Before DC Comics had envisioned the New 52, their 2011 relaunch, they announced a new Original Graphic Novel (OGN) imprint called Earth One. While, generally speaking, most comic books come out as a 20-30 page monthly single issue magazine format, an OGN comes out as a 150-200 page soft or hardcover book. The added page count gives the writer and artist more time to complete the project since they don’t have to meet a month by month due date. Graphic Novels, in general, also reach a much wider audience than the average comic book issue since they can be sold through book retailers like Barnes and Noble and Amazon, making them more favorable to the less hardcore collector.

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It would seem the hits keep coming for WarnerMedia. On August 10th, reports surfaced that many people were laid off from HBO, DC Universe, DC Direct, DC Comics and other departments. While the layoffs were seen as a sign that AT&T was taking further steps to move DC Comics away from printed monthly issues, Jim Lee, DC Comics’ Publisher, came out on Friday to explain that things are more or less business as usual.

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Disney has been busy lately, as they work to further incorporate the studios of 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight. Since acquiring them earlier last year, Disney has dissolved Fox 2000 and began to look into remaking some of Fox’s most classic intellectual property (IP). More changes to Fox are sure to come but this latest change, while small on the surface, has a historical significance that people might not realize.

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In 1948, the US Supreme Court ruled against film studios owning their own theatres. A case called United States v. Paramount Pictures, inc. or just the Paramount Decrees, was a landmark case that made it illegal for studios to own theatre chains and prevented them from holding exclusivity rights to which theatres would show their movies. They deemed the act of owning these theatres as a violation of the United States antitrust law, which prohibits certain exclusive dealings. This case would fundamentally change how Hollywood movies were distributed and exhibited.

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The general public is normally ignorant to the roles of a producer, but one producer has become a superstar in the eyes of the masses: Kevin Feige. Generally producers stay behind the scenes and guide movies to the finish line. Kevin Feige, however, tends to be front and center and has not only become the face of the massive franchise that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe but also it’s cheerleader.

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The dictionary definition of cinema is “the production of movies as an art or industry.” The entertainment industry is changing everyday. New innovations are made, new ways to consume are created, and popular genres rise and crash. It is no secret to reveal that superhero films, or films based on comic book characters and stories, are all the rage right now. Regardless of making tons of money at the box office, these films aren’t beloved by all.

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