Breaking News. Hollywood upset that you’re not giving them all your money:
Hollywood has a problem. Itâ€™s red, boxy, lets you rent DVDs for $1 a night, and is severely threatening movie studios from making money. The threat is Redbox self-serve DVD rental kiosks outside McDonalds and in grocery stores.
The Associated Press reports earlier this week 20th Century Fox ordered its wholesalers not to sell DVD discs to Redbox until 30 days after a movieâ€™s initial release to help boost retail sales.
This came a day after Redboxâ€™s parent company, Coinstar, reported a 110 percent revenue increase in the second quarter of this year while DVD sales fell 13.5 percent in the first half of the year.
Fox isnâ€™t the first studio to play hardball with the kiosk company. Last year, Universal Pictures and Redbox got in a scuffle after the studio tried to push a 45-delay waiting period. When Redbox objected, Universal cut off its supply.
From Fantastic Flashbacks:
The article posted this time was clipped by me from the May 30, 1977 issue of Time magazine. I had been following the articles in various other magazines with interest, like Starlog and Famous Monsters. But this was the first in a mainstream publication that I had found, and it came out the same week the movie did, before I or most people had seen it. Hope you enjoy this look back to a time when it was possible to read something fresh and new about Star Wars before it became the phenomenon that it did.
Doesn’t say if it comes with the wreckage of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California.
From the excellent Mystery Man on Film:
32 years ago today a little film called Star Wars was released in only 32 theaters. To celebrate, I thought Iâ€™d repost a favorite article from a couple of years ago for Ed Copelandâ€™s Star Wars Blog-A-Thon.
Two great lessons about SW that I hold dear to this day:
* The early drafts were so stunningly awful and so unlike the finished film, itâ€™s such a great reminder that any bad script has the potential to reach great heights like Star Wars.
* Lucas had the amazing ability to scrap a script he just wrote and approach the story again from a completely different perspective, which he did repeatedly before settling on Luke and the heroâ€™s arc. We all need this quality. Too many of us get too stuck on what we write and we lack the discipline to start from scratch or even approach our stories from a different perspective just to see how it plays.
Hope you enjoy it.
A website that tells you the best time to go to the bathroom during a movie.