Movie Industry

Movie Industry & Awards gives an overview of showbiz and even gives an inside-peek to how to bring home the gold at the Oscars and score big in Cannes.


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How the Cannes Film Festival Works

In the city of Cannes, May is the 'month of the movie.' The Cannes Film Festival is the crossroads of international cinema and anybody can submit a film for consideration. But how many are chosen?

How Much Would You Pay for Han Solo's Jacket?

An Oscar-worthy movie memorabilia auction will be selling it — and other super-cool stuff — this September.

How the Oscars Work

Movie buffs around the world soon will be glued to their sets. Yes, it's almost Oscar time. Get the skinny on the rules of Academy voting and on the famous gold guy himself.

5 Times Directors Were Replaced and the Movie Still Crushed It

When Ron Howard took over the new "Star Wars" film, people wondered how often this type of switcheroo happens. Turns out it's a lot — and it doesn't always end badly.

Paper Animation Explains the Numbers Behind Superhero Movies

Stop-motion animation breaks down the data behind the current glut of Marvel- and DC-inspired films.

Are Big Winter Movies the New Summer Blockbusters?

The wintertime success of "The Force Awakens" prompted studios to shift the next Star Wars film to a holiday release. Will this happen more often?

Who Were Oscar, Tony and Emmy? The Stories Behind Entertainment Award Names

Tony's a guy, right? Was Emmy even a real person? And surprise, the Beard Awards have nothing to do with facial hair. Learn the secrets behind awards' names.

Gimme a Break: State Film Tax Credits May Not Make Financial Sense

Thirty-nine U.S. states offer them as a way to lure movie productions. But many are rethinking their generosity.

Seriously Rotten Tomatoes: Bad Film Reviews and Box Office Sales

In this age where everyone is an online critic, do professional movie reviews still matter? More than you'd think.

What is 'development hell'?

If a movie stalls out in the process of being made, it's said to be in "development hell." What does the term mean, and how does it happen?

Do directors whose movies bomb really wind up in jail?

When a film flops, directors wind up in a kind of prison — but it might not be the type you're thinking.

Why do movie posters look so much alike?

Same colors. Same images. Same poses. Why does Hollywood stick to the tried-and-true for the movie posters adorning your local theater?

Why do some movies go straight to DVD?

Often thought of as the place where bad movies go to die, direct-to-DVD films have become increasingly less about the quality, as Hollywood tries meeting the changing demands of how audiences view movies.

What does ‘below the line’ mean in movie production?

Their names and jobs don't roll through the opening credits, but here's how the crew and services "below the line" affect a movie budget's bottom line.

What is the Eastwood Rule?

When Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood clashed with a director, it changed the way movies could be made. But how?

How Are Movie Release Dates Chosen?

It's Memorial Day weekend, and you're bound for the movies, determined to see the latest blockbuster. How do studios decide the ever-important movie premiere dates in their eternal quest for blockbuster box office bucks?

Why are so many movies in 3-D?

"Avatar" single-handedly created the recent demand for 3-D movies, but even as interest wanes in the U.S., international audiences continue flocking to the format.

What does 'above the line' mean in movie production?

They're the A-list actors, the directors, the ones with their names in lights ... and they don't come cheaply. How do the big names affect the budget of a multimillion-dollar movie?

How do they predict the weekend box office before Sunday’s numbers are in?

Making sense of the guesswork that goes into accurately predicting a movie's Sunday sales before the numbers have come in requires simple math, not clairvoyance.

Did Best Supporting Actress go to the wrong person in 1993?

If you were shocked when Marisa Tomei won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1993 for her role in "My Cousin Vinny" you're not alone. Many people think she wasn't the real winner and it's one of the biggest hoaxes in Oscar history.

10 Lessons We Learned From Filmmaking in the 1920s

The film industry was revolutionized in the 1920s (hello, sound!), but the changes were not without growing pains. What were the wins and losses that taught us how to make great movies?

How Hollywood Accounting Works

When it comes to hiding profits, there's no business like show business. Learn how Hollywood accounting practices ensure that, when it comes to certain films, no one makes much money except the studios themselves.

How the MPAA Works

You might be surprised to learn that movie ratings are not assigned by the studio, filmmaker or even psychologists. It's actually by a group of anonymous parents who make up the MPAA rating board. And that's not all the MPAA does.

How are Hollywood blockbusters financed?

A good Hollywood blockbuster should be able to defray much of its cost in post-production -- think ticket sales, DVD rentals and merchandising contracts. But an expensive movie also needs some money to start out with. Where does it come from?

Why do movies cost so much to make?

Making movies costs money. It costs lots of money. Why? The easy answer is that no one knows for sure. The real answer is that someone knows -- but that person isn't going to tell you.