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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The next battle in the streaming wars is beginning to heat up. At one time, there were only two major services that operated similar to television networks.  Netflix and Hulu were the only game in town and, not only did they offer original content, but also content from various studios. This month, WarnerMedia announced the name of their new streaming service: HBO Max.

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San Diego Comic Con 2019 is right around the corner. Every July thousands of people flock to San Diego to partake in the convention. For a fan, it’s a four day long vacation that overwhelms the senses with all sorts of media and merchandise. For studios, it’s a place to showcase the newest piece of media that is due to be released. Studios bring exclusive footage and showcase actors. For example, Marvel has used the show to announce entire multi-year plans for their franchise.

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Last week Marvel Studios released Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of an unprecedented 22 movie arc that paid off with the largest opening weekend box office gross of all time. By the end of the films first five days, it had grossed $1.2 billion world wide and, as of the end of April, is the tenth highest grossing film of all time. This franchise has seen unparalleled success, in no small part due to how the films have touched audiences around the world.

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It seems that Disney’s expansion is far from done. Last month it was announced that Hulu had bought back the 9.5% share that AT&T acquired with its purchase of Time Warner for $1.43 billion. AT&T’s goal was to use that money to help pay off the debt it had acquired. This acquisition left Comcast with, roughly, 33% and Disney with 66%. With Comcast, the last hold out for Disney, the industry was left wondering how Comcast would respond, if at all.

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Outside of few exceptions, stop motion animation has gone out of favor with the general movie going audience. Hollywood studios rarely want to invest the time and money on projects that won’t yield a high reward. But there’s one studio that is trying to bring the magic and beauty of the art form: Laika. This studio is probably best known for putting out Coraline, since that’s the film that did the best due to a number of factors. 

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