Monthly Archives: August 2014

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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