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  • The Polls Are In: Movies Cost Too Much


    A movie ticket booth

    A new survey released by PricewaterhouseCoopers this week revealed that more than half of those polled don’t go to the movies more often because of rising ticket prices. As usual, the average cost of a movie ticket is at all time high, its nationwide mean coming in at $8.08 per stub (which, to New Yorkers, is still a bargain basement price.)

    Does this factor into the decreasing audience for movie theaters and lower box-office revenue? It’s more than likely, as high ticket prices were the biggest reason given by respondents. PWC asked consumers why they don’t go to the movies more often and offered 18 potential reasons for rejecting the multiplex. Respondents were allowed to choose three—the ten most cited reasons were then published.

    The clear winner was “Ticket prices are too high,” with 53% of respondents listing that as a cause. The second most popular reason speaks to the creative dearth of Hollywood’s excessive reboots and remakes: “Movies are not as interesting as they once were.” Advances in technology and the cultural shift to streaming and DVR gave rise to the third most popular reason: “Prefer movies ‘on my own schedule.’”

    It’s not all economic and technological reasons however—#10 on the poll just proves the universal conceit that sometimes, people are just jerks: Ten percent of respondents complained that “Too many people use photos and tablets in theaters.” This means, however, that the other 90 percent are the inconsiderate majority, checking Instagram and playing Candy Crush in the middle of the movie they just paid too much to see.

    Here’s the top ten reasons and percentage of respondents who chose them:

    1. Ticket prices are too high – 53%
    2. Movies are not as interesting as they once were – 41%
    3. Prefer movies “on my own schedule” – 30%
    4. Prefer to spend money on other activities – 29%
    5. Can see movies at home shortly after theatrical release – 24%
    6. Prefer going out to dinner – 19%
    7. Don’t have as much disposable income as a year ago – 18%
    8. Decline in overall theater experience – 16%
    9. Online content is equally entertaining – 13%
    10. Too many people using phones and tablets in theaters – 10%

    What keeps you from going to the movies more often? Let us know in the comments!


    January 14, 2015 • Acting, Entertainment News • Views: 10191

  • Big News Coming Out of Nintendo Direct


    nintendoIn today’s Nintendo Direct, company President Satoru Iwata went through a series of announcements revealing future plans for both hardware and game releases.

    You can watch the entire presentation below, but a few highlights stood out as they will undoubtedly have a major impact on the direction of the company.

    In terms of game consoles, North America and Europe can expect the new Nintendo 3DS XL to arrive on February 13th. While the smaller non-XL version of the console arrived in Japan back in October, there seem to be no plans for an American release as of yet.

    These smaller versions are unique in the fact that they have customizable face plates. But buyers of the upgraded XL version have plenty to look forward to even without these customization options.

    The new console will feature a small C-stick next to its face buttons along with two new shoulder buttons. The upgraded hardware will, of course, run faster. But the major addition is NFC technology, which will allow the use of Nintendo’s Amiibo figurines with the console.

    Amiibos are figurines that double as wireless memory cards. Given that the 3DS is consistently Nintendo’s bestselling console, combined with the fact that Nintendo has a huge roster of characters that could be made into Amiibo figurines, this move could spell good news for the game developer.

    On the game front, Nintendo certainly has no shortage of release plans. But the one that could stir things up is Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, due out in March.

    The game will be Nintendo’s first foray into cross-buy games, something that Sony has already been involved with. Essentially, if you purchase a version of the game for Wii U you will also get a purchase code for the 3DS version of the game (and vice versa).

    There are certainly some big plans coming from Nintendo’s camp. You can watch everything they have in store below:


    January 14, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3989

  • Kyle MacLachlan Set to Return to Twin Peaks


    Agent Dale Cooper sitting with cup of coffee

    Twin Peaks fans, pour yourself a steaming cup of black coffee and a slice of cherry pie as everyone’s favorite federal agent is set to return to the classic series. Kyle MacLachlan confirmed that he would be reprising his leading role as Agent Dale Cooper on Monday during Showtime’s panel at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, putting to rest rumors that have been circulating ever since it was announced last October that David Lynch’s and Mark Frost’s cult television would return to the small screen in a nine-episode run on Showtime in 2016.

    MacMachlan’s announcement came as a surprise to a room full of television critics as MacLachlan strolled onto the stage, while remarking to Showtime president David Nevins, “You look like you need a damn fine cup of coffee,” a spin on Cooper’s infamous catchphrase.

    While this next installment of Twin Peaks is still heavily shrouded in secrecy—it will not be the show’s third season but rather revolve around a central storyline that may involve a new crime in the town of Twin Peaks with Lynch directing every episode—Nevins did remark that other members of the original cast would also be signing on. As for MacLachlan, he remarked to the crowd before exiting the stage that he is “very excited to return to the strange world of Twin Peaks.”


    January 14, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4808

  • Obama Strikes Back After Sony Hack

    President Obama announces cyberterrorism legislation

    Photo: AP Images

    Early Tuesday, President Obama and the White House announced a proposal for legislation to help combat cyberterrorism in the wake of hack attacks on Sony late last year. The administration stated that it was their duty to step in, as a seemingly Hollywood problem was actually indicative of severe national security issues.

    One of the key components of the plan is to strengthen communication between private sectors and the Department of Homeland Security, specifically to facilitate cybersecurity information and appropriate knowledge of threats. By creating Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations and encouraging the private sector to participate, the government hopes to have more efficient responses to incoming threats or attacks. The laws would also offer liability protection to the private sector as well as protect the privacy of citizens who may be associated with such companies.

    The law would also strength the government’s ability to prosecute cyberterrorists by criminalizing more hacker-related techniques and technologies, including the sale of botnets and the overseas sale of credit card and bank account information. Significantly, the proposal also suggests updating the RICO Act, famously used to take down mob criminals, by including cyberterrorist groups under its umbrella.

    Finally, Obama announced a “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection” for February 13 at Stanford University. The summit aims to bring together major government and private players in the world of cybersecurity to better understand and tackle issues from all perspectives, including consumers and consumer advocates, tech experts, law enforcement officials, and students.

    As the head of the Executive branch, the President doesn’t have the power to enable laws—he can only recommend legislation for Congress to debate, write, and pass. With a Congress that has been  vocally opposed to most of Obama’s policies, it remains to be seen how much of the White House’s proposal will eventually be enacted.

    While Sony’s attack at first seemed nothing more than a leak of gossipy emails and an internal Hollywood problem, it has since proved the impetus for a serious look at the world of financial protection, identity theft, and the looming futurescape of cyberterrorism.


    January 13, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 3707

  • Charlize Theron Bridges Hollywood Pay Gap Following Sony Hack

    Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth at the Golden Globes

    Photo: John Shearer, AP

    It’s been over a month since last year’s Sony hacks resulted in The Interview being pulled from major theaters and a massive amount of information that the studio would have rather kept quiet becoming public knowledge. However, one positive that has slowly emerged from the hacks has been a wider recognition of the vast inequality in pay between male and female actors.

    After the news broke that American Hustle stars Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams received seven percent of the film’s back-end profits while their male counterparts all earned nine percent, Page Six recently reported that Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron negotiated that be paid the same amount as her male co-star Chris Hemsworth, who shares the screen in their upcoming film The Huntsmen. Theron was in fact able to raise her salary to a deal worth over $10 million, which is the same amount that Hemsworth is receiving.

    While it is unclear what Theron was earning before the hack revealed Hemsworth’s salary, after the news broke Theron and her agents insisted that she receive the same due to her fantastic track record at the box office. The Huntsmen, which is being released by Universal Pictures, is a prequel to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman and is slated for an April 2016 release.


    January 13, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4919

  • Top Ten Reasons Late Night Will Change in September


    Stephen Colbert10. CBS announced today Stephen Colbert will take over hosting duties of The Late Show for David Letterman on September 8, 2015

    9. It’s still unclear what Colbert’s take on late night will be, but rumors are he’s going to make it more of a variety show

    8. Colbert will follow primetime dramas Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, and Madam Secretary, all of which CBS has renewed for second seasons today

    7. Colbert will not be followed by Craig Ferguson, who ironically ended his stint on The Late Late Show the same week The Colbert Report ended

    6. Colbert’s spot will now be filled by The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, originally titled The Minority Report. The Nightly Show premieres next Monday, January 19

    5. English actor, comedian and writer James Corden will take over The Late Late Show on March 23, 2014. Ironically, his hiring was announced a year before Colbert’s premiere date—September 8, 2014

    4. Before Corden officially takes over, The Late Late Show is being guest hosted by a wide variety of celebrities—including Judd Apatow, Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Kunal Nayyar, and Jim Gaffigan

    3. Jay Leno is happily retired and Conan O’Brien’s job is still safe

    2. David Letterman will have his last Late Show on May 20, 2015, ending an era for late night talk shows

    1. Colbert is not expected to do any Top Ten lists, probably because they would seem lazy and anyone making a Top Ten list would just look like they were ripping off the great David Letterman


    Do you have another reason? Share it in the comments below!


    January 12, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 4675

  • #MyBoyhood: How Would You Have Aged in ‘Boyhood’?

    Michael Keaton

    Michael Keaton

    As the groundbreaking Richard Linklater film Boyhood continues to pick up steam with its Golden Globe Award for Best Picture, Drama, we at the New York Film Academy thought it’d be fun to see what other nominees and actors would look like as a child, compared to today. Imagine having twelve years of your life documented into an award-winning film. Pretty cool, right?

    We’ve compiled several famous actors “boyhood” or “girlhood” photos and placed them beside a current photo to start off the trend.

    How do your boyhood comparisons pair up to these celebs? Post your child photo alongside of a current photo and share it with us on Twitter or Instagram with #MyBoyhood.

    Ben Affleck

    Ben Affleck

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Channing Tatum

    Channing Tatum

    Jake Gyllenhaal

    Jake Gyllenhaal

    jennifer aniston

    Jennifer Aniston

    Michael Keaton

    Michael Keaton

    Reese Witherspoon

    Reese Witherspoon

    Rosamund Pike

    Rosamund Pike

    Steve Carell

    Steve Carell

    You’re next! Don’t forget to tag your picture comparison with #MyBoyhood. Look forward to seeing your posts on social media!


    January 12, 2015 • Acting, Community Highlights, Entertainment News • Views: 9124

  • This Year’s Golden Globes Points to Likely Oscar Winners

    tina fey and poehler

    Photo: Paul Drinkwater, AP

    With last night’s 72nd annual Golden Globes taking place in Los Angeles, the ceremony continued to cement its reputation as the best indicator of who will likely be taking the top awards at this year’s Academy Awards. And while co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler—hosting the awards for their third and final time—offered plenty of laughs and well-meaning digs, the winners of the night gave the best insight on how this awards season will likely play out.

    To that effect, Boyhood continued to clean up the awards circuit, nabbing the Best Picture, Drama award along with a Best Supporting Actress award for front-runner Patricia Arquette and the Best Director award for Richard Linklater. While Ava DuVernay is still widely believed to be receiving a nomination for Best Director on Thursday when the Academy Award nominees are announced, making her the first African-American woman to ever receive the honor, last night’s win for Linklater seems to indicate that it is his category to lose. However, with The Grand Hotel Budapest picking up the Best Picture, Comedy or Musical category, this dark horse seems more likely than ever to earn a few nominations on Thursday and add some intrigue to an increasingly predictable awards season.

    While Boyhood was widely believed to be a lock for those three awards, the other likely Oscar front runners also got their due last night with Julianne Moore winning the award for Best Actress, Drama for her turn in Still Alice while Michael Keaton picked up his award for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy. However, as the Globes breaks up the best picture and actor categories into Drama and Musical or Comedy, both Keaton’s and Moore’s main competitors also walked away with awards, with Amy Adams winning for Big Eyes and Eddie Redmayne picking up a Best Actor, Drama for his turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. However, both the Best Actor and Actress categories remain highly competitive with actors like Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhall, and David Oyelowo making these categories the least predictable.

    The same cannot be said of the Best Supporting Actor category, with JK Simmons accepting the award for his terrifying turn in Whiplash. Simply put, at this point it seems hard to imagine any actors other than Arquette and Simmons cleaning up the Supporting categories when the Oscars air on February 22nd.

    What did you think of last night’s telecast and who would you like to see walking away with nominations on Thursday? What films do you think might end up giving Boyhood a run for its money?

    A full list of last night’s winners can be viewed here.


    January 12, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 5268

  • The Square Premieres at Sundance


    Congratulations to Mohamed Hamdy, New York Film Academy Documentary graduate and Cinematographer of the much anticipated, The Square, which premiered at The Sundance Film FestivalThe Square, a new film by Jehane Noujaim, looks at the hard realities faced day-to-day by people working to build Egypt’s new democracy. Catapulting us into the action spread across 2011 and 2012, the film provides a kaleidoscopic, visceral experience of the struggle. Cairo’s Tahrir Square is the heart and soul of the film, which follows several young activists. Armed with values, determination, music, humor, an abundance of social media, and sheer obstinacy, they know that the thorny path to democracy only began with Hosni Mubarek’s fall. The life-and-death struggle between the people and the power of the state is still playing out.

    In February 2011, Egyptian, particularly young one, showed the world the way people demanding change can drive an entire nation to transformation. The result was a profound movement toward democracy that is still evolving across the Arab world.

    Hamdy shot over 500 hours of the Tahir Square revolution as he lived it, and ended up the Cinematographer of Jehane Noujaim’s new documentary made from inside the Tahir Square revolution by young Egyptians who were (and still are) part of it.

    “Aside from Hamdy’s excellent cinematography, my favorite thing about The Square is that it is about and by people who lived it – and are still living – the revolution,” said NYFA Documentary Chair, Andrea Swift. “Hearing their voices, rather than that of third party reporters, makes this the most immediate and important accounting of the one seminal events of our century. Not to mention, it’s the best.”