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A properly executed plot twist often causes opposite reactions of what you've just described. People want to watch the movie again because the ending was so unexpected that they need to review the whole thing to get all the puzzle pieces together. "Fight Club" is a great example, in my opinion. There's a lot of dialogue (especially the lines from Helena ...


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The reason why musicals are less popular now, or more prolific back in the first half of the century is pretty long, but hopefully engaging and interesting. It certainly was to me when I studied it. There are tons of academic books written about the downfall of musicals, but here's the short(er) version: Musicals (along with Westerns) were very much a ...


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The 'Fidelity Issue' has been a long term fixture on many (if not most) film/production and screenwriting qualifications. During my Degree we had an entire module named 'Adaptation', and for three weeks we discussed/researched this very question without verifiable success. It's unlikely you'll find a satisfactory answer to something so broad on here, but ...


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A few tidbits that I can pull from looking at both David O. Selznick and Louis B. Mayer via Wikipedia: Louis B. Mayer was pretty much the figure head of MGM during its golden years, and is considered the creator of the "star system", focusing more on producing and advertising films around the stars in his films rather than the films themselves. David O. ...


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The Creative Skill Set website breaks it down in general for you: Theatrical (ie. cinema) revenues only account for about 25% of the total revenues, with video (including DVD) taking about 40%; television accounting for 28% and ancillary revenues the final 7%. The website goes on to say: How Revenue Flows Through the Marketplace The main ...


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Closing credits are not entirely there for the audience, although I have a few friends that work in the movie industry and it's cool to see their names scroll by at the end of a movie. The ones that you see for electricians, gaffers, best boy, etc., are part of the film crew. It's an acknowledgement that without those people, the film would not have been ...


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In the USA, this is governed by the agreements of the Director's Guild of America. Their basic agreement states in section 8-201 that: No other credit shall appear on the card which accords credit to the Director of the film. Such credit shall be on the last title card appearing prior to principal photography. This convention even appears to cover ...


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Here's an article answering your question. In short: Out of a typical 6 trailers, two are chosen by the studio that made the film you paid to see. The other four are usually chosen by the theater which profiles the audience using a quadrant system (male, female, under 25, over 25). Sometimes the choice will be based on rating (if you are at an NC-17 ...


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From the official website: Nomination ballots are mailed to the Academy’s active members in late December and are due back to PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international accounting firm, in January. Regular awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective film achievements in up to 25 categories. Members from each of the branches ...


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Andrew Cripps (former president of Paramount Pictures International and United Internationl Pictures) wrote an Overview of International Film Markets and Theatrical Distribution: Studios split the International market into three main areas: Europe Far East (including Australasia) Latin America The Distribution Process: ...


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In the United States, there isn't a strict analogue for your Censor Board. Here, the First Amendment to the US Constitution provides protection to film makers, ensuring the government won't censor their work. However, the law doesn't prevent voluntary censorship, which is where the MPAA comes in. They're a trade group of movie studios who created a ...


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Netflix has done the next best thing to what you suggest with House of Cards (which cost $100 million to produce) and Lillyhammer by releasing these episodic series directly along with their other online features. You cannot see them in a theatre. There was an announcement of another series, this one science fiction, coming in late 2014. I heard an ...


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This is merely observation and some speculation, but I've noticed a few factors: Sometimes the studios wait to release a few similar titles (theme, actor, director) at once. Often in box sets with the films also available individually at the same time or a few months later. Possibly not applicable at least as far as Forsyth is concerned. Sometimes they ...


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A B-Movie isn't really a measure of budget, but rather is a genre all of its own. For example, by your criteria The Blair Witch Project would be considered a B-Movie due to its tiny budget and low production values, but this is not the case. At the other end of the spectrum, we could consider Pacific Rim to be one of the biggest budgeted B-movies around, so ...


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I have a friend who owns a (very) small theater... so some of this probably isn't "official" (I know they bend the rules a bit at times). Also, they operate only on film, I'm not for sure about digital Anyway, one thing a lot of people don't realize is that film is usually shipped on 6 or so small reels. The movie theater then tapes together these reels ...


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From eHow In Hollywood, the nominating and selecting for the Oscars are done by the writers, actors, directors, animators, art directors and executives. The only requirement is that each participant be a part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Members of AMPAS are courted by film studios with free screeners, gifts and social evenings in ...


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In some cases the original delay involved the time required for licensing (music), appropriate copyrights, ratings, and in some cases the redubbing of the film into other languages. The latter of which can not typically begin until the final edit is determined. In some major films (especially action films) the final edit may not be complete until the film ...


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I have not seen many examples of Hollywood movies shown first in the rest of the world before the USA, but it is certainly the case that simultaneous release around the world is now normal when it used to be rare. If the trend has continued beyond 'simultaneous' to now opening in the rest of the world first, it is probably for the same reason. There are ...


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Very little, though it really depends on their relationship with the director and producer. I've worked on sets where the screenwriter was definitely not wanted, seen as a threat to the director's authority. Of course I've worked on other sets where the director and writer were rather good friends and the writers were asked questions and opinions. They ...


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If I understand the question correctly you are asking if there is a service that lets you watch new movies in your home at the same time as they are released in the theater. If this is what you are asking then the answer is yes. Prima Cinema offers at home viewing of movies at the same time they are released at the box office. However, convenience comes ...


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Is there some rule/regulation from the content providers that say when broadcasting on TV they have to add a station logo? Only because they've bought / recorded / invested their own money for the broadcasting program. It's a copyright. What will they do, if you record their program and broadcast on your own, or just sell it somewhere? (similar to ...


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Movies are often re-released according to a schedule, which can be dictated by any number of variables. Often, whoever owns the rights to a movie lacks the resources to directly distribute the film directly, and as such will strike up a deal with a Distribution company. This is becoming more and more common as studios are becoming less vertically ...


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If by curated, you mean general releases overseen by a group: Yes. Many If you mean in terms of overall quality for film-buffs and enthusiasts, the short is answer: No. Longer answer: There are distribution companies like Anchor Bay, Blue Underground, and the Kino Collection (who made a great name for themselves in releasing well-received foreign ...


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This answer is based on some guesswork, but may still be of interest. Here's a photo of a computer running a digital projector in a small cinema in France. It's running software called Cinelister and you can see the playlist on the right. It's part way through the showing of a film called Cloclo (2012). I didn't attend the screening, but I assume ...


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Seems like Vijin was right. I asked @foxdeutschland about this and they responded: This roughly translates to: oers: Why is Prometheus released here [in germany] two month after the world premiere? fox: The german release had to be postponed due to the UEFA Euro 2012 to august.


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My understanding is that the US, being a huge market and often at least a third of the film's worldwide revenue, can be used to push up if hype is a factor. With the Avengers, if they know in advance it's going to be a success - and franchises tend to do well worldwide - especially superhero ones, releasing internationally only intensifies the hype back in ...


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The theatrical version of a movie is the one that was originally shown in theaters. Thus it is the cut of the movie that the studio thought would be best for the most moviegoers. An extended version or uncut version has scenes added that were filmed but cut out of the theatrical version. Most often, it is created to entice people have already been to the ...


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The reason for difference release date in different countries is because of following reasons - Time it takes to prepare subtitles, dubs, to get the film through foreign ratings boards (and possibly re-cut based on that), to coordinate foreign marketing, and possibly to work around local movie schedules .For example in India movies only release ...


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And to answer your second question, the MPAA doesn't explain their criteria. A lot of directors guess at what is acceptable, and will even throw in some obvious, over the top scenes in hopes that something else (what they really want) will pass through. See "Censor Decoy" and "Getting Crap Past the Radar" on tvtrope.org's page.


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The vast majority of those 500 movies have much smaller budgets. In general, the budget is relative to the expected profitability of a given project. A superhero movie that can hopefully gross a billion dollars can be made for $250 million and still earn a profit; whereas a small indie film with no stars can’t be expected to earn very much, and will ...



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