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
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
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