Indie filmmaker Bigfoot has an inside track to theater
Wed, 10/06/2010 - 03:00 EDT - LA Times
Bigfoot Entertainment, which makes movies and TV shows for international markets, recently bought the Majestic Crest in Westwood. The firm plans to screen mostly mainstream releases and showcase its own films. Most independent filmmakers are lucky if they can get their movies in theaters.
Indian independent cinema has a whole section devoted to it at the tenth Zurich Film Festival. Despite doing well at international festivals, Indian indie films struggle to attract an audience in India. Two wannabe screenwriters Dulal and Mainak dream of making it big in Bollywood, India’s Hindi film industry based in Mumbai. They desperately try to pitch their concept to film producers without much success. Eventually they stumble upon the son of a film tycoon who commissions them to write a screenplay but there are strings attached.
Rentrak Corporation (RENT) released its review of the performance of different films on Sunday. It also announced worldwide figures for top-grossing films for the weekend, along with similar figures for the US market.
Rentrak is a global media measurement company that covers the Entertainment, Television, and Video industries. It uses theatrical measurement services to come up with the estimated revenues for each film, and then makes a list of top ranking films.
Amazon’s “Transparent” recently became the first online streaming TV show to receive a Golden Globe award for the best series in television category. The comedy series bagged two Golden Globes to vindicate CEO Jeff Bezos’ tendency to diversify and explore new options. After Amazon’s Golden Globe success, few expected the world’s largest online retailer not to capitalize on its newly discovered entertainment acumen.
A Calgary man who has spent a decade tracing the movements of an elusive ape-like beast — widely considered a myth — believes he has DNA evidence suggesting Bigfoot is alive and romping through Canadian forests.
Todd Standing said a strand of hair he plucked from a tree in southeastern British Columbia has unusual DNA sequences that must be linked to the legendary sasquatch.
The movie business has a serious problem. Even though 2013’s U.S. box office revenues are on par so far with 2012 – about $8.66 billion so far this year compared to about $8.65 billion at this time last year – the long-term outlook is gloomy. Whether it’s video-over-the-Internet that’s headed for the television or simply the world available on a tablet, the decades-old tradition of “going to the movies,” is under fire from all fronts.
A Toronto man claims he was harassed for walking through thick brush in Durham region by a police officer who accused him of being a pot grower.
Tim Marczenko denies the claim, saying he wasn’t growing dope, he was investigating sightings of Bigfoot.
Veteran independent cinemas are losing customers to major chains booking more specialty films and new high-end theaters offering a mix of movies along with premium services.The day before Laemmle Theatres closed its Sunset 5 last month, patrons and filmmakers showed up at the West Hollywood movie house to share their memories of one of L.A.'s most popular art house cinemas.
As Baghdad writhed with violence in 2006, Emad Ali set out to make a film about the iconic Shabandar Cafe. But he turned the camera on himself after the teahouse was bombed, a deadly mortar killed his wife and a gunman shot him three times.Despite the ordeals, he finished "A candle for the Shabandar Cafe," screening it for the first time in Iraq at this month's Documentary Film Festival in Baghdad, organised by the capital's struggling, non-governmental Independent Film and Television College to showcase student films made between 2004 and this year.