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The Importance of Sales Agents for Your Indie Film - Wisdom from the AFM

Michael Rose | Posted 11.17.2016 | Business
Michael Rose

The increasing dependence on foreign pre-sales as part of a film's financing package was the focus of a conference panel at this year's American Film Market in Santa Monica.

I Don't Take Any Sugar

Joe Wallenstein | Posted 04.11.2015 | Entertainment
Joe Wallenstein

I sat up a little straighter, waiting to receive the inspirational words that would propel my career forward. He pointed to a brass coffee urn situated on the food table. "I don't take any sugar."

The Death of Family Film

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Perhaps the rise of terrorism, climate change, and the global financial collapse have caused some form of sociological damage that has turned us all into jaded cynics. Maybe we've stopped making movies that are full of wonder because we've stopped seeing the wonder in the world.

Teens Can Do Anything?

Izzy Stambler | Posted 03.06.2013 | Teen
Izzy Stambler

Problems such as buying a car, saving up for college and figuring out what I'm going to do with my life were never an issue until this past summer. I never realized how annoying it is to have to worry about money and my future.

Joe Satran

How A Broadcast TV Channel Cornered The Cable Movie Market | Joe Satran | Posted 08.11.2012 | Entertainment

NEW YORK -- Want to watch "Avatar" or "The Avengers," the two highest-grossing movies so far in the 21st century, on TV? How about "The Social Network...

Weekend Box Office (04/29/12): Think Like a Man Tops Again and The Avengers Rakes In $178 Million Overseas

Scott Mendelson | Posted 06.29.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

In the weekend before the official start of the summer season, four new releases all debuted to numbers ranging from not awful to genuinely awful. The top film this weekend was once again Think Like a Man -- the ensemble romantic comedy has now earned $60 million

Foreign Markets and the Big Screen

Chris Dodd | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Chris Dodd

The motion picture industry, like all major American job creators, is part of a growing and interconnected world economy. But it might be surprising how important foreign movie theater audiences are to the millions of Americans who depend on the motion picture industry for their jobs.

The Great 3D "Debate" Shouldn't Be a Debate at All

Richard Gelfond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Richard Gelfond

The reason I'm optimistic about 3D this time around is that the greatest storytellers of our time -- Tim Burton, Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg -- are embracing the format.

"Women Don't Go to Movies" -- Huh?

Nia Vardalos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Nia Vardalos

A little-known fact: some studios recently decided to no longer make female-lead movies.

Fran Drescher for Senator Shmenator

Howie Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howie Greene

She's a cancer survivor. She's a great fundraiser. She speaks Spanish, Yiddish and some form of English. Fran Drescher is a lot of things -- but the next Senator from New York?

Oh, W, You Tease!

Thelma Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thelma Adams

Oliver Stone's film apparently goes Freudian on W: In the trailer, Babe's James Cromwell as George Herbert Walker Bush reams out his unruly son: "Who do you think you are? A Kennedy?"

The Vision Behind Visioneers

Jared Drake and Brandon Drake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jared Drake and Brandon Drake

After graduating, the film industry had one thing to offer us: a P.A. job at a production company. Instead, we scrapped together 20k from friends and family. Then, we wrote a script we could shoot for 20k.

The Double Standard

Melissa Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Melissa Silverstein

It makes me angry that it is all on women to make SATC a hit. No other film has that burden. What the media and the marketing has done here is to really divide the sexes.

Strike Fears Grow As Hollywood Labor Talks Break Down

Los Angeles Times | Richard Verrier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Halloween is looking scarier than ever for Hollywood. Studio executives and representatives of the Writers Guild of America abruptly ended talks Frid...