Posts Categorized: Reel Blog

Slate conducts a 3D autopsy

A year ago, Daniel Engber in Slate asked “Is 3D Dead in the Water”. This week he returns to the subject and concludes 3D is dead.  To reach this conclusion, he uses the same tool to analyze the success or failure of 3D – the average gross per screen in 3D compared to the average… Read more »

Is the DirecTV Premium VOD plan a flop?

Patrick Goldstein says it is in the L.A. Times. The only question for him seems to be how big of a flop. The headline for his post gives you some idea: “Is DirecTV’s $30 movie rental test a flop of ‘Ishtar’-like proportions?”  Yikes. Why he thinks it flopped mirrors NATO’s thinking on the issue precisely:… Read more »

The Great 3D Panic of 2011

Scott Mendelson provides a much-needed corrective to the “3D is dying” brouhaha: The sky is not falling in the realm of 3D films.  There has been much hand-wringing over the last couple weeks as moviegoers have embraced their right to choose to see the latest summer tent-poles in 2D over the higher-priced 3D venues.  For… Read more »

23 directors and producers sign letter opposing shrinking release windows

Twenty-three prominent directors and producers signed an open letter calling on the four studios involved in the early “premium video on demand” offering from DirecTV. The Hollywood Reporter covers it. One of the letter’s signers, former Fox studio chief Bill Mechanic, speaks at length with David Poland of Movie City News about the value of… Read more »

James Cameron opposes early premium VOD

Director James Cameron tells the N.Y. Times why he opposes early premium video on demand: “I do feel it’s not wise to erode your core business,” said Mr. Cameron. The problem, he said, is not that on-demand offerings will overlap with the theatrical run, since most films are out of most theaters within a month…. Read more »