Sony Promotes Faith-Based Movie Exec Rich Peluso
Sony Promotes Faith-Based Movie Exec Rich Peluso
July 15, 2013

Culver City, Ca. (July 9, 2013) -- Rich Peluso, a MOVIEGUIDE® friend and Hollywood leader in making and distributing faith-based movies like the $100,000 Epiphany Prize winner for Most Inspiring Movie of 2011, COURAGEOUS, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, a label of Sony Pictures Enteratinment, where he will continue to oversee the development, production, acquisition and marketing of faith-based and inspirational movies.  These movies span a wide range of genres and budgets and benefit from the various global distribution platforms at SPE, including theatrical and non-theatrical exhibition, television and home entertainment. Peluso, who had been Vice President of the department, will continue to report to Ste...
 

 
Filmmaking Class
July 15, 2013

  LEARN THE ART • Premise • The 3 Acts • Story Beats • Character Arcs • Using Subtext • Scene Construction • Drawing Emotion • Creating Suspense • Building Empathy • Providing Entertainment Value  AND THE BUSINESS • Protecting Rights • Understanding Contracts • Finding Funding • Effective Marketing • Distribution Options   Class Structure: 9:00 am to 10 pm Wednesday – Foundations and 12 Steps to Communicating Effectively, with practice and critique Thursday/Friday - Step-by-Step Instruction, with practice and critique Saturday Morning - practice and critique Saturday Afternoon - Graduation Evenings - Screenings with class discussions Class Size: Limited to eight members Meals: Provid...
 

 
Weekend Report July 12-14, 2013
July 14, 2013

July 12-14, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card DESPICABLE ME carries a second weekend Universal’s adorable family comedy DESPICABLE ME 2 withstood the release of GROWN UPS 2 and PACIFIC RIM to take the top spot for a second weekend. It is within days of becoming the most popular animated movie of the year having crossed the $200 million mark. It has serious hope of crossing the $300 million mark and even becoming the second-highest grossing movie of 2013.   THE HEAT and THE LONE RANGER rounded out the top five. This Summer has seen some big hits and some big flops. Among the flops have been AFTER EARTH, WHITE HOUS...
 

 
The Amazon.com Phenomenon
The Amazon.com Phenomenon
July 12, 2013

By Alex Harmening, Contributing Writer  The next time you see a movie at the theaters, it might be produced by the same website from which you just ordered a used book or downloaded a new mp3 album. Last week, Amazon Studios announced that it is soliciting submissions of “short ‘concept videos’ that present a compelling idea for a theatrical feature film.”   Amazon’s Roy Price explains that the company hopes to create a modern movie studio that is “more open and collaborative” since movie making is more accessible today, requiring only a computer. Amazon Studios serves as a forum for writers, filmmakers and movie fans while attempting to bring movies to the big screen.  Grasping at the innovative potential in an inform...
 

 
Movieguide® is Headed to Comic-Con!
Movieguide® is Headed to Comic-Con!
July 11, 2013

Where can you wait in line with a Klingon warrior to see Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy? You guessed it - Comic-Con!   In exactly one week, team Movieguide® will be descending on San Diego along with nerds, superhero buffs, comic-fanatics, and television and movie aficionados from around the world. If you weren’t lucky enough (or nerdy enough!) to score a badge to Comic-Con 2013, don’t worry -- we’ve got your entertainment news covered right HERE, at Movieguide.org!  We’ll be at the panels, red carpets, and press conferences for all of the coming year’s biggest family film contenders - from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to Ender’s Game to Godzilla! We’ll even get you the latest updates about great TV shows like Once Upon a Tim...
 

 
How THE LONE RANGER Failed the Children
July 09, 2013

By Ben Kayser, Associate Editor Why did the Lone Ranger ride into theaters only to fail miserably at the box office? What went wrong with the beloved hero and role model that multiple generations grew up watching? A few will blame the director, others will blame the marketing team, and some might just believe the competition was too tough. What few are pointing out is the obvious fact that Disney’s THE LONE RANGER is not a movie for kids. Recent numbers are already coming out showing that 58 percent of moviegoers that went to see THE LONE RANGER were over the age of 35. Only 16 percent of the moviegoers were under the age of 18. Disney shouldn’t be surprised at all by these numbers for several reasons. The Lone Ranger character was ...
 

 
Weekend Report July 5-7, 2013
July 07, 2013

July 5-7, 2013       Select a studio's button to see that studio's 2013 Report Card DESPICABLE ME 2 blows away THE LONE RANGER Universal’s DESPICABLE ME 2 did an astounding $142 million over the long weekend leaving Disney’s THE LONE RANGER in the dust. THE HEAT took third followed by MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and WORLD WAR Z.   MONSTERS UNIVERSITY became the first 2013 animation to pass the $200 million mark, but DESPICABLE ME 2 looks as if it will surpass that in less than a week. It is on track to be one of the biggest animation hits of all time.   Color codes +4Exemplary +3Moral +2Good +1Worthwhile -1Caution -2Exreme Caution...
 

 
Making Minions -- DESPICABLE ME 2
Making Minions -- DESPICABLE ME 2
July 03, 2013

Making Minions- DESPICABLE ME 2 By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from the writers of DESPICABLE ME 2, Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul. Daurio and Paul put in some wonderful content in the first DESPICABLE ME, with the little girls praying before they went to bed. In the same vein, DESPICABLE ME 2 shows a man truly transformed by love. Take a look at what the directors have to say.   Q: Everybody loves the minions. They are great all the time. How do you know how much to include them in the movie? PAUL: Possibly we have never pushed it far enough to know but I think we decided 47 percent was the right percentage, so you guys can quote us on that, its very mathematical… Daurio: Yes, because everybody...
 

 
Steve Carell Isn’t So Despicable in Despicable Me 2 -- Inside Story!
Steve Carell Isn’t So Despicable in Despicable Me 2 -- Inside Story!
July 02, 2013

Steve Carell isn’t so Despicable in Despicable Me 2. Inside story! By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor DESPICABLE ME 2 is a wonderful animated movie about a former villain, Gru, who has been completely transformed and no longer wants to take part in evil tasks. Gru has adopted three adorable little girls who long for a mother, but Gru is scared of dating. All the while, an evil villain needs to be stopped and Gru is brought into an anti-villain group in order to save the world. DESPICABLE ME 2 is a wonderful movie, which has a lot of heart. Movieguide® had the opportunity to hear from Steve Carell.   You have a teenage daughter, do you feel like you're already experiencing similar things that Gru is experiencing with his daughters...
 

 
Behind the Scenes of Ron Maxwell’s New Civil War Movie, COPPERHEAD
Behind the Scenes of Ron Maxwell’s New Civil War Movie, COPPERHEAD
July 01, 2013

Behind the Scenes of Ron Maxwell’s New Civil War Movie, COPPERHEAD By Evy Baehr, Managing Editor Movieguide® had the opportunity to speak with Ron Maxwell, the director of Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, and now Copperhead. COPPERHEAD is a civil war drama that begs the question of whether the North should go to war against the South. This was a very controversial decision during this time period because it involved families against each other, brothers and fathers fighting for different sides. Question:  How do you get passionate about the stories that motivate you to produce? Maxwell:  I have to have a visceral connection with the story, and I have to feel like I want to tell it and that I’m the one to tell it. I have to belie...
 

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