Animal Actors Being Replaced by CGI Being Replaced by Unemployment

For a long time, Hollywood has been a death trap for animal actors. It is said that up to 100 horses died on the set of the 1959 film Ben Hur. This egregious case led Congress to implement policy on animal abuse within the film industry. Guidelines were put in place to protect animal actors. Animal […]

We deserve it.

Rights and money have crossed paths in various forms of history, whether it being undeserved, deprived, or in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) during 2007-2008 case, credit. A guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their work in a particular area. “Guilds have historically been seen by actors, […]

“America for Sale!” or Japan was Engaging in Normal Mass Media Strategy but the U.S. is Racist

At the start of the 90’s, Hollywood was facing a crisis. For a long time, Hollywood had been alone (or at least thought it was alone) as a giant in the film industry, untouched by outside forces. Hollywood had become as American as apple pie. And yet, companies from across the globe were beginning to […]

The Magic of Disney

Like many others, I grew up watching Disney films. Year after year I would fall in love with these animated films where magic was real and, sometimes, animals could talk. I would gush over the Disney princesses – even deciding that my favorite princess was Aurora from Sleeping Beauty due to the three fairies watching […]

The Entertainment Race

Since the beginning of the 20th, companies in the film industry have been in a competitive race to capitalize on as many revenue streams as possible and be the top media giants in the country. In Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996, Jennifer Holt suggests when Warner Bros released the […]

Sequels Everywhere: Contextualizing the Fast-Burn of Recent Blockbuster Films

On July 30th, 2008, Zach Beane published a series of interactive stream graphs that display the box office earnings of major Hollywood films on a weekend-to-weekend basis. These graphs offer some interesting insight into the box office trends of a given year, especially regarding the staying power of certain films over others. Indeed, this ongoing struggle […]

Time Isn’t Money: Does Runtime Affect a Film’s Box Office?

Across the web, pieces about the supposedly ballooning length of films crop up every time the runtime of the next Hollywood picture is confirmed. Whether this is factual is contentious, as well as why. If films are getting longer, it would imply that Hollywood sees a correlation between the length of films and their box office […]