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David Denby Excerpt: 'Do The Movies Have A Future?'

The following is excerpted from New Yorker writer David Denby's Do The Movies Have A Future? (published by Simon & Schuster.) The following was written in 2009, but is published here for the first time:
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Ditto: Pop-culture e-cards incorporate your fave movies

USA TODAY: Sometimes "happy birthday" just isn't enough. While e-cards are certainly an easy way to cheer up a pal, it can be hard to find one with the right amount of pop-culture pizazz. The folks at Ditto Greetings hope to change that by offering e-cards that ...

'Bleak Movies' coloring book replaces blood with bunnies

"Reservoir Dogs," "Seven," "The Exorcist," and other disturbing movies get a kid-friendly restyling thanks to artist Todd Spence who wants to swap screams with smiles.

'Bleak Movies' coloring book replaces blood with bunnies

CNET: 'Bleak Movies' coloring book replaces blood with bunnies. "Reservoir Dogs," "Seven," "The Exorcist," and other disturbing movies get a kid-friendly restyling thanks to artist Todd Spence who wants to swap screams with smiles. by Bonnie Burton ...

Shochiku to Make Ninja Movies Just For Export

Variety: The first movie in the new slate, with the working title “Ninja the Monster,” is an actioner in which ninja encounter alien life forms. Shochiku shot the pic at its Uzumasa Studio in Kyoto. Completion is scheduled for August. Rival, Nikkatsu tried ...

Beyond Fargo: 10 Movies That Would Make Great TV Shows

Wired: Last night marked the debut of FX's Fargo, a television series adapted from the classic 1996 crime movie by the Coen Brothers. Turning a movie into a television series is nothing new (Parenthood, About a Boy and From Dusk Till Dawn are three such ...

How conservatives learned to hate Hollywood

A lot of subversive but critically acclaimed movies from this era (from Annie Hall to M*A*S*H) reflected America's somewhat disaffected zeitgeist. And Clint Eastwood as Inspector Harry Callahan (aka "Dirty Harry") took on criminals and the bleeding-heart liberals whose "technicalities" prevented him from taking murderers and rapists off the streets. It began as a trickle, but these films were a ...

Leo DiCaprio's Company -- We Have a Right to Do Movies About Inbred Hillbillies

TMZ.com: Leo's company points out there's a rich history of movies depicting various groups -- "The Godfather" portrayed Italian gangs, "The Departed" showed Irish gangs, and, our favorite, "Once Upon a Time In America" features a Jewish Gang ... who knew?

12 Places In Pixar Movies That Actually Exist In Real Life

Business Insider: An Easter egg, as it relates to movies, is when the movie's creators hide something in the film that's an intentional inside joke. Some Easter eggs are more well known, like how Hitchock makes cameo appearances in his films, but some Easter eggs are a ...

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Hollywood's Growing Faith in Christian Movies

Variety: “Being able to be in front on an audience and talk about helping them uplift them with their faith and what they're dealing with on a day-to-day basis and to have a movie in the marketplace that can do the same thing really (works) hand in hand ...

Entertainment Geekly: 'The Raid 2' and the death of Hollywood action movies

Entertainment Weekly: Hollywood only makes action movies now. Hollywood doesn't really make action movies anymore. Both of those statements can't be true, and yet, they're both basically accurate. It is very rare for Hollywood to release a major non-Oscar bait motion ...

Make Movies for Grown-ups

New York Times: Is television better than the movies? Wrong question, since currently it's less a contest than a custody arrangement. Television has taken possession of grown-ups and fans of things like narrative and character. Meanwhile, the Hollywood studios ...

Hollywood action movies: Could they be any worse?

Los Angeles Times: In both movies, when bands of terrorists start blowing up D.C. and take the president hostage, these Secret Service outsiders are the only ones left inside the White House to save the day. Both movies feature kids in peril. Both have admirable ...

China Film takes 1st stake in Hollywood movies

HONG KONG (AP) — China's state-owned film distributor is making its first investment in Hollywood movies by taking a stake in two Legendary Entertainment productions.

Hollywood lore lures tourists to the TCM tour

Turner Classic Movies puts on a bus tour of film locations for movie fans as part of cable network's 20th anniversary celebration. There's a Chick-fil-A on the Sunset Boulevard corner where Lana Turner was said to have been discovered, a public school at the former Ambassador Hotel site where Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft filmed their trysts in "The Graduate" and a CVS in the Art Deco ...

Films that pass the Bechdel test perform just as well at the box office as those that fail

Against Hollywood wisdom, a new survey reveals that movies with better gender equality don't lose money compared to male-oriented fare Cinema programmers beware: feminist films can flunk the Bechdel test Movies which pass the "Bechdel test" are just as likely to be profitable than those which do not, contrary to received thinking in Hollywood, according to a comprehensive new survey . The study ...

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25 Incredibly Tough Movies for Extreme Viewers

Flavorwire: We've been talking a lot about Lars von Trier lately, prompted by the release of his two-part sex epic Nymphomaniac, and now the fine folks over at the Criterion Collection have given us one more reason to think about his work: they've put out a new ...

Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay So

New York Times: A team of web designers recently released an astonishingly innovative app for streaming movies online. The program, Popcorn Time, worked a bit like Netflix, except it had one unusual, killer feature. It was full of movies you'd want to watch. When you ...

Comedy stoners Cheech & Chong working on new movie

Los Angeles Times: Tommy Chong revealed in a recent interview with CelebStoner.com that he and longtime comedy partner Cheech Marin are working on a new movie with director Jay Chandrasekhar, a member of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe who previously helmed ...

Watch a preview for a Rick Santorum-backed Hallmark Movie Channel film

The Week Magazine: The Redemption of Henry Myers is the second movie released by the company with Santorum in charge (the first was a holiday option called The Christmas Candle.) It airs on Sunday on the Hallmark Movie Channel, but curious viewers can check out a ...

A Rough Weekend for New Movies

Tyler Perry's near decade-long run as a supplier of hit movies ended over the weekend, as “Tyler's Perry's The Single Moms Club” became his worst-performing release by far. Also disappointing was “Need for Speed,” a car-racing movie designed to start a ...

FilmL.A. report: Big movies fleeing California

Los Angeles Times: Last year, only two of the top 25 big-budget movies, whose combined budgets totaled more than $3.5 billion, filmed primarily in California: "The Hangover Part III" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness," according to a report released Thursday morning by FilmL.A.

Is Disney Movies Anywhere a Game Changer?

DailyFinance: Walt Disney , in alliance with Apple , recently launched a new movie service called Disney Movies Anywhere, or DMA. This service will function as a "digital movie locker," in which customers can save their copies of Disney, Marvel, and Pixar movies in ...

At the Movies: 'Nebraska' out on DVD/Blu-Ray

Lincoln Journal Star: According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Sunday, two-thirds of Americans have yet to see any of the movies nominated for the best picture Oscar. The poll asked 1,433 people whether they had seen any of the nine best picture nominees plus two other ...

Which 2014 Movies Could Reach $1 Billion? (cont.)

<<Continued from "Which 2014 Movies Could Reach $1 Billion?"OriginalsGodzilla (May)Big-budget disaster movies tend to draw huge crowds, and Godzilla is a brand that resonates with global audiences. Back in 1998, Roland Emmerich's Godzilla earned $379 million worldwide; with the expanded foreign market and drastically higher ticket prices, it's hard to imagine this new movie earning a penny less ...

BT adds Sky Movies to growing TV package

Deal with British Sky Broadcasting will mean customers can watch more than 700 films by paying a monthly subscription BT TV customers will be able to watch recent box office hits including Django Unchained and Argo after the company struck a deal to show Sky Movies channels from 26 October. BT said the agreement with British Sky Broadcasting will mean customers can watch more than 700 films by ...

Study: Movies with women in prominent roles earn more money

Despite Hollywood's love for testosterone-dominated movies, a recent study has found that movies with a strong female component actually perform better at the box office and cost less to make. Nate Silver's ESPN blog FiveThirtyEight used the Bechdel test, a barometer of gender equity invented by cartoonist Alison Bechdel, to scrutinize 1,615 films released between 1990 and 2013. It compared the ...

How to Avoid Spoiling TV Shows and Movies for Everyone Else

Between whole seasons being released at once, movies crossing over with TV shows, and books and shows racing each other to the same ending, it's hard to know exactly where the spoilers line is and how to avoid being ...

'Captain America 3' Gets May 2016 Release Date - Deadline

It also was the year's No. 1-ranked movie to date across the entire social media universe. It's the latest of those untitled Marvel movies on the slate to get a name; there's another unknown one that Disney has set for May 5, ...

'Palo Alto': See the poster for James Franco's new movie | Inside

Palo Alto may be Gia Coppola's first credit as a director and writer, but filmmaking is in her blood. She spent much of her upbringing on the set of her aunt Sofia Coppola's films, and her grandfather is, of course, director Francis Ford ...

'Entourage' Movie Gets a Release Date - The Hollywood Reporter

Warner Bros. has set a release date for the Entourage movie as well as scheduled the openings for Paul Thomas Anderson's latest, Inherent Vice, and Nancy Meyers' workplace comedy, The Intern. PHOTOS: 35 of 2014's  ...

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel, ' 'Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” and other new movies

In this week's new releases, Ralph Fiennes delivers a standout performance in Wes Anderson's “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” gives viewers a glimpse into the Broadway icon's life. Both films receive three stars.

Robert De Niro just keeps making crap movies

He's made five movies this year alone and they're all bad, but this Christmas might bring his Alien Vs Predator moment So let's ask ourselves, since his supposed "return to form" a year ago in David O Russell's Silver Linings Playbook: how's Robert De Niro been doing? Was that movie the harbinger of some late-flowering, crepuscular blaze of glory, mirroring in old age the sunburst that was his ...

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Study: Movies With Women in Prominent Roles Earn More Money

Variety (blog): Despite Hollywood's love for testosterone-dominated movies, a recent study has found that movies with a strong female component actually perform better at the box office and cost less to make. Nate Silver's ESPN blog FiveThirtyEight used the Bechdel ...

Box office update: 'Divergent' earns $22.8 million on Friday

Divergent, the big-screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's hit YA sci-fi book series, had no trouble setting itself apart at theaters on Friday, grossing an estimated $22.8 million. That's the largest single-day haul at the box office since The LEGO Movie ...

Prediction: Top Ten Movies Of 2014

Comicbook.com (blog): What will be the ten highest grossing movies of 2014 at the worldwide box office? It's a tough call, because we don't see any film in 2014 doing as well as The Avengers or Iron Man 3. While 2014 could still be another record year at the box office ...

TOP 10 MOVIES AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

Sacramento Bee: Chasing down the top spot at the box office after debuting at No. 2 last week, "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" took the lead in its second weekend, bumping "300: Rise of an Empire." The DreamWorks animated film about the time-traveling adventures of a genius ...

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