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Indies Fight to Survive as Marketplace Undergoes Radical Changes

For CinemaCon’s annual gathering of theater owners in Las Vegas, the Motion Picture Assn. of America released a new report showing a 6% drop in theatrical attendance in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, representing a 22-year low.Though the breakout success of “Black Panther” is likely to quiet some worries about superhero fatigue, distributors and […]

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Watch: ‘The Shape of Water’s Fishman Falls on Hard Times in Cut SNL Sketch

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water winning four Oscars wasn’t just a big win for The Others among us, but also for Fishpeople in particular. The merfolk, as they were traditionally known, had been living below the radar and beneath the surface for centuries before the romance movie brought them into the spotlight. Now, […]

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After Oscar Winners ‘Get Out’ and ‘The Shape of Water,’ Could ‘A Quiet Place’ Tickle the Academy’s Genre Fancy?

With a monster (no pun intended) opening weekend box office haul and one of the most impressive critical approval ratings of the year so far, John Krasinski’s hushed thriller “A Quiet Place” is stirring its share of awards talk. We’re certainly in a new Oscar era, but can the buzz hold?Just over a month ago, […]

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Sean Berney Joins Netflix Acquisitions from Fox Searchlight

Fresh from Fox Searchlight’s exuberant Oscar celebration for Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” (six wins) and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (two wins), Sean Berney is leaving his post as director of acquisitions to join Netflix’s original films division. He will report to acquisitions head Matthew Brodlie, and will be part […]

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Guillermo del Toro Makes Fox Searchlight His Studio Home Following ‘The Shape of Water’ Oscar Wins

Fox Searchlight Pictures has signed an overall deal with Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro, the director who earned the studio 13 Oscar nominations and four wins this year for “The Shape of Water.” This means del Toro will direct, produce, and develop projects exclusively with Fox Searchlight for the foreseeable future. In addition, the […]

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‘Siren’ Review: A Murderous Mermaid Is the Only Thing Keeping Freeform’s Tepid Series Afloat

Dive into Freeform’s fantasy drama “Siren.” The water’s fine. And so is the attractive mermaid who might kill you.With the recent success of “Blue Planet II,” AMC’s maritime drama “The Terror,” and the Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water” on the big screen, it’s clear that the idea of what lurks in the unknowable deep still […]

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Sally Hawkins Executive Producing Psychological Thriller ‘Cordelia’ (Exclusive)

Sally Hawkins, the Oscar-nominated star of “The Shape of Water,” will take her first executive producer role, on “Cordelia,” a psychological thriller about a young woman who is haunted by past events and who starts to unravel when left alone in her apartment.Antonia Campbell-Hughes (“Lead Balloon”) stars as Cordelia. She co-wrote the screenplay for the […]

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