US Eyes the End of the Film Distribution System That Rules Hollywood

Well, this would be huge!

 

U.S. antitrust officials are considering terminating a 70-year-old Hollywood settlement that governs how films are distributed around the country, potentially upending negotiations among movie studios and major theater chains over blockbuster releases.

The Justice Department said Thursday that the agreements, known as the Paramount Pictures consent decrees, may no longer be effective given that they have been around since the late 1940s. The settlements stem from a 1948 Supreme Court case that dismantled the old Hollywood system in which film studios also owned the theaters where their pictures were shown.

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9 spectacular places to watch a film outdoors this summer

What a cool bucket list idea for any travel / film fanatic!

Pulpit Rock in Norway was turned into an open-air cinema last night

Norway’s dramatic Pulpit Rock became the unlikely setting for an impromptu screening of Mission: Impossible – Fallout last night.

Critics are raving about the latest installment of the film series, though it surely pales when compared to the drama of Pulpit Rock.

Of course, this Norwegian landmark isn’t the only spectacular setting being used to screen flicks. From Hollywood cemeteries to the Sahara Desert, here are nine scenic spots to catch a flick.

Continue @ Telegraph.co.uk

The CW’s Constantine Animated Show Is Being Turned Into a Full Movie

For a character who had his own show canceled after just one season, years later Matt Ryan’s take on DC’s snarky English spellweaver John Constantine is still surprisingly flourishing. Along with guest-starring on Arrow and a full-time turn on Legends of Tomorrows, Ryan’s Constantine even got his own animated show—which is now being turned into a movie.

Continue @ Gizmodo

LA Film Festival announces its 2018 competition lineup

Alfred Molina, Michelle Monaghan and Common star in "Saint Judy," a world premiere in the L.A. Muse section of the 2018 L.A. Film Festival.

The L.A. Film Festival announced its 2018 competition lineup Tuesday, with 40 feature films, 41 short films and 10 short episodic works from around the world screening over the course of the eight-day event.

Of the festival’s films, 42% are directed by women and 39% are directed by people of color.

“Our mission of finding fresh new voices from different geographical and cultural axes remains true,” festival director Jennifer Cochis said in a statement. “These storytellers are united by their ability to transport, impact and inspire audiences with the power of their craft.”

Continue @ Los Angeles Times

Long Forgotten, a Landmark Film in AIDS History Is Rescued

“Philadelphia,” “Parting Glances,” “Longtime Companion” and “Tongues Untied” are often cited as benchmark movies about AIDS. But long forgotten is “Buddies,” the first feature film about AIDS. An intimate two-hander from 1985, it was a snapshot of a terrible time for gay men in New York, made during some of the worst hours of the epidemic.

Now, 33 years after its debut, “Buddies” is being remembered, thanks to an impassioned push by people determined not to leave behind an artifact of a painful history.

Continue @ New York Times

Is there a special formula for Disney animated films?

Before Disney became the animation powerhouse that it is today, it suffered monumental losses because of a series of commercial flops in the ‘70s until the mid-‘80s.

In 1989, however, Disney released a film adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Mermaid,” which became the highest-grossing animated film of that year, trumping “The Land Before Time,” and winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (for “Under the Sea”). An unexpected heroine, Ariel ushered in what is now known as the Disney Renaissance.

Besides “The Little Mermaid’s” iconic songs, one that stood out during that time was the color choice for Ariel — the stark red hair that shone even more brightly when in contrast to the greens and blues of the sea.

Continue @ CNN Philippines