In 1965, Daiei Films released Gamera, The Giant Monster, about a flying, fire-breathing giant turtle unleashed from the ice that terrorizes Japan until being rocketed off to Mars. With this film, Gamera, the “friend of all children,” was introduced to the world. Created as a response to Toho’s successful Godzilla franchise, which had turned out five successful films by this point, Gamera would struggle to find its footing in the kaiju pantheon. While Godzilla would go on to be one of the most popular film icons in the world, Gamera rarely found recognition outside of the most hardcore circles.

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In any other year, a film like Black Widow would have done huge numbers at the box office. Since this isn’t any other year, the 24th film in the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe has struggled in theaters, only making around $368M, and is predicted to unlikely gross much more in its theatrical run. No doubt, one of the facts related to this low box office gross was due to Disney deciding to release the film same day on Disney+ for a premium price. Now Scarlet Johannson, the film’s star, has decided to sue the House of Mouse for a breach of contract.

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In Fast & Furious 6, when Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) told Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) that he should stay and look after his newborn son, Mia Torreto (Jordanna Brewster) said, “You’re stronger together. You always were”. This line ended up being far more important to the franchise then screenwriter Chris Morgan would realize. In the wake of Paul Walker’s passing in 2013, the franchise didn’t just lose one of its leads, it potentially lost its heart.

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After only a few short years, AT&T looks to be giving up on its ambitious goal to have a media empire. After paying $85 billion in 2018 to acquire TimeWarner and going through an extensive legal battle to make the deal, AT&T looks to be throwing in the towel and “unloading” WarnerMedia onto Discovery for $43 Billion. Excited about the prospect, Discovery has already debuted the new name: Warner Bros. Discovery.

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After Godzilla vs. Kong became the highest grossing film during the pandemic era, it seemed like an easy bet that Legendary Pictures would be interested in making another installment in the MonsterVerse. Now the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Adam Wingard, the director of Godzilla vs. Kong is in early talks to return to the franchise with a film, tentatively titled Son of Kong. No doubt some reference to the original 1933 sequel where they return to the island only to find that Kong had a son.

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Over a year into a global pandemic, things were starting to look up for the entertainment industry. Studios were filming, theatres were opening, but then came some bad news. At least for cinephiles and filmmakers. It was announced that Decurion, the company that owns the ArcLight and Pacific theatre chains would not be reopening. The list of theatres that this affects includes the Cinerama Dome.

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For months now, the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the world at large, forcing many to question: what will things be like when it’s over? Will small businesses rebound? Will people continue to work remotely? Now, more than a year into the pandemic, we may be starting to form a picture of a post pandemic world. Now that Godzilla vs. Kong has become the highest grossing film to be released during the pandemic, many analysts are changing their view on what a post pandemic theatre market will look like.

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In general this seems to be a more exciting move then when DC announced theirs. Mainly because they didn’t give retailers a deadline of two weeks to get new accounts made with Lunar and UCS. It already being a distributor instead of two retailers probably helped smooth the news over as well. Direct Market retailers can still order their Marvel comics through Diamond, although Diamond would be acting as a wholesaler to the direct market, ordering Marvel products through Penguin. 

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WarnerMedia’s decision to release their 2021 film slate on HBO Max, day and date with theatres, isn’t the first major shift that a studio has made during this pandemic. It wasn’t too long ago that Disney made their own ripples in the entertainment industry with their new Pixar film, Soul. In October of this year, Disney announced that it had made the decision to release the new Disney/Pixar film Soul on Disney+ at no extra cost to subscribers. At $6.99 a month, Disney+ is still one of the cheaper streaming service options that audiences have access to, which means current and new subscribers are paying significantly less than what they would have paid for in theatres.

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