You Better Get Used to Disney’s Nostalgic Remakes

Disney is hoping to grant its shareholders’ wishes by delivering another box office hit with this weekend’s Aladdin, one of four live-action nostalgia-based adaptations set for 2019. The remakes make up more releases than the studio’s other two big money-making franchises, Marvel and Star Wars. The Mouse House is only releasing two animated features, previously […]

The Race for the 2020 Academy Awards Has Already Begun

With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing, and the highly anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood making its debut at the festival Tuesday, journalists, critics, and professional prognosticators are buzzing about potential frontrunners for next year’s Oscars–even though that’s almost a year from now. It’s not unusual for Hollywood studios to lay the […]

Why ‘Detective Pikachu’ Will Probably Outperform ‘Sonic’ at the Box Office

Pok?mon: Detective Pikachu hits theaters this weekend and could be a rarity: a live-action video game adaptation that’s a mainstream box office hit. Between fan buzz, analyst projections, and some critical praise, Detective Pikachu might just overcome a longstanding pattern of video game box office bombs. As Hollywood races to find new intellectual property to […]

Disney Announces New ‘Star Wars’ Films and Delays ‘Avatar 2’ Release

“Avatar” fans will have to wait another year. Walt Disney Co., which acquired the franchise when it bought 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets this year, will delay “Avatar 2” to December 2021 from 2020. Additional sequels also were pushed back, meaning a proposed “Avatar 5” won’t debut until 2027. The move cuts what could […]

Will ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Continue to Dominate the Summer Box Office?

Avengers: Endgame has set the summer box office aflame–and the summer movie season hasn’t even officially begun. But with Memorial Day Weekend just around the corner, Avengers: Endgame will soon face some stiff competition from the latest installments of a number of beloved movie franchises. Since its worldwide release on April 24, Avengers: Endgame has […]

How John Singleton Showed Hollywood That Black Films Could Succeed

Even in today’s Hollywood, when studios, the Academy, and other industry gatekeepers tout diversity and inclusion, it’s difficult to imagine a 23-year-old first-time director getting a chance to make a major semi-autobiographical film about growing up amidst poverty and gang violence. But that’s exactly what John Singleton did in 1991 with Boyz n the Hood, […]

‘Avengers’ Record-Setting Thursday Opening Sets the Stage for a Massive Weekend at the Box Office

Faster than the Milano on its way to Xandar with Korath the Pursuer hot on its trail, “Avengers: Endgame” took in a domestic record of $60 million in Thursday night preview shows, setting the picture up for what many predict will be an all-time high opening this weekend. “Endgame” has already set a $107 million […]

With ‘Shazam!’, DC Takes a New Page Inspired by Longtime Comic Book Rival Marvel

Unless an all-powerful super-villain shows up at the last minute to foil his plans, Shazam is poised to hit theaters this weekend like a bolt of lightning. The family-aimed Shazam!, featuring the long-running DC Comics crimefighter, has already pulled in more than $3 million from early sneak previews. Initial reviews are encouraging, with many critics […]

Justice Department Warns Possible Oscar Rule Changes Concerning Netflix Could Be an Antitrust Issue

Netflix Inc.’s pursuit of Academy Awards could become an antitrust issue. The U.S. Justice Department warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that potential rule changes, which could hurt Netflix and other streaming platforms, may violate laws meant to protection competition, according to a person familiar with the matter. Makan Delrahim, head of […]