the Disney-Fox merger and film/TV production/exhibition hegemony in general

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let's keep the bitching in here and out of the MCU threads. There will be plenty of bigger considerations down the line, but imo this list of cancelled (and not cancelled) projects is quite telling

According to THR, Horn has already dropped the Tom Hanks period drama News of the World from Fox's production slate, along with the Angie Thomas novel adaptation On the Come Up and Mouse Guard. Woody Harrelson's mental hospital dramedy Fruit Loops is similarly expected to be cancelled in the near future, especially since it was one of the films being developed by Fox 2000 prior to its closure. THR's sources also say the decision to drop On the Come Up was the result of The Hate U Give - another film adaptation of Thomas' work - losing Fox $30 to 40 million at last year's box office, despite being all but universally praised by critics.

Among the developing Fox movies that Disney's expected to keep are Matthew Vaughn's prequel Kingsman: The Great Game, the R.L. Stine Fear Street adaptation, Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile (a sequel to his Murder on the Orient Express adaptation), and Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake. The latter, amusingly enough, has nevertheless caused some ire over plans to show characters smoking in the film (something that's taboo in Disney movies these days). The Ryan Reynolds-led video game comedy Free Guy is also staying put for the time being, and there's a good chance that The Ballad of Richard Jewell - a docudrama about the security guard that foiled the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing attempt - will land a green-light at Fox, with Clint Eastwood potentially directing.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/multiple-fox-films-getting-axed-at-disney-1204252

this is also a fine place to complain about the ever-widening constellation of streaming services and their shrinking collective library

Simon H., Friday, 26 April 2019 20:15 (seven months ago) link

I think your last point really gets at something that is incredibly infuriating everyone. So many streaming services. I can only predict that as they become more and more proprietary and more and more subscriptions are required to get our movies/sports/TV, they will eventually start offering them as bundles. Just like cable. But inventively more expensive. And then we'll be back where we started but hey, more money for the two or three companies that survive!

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 26 April 2019 20:18 (seven months ago) link

it’s like they WANT us to pirate stuff tbh

Campaign For Dean Gaffney To Be The New James Bond (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 26 April 2019 20:21 (seven months ago) link

Woody Harrelson's mental hospital dramedy Fruit Loops is similarly expected to be cancelled in the near future


this maybe doesn’t seem like a huge loss for cinema tbf

Campaign For Dean Gaffney To Be The New James Bond (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 26 April 2019 20:22 (seven months ago) link

I can't find any pieces yet on what this merger will mean for the accessibility of the 20th Century Fox film roster down the line, but I can find about 50 pieces on what this means for the X-Men, which also tells you a lot.

Simon H., Friday, 26 April 2019 20:24 (seven months ago) link

I subscribe to a bunch of services. But sometimes I'll have something in my queue and when I finally get around to watching it, it's suddenly gone, poof. So I download it. And occasionally said something comes back sometime before I watch whatever I downloaded, but it's so hard to keep up with the hundreds of things queued up and coming and going across several services that there really was no way of me knowing.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 26 April 2019 20:24 (seven months ago) link

idk, Netflix used to have a sick library of movies on DVD and Blu Ray but everyone would rather stream garbage. Turner tried to make Filmstruck work but, again, everyone would rather stream garbage.

Starting to get real hard to blame the companies for simply responding to the market

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 26 April 2019 20:35 (seven months ago) link

and here’s our first scorching hot take of the thread, i’m gonna give it 8/10, would have been a 9 if it had mentioned sheeple

Campaign For Dean Gaffney To Be The New James Bond (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 26 April 2019 20:37 (seven months ago) link

it's what happened. people prized the convenience of streaming over quality/choices of DVD and here we are.

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 26 April 2019 20:40 (seven months ago) link

yes, we the people brought this upon ourselves, our kindly corporate friends had no choice but to punish us thusly

Campaign For Dean Gaffney To Be The New James Bond (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 26 April 2019 20:49 (seven months ago) link

The Ballad of Richard Jewell - a docudrama about the security guard that foiled the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing attempt - will land a green-light at Fox, with Clint Eastwood potentially directing

This sounds almost as bad as the Woody Harrelson thing.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 26 April 2019 20:55 (seven months ago) link

wow, an extra $10 a month so bizarro gazzara can watch Ant-Man, what a punishment!

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 26 April 2019 20:57 (seven months ago) link

the Cult of Eastwood continues to perplex me tbh

Simon H., Friday, 26 April 2019 20:59 (seven months ago) link

Like, yeah, I hate monopolies too, but I don’t see how Netflix/Apple/Spotify funneling everything through three tech companies is GOOD, but Disney breaking up that model is BAD

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 26 April 2019 21:00 (seven months ago) link

Isn’t this thread about how both are bad

milkshake chuk (wins), Friday, 26 April 2019 21:01 (seven months ago) link

well, yeah

Campaign For Dean Gaffney To Be The New James Bond (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 26 April 2019 21:06 (seven months ago) link

ppl can feel free to defend either development if they feel like it!

Simon H., Friday, 26 April 2019 23:03 (seven months ago) link

If Disney is gonna keep it real and post like all 57 Walt Disney Animation Studios (minus Song of the South, obv) and the 20 Pixar joints, and the Simpsons run in the correct aspect ratio and not do selective releases from the "vault" ... I ... wouldn't be mad at any of that?

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 26 April 2019 23:33 (seven months ago) link

they can re-up Song of the South but only if they replace the audio with Bob Iger saying "you are a bad person" over and over

Simon H., Friday, 26 April 2019 23:44 (seven months ago) link

I can't find any pieces yet on what this merger will mean for the accessibility of the 20th Century Fox film roster down the line

maybe because you don't need to look down the line? Disney already cancelled nearly all bookings of 20th films last week. basically if somewhere already has a print they're allowed to pay to show it, but you can't screen anything from the catalogue otherwise

blokes you can't rust (sic), Saturday, 27 April 2019 08:05 (seven months ago) link

There seems to be some dispute over whether that's a permanent issue or a temporary legal hiccup.

Simon H., Saturday, 27 April 2019 08:19 (seven months ago) link

Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake
Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake
Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake
Steven Spielberg's West Side Story remake

adam the (abanana), Saturday, 27 April 2019 09:03 (seven months ago) link

Steven Spielberg’s BFG remake
Steven Spielberg’s Tintin remake
Steven Spielberg’s War Horse remake
Steven Spielberg’s War Of The Worlds remake
Steven Spielberg’s Peter Pan remake

blokes you can't rust (sic), Saturday, 27 April 2019 09:53 (seven months ago) link

Hook is a sequel not a remake

milkshake chuk (wins), Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:00 (seven months ago) link

it’s a remake of the sequel to Peter Pan, except with the plot of Peter Pan

blokes you can't rust (sic), Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:04 (seven months ago) link

i don't consider adapted screenplays to be remakes but i get your point.

adam the (abanana), Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:05 (seven months ago) link

the first West Side Story was an adapted screenplay too! I only named ones that had also previously been adapted into films, most of his shit is based on books, whether fiction or non-fiction

blokes you can't rust (sic), Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:11 (seven months ago) link

also previously been adapted into films, other media

blokes you can't rust (sic), Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:13 (seven months ago) link

(Peter Pan was adapted into a book and several films, War Horse was a remake of the stage adaptation AIUI, all the Tintins in the Spielberg movie had been TV cartoons twice and one had been a feature, War Of The Worlds has been eleventy-billion movies and plays and radio shows and shadow puppet performances, BFG had been a comic strip and a play and the 1989 Cosgrove Hall joint with David Jason)

blokes you can't rust (sic), Saturday, 27 April 2019 10:23 (seven months ago) link

it's what happened. people prized the convenience of streaming over quality/choices of DVD and here we are.

― ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, April 26, 2019 4:40 PM (three days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is otm. When I tell friends I still get Netflix DVDs through the mail they react with astonishment, as if I told them I've decided to give up electricity. This weekend somebody saw a red envelope on my coffee table, pointed to it and literally said "Oh my god, have you been saving that all this time as a memento?!" All of these same friends complain about there not being enough things on streaming that they like, and say things like "I watched 3 seasons of (show x) this week, it was just meh." Reminds me of the Onion op-ed from years ago along the lines of "Can you believe the shit they force me to watch on television?"

One Eye Open, Monday, 29 April 2019 15:26 (seven months ago) link

kind of off-topic, but sometimes I'll start on a Netflix series and realize quickly that it's diverting but not actually good; I find at this point the most time-effective approach is to look up what happens on Wikipedia or a set of recaps, then move onto something else.

Simon H., Monday, 29 April 2019 15:35 (seven months ago) link

"Oh my god, have you been saving that all this time as a memento?!"

lol

difficult listening hour, Monday, 29 April 2019 15:37 (seven months ago) link

One of the absolute best things about moving to the Los Angeles area is there's still independent video stores out here

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 29 April 2019 16:56 (seven months ago) link

Toronto still has a couple, shockingly.

Simon H., Monday, 29 April 2019 16:56 (seven months ago) link

hosted the crew of ghost-hunting show the other day while they exploited local culture for the entertainment of people whose crippling brain damage has left them with nothing better to watch and me and the sound guy in the dead ringers shirt reminisced about portland's MOVIE MADNESS-- still there!

difficult listening hour, Monday, 29 April 2019 17:21 (seven months ago) link

Gotta say, for a time when streaming media is in the ascendant, boutique physical media companies are totally killing it. Like if you're inclined to blame Netflix et al for snuffing out the home video market, you're neither paying attention nor supporting the current embarrassment of blu-ray riches with your dollar votes.

xpost -- wait hold on, that's quite a setup.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 01:29 (seven months ago) link

i didn't know which to envy more: their remote video monitor (wireless splitscreen from multiple cameras!) or their veil-piercing communications apparatus. anyway, turns out my theater has night marchers

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 02:11 (seven months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D5-n8e3XsAEIVpd.jpg

Simon H., Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:55 (six months ago) link

bully

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 16:57 (six months ago) link

Untitled boot stamping on a human face forever

milkshake chuk (wins), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:05 (six months ago) link

wow, so every disney is getting a live action remake huh
Major headline for me is that Nimona is gonna be a big big deal and that Noelle Stevenson is hella rich

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:08 (six months ago) link

Maybe it's just me but feels like they weren't really trying when they settled on these movie titles.

Ce Ce Penistongs (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:16 (six months ago) link

Man all four people who give any fucks about Avatar have gotta be STOKED.

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:18 (six months ago) link

lmao that Cameron is apparently shooting the 4 Avatar sequels (5 is penned in for 2027) concurrently, meaning even if the first one underperforms they'll still have 3 left to promote

Simon H., Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:19 (six months ago) link

I'm a little surprised that Disney hasn't pulled back on the reins with that impending disaster.

Ce Ce Penistongs (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:24 (six months ago) link

TBF, both titanic and avatar were hailed as an impending disaster and then become the biggest things in the history of movies so it's tough to bet against him until he loses
i also think he will lose this time btw

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:43 (six months ago) link

I reeeeeeeeally need to be convinced that Avatar 2-4 will be a disaster beyond Very Online people saying variations of "no one remembers this"

Disney World built a whole themed area for it, it's the second biggest-selling Blu Ray of all time after FROZEN and I haven't seen any evidence that America won't gladly slurp down every PG-13 fan service sequel save, like, "Wow, Solo only made 393 million dollars"

dragged across concrète (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:53 (six months ago) link

Also, it's been so long, I can see them re-releasing Avatar 1 in theaters

dragged across concrète (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:54 (six months ago) link

There's a whole Cirque du Soliel touring act about Avatar

dragged across concrète (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:56 (six months ago) link

many xps to the morbs tweet but, director's point aside, Bodied kind of sucked.

I think of superhero movies as in the same category as Broadway spectaculars; there are good and bad ones and some can be subversive and some are poisonous and occasionally there's a run of Uncle Vanya. More often it is variants on The Black Crook.
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2011/06/02/musical-month-black-crook

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 21 October 2019 18:08 (one month ago) link

The crying over this is some ugly sore winner shit imo, whole industries devoted to catering to your shitty tastes but you still get to come the embattled outsider because the old man was MEAN about captain America wah

A while ago I came up with the idea for a gritty reboot of “it’s a good life”, that classic twilight zone ep where the kid is the centre of the universe and so everyone else is forced to watch the same baby programme and have birthday cake for dinner every single day. The only thing thing you need to change is make him a 30something and the punishment for any reaction short of rictus-grin approbation is to be turned into a funko pop

YouGov to see it (wins), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:30 (one month ago) link

well said

mh, Monday, 21 October 2019 19:32 (one month ago) link

although, prior to these comments, I would imagine a bunch of these people would buy a Scorsese or Coppola funko pop

they probably still would, because they have to have a full collection

mh, Monday, 21 October 2019 19:33 (one month ago) link

'sore winner' or not, at the end of the day what Scorsese and Coppola is saying is just straight up wrong. and stupid. and that's honestly more important to me than who is an outsider or an underdog or whatever.

Frederik B, Monday, 21 October 2019 19:35 (one month ago) link

yes, they have opinions about art that are "wrong". a thing that definitely exists

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:36 (one month ago) link

btw Maleficent II "underperformed" at the b.o.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:37 (one month ago) link

yes, they have opinions about art that are "wrong". a thing that definitely exists

― Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), 21. oktober 2019 21:36 (two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Whatever, you're too full of bullshit to continue on communicating with. I'm going to listen to my favorite country record, Original Pirate Material.

Frederik B, Monday, 21 October 2019 19:39 (one month ago) link

"Show me on this Funko Pop where the mean old directors touched you..."

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 21 October 2019 19:44 (one month ago) link

when did movie box office first become a spectator sport that the public took sides with? Star Wars?
it's a perverse thing to engage in imo but i am as guilty as the next person of wanting to be an INSIDER

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 21 October 2019 20:07 (one month ago) link

"Your hyperspace performance package"?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 21 October 2019 20:29 (one month ago) link

Saucy

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 October 2019 20:34 (one month ago) link

he meant cocaine

Number None, Monday, 21 October 2019 20:35 (one month ago) link

Big Hyperspace Performance Package Energy

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 21 October 2019 20:54 (one month ago) link

#1 film for more than five parsecs

Galangal Baker (WmC), Monday, 21 October 2019 20:57 (one month ago) link

the fucks are at it again

mh, Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:47 (one month ago) link

this is infuriating tbh

rob, Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:50 (one month ago) link

starting to think disney might suck and be bad, honestly

genre: post-britpop (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 24 October 2019 14:51 (one month ago) link

just let people enjoy things you monster

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:21 (one month ago) link

but i enjoy thinking disney sucks and is bad :(

genre: post-britpop (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:24 (one month ago) link

More like a 'Tragic Kingdom', amirite?

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:26 (one month ago) link

no doubt

mh, Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:27 (one month ago) link

Disney+ is good now

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-jim-henson-company-is-bringing-an-alien-talk-show-c-1839355960

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 October 2019 18:45 (one month ago) link

if they straight-up Space Ghost it, i'm sold.
if it's the tonight show but with baby sinclair as the host, hard pass

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 25 October 2019 18:50 (one month ago) link

Earth to Ned is about a blue alien named Ned and his lieutenant, Cornelius, who find themselves abandoning their planned invasion of Earth because they’re too fascinated with popular culture. Their talk show features Ned interviewing celebrities to chat about all the things he finds so amazing about Earth and its people.

I appreciate how they've made this incredibly accurate.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 October 2019 18:54 (one month ago) link

oh, lol i missed the ned connection

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 25 October 2019 18:57 (one month ago) link

xp Would buy ticket

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 25 October 2019 19:29 (one month ago) link

is it just me or does Ned (of the Disney+ show) look suspiciously like the pilot from Farscape

mh, Friday, 25 October 2019 19:39 (one month ago) link

potential house band?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWxbzd96xdc

wasdnuos (abanana), Saturday, 26 October 2019 10:57 (one month ago) link

Sharing relevant Sic posts from the MCU thread:

"I mean they're just going to wind up burning themselves with that shit ultimately, particularly as they continue to lean heavier on regurgitation of their own supply. Cut to five years from now as tumbleweeds drift through a multiplex"
Independent theaters will have been killed by then.

― now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Friday, October 25, 2019 8:23 AM (yesterday

The Art Theater in Champaign announced today they're closing in six days.

― now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:45 AM (four days ago)

Fathom have been told that two weeks ago's 40th anniversary national Alien screenings are the last time they will ever be able to show any Fox movie.

Balboa Theatre in SF had a Planet Of The Apes festival booked weekend after next, have now lost all eight films to which tickets had already been sold

Christmas screenings of Die Hard have been pulled from multiple theatres in the US and Canada

not sure where today's Leave Her To Heaven screening is meant to be happening

― now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:27 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 30 October 2019 01:26 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Department of Justice is moving to eliminate a legal agreement that has governed the movie industry since the 1940s, Justice Department antitrust chief Makan Delrahim announced Monday.

The move by the Justice Department signals that regulators believe that certain remedies are appropriate at the time, but should be reviewed to keep up with how industries change.

Delrahim’s announcement, which would alter what is known as the Paramount consent decrees, could change how theaters distribute movies. The rules, which kept major movie studios from owning theaters where their movies were played, were originally put in place to keep studios from collaborating to control all aspects of the industry.

Speaking at an antitrust conference in Washington, Delrahim cited consumers’ ability to watch movies on streaming services as one reason why the agency was seeking to terminate the agreements, along with saying the conspiracy the government was originally trying to amend decades ago no longer exists.

Simon H., Monday, 18 November 2019 21:47 (two weeks ago) link

jesus christ, no

mh, Monday, 18 November 2019 22:21 (two weeks ago) link

christ

weird ilx but sb (Doctor Casino), Monday, 18 November 2019 22:57 (two weeks ago) link

five-baggers for everyone

imago, Monday, 18 November 2019 22:59 (two weeks ago) link

Bob Iger's erection could cut steel today

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 18 November 2019 23:18 (two weeks ago) link

The Russo Bros. shared their own thoughts on Scorsese's comments publicly for the first time: "Nobody owns cinema. We don't own cinema. You don't own cinema. Scorsese doesn't own cinema"

Sarah Ganske
@thebasementtan

If nobody owns cinema then I guess those Fox movies should pouring onto free streaming services and into rep theaters any second now.

If nobody owns cinema then I guess those Fox movies should pouring onto free streaming services and into rep theaters any second now. https://t.co/UOnIkORn7c

— Sarah Ganske (@thebasementtan) November 17, 2019

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 04:50 (two weeks ago) link

who the fuck are the russo brothers

jaymc, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:02 (two weeks ago) link

Delrahim cited consumers’ ability to watch movies on streaming services as one reason why the agency was seeking to terminate the agreements

Right now streaming is where the media conglomerates are reenacting the gold rush. In about two years or so more than half the new services will be withdrawn as unprofitable or bought out and absorbed into the handful of winners, who will grapple for a while to test each others' strength, then eventually settle into a comfortable cartel.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:13 (two weeks ago) link

Russo Bros. make Marvel movies and...You and Me and Dupree.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 05:16 (two weeks ago) link

Joe and Anthony Russo have directed two of the five highest-grossing films of all time, including Avengers: Endgame, which in July passed Avatar on the all-time list.

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 06:56 (two weeks ago) link

_The Russo Bros. shared their own thoughts🕸 on Scorsese's comments publicly for the first time: "Nobody owns cinema. We don't own cinema. You don't own cinema. Scorsese doesn't own cinema"_


_Sarah Ganske
@thebasementtan

If nobody owns cinema then I guess those Fox movies should pouring onto free streaming services and into rep theaters any second now._


🐦[If nobody owns cinema then I guess those Fox movies should pouring onto free streaming services and into rep theaters any second now. https://t.co/UOnIkORn7c🕸
— Sarah Ganske (@thebasementtan) November 17, 2019🕸]🐦


fp’d you for this gruesome embedding fail

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 11:23 (two weeks ago) link

I'd say it's a fair cop, but you compounded the fail by copying the whole thing, but if you hadn't then I wouldn't see this adorable li'l twoot emoji 🐦

guess I'll just fp myself as thanks

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 11:27 (two weeks ago) link

copy-pasting others' garbled posts 'compounding the error' you say...?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 13:17 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, you’ve gotta just quote the important bit

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 13:26 (two weeks ago) link

it was so important it had to be copied and pasted to get around my blanket block of twitter

tantric societal collapse (rushomancy), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 14:50 (two weeks ago) link

Labuza on some possible ramifications

When sizing up the major studios in the 1930s, the DOJ investigated one important question: was there fair competition in the industry? Because small independent films had almost no access to the theatrical market, and all theaters had no choice but to bow to the majors and whatever prices they set, the government decided this had little benefit for the consumer.

The end of the Paramount Decision could have a cultural effect on choice, as theaters may be forced to further limit their options. For example, A24’s success through crossover hits between arthouse theaters and the major exhibition chains will become less likely. A24 might be able to continue to get films like Moonlight, Midsommar, or Lady Bird into arthouse theaters, but would find it difficult to get space in the multiplex that was once amenable to booking smaller films next to a Disney or Paramount blockbuster.

A24 will survive, but the market changes will make it more difficult for new companies to find similar space in the theatrical market. It will be more and more likely that new indies can only make it into theaters through established companies, if not the giants of Netflix and Amazon. Currently, a lot of these artists are turning to streaming services to reach audiences, but if streaming companies start taking over theaters as well, indies will find they’re dealing with the same gatekeepers on all platforms. While the growing success of many arthouse theaters has in many ways depended on prioritizing community involvement and creative programming, their options may become limited. Depending on larger companies to help discover new talent seems anathemic to the successes of films like Parasite (Neon), Tangerine (Magnolia), or Brawl in Cell Block 99 (Cinestate).

https://www.polygon.com/2019/11/20/20974364/justice-department-paramount-decree-disney-netflix-monopoly

Simon H., Wednesday, 20 November 2019 20:41 (two weeks ago) link

Home Alone and Die Hard christmas screenings pulled from the Sun-Ray in Jacksonville

insecurity bear (sic), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 08:24 (yesterday) link


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