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A chain-smoking former statistics professor named Vinny Bruzzese — “the reigning mad scientist of Hollywood,” in the words of one studio customer — has started to aggressively pitch a service he calls script evaluation. For as much as $20,000 per script, Mr. Bruzzese and a team of analysts compare the story structure and genre of a draft script with those of released movies, looking for clues to box-office success. His company, Worldwide Motion Picture Group, also digs into an extensive database of focus group results for similar films and surveys 1,500 potential moviegoers. What do you like? What should be changed?
“Demons in horror movies can target people or be summoned,” Mr. Bruzzese said in a gravelly voice, by way of example. “If it’s a targeting demon, you are likely to have much higher opening-weekend sales than if it’s summoned. So get rid of that Ouija Board scene.”
“All screenwriters think their babies are beautiful,” he said, taking a chug of Diet Dr Pepper followed by a gulp of Diet Coke and a drag on a Camel. “I’m here to tell it like it is: Some babies are ugly.”
There are more charts if you click through.
There is a problem in Hollywood that isn’t changing. Three female directors of 2013, Kimberly Peirce (Carrie), Jennifer Lee (Disney’s Frozen), and Tina Gordon Chism (Peeples), speak on the the movie industry’s gender divide.
(Boy does it irk me when they do that.)
Screenwriter Michael Bacall has given an update on the long-rumoured Les Grossman spin-off movie, revealing that the film will attempt to uncover where the Hollywood hothead’s well-documented anger issues originated…
Read this. Now.
Seriously, it’s a counter argument to the lunacy that is Nikki Finke…
Six hours later, this story appears about Sacha Baron Cohen being “banned”from the red carpet. To most observers, the idea that Baron Cohen would be “banned” was silly on the face of it. And indeed, ninety minutes later the Academy gave a statement saying he was “not banned.” So this is essentially what Nikki’s ruthless revenge generally amounts to: 90 minutes of hassle for all involved while they have to correct the thinly sourced, wrong-headed twisting of the facts that she puts forward - while of course grandstanding that she is the only real journalist in the world, like, an outpatient standing on a park bench in top hat and tails proclaiming that she is Cornelius Vanderbilt.
2-D TV Placeholders are seen during a preview of the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences’ 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards venue on September 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Valerie Macon / Getty Images via MSNBC.com)
"I just hope there are hot chicks to fuck at the Emmys" -Johnny Drama to Turtle.
Sean Hood, writer of the recent dud Conan the Barbarian, explains how it feels to have your blockbuster tank at the box office. Sub header, “Don’t they know how bad it is before it comes out?”
Art and culture can go a long way in informing on history and the sentiments of a time period. Elliot Mandel and James Furbush at HyperVocal have drafted up an overview of how American movie villains reflect our country’s enemies throughout its history.
America’s collective unconscious has always been reflected and amplified by the portrayal of Hollywood villains. If you want to understand the big picture broad strokes of America, there’s no better place to look than Hollywood’s action genre fare.
Click through to journey from Germans to Russians to generic white guys (their term not mine).
DreamWorks Animation head JEFFREY KATZENBERG, bemoaning the quality of recent films, during a tech conference in Colorado; he also blames Hollywood’s “greed” for spoiling 3-D with shitty-ass movies.