Making Out with the Media: The Rundown for October 12, 2008

[A little early, but gimme a break; I’m going to see a Broadway play tonight! – TL]

AMPTP’s final offer may not be so final after all
Considering the U.S. economy’s problems, SAG had better come to a decision soon because of a clause in the AMPTP’s “final offer” which states that if there’s a drastic change in the economy, they have the right to take back the offer and screw the actors over by not even giving them the same deal they gave AFTRA, the DGA, and the WGA. (Source: Hollywood Reporter)

And speaking of the economy…

Disney, Fox, others to start making pictures in the Middle East
Considering that both U.S. presidential candidates have said that we need to increase favorable relations in the Middle East, sending in Disney and Fox movies in to pave a cultural road for the diplomats to follow might not be a completely horrible thing. Disney’s first picture in the region will be The Last of the Storytellers, which will hopefully offset the negative reaction to the last time Disney made a movie that featured Arabic characters. (Source: Variety)

Miramax teams up with Maple Pictures, who in turn thumbs nose at Alliance Films
The film and TV distributor war in Canada just got more interesting. Maple Pictures’ exclusive, multi-platform deal was made effective immediately and covers the entire country of Canada, including the Franco-philes in Quebec. This move by Maple puts them in the same league as licensors and distributors Alliance Films (Passchendaele) and Entertainment One (BBC’s “Life on Mars”) in terms of output and market share. (Source: Variety)

In Academy Awards news…

Israeli animated documentary disqualified from Oscars competition by rule change
Waltz with Bashir—the film festival darling that’s been burning up the wires with awards talk—is not eligible to qualify for an Academy Award nomination because it didn’t appear in Los Angeles and New York City before August 31.

This new rule which removes a difficult qualifying requirement for a documentary to have been screened in at least 10 states other than California and New York instead creates a new headache for indie film producers because if a film opens in New York for a qualifying run during the first half of a calendar year, the folks behind the New York Film Festival won’t screen it. The lady or the tiger, anyone? (Source: Hollywood Reporter)

Look out Super Bowl! The Oscars are looking to take your commercial thunder
The Academy voted recently to allow movie advertisements during the Oscars telecast, but not just of any movies. The ads can’t be for movies that won’t open until the last week of April—which means that the new megatrailers for summer blockbusters like X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1, 2009), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26, 2009), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17, 2009) can be shown. Check out restrictions at the source. (Source: Award Central @ Variety)

Posted on October 12, 2008 at 09:08 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
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