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The Secret of 'Transformers' Success: Being Transformative

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

In today's world, most sequels become extinct, literally, because they are dreadfully bad. While it may appear that the basic narrative for this sequel was the same as in the past, it was not.

Godzilla vs. Million Dollar Arm: The Monster That Ate a Better Film

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

Whether Million Dollar Arm will grow a pair of legs next weekend or whether Godzilla will lose a couple remains to be seen. But we do know this; Godzilla ate Million Dollar Arm in their first weekend.

Mathematical Growth: Angry Birds to Blockbusters

Tim Chartier | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science
Tim Chartier

A concept some teachers work to explain and students struggle to understand is exponential and quadratic growth rates. Part of the problem is that this math is often taught on paper with a simple x/y axis; it doesn't seem to have any relationship to the real world. But if you look at something like Angry Birds or blockbuster summer movies, these concepts become easier to understand.

Star's War Benghazi Is No Watergate

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Summer is fast approaching. Aside from vacations, warming sunshine of vitamin D and a full menu of out door smells, it is also time for blockbuster sequels to fill our viewing entertainment needs. Republicans are hoping their re-release "Benghazi Investigation #14" will be a smashing success.

Surprise! Oscars for Best Picture Were Often Awarded to Blockbusters

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 04.20.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

And so an epic battle began. It pitted big, science fiction and fantasy concepts against niche, humanistic narratives about the lives of ordinary people and historical figures.

Hollywood -- Biting The Hand That Feeds It

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 04.06.2014 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

The 2014 Oscar nominations for Best Picture lists only one bonafide blockbuster, Gravity, which attained a domestic gross of over $260 million to date. The rest of the mega blockbusters were snubbed.

Every Blockbuster Trailer Ends The Same Way

Posted 08.13.2013 | Comedy

You know the formula... start with all the most kickass, unnecessary scenes from the summer's biggest hit, add epic music, sneak in a quirky joke, tac...

How to Make a Hit Movie in 2012

Paul Iorio | Posted 07.15.2012 | Miami
Paul Iorio

So you want to make a movie -- a hit movie, no less -- in the 2010s, one that truly captures the zeitgeist of pop culture in the Tens? Here are ten Tens trends that all should consider when making a new movie:

"Avenger Fever" - Blockbuster Formula

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 07.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Goulston, M.D.

The Avengers may not overtake Avatar as the highest grossing movie, but it seems poised to give it a run for the money. What's the formula of a blockbuster?

On the Rise: The Natalia Kills Experience

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.26.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Rising pop star Natalia Kills isn't just being compared to female pop superstars. She's actually keeping company with them. The West Yorkshire native has already opened for Ke$ha, Kelis, and Robyn and Katy Perry.

The Biggest Blockbusters Of 2010 (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Who says you have to start from scratch? Certainly not Hollywood. Indeed, 2010 was the year of the sequel and remake. The "Predator" franchise delive...

2010 Summer Movie Review Part I: The Moments That Mattered.

Scott Mendelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

We'll see if my schedule allows me to do a compressive 'end of summer' box office wrap-up, but since summer 2010 doesn't officially end until September third, I figure I've got time.

Hollywood: Wall Street's Next Betting Ground

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If you thought the mortgage-backed securities and other complex financial instruments that crashed the economy were risky, you'll love Wall Street's l...

Lab Rat Cinema: Monetizing the Reptile Brain

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The unmistakable sign of a well-wrought book or film is that it puts us in a light trance. We suspend disbelief, immerse ourselves in the universe unfolding before us.

Blockbusters and Publishing: The Pareto Principle vs. Netflix

Richard Spilman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Spilman

Rather than continuing to be narrow and blockbuster focused, publishing in the not too distant future will have to broaden its scope.