Showbiz Sandbox 211: Why Movie Studios Are Playing Musical Chairs With Release Dates

October 28, 2013


There was a time if a Hollywood studio pushed back the release date for one of its eagerly anticipated titles it signaled the movie might be in trouble. If there was ever a sign that such stigmas no longer apply when delaying a release date, one need look no further than this year. An overly crowded and competitive awards season has meant the release dates for a number of high-end hopefuls have been wisely pushed into 2014, including “Monuments Men”, “Foxcatcher” and “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”.

Distributors in China, Japan and South Korea may soon have to start worrying about release dates too. Box office is surging to record levels in Asia, thanks not to Hollywood blockbusters, but rather homegrown productions.

If it were up to consumer electronics manufacturers, we’d all be watching movies at home on our new 4K Ultra HD televisions. Broadcasters, burned by the original conversion to HD and a string of 3D experiments, want to know who is going to foot the bill this time around.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the new, yet familiar, writers taking on the “Star Wars” sequels, YouTube gets into the music streaming business and Netflix wants to make original movies.


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Homegrown Movies Help Asian Box Office Surge To Record Levels

‘Despicable Me’s’ Chris Meledandri: Animation Market Is Cannibalizing Itself

VES Summit: Will ‘Gravity’ Prompt Push for ‘Visual Imaging’ Oscar?

George Clooney’s ‘The Monuments Men’ Pushed to 2014,0,733524.story#axzz2iVFMt02C

George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ Gets Early February 2014 Release

It’s Official: ‘Jack Ryan’ Moving to January 2014

Oscars: Why Are Contenders Dropping Like Flies This Awards Season?

Netflix Eyeing Shortened Movie Windows

Theater Owners To Netflix: You’re The One Trying To Kill Cinema

Netflix Earnings Jump As It Surpasses HBO in U.S. Subscribers,0,7706796.story#axzz2itZP3fVJ

SMPTE: Fox Exec Seeing ‘No Interest’ In Delivering 4K

Top-Rated ‘GMA’ Faces ‘Nightmare’ Contract Talks

Tim Burton in Talks to Direct ‘Beetlejuice 2’

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan To Pen Script

Fox Cuts ‘American Idol’ Results to Half-Hour, Slots ‘Surviving Jack’ on Thursdays

YouTube Music Awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PSY Score Nominations

YouTube Said to Introduce Paid Service for Music

Twitter to End Its Music App, Which Never Made Much Noise

Jeremy Piven Pay at Center of ‘Entourage’ Movie Spat

Craig Ferguson to Host Syndicated Game Show ‘Celebrity Name Game’

Academy Taking Steps to Simplify e-Voting for Oscars

Libraries and Ebooks: Spending Big on Fifty Shades of Grey

Spending Too Much on Ebook Copies of Fifty Shades? Libraries Respond

Nikki Finke To Leave Deadline and Set Up Own Hollywood Gossip Site

Fleming On Deadline’s Efforts To Restore Nikki Finke’s Game-Changing Writer Voice


  • Michael Giltz

    Okay, so George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is moving to February. Better for the movie and better for fans, since the holidays are always crowded with Oscar bait. But what astonishes me is that there is only ONE family friendly film in all of December from the major studios. That’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Tons of movies for adults and only one that’s family friendly? Very poor scheduling and money left on the table. If i was Warner Bros. I would have moved The Lego Movie up to Christmas — it’s got a great trailer and they have smooth sailing through all of January.