Showbiz Sandbox 348: Hollywood Studios Get Serious About Shortening Theatrical Windows

December 19, 2016

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Studios have been itching to shorten the theatrical release window for their movies since the moment they learned how much money they could make on home video. Of course, cinema owners aren’t too keen on the idea and refuse to book films that can be viewed at home less than three months after they hit theaters. With reports that Apple is talking to Hollywood in hopes of getting early access to movies for iTunes, have the stakes been raised?

Oscar season is heating up as the guilds begin weighing in. First up was the Screen Actors Guild who announced the nominees for their annual awards helping confirm a few front runners. When it comes to foreign language features, the Academy narrowed the list of eligible contenders down to nine, leaving out a few of this year’s favorites.

Meanwhile the Library of Congress announced a selection of 25 titles to enter the National Film Registry including silent films starring Buster Keaton, “The Princess Bride”, “Thelma & Louise” and “Rushmore”.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including the executive shakeup at Warner Bros. Pictures, Julia Roberts comes to television and Amazon goes global with its video streaming service.

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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Oscars Hosting Pay
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jimmy-kimmel-reveals-oscars-pay-956232

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of December 18, 2016
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-december-18-2016-300380676.html

Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Blasts Off With $29 Million Thursday
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/weekend-box-office-rogue-one-star-wars-story-29-million-previews-tally-thursday-956347

Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ Clears $155M in U.S. for $290.5M Global Bow; ‘Collateral Beauty’ Bombs
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/weekend-box-office-rogue-one-clears-155m-collateral-beauty-bombs-la-la-land-957284

China Box Office: ‘The Great Wall’ Builds $66 Million Opening Weekend
http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/china-box-office-the-great-wall-65-million-opening-weekend-1201944941/

‘Rogue One’: What Peter Cushing’s Digital Resurrection Means for the Industry
https://variety.com/2016/film/news/rogue-one-peter-cushing-digital-resurrection-cgi-1201943759/

SAG Awards Nominations 2017: See the Full List
http://ew.com/article/2016/12/14/2017-sag-awards-nominations/

Oscars: 3 Ways the Academy Can (and Should) Spruce Up the Awards
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/oscars-2017-3-improvements-academy-can-should-make-955240

Oscars: Nine Films Advance in Foreign-Language Race
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-nine-films-advance-foreign-language-race-956774

‘Thelma & Louise,’ ‘The Princess Bride’ and ‘The Birds’ Enter National Film Registry
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/thelma-louise-princess-bride-birds-enter-national-film-registry-955409

Evicted by Matthew Desmond – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2015/07/06/evicted/

Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2015/05/04/black-wings-has-my-angel/

Oprah Winfrey’s Publishing Imprint Officially Has A Name And Two Books Slated For Release
https://www.bustle.com/articles/200212-oprah-winfreys-publishing-imprint-officially-has-a-name-and-two-books-slated-for-release

NBCUniversal Says Nielsen Total Audience Measures Not Ready for Primetime
https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nbcuniversal-nielsen-total-audience-measurement-linda-yaccarino-1201943342/

Julia Roberts to Star in TV Series Based on Maria Semple’s ‘Today Will Be Different
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/julia-roberts-star-tv-series-based-maria-semples-today-will-be-952108

‘The Honeymooners’ Reboot in the Works at CBS (Exclusive)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/honeymooners-reboot-works-at-cbs-956343

Photojournalists and Filmmakers Call on camera makers to include encryption
http://www.zdnet.com/article/photojournalists-and-filmmakers-call-on-camera-makers-to-include-encryption/

Tom Wheeler Resigns From the FCC—So Long, Net Neutrality
https://www.wired.com/2016/12/tom-wheeler-resigns-fcc-long-net-neutrality/

Amazon Prime Video Goes Global: Available in More Than 200 Territories
http://variety.com/2016/digital/global/amazon-prime-video-now-available-in-more-than-200-countries-1201941818/

NBCUniversal, IOC Pact for Year-Round Linear Olympics Channel
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nbcuniversal-nielsen-total-audience-measurement-linda-yaccarino-1201943342/

NBCUniversal Says Nielsen Total Audience Measures Not Ready for Primetime
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/nbcuniversal-nielsen-total-audience-measurement-linda-yaccarino-1201943342/

Warner Bros. Regime Change: What’s Behind Greg Silverman’s Ouster
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-regime-change-whats-behind-greg-silvermans-ouster-956749

Warner Bros. Regime Change: What’s Behind Greg Silverman’s Ouster
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-regime-change-whats-behind-greg-silvermans-ouster-956749

CJ Opinion: Time for a Reality Check on Premium VOD Windows
https://celluloidjunkie.com/2016/12/16/time-reality-check-premium-vod-windows/

Studios, Theaters Ignite Talks for 17-Day Theatrical Window
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/studios-theaters-reignite-talks-17-day-theatrical-window-956781#comment-3056402983

Comcast Launches VOD Movie Extras in Pacts With Four Studios
http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/comcast-movie-extras-universal-paramount-sony-lionsgate-1201944221/

Alan Thicke, Reassuring Father on ‘Growing Pains,’ Dies at 69
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/arts/television/alan-thicke-growing-pains-dies.html?_r=0

Zsa Zsa Gabor, Actress Famous for Her Glamour (and Her Marriages), Dies at 99
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/18/movies/zsa-zsa-gabor-often-married-actress-known-for-glamour-dies.html?_r=0

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