'Mr. Turner' Draws Older Pre-Christmas Crowd; Wider Releases Thrive Thompson on Hollywood

The overall field is dominated by the sensational performance of “Wild”–sixth-best among all films on just over 1,000 screens. The specialized market is showing strength while broader releases struggle to meet last year’s performance. In 2013, the pre-Christmas weekend among limited films was led by “Philomena” at $1.2 million. And ….Read More Via:: THOMPSON on Read more

How Obama Took Sony’s Crisis From Bad to Worse Variety – Music

If there are such a thing as textbooks in the field of crisis management, the Sony Pictures hack might end up in the chapter labeled “Worst Case Scenario.” But as much as Sony seemed to mishandle its sorry situation in recent days, the severity of the circumstances Sony faced are ….Read More Via:: VARIETY – Read more

Specialty Film Market Woes Make Oscars a Rough Game Variety – Music

The number of prestige pics produced by the majors has declined. Traditional adult audiences flock to cable. Ancillary revenue streams remain uncertain. All of which means that the always-challenging Oscar film market is more challenging than ever. When questioned by Variety’s co-editor-in-chief Claudia Eller about the future of low-cost, prestige ….Read More Via:: VARIETY – Read more