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What’s the Verdict: Marlon Wayan Creates Fifty Shades of Grey Spoof!

What’s the Verdict: Marlon Wayan Creates Fifty Shades of Grey Spoof!

Open Road Production company just bought the rights to Marlon Wayan’s new project, a spoof of the erotic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty shades of black. The company purchased the film rights for a cool $5 million, and plan on a late January of 2016 release date.

This isn’t Wayan’s first deal with the Open Road Production company. He had previously worked with them on his last film titled A Haunted House. Open road also has Michael Tiddes ties to the deal as a the film’s director, Tiddes also directed A Haunted House.

Wayan’s is also expected to make his appearance as Mr. Black alongside long time friend and collaborator Rick Alvarez. If his past work is any indication this film is sure to get some laughs. I love a good spoof and I cannot wait to see this one.

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Whats the Verdict: Is Binge Watching the New Normal? NBC takes the plunge!

Once reserved strictly for online content streaming platforms like Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix, binge watching seems to have gone mainstream, with big networks beginning to release whole seasons online. The adoption of the binge model by big networks comes precisely at the same time that platforms like Netflix are moving away from it.

Tomorrow NBC will release the the first season of David Duchovny’s new period drama, Aquarius in its entirety online, while at the same time airing one episode a week on TV. In a Hollywood reporter article, NBC Entertainment Chairman, Bob Greenblatt proclaimed this decisions would push new boundaries, while also giving the consumer what they want.

NBC’s jump into the binge party comes at the same time as other’s are begining to question its merit. On May 21, Netflix began airing its new show, Between on a week to week basis. Hulu is also questioning the model and is looking at non binge options for its lineup, and Yahoo’s sixth season of Community is also being released over several weeks.

At the root of this shift is the need to create buzz. Content creators want to be able to build buzz around their shows, that continue over a period of time. The binge model allows for much of this build up. However, once the show is released the hype plummets. Serial releasing of content, on a week by week basis allows for hype to be built throughout a season.

As big networks like NBC move to catch up to online content providers like Netflix, more and more shows will be released on the binge model. The implications of this for the industry could be huge. Networks will have to create more and more content. This means that season story lines will become much longer. This also means that Networks will have to green light more shows. If they no longer have to worry about the physical confines of airtime, networks will be able to produce more shows for online viewers.

The real question is wether or not this is what the consumer wants. Will weekly entertainment transition into becoming fourteen hour obligations to watch an entire season in one weekend? What implications will this have on hiring patterns? What does this trend mean for payouts in the industry?

What do you think the verdict will be?

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Movie Magic: A Recap of This Year’s Box Office Hits

After a robust Christmas season, it is safe to say that the industry will be celebrating a record breaking year in North American box office numbers. Analysts projected that as of this past Sunday, box office revenue would equal the 2012 record of $10.8 billion which meant that with two more days to go before 2014, the final tally would likely be around $10.9 billion. The top earning holiday films included: ‘The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug’, ‘Frozen’, ‘Anchorman 2’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.

Although those films dominated the holiday season box office, there are several notable films that contributed to the year’s record breaking numbers. ‘Iron Man 3’ is at the top of the list, earning over $409 million at the North American box office. The iron clad marvel superhero was followed closely by ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ and ‘Despicable Me 2’ but not so closely by the number four top grossing film of the year ‘Man of Steel’ which brought in $291 million in domestic revenue. The motion picture industry will have plenty to celebrate this evening as we ring in the new year! 

What was your favorite motion picture of 2013? 

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-led-by-hobbit-667856

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