Monthly Archives: June 2013

‘World War Z’ Suffers from Reshoots, Rewrites, and Redos

With a $66 million take, zombie movie “World War Z,” starring Brad Pitt, did reasonably well at the box office in its opening weekend. However, the film still faces challenges to its profitability, due to the movie’s swollen production and marketing budget.

“Z” was denied the weekend’s top spot by Disney’s “Monsters University,” a G-rated animated film in the same vein as countless other super-successful family-style flicks, which these days are pretty much paying the bulk of Hollywood’s bills.

“Monsters” beat “Z” by about $16 million, hauling in over $82 million.

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‘Man of Steel’ Cloaked in Christian Metaphors

“Man of Steel,” the first blockbuster of the summer movie season, is based on the origin of the DC Comics character, Superman. Interestingly, the film also features imagery and metaphors that evoke the earthly life of Christianity’s most central and revered figure.

The superhero movie is directed by Zack Snyder (“300” and “Watchmen”), produced by Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Trilogy”), and scripted by David S. Goyer (“The Dark Knight Trilogy”).

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Google Data Achieve 94% Accuracy in Hollywood Box-office Predictions

Digital information is virtually unlimited in the ways in which it can be applied to predict future human behavior.

Search information provides data that can be used by sophisticated software in supercomputers to make predictions on all sorts of things, ranging from items that consumers are most likely to buy to how citizens will ultimately cast their votes in a political election.

Hollywood executives have been paying close attention to the whole subject of search information data, particularly with regard to potential applications within the entertainment industry.

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Did Alleged Scientology Messages Cause a Box-office Downturn for Will Smith?

A number of prominent critics have been savaging Will Smith’s post-apocalyptic film, “After Earth,” resulting in the movie garnering an abysmal 12 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes film critic website.

Smith is currently one of only a scant number of bona fide big-screen mega-draws, and while expectations for his latest movie had been quite high, ticket sales have so far proven to be a major disappointment.

Interestingly, the movie’s ultimate box-office outcome is a bit more personal this time around for Smith, who created the storyline and recruited M. Night Shyamalan to direct the project.

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