Sagging Summer Box Office Alters Hollywood Calculus

Despite some surprising blockbuster hits, the summer box-office numbers still have the movie studios concerned.

Even though there were not the kind of poor showings the likes of those occurring last year, including “The Lone Ranger,” “White House Down,” “After Earth,” and “R.I.P.D,” which stunned the industry by tanking upon release, the summer season and possibly the entire year are likely to be major disappointments for the entertainment business revenue-wise.

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Hollywood Celebrities Fund Midterm Elections for Democrats


Hollywood is one of the primary places on which Democrat candidates rely to garner endorsements, organize fundraisers, and secure the much-needed donations that have become the lifeblood of political campaigns.

Typically, the lack of a singular national personality serves to make midterm election campaigns less attractive to entertainment notables. And with the track record of Democrat congressional members also in play, one might think that the amount of celebrity donations that were tumbling into Democrat coffers to maintain power in the Senate or pick up seats in the House of Representatives might be on the wane.

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YouTube Stars More Popular than Hollywood Celebs

Hollywood can’t help but take notice of the power and creativity that is being displayed on YouTube.

Tinseltown shows its fondness at times for the social media video website. In March of 2014, Disney acquired Maker Studios, a highly successful YouTube multichannel network, for $500 million. And in 2013, DreamWorks Animation purchased a YouTube channel, AwesomenessTV, for $33 million. Warner Bros. also bought a stake in a videogame oriented YouTube multichannel network, Machinima, for $18 million.

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Online Leak of ‘Expendables 3’ Triggers Lawsuit and Fed Investigation

As Hollywood salvages its lackluster summer with the huge box-office performance of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” another film that is slated to be released soon is triggering a debate between two powerful sectors of the Golden State.

“The Expendables 3,” a film that movie studio Lionsgate had hoped would be a summer smash, has been hit with a pre-release leak, the occurrence of which resulted in millions of illegal downloads.

The sequel features Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Arnold Schwarzenegger from the previous installments, plus the addition of some new franchise faces that include Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and MMA star Ronda Rousey.

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Hollywood Frets over Potential Murdoch Purchase of Time Warner

As news spread through Hollywood that Rupert Murdoch via 21st Century Fox had offered $80 billion to acquire Time Warner, an already anxious entertainment community started getting even more nervous.

The board of directors of Time Warner actually turned Murdoch’s offer down. Then in an apparent attempt to block additional bids, there was an almost immediate modification of the company’s bylaws.

Fear that a conservative-leaning mogul such as Murdoch could gain power over Warner Bros., HBO, CNN, and the other Turner networks was palpable. Jane Fonda, who has a connection to CNN having been married to its former owner, Ted Turner, expressed a mixture of anger, dismay, and trepidation over the Murdoch acquisition possibility.

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‘Purge’ Creators Sued for Alleged Story Stealing

After another lackluster summer box-office weekend, “The Purge: Anarchy,” a newly released horror sequel, ambled in below expectations. The movie came in second behind “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which had actually debuted one week ago.

The “Purge” sequel took in $28.4 million, which is significantly lower than the $34.1 million that the original Universal offering had brought in on its debut weekend.

Studio executives are taking some comfort in the low cost layout that was expended for “Anarchy,” which was reportedly $9 million. However, Universal has an unexpected legal headache with which it must deal in connection to the terror movie and its latest sequel.

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The Perpetual Campaign

These days it seems to be getting more and more difficult to simply follow the daily news.

The economy is shrinking, a once-model health care system has been twisted into a taxation instrument, America’s southern border is in chaos, and nuclear threats loom large on a shaky world stage.

Meanwhile President Barack Obama and his administration are seemingly unaware of how off-kilter things have become and additionally seem to be making concerted efforts to appear detached.

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Hollywood’s Summer Box-office Catastrophe


In terms of box-office performance, summer 2014 is not exactly turning out to be the blockbuster season Hollywood had been hoping for.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend, which is typically a key revenue generating time period for Hollywood, has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster.

Newly released movies actually brought in 44 percent fewer dollars than they did in last year’s matching time slot, handing the entertainment industry one of the worst Independence Day weekends it has ever experienced.

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Star Spangled Salute (Donate to the Wounded Warrior Project)

A new inspiring version of the national anthem created to salute our military.

Please feel free to use the recording of the “Star Spangled Salute” in

your public and private celebrations.

If you would like to download a personal copy,

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Proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project.

God Bless America!

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Facebook Admits to Using Unsuspecting Participants in Research Study

Over the past weekend, an astonishing bit of information surfaced concerning social media giant Facebook.

In early June of 2014, a research study, which was conducted by Facebook researchers along with academics from Cornell University and the University of California at San Francisco, appeared in a prominent academic journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The journal article described the results of researchers’ attempts at evaluating users’ emotional responses on the Facebook website through modification of news feeds. The Facebook site was apparently experimenting to find out whether users could be made to undergo certain emotional changes through what the study referred to as “emotional contagion.”

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