Showbiz Sandbox 252: Crouching Netflix, Hidden IMAX and the Myth of Broken Release Windows
October 6, 2014
The Weinstein Co. stunned the entertainment industry last week by announcing they would distribute the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” simultaneously on Netflix and IMAX. As Brooks Barnes of the New York Times explains, the plan only has one problem; movie theaters refuse to show any film that opens day-and-date on home video or video-on-demand. This begs the question, if a movie never opens theatrically, was it’s release window really broken?
Netflix continued to make additional headlines later in the week by signing a deal with actor Adam Sandler to make four original movies for the streaming service. We discuss whether Netflix is changing the Hollywood paradigm or simply becoming one more buyer of premium content.
While Netflix is leaning into the future, director Christopher Nolan is taking a more old fashioned approach by releasing his upcoming movie on actual film. Select theaters showing “Interstellar” on analogue celluloid will get the film two days early. But will theater owners, who recently converted to digital cinema, still know how to thread a 35mm projector?
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the death of Saturday morning cartoons, why U2 released their latest album on vinyl and how Facebook is helping “Twilight” live on through a series of short films.
Twin Peaks Revival To Air On Showtime
‘Gone Girl’ Bolts To Top of Box Office
Chinese Road Trip Comedy ‘Breakup Buddies’ Tops Foreign Box Office
Netflix Books Adam Sandler for Four Movies
What Netflix’s Sandler Stunner Means for Movies
SoftBank Investing $250 Million in Legendary, Forms Joint Venture
Legendary’s Deal With SoftBank Actually Worth Up to $1 Billion
Thom Yorke Solo Album Downloaded 400,000 Times Over Weekend via BitTorrent
Fox News Nabs Historic Cable Ratings Victory
E-books Still Outsold by Hardcover and Paperback
Walt Disney Co. Backs $1.25 Billion Lifeline for Euro Disney
Disney Gives CEO Robert Iger a Two-Year Contract Extension
U2 Now Eligible for Grammys After Pressing Limited-Edition Vinyl
After SiriusXM Success, The Turtles Take on Pandora in $25 Million Lawsuit
Twilight Returns! (In a Series of Short Films Premiering on Facebook)
FCC Eliminates Sports Blackout Rule Amid Opposition From NFL
2015 Oscars: With Russia’s Unexpected Choice, Foreign-Language Race Takes Shape
Oscars: China Selects ‘The Nightingale’ for Foreign-Language Category
ABC’s ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Premiere Sets DVR Playback Record
NBC’s The Blacklist Grows 54 Percent In Live + 3 Ratings Among Adults 18-49
Supreme Court Denies Review of Superman Rights
This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons
How Christopher Nolan’s Crusade to Save Film Is Working
Why Theater Owners Aren’t Happy About Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’ Film Initiative
With ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel, Netflix Takes Aim at Hollywood
Chains Spurn Netflix Plan to Screen ‘Crouching Tiger’ Sequel
‘Crouching Tiger,’ Hidden Agenda: Questioning Netflix’s Movie Motives