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It’s long been the status quo that America is where movies stocked with visual effects that look like they cost a billion dollars come from. And while that probably won’t change tomorrow, there are other areas of the world muscling their way into Hollywood territory. And while movies like China’s Monster Hunt tend to grab all the headlines thanks to box office records… Continue reading 'The Wave' Proves You Don't Need Hollywood to Make a Great Disaster Movie

During N.W.A.’s brief existence, the group and its members made a career out of being underestimated. A quarter century later, the underdog rappers have been underestimated again, even by the studio releasing their victory-lap biopic.

Going into the weekend, Universal’s predictions for “Straight Outta Compton” were modest, projecting a debut of about $ 25 to $ 30 million. Granted, studios routinely lowball… Continue reading 7 Reasons Why 'Straight Outta Compton' Surprised Hollywood at the Box Office

“Spy” should have been more of a sure thing at the box office.

The film, which reunites Melissa McCarthy with her “Bridesmaids” and “The Heat” director, Paul Feig, entered the weekend with good buzz, great reviews and modest competition. Pundits guessed it would open as high as $ 35-40 million.

Its actual opening, estimated at $ 30.0 million and good for… Continue reading ​Is Hollywood Heading for a Summer Box Office Disaster?

When you wind the clocks back to 2008 and your first time watching Iron Man in theaters, the post-credits scene was something of a revelation. Audiences had not yet been exposed to a widespread shared universe on the scale of what had been seen in comic books, and Nick Fury’s appearance and foreboding statement to Tony Stark was engaging, exciting, and full of possibilities.

Now… Continue reading Comics on Film: How Hollywood Can Evolve the Shared Movie Universe