its glory … Continue reading

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FOX Is Battling 13th Century Pirates, Not 21st Century Ones

FOX made another backwards move to try and battle piracy.  Despite the fact that FOX is a broadcast network, which in its most simplistic definition means that they broadcast shows for free and sell advertising based on how many people watch those shows, they decided to put their shows on Hulu 7 days after it … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 6-6-11: Prequel vs. Sequel

Last week, there was no Box Office Barometer because of Memorial Day (the writer took the time off to drown some of his sorrows in Las Vegas!!!!).  So, to make up for it, let’s compare last week’s #1 movie to this weeks! Granted, The Hangover 2 is a sequel and X-Men: First Class is a … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 5-2-11: Why Fast Five is Good for the Movie Industry

Fast Five is dominating the world right now, and rightfully so.  While most movies are showing us why they shouldn’t be retold, Fast Five is showing us how to continue a franchise. 1. Live-action action – Warner Bros is working overtime to make sure their CGI on Green Lantern will be completed by release.  Paramount is awaiting … Continue reading

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes – What’s The Point?

FOX decided to make a prequel to the Planet of the Apes, because Tim Burton’s remake was considered a disappointment.  The studio owned the property and had to do something with it.  So, they made a prequel. Prequels are sometimes a hard sell, because the origin story can be tragic, like Star Wars or the … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 3-28-11

It’s fitting that on the same weekend that Butler and VCU upset two NCAA juggernauts, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (FOX) upset the financial juggernaut Sucker Punch ($24 million to $20 million). Warner Bros. decided to focus on the movie’s visual aspect, printing “A mind-bending vision of reality from the director of … Continue reading

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Living in the Shadow

If movies are the cool older brother who waited in line for the first Strokes album, then TV is the younger brother who bought Scott Stapp’s at Wal*Mart.  In other words, movies find what is popular and beat it down, while TV tries to catch up a few years later.  Since the superhero genre didn’t … Continue reading

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Adrien Brody Has Bad Luck

Adrien Brody’s long-lost Monolete biopic (A Matador’s Mistress) will finally be distributed…through VOD.  There’s no shame in VOD: indie darling Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience and the-new-Neill-Blomkamp Gareth Edwards’ Monsters were distributed via VOD.  With Brody, A Matador’s Mistress only adds to a string of bad luck. Last year’s Splice stumbled its way to release.  … Continue reading

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NBC to Kill a Dying Horse

NBC is developing The Voice of America, a Mark Burnett production that is similar to American Idol, except the judges turn away during the performance.  Great job.  They are putting a superficial twist on a dying formula.  Idol’s ratings have been on the decline the last few years, and FOX and Cowell are producing X … Continue reading

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A Final Act of Betrayal

Last week, FOX canceled Lone Star, officially ending the era of the soap opera.  Daytime soaps have been losing viewership since women started to seriously enter the working world in the 1960s.  Soap manufacturers put the ‘soap’ in soap opera by sponsoring the shows to advertise to housewives.  It’s sort of an odd testament to … Continue reading

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