Moviegoers will soon be able to decide which films to see based not on stars or tomatoes, but on how well they’re being traded by investors. Two investment firms are working to develop a futures market for movie derivatives that will let investors wager on box office performance.
After battling pancreatic cancer for 15 months, actor Patrick Swayze died Monday at the age of 57. An accomplished ballet dancer and classically trained Broadway performer whose physique landed him both romantic and action roles throughout his 20-year career, Swayze is perhaps best remembered for his heart-throb role as Johnny Castle in 1987′s “Dirty Dancing.”
While a plethora of recent movies have focused on the Iraq war, few have succeeded at the box office. The director of the new film “Stop-Loss” and a film critic discuss this phenomenon. Continue reading
Members of the Writers Guild of America returned to work Wednesday, after voting to end a 100-day strike that left many out of work and TV shows in reruns. Michael Winship, president of the WGA-East, discusses the details of the agreement reached with the studios. Continue reading
The Writer’s Guild of America has been on strike for several months now, a strike called over a dispute on ‘residuals’ — money made mostly by DVD sales and Internet streaming of television shows. Jeffrey Kaye of KCET Los Angeles reports on the status of the negotiating stalemate between the WGA and the networks. Continue reading
Negotiators continue to seek a compromise to end the Writers Guild of America’s ongoing strike. Jeffrey Brown discusses the strike with Carl Diorio, labor editor for The Hollywood Reporter. Continue reading
Thousands of screenwriters in Hollywood and New York went on strike for the first time since 1988 on Monday. A reporter who covers the entertainment business describes the issues that led up to the strike, including how profits are divided from DVD sales and online content. Continue reading