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My guess: people like me often visit domains in movies/TV shows/books just for fun. If I see the domain is unregistered, I can register it myself and draw traffic from nerds like myself. Basically, I'm letting Sony advertise for me. I can even imply movie affiliation and do terrible things: "Welcome to Sony's secret site! You have cleverly spotted the ...


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It's basically a kind of stunt: The war thriller starring Gary Oldman, Jai Courtney and Kate Mara was only screened at a single theatre, the Reel Cinema in Burnley, as part of promotions around its digital release. More information: But Man Down's unrelenting floppage was slightly exaggerated, its cinema takings (which reportedly equalled just ...


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You are certainly right that this film seems to be chock full of Avengers. However, it is still a rather personal Captain America movie through and through. You could as well ask that question about Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's about more than just screen time. While there is a larger conflict between the ...


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Just a theory, but being able to buy a domain this way is a pretty clear indication that a legitimate company cannot come after the film company to sue for being libelled or defamed for a less than perfect company portrayal. If currently unused, it is an indication there is not a naming conflict to a company that is not well known. The fact that you noticed ...


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The posters implied that Luke and Leia were a romantic couple… Indeed the promotional posters and artwork implied Luke and Leia had some romantic spark going on. The posters themselves were reminiscent of classic Hollywood poster art tropes and film cliches of a brave hero (usually a man) rescuing a “damsel in distress” (damsels are usually women). But ...


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Probably contractual If you click through the links to a similar story about Emma Watson we find this quote.. “Day-and-date releases minimise costs for a distributor,” says Andreas Wiseman, Screen International’s head of news. “They only need to pay for a campaign once rather than at different stages throughout the windowing process. The growth in these ...


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As expained in this excellent answer by @phantom42 on SF/F, Kevin Feige (the head of Marvel's film studio division) discussed this point last year, when talking about the number of characters in the movie. The basic explanation is that, while many of the Avengers are in Civil War, only a few characters get a real story-arc, and all of those are related to ...


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Simply put it is because of the competition from other movies. There is also a page here with the exact same question and they arrive to the same conclusions: Fox isn't speaking out on why the sequel to Independence Day is shuffling to June. So let's take a look at what could be the reason. First off might be helmer Roland Emmerich, who is nowhere near ...


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Trailers typically come out before a movie is "distribution-ready", but exactly how far along depends on the movie, and how far in advance they want to hype it. For starters, trailers are usually made well in advance of the final product. Keep in mind that the trailers have to go through much of the same post-production work as the film itself. The effects ...


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Two reasons: So that the film company doesn't lose out on a potential profit if someone buys a domain name associated with a movie/TV show and sells it. Apparently there's a small culture out there to purchase domain names related to a recently-announced movie/TV show, as when the movie company finds out its already registered most of the time they'll pay ...


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The KFFT List Guide says: Burger King was a pioneer in the advertising practice known as the product tie-in with a successful partnering with George Lucas’ Lucasfilm, Ltd. to promote the 1977 film Star Wars in which BK sold a set of glasses featuring the main characters from the film. This promotion was one of the first in the fast food ...


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Reading into this on Wikipedia, it seems that Formics is the correct 'scientific' name of the species, and a term that is increasingly used as the book series progresses. Buggers as you say is a 'nickname', a pejorative term for the species. As for the movie adaptation, I can imagine that they received advice that for British English (and perhaps other ...


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Films must have a cinematic release in order for the producers to recieve the full available production offset tax credits. Distributors know the rort and offer these box-tick releases at a suprisingly HIGH, not low - cost


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The poster is a relic of incomplete storywriting. Luke and Leia weren't originally going to be siblings. The poster was made before that time, and featured a fairly standard fantasy trope -- the damsel clinging to her savior.


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It's not exclusive to the Star Wars franchise but as a whole, the DVD/Blu-ray releases has been shortened to release nearly 3-4 months after the movies hit the theatres. Based on the Forbes article: It took more than 10 years for the DVD release window to shrink by half to where it is now, yet it only took 3 years for the digital download window to shrink ...


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I don't know if it was the first time that any movie teamed up with a fast food restaurant, but the first ever themed promotion for McDonald's Happy Meal was for Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. From the Happy Meal Wikipedia article: The packaging used for the Star Trek Meal consisted of various images and games related to the film, as well as a ...


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I'd assume that most cinema visits are fairly "spur of the moment" decisions, often not planned more than a day or so in advance. Yes, there are exceptions, e.g. people wanting to view the latest installment of a popular franchise on opening day. So there's little point in posting "definite" schedules weeks in advance. Moreover, such strict schedules would ...


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Probably to avoid a tough competition since on Jul 1, there will be 4 new movies with a nation wide releases and at Jul 8, 2 movies, one of them is "The Secret Life of Pets" which is predicted to be one of the biggest movies this summer.


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Terminator 2 grossed $204,843,345 in its domestic market and $315,000,000 in foreign markets. (source: BoxOfficeMojo). Terminator 2 is widely regarded as one of the best sci-fi films of all time (source: my knowledge of sci-fi films and fans). With these two facts in mind, I think it's safe to conclude that nothing spoiled the movie. To the contrary, the ...


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The group is "Harsh scan explosion (EGU-SPLOSION)", a Japanese dance troupe/group. Not normally a comedy group. The song/video/meme of Honnoji Incident (probably badly machine translation of 本能寺の変) was first posted in 2015. Like any other funny video, it's been meme'd to death, as seen in this Vine tag search. The specific linked video was indeed posted by ...


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Axelrod has the correct answer. Another angle, however, is that in Star Wars: A New Hope, they essentially were somewhat romantically connected. In fact, that was pretty much a sub-plot… Han and Luke competing for the the attention of the princess. And that’s fine, given that Leia and Luke—and the audience—weren’t aware that they were siblings at that ...


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Theory 1: Trade mark ownership for future profits. Maybe they are owners of the trade mark and wish to have the option to use it for something in the future? Trade marks need to be established, one way is to use them in the marketplace so maybe buying it and owning it is marketplace activity? I am not a lawyer, but look at this case to see that trade mark ...


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Don't know how you define widely available or whether you differentiate between a program and a magazine (usually longer), but there was a program produced for Shrek 2 in 2004. There was a 65-page Spiderman Official Movie Souvenir Magazine in 2002. The Fantasia 2000 premiere had a program. Before that was a 12-page book for The Thin Red Line (1998) with Sean ...


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From dear Wikipedia House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and the House Majority Whip, who, after getting passed over for promotion to Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him. The Lincoln monument helps convey the political subject ...


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Joker: Because it's all...part of the [marketing] plan. The initial trailers are called teaser trailers because they're designed to do just that: provide you with a little teaser for the film. These are usually just to announce that a film is coming and to start building anticipation, and possibly because filming isn't quite done or there isn't enough film ...


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Okay so I'm having to answer my own question on the same day I posted it so that this question doesn't get closed as off-topic "opinion-based". I don't like having to do this but I feel I have a solid question here. According to jamescamerononline.com "We've got a story worked out but it hasn't gone beyond the talk stage" - James Cameron on Terminator 2 in ...


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According to multiple sources, from interviews to film reviews, it appears that there was a blip on the radar from the beginning which revolved around Toho (the owners of the Godzilla franchise) suing them for using a Godzilla look-alike in emails when they were looking for financing. Since that was the "big news" on the film, and that story was easier to ...


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Try "THE NUMBERS" which has a section on budgets: Caveats apply: all Hollywood accounting is fictional budgets are mainly designed to ensure maximal grants / tax breaks / investment and are most often grossly inflated (and rarely understated) public versions of budgets of good movies often pick up costs of other movies that do less well to hide studio ...


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It seems that there are some misunderstandings with how animated films are made. There are several different kinds. Most modern animated films use computer graphics to create the animation - this is anything from the big CGI animation companies like Dreamworks or Pixar. Even modern "hand drawn" animation from Disney - like The Princess and the Frog - is ...


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