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The next year for HBO will be ‘like childbirth,’ AT&T’s new media CEO tells employees

AT&T’s top media executive walked into HBO recently and told the highly respected entertainment company’s staff that they needed to work harder and make more money, and that they were lucky to have been purchased by AT&T, according to <i>The New York Times</i>, which listened to a leaked recording of the …

Employment

Welcome to TV's golden age of "What the hell did I just watch?"

Sunday night was the season finale of <i>Westworld</i>—an episode whose plot points I will not be spoiling here, because to do so would suggest not only that …

TV

A small group of Star Wars fans has declared rebellion against Disney

While still reeling from the mere $350 million raked in by <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i>, as well as rumors that some of the three planned <i>Star Wars</i> …

Star Wars

How Three Billboards went from film fest darling to awards-season controversy

It’s a question of redemption.<p>Martin McDonagh’s <i>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</i> seemed poised from the start to be an awards-season steamroller. It boasts a bevy of strong performances led by Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, and a barnburning screenplay by McDonagh — …

Woody Harrelson

How 1960s Film Pirates Sold Movies Before the FBI Came Knocking

It was a Friday evening in 1975, and Woody Wise was driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, with his two kids in the car. He had picked them up …

Discover David Lynch’s Bizarre & Minimalist Comic Strip, The Angriest Dog in the World (1983-1992)

Most David Lynch fans discover him through his films. But those of us who read alternative weekly newspapers in their 1980s and 90s heyday may well …

Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared.

Will Disney destroy the movie theater?<p>No company has been more responsible for shaping the modern entertainment landscape than Walt Disney. In 1937, with <i>Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</i>, its first feature film, Disney invented the family blockbuster. In 1954, with <i>Disneyland</i>, an anthology series …

Walt Disney Company

The economics of making movies, on Slate Money.

Felix Salmon, political risk consultant Anna Szymanski, and guest co-host, the Wall Street Journal’s Ben Fritz, discuss Fritz’s book, <i>The Big Picture:</i> …

Making Movies

Cut the vagina subplot: 12 great movies made from bad books

For as long as cinema has looked to literature for inspiration, there’s been someone around to study the results and helpfully remind all of us that …

Steven Soderbergh is a compulsively interesting filmmaker. Here’s why.

Whether he’s making weird experiments like Unsane or crowd pleasers like the Oceans trilogy, Soderbergh is interested in money, experimentation, and messing with how we see reality.<p>As names of movie directors go, Steven Soderbergh’s is familiar, though not at the level of someone like Christopher …

Film Festivals

Summer movie season is over. Welcome to summer movie year.

It doesn’t matter what month it is. There’s a new “summer movie” opening.<p>The idea of the summer movie season died not as you would expect, in a hail of gunfire or a massive explosion or a meteor strike. No, it died quietly, without much fanfare and very little mourning, on Twitter.<p>(If you have the …

Film Industry

Bringing Up Baby and the screwball comedies that delivered romance via pratfalls

Whether it’s a double take, a quirky meet-cute, or a bumbling female lead clumsily falling over herself, physical comedy is indelibly linked to the …

Watching That Girl From The Ring Crawl Out of a TV in AR Just Ruined My Day

Augmented reality promises to deliver us a future in which we can simply look through our screens to magically transform the world around us. It also …

Augmented Reality

Get Out now has its own online class about black horror

Based on a UCLA college course<p>Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated film <i>Get Out</i> now has its own webinar. It’s called “The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic,” based on the UCLA course on black horror put together by Professor and author Tananarive Due and her husband, science …

Get Out’s Oscar nominations illustrate the Academy’s changing relationship to the horror genre

The Oscars rarely acknowledge horror films outside of the technical categories. That’s changing fast.<p>Jordan Peele’s <i>Get Out</i> has netted an impressive four Oscar nominations — a testament to how culturally influential his game-changing horror movie has been since its release last February. But <i>Get …

Horror

This year, commit yourself to the calming influence of a horror movie every day

New Year’s resolutions are too often restricted to boring junk like cutting down on drinking or going to the gym more often. Predictably, they fail …

10,000 Classic Movie Posters Getting Digitized & Put Online by the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin: Free to Browse & Download

Who hasn’t pinned one of Saul Bass’s elegant film posters on their wall—with either thumbtacks above the dormroom bed or in frame and glass in …

Why Are We Ashamed to Call ‘Get Out’ and ‘The Shape of Water’ Horror Films?

It was supposed to be the year horror finally got some respect.<p>While 2017 brought some stylish small films (“It Comes at Night,” “Raw”) and a megablockbuster (“It”), the real reason for optimism was “Get Out,” Jordan Peele’s trenchant indictment of liberal white orthodoxy told in the language of a …

Horror

Streaming services are butchering aspect ratios

Chances are, if you are reading <i>The A.V. Club</i>, you spend a lot of time in front of your TV, whether it’s watching movies or TV shows or playing games …

How to think about consuming art made by sexual predators.

Platforms are busily pulling shows and movies. But viewers still face tough moral and aesthetic decisions.<p>The men of film, television, and radio who have been charged with sexual harassment and abuse are rapidly disappearing from the entertainment landscape.<p>Minnesota Public Radio has decided to …

Sexual Harassment

Everybody Should Be Very Afraid of the Disney Death Star

The first episode of the Streaming Wars is over. The rebels won. Now the empire strikes back.<p>Disney announced on Thursday that it would acquire most of the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox for about $60 billion in stock and debt, in what would be the largest-ever merger of two showbiz …

Slumdog Millionaire

Disney acquiring Fox means big, scary things for film and TV

Here are five reasons the deal is terrifying — and only one of them is increased media consolidation.<p>It’s official: Disney has acquired the film and television arms of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.<p>Assuming regulators allow the deal to go through (it’s expected to take at least a year to …

Media Industry

Look, we all want to watch Avengers and X-Men fight, but this Disney-Fox merger still sucks

Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way first: Yes, it would be amazing if all of Marvel’s mutants and superheroes could align under one roof. No …

The Academy’s board of governors sets standards of conduct.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made good on its promise to establish a code of conduct for members after expelling Harvey …

Sexual Harassment

Ingmar Bergman’s 1950s Soap Commercials Wash Away the Existential Despair

Ingmar Bergman is usually remembered for the intensely serious nature of his films. Death, anguish, the absence of God--his themes can be pretty …

Every Academy Award Winner for Best Cinematography in One Supercut: From 1927’s Sunrise to 2016’s La La Land

A list of chronological Oscar winners often tells you more about the state of the culture than the state of the art. That is very true when it comes …

La La Land

Trump’s Top Economic Adviser Goes Full-Plutocrat in Embarrassing CNBC Interview

Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs president who’s now Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, accidentally went full-plutocrat during an interview …

Income Inequality

The Chilling Implications of a Disney-Fox Merger

The movie business is changing rapidly, and reported talks of a studio buying one of its biggest rivals could be part of an ongoing seismic shift.<p>Reports of the film industry’s impending death have been greatly exaggerated. It’d be more accurate to say the business is consolidating, with earnings …

Why Movie-Ticket Surge Pricing Is a Bad Idea

Charging audiences more to see popular films won't halt sliding theater revenues. But Regal Cinemas is trying anyway.<p>As movie-ticket sales continue to decline, theater chains are trying to find new ways to sell the cinema experience. AMC Theatres has been adding reserved seating at locations …