On this installment of Movie News Feed (Monday October 30th 2017) John discusses the following news items:
STORY 1 – Lovers of star wars rejoice, The highly anticipated game Battlefront II hits your game system of choice on November 17th and today a brand new launch trailer was released online. You can find a link for it in the description below. Featuring new characters created by Motive in close partnership with the story group at Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Battlefront II single player campaign follows Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, an elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire, who are equally lethal on the ground and in space. In addition to Iden, players will also encounter and play as other iconic Star Wars heroes and villains like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren during the campaign.
TRAILER LINK HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvmx94cUVEY
STORY 2 – Academy Award winning and Star Wars actress Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gadd have officially joined the upcoming zombie comedy movie LITTLE MONSTERS. The film follows a few adults who chaperone a kindergarten class field trip when a sudden zombie outbreak happens. The film has already begun production in Australia earlier this month. Nyong’o won her academy award for her role in 12 Years A Slave and will next be seen in the upcoming Marvel Film Black Panther. Josh Gad is on a huge role turning in great performances recently in Beauty and the Beast, Marshall and the upcoming Murder On The Orient Express.
STORY 3 – Speaking of Star Wars cast, legendary performer Max von Sydow will be honored with the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s career achievement award this year. With a career that spans nearly 70 years, the star of such classic films as The Exorcist, The Seventh Seal and Three Days Of The Condor is a well deserving recipient. The prize will be given at the organization’s annual awards dinner on Jan. 13
STORY 4 – As the ratings for the annual Academy Awards have slowly been inching their way up over the past couple of years, apparently so has the asking price for commercial time. According to a report on Variety, ABC, the network broadcasting the Oscars until at least 2028, is going to be asking advertisers for upwards of $2.6 million dollars for a 30 second commercial spot. In previous years the asking price for a commercial slot was between $1.8 and $2.2 million. Those statues aren’t made out of chocolate.
STORY 5 – Movie and entertainment piracy is still a big deal, but now it’s not just the studios… it’s the streaming services like Netflix and Hulu who are getting hit hard. According to a new study, Piracy will cost the streaming industry over $50 Billion dollars between 2016 and 2022. However, it’s not all bad news. The study predicts a slow decline year over year in the losses piracy will cost the industry. Also, while streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Google, Hulu and others reported revenue in excess of $37 BILLION dollars in 2016, that number is set to jump to over $55 Billion in 2017. I’m in the wrong business.