Netflix may be missing an opportunity in horror movies

A button for launching the Netflix application is seen on a remote control in this photo illustration in Warsaw, Poland on April 25, 2019. Jaap Arriens | NurPhoto | Getty Images There’s a big money question haunting Netflix. In recent years, the streamer has spent big on flashy, blockbuster-style action movies like “The Gray Man” … Read more

Warner Bros Discovery’s DC universe, streaming strategy get a reset

Leslie Grace attends Warner Bros. Premiere of “The Suicide Squad” at The Landmark Westwood on August 02, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Axelle/bauer-griffin | Filmmagic | Getty Images Warner Bros. Discovery is eyeing a “reset” of its DC cinematic universe and setting up a team with a 10-year plan for the franchise, taking a page … Read more

Vince McMahon scandals, retirement heighten WWE sale speculation

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon (L) and wrestler Triple H appear in the ring during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 Ethan Miller | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images World Wrestling Entertainment’s annual report for 2021 lists a risk factor specifically about the … Read more

Moviegoers are leaving their couches for theaters, bringing summer box office sales close to pre-pandemic levels

It’s becoming clearer that audiences are no longer satisfied just sitting on the couch to watch movies. Not only are they returning to movie theaters in droves, theater operators say they’re opting for pricier tickets and spending more on concessions. Over the weekend, Disney’s newest Marvel Cinematic Universe film, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” opened to … Read more

How are movie ratings assigned? Film industry relies on obscure panel

A poster of the Motion Picture Association film ratings hangs next to a poster displaying a message about new cleaning procedures in the lobby of Cinemark’s Century 16 at the South Point Hotel & Casino on in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller | Getty Images How many F-bombs can a movie have before it’s rated … Read more

Why ‘Minions’ beat ‘Lightyear’ at the box office

Two blockbuster animated franchises went head-to-head at the box office this past weekend. One of them benefited from buzz – and it wasn’t “Lightyear.” In just three days, Universal and Illumination’s “Minions: The Rise of Gru” tallied more than $107 million in domestic ticket sales and topped $200 million globally. Its rival, Disney and Pixar’s … Read more

Starz could turn into ‘acquisition machine’ after spinoff from Lionsgate

Liberty Media’s John Malone Michael Kovac | Getty Images Written in the Starz? Lionsgate is planning a spinoff of Starz, home of “Outlander” and “Power,” by early next year. Vivendi’s Canal Plus and private equity firm Apollo Global, in tandem with streaming distributor Roku, have both made preliminary bids for a 20% stake, sources say. … Read more

Ezra Miller scandals put pressure on Warner Bros to address grooming claims

It’s time for Warner Bros. Discovery to talk about Ezra Miller, according to crisis management experts. The actor, who portrays superhero The Flash in the studio’s DC Extended Universe, including in an upcoming big-budget film, has come under scrutiny in recent months for a pattern of disturbing behavior and allegations of misconduct. Miller, 29, made … Read more

Netflix considers ads, password sharing crackdown, live sports

Reed Hastings, co-founder and chief executive officer of Netflix Inc., during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, US, on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Kyle Grillot | Bloomberg | Getty Images In the foreword to Hamilton Helmer’s “7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy,” published in 2016, Netflix co-founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings … Read more