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New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect.

New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect. According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 201…

Many filmmakers and film professionals spend their careers chasing the elusive “low-budget breakout” movie. i.e. A film made for pennies that rake in mega-bucks and in so doing transforms the careers, companies, and cars driven by those involved.

This kind of success is often written off as a random event. However, this is far from the case. While nobody can provide a surefire formula for success, there are patterns we see time and again among the highest performing low-budget movies.

Our team reviewed the 100 most profitable feature films released from 2007 to 2016, budgeted under $3 million. We looked for common themes and found that breakout hits divided naturally into four types.

You know it's way. way serious when they want to change the name of the company you founded.

Directors of the company believe the name has been irretrievably tainted by Harvey Weinstein's sexual scandal

Decades of Sexual Harassment Accusations Against Harvey Weinstein

An investigation by The New York Times found allegations stretching back to 1990 about Mr. Weinstein’s treatment of women in Hollywood.
Academy Award-winning editor and George Lucas' former wife Marcia Lucas discusses the creation of Star Wars with Emmy-winning editor Duwayne Dunham who worked…

Did the math.

9.5 Billion in economic impact to the state of Georgia. And the small minded buffoons in the Texas Legislature "did not want to give money to Hollywood". Give me a break!…/…

Read Georgia’s gamble on film industry continues to pay off by David Pendered for SaportaReport here.

Bob Berney, head of marketing and distribution for Amazon Original Movies, said giving films a theatrical run is critical for generating reviews, public awareness, and exposure and recognition for filmmakers. “These films become iconic out of the theatrical marketplace,” he said. In turn, this buzz is what creates anticipation for audiences in theaters, and later at home. “We are finding that it's important for our customers, the Prime customers, who really want to look for films that have been broadly released theatrically,” he said. Amazon does not have plans to do away with the window.

Netflix is trying to rattle the long-established Hollywood model, and Amazon is working within it.

New CAA study says diverse casting increases box office potential across all budgets

A study by CAA shows that non-white moviegoers made up 49% of the theater audience in 2016. This means they're seeing movies at a higher rate than their population percentage.

The ecommerce giant snagged the SXSW selections through Amazon Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program, designed to be a streamlined, no-haggle way for independent filmmakers to get paid for digital distribution. Amazon acquired 15 films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival under the program; it extended a similar offer to entrants in the Tribeca Film Festival and plans to take it to the Toronto International Film Festival, too.

Amazon has swept up streaming rights to 40 films that screened the 2017 SXSW Film Festival — including “Most Beautiful Island,” the Grand Jury Award winner for narrative feature — sayin…

Cine Las Americas pre-party w/ Natalie Villarreal.One of film festivals secret weapons.

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...predicting that global VR revenues will total close to $75 billion by 2021.

Global virtual reality revenues will reach $7.17 billion by the end of this year, according to a new report by Greenlight Insights, which is also predicting that global VR revenues will total close…

This time around, there are new obstacles to navigate, namely how to work with streaming platforms in a way that benefits both sides. While distribution models and production have rapidly evolved for companies like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, writers haven't seen that growing success reflected in their bottom line.

(Does this affect luzworks? In a word: yes)

The Writers Guild of America started negotiations for a new film and television contract last week. But with the clock ticking, it looks like they're headed for another strike just like 2007.

So why aren’t film studios trying to target us? Why aren’t our stories told? Why hasn’t a Latina ever won the Oscar for best actress? Behind the camera, the Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu broke ground with his Oscar wins, but the onscreen visibility of Latinos just isn't there.

A former Nickelodeon exec writes about the "enormous" financial impact of Latinos as the group still lacks representation on the big screen, "leaving hundreds of millions in future revenue on the table."

Oscars cut ties with the accountants involved with the best picture gaffe.

The two PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants responsible for the epic best picture flub at Sunday night’s Oscars will not be invited back by the Academy, the organization’s president Cher…

United Talent Agency is donating $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union instead.

The American Civil Liberties Union has been on the frontlines of fighting the President's executive order targeting travel from Muslim-majority countries.