CINCINNATI — Lights, camera, cut? Some of Hollywood's biggest hit movies and equally big bombs have something in common: They were shot in Ohio, taking advantage of a 10-year-old tax credit incentive program. Now some Ohio legislators want to dim the lights on a program aimed at luring filmmaking to the Buckeye State that offers up to 30 percent rebates for production cast and crew wages and other in-state spending. Though the tax credit has been worth millions to blockbusters such as Marvel's "Avengers" and "Captain America" movies, critics say tax breaks should be going to Ohioans. "I care about the opinion of Bobby, a Buckeye from Beverly, not necessarily Bobby De Niro from Beverly Hills," said House Speaker Larry Householder, a Republican from Glenford who questions why the state should be giving inducements to Hollywood. The House version of the $69 billion state budget eliminated the tax credit. Both the conservative Buckeye Institute and left-leaning Policy Matters Ohio … [Read more...] about Some Ohio legislators yell ‘cut’ to Hollywood tax deals
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What do a Nike heir, Mel Gibson, and a 1970’s action hero all have in common? They’re all part of the strange and twisted backstory behind The Six Billion Dollar Man–the big-screen adaptation of the cheesy 1970s hit TV show The Six Million Dollar Man–which is poised at long last, at least if there’s a dramatic reversal in karma, to be one of Hollywood’s next, IP-driven tentpole movies thanks to the unlikely confluence of characters. The latest chapter in the film’s saga came this week when it was announced that Travis Knight is now turning his attention to Six Billion Dollar Man at Warner Bros. Knight is the son of Nike founder Phil Knight, as well as the newest entrant into Hollywood’s A-list director’s club, thanks to his latest–and first–major directing gig: Bumblebee, the Transformers spinoff that grossed $466 million at the box office. The news that Knight was next turning to another action blockbuster-to-be … [Read more...] about The wild, 20-plus-year journey of the most snakebit movie in Hollywood: The Six Billion Dollar Man
Still of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Godzilla (2014). Godzilla was filmed in Hawaii and British Columbia. Still of Tricia Helfer in Killer Women (2014), filmed in New Mexico. Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Show Caption of Expand By Bob Strauss | [email protected] | Daily News PUBLISHED: January 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm | UPDATED: August 28, 2017 at 7:56 am The competition for Hollywood’s cash has become more and more frenzied in recent years as states and foreign countries increasingly try to outbid each other with tax incentives. It’s become a race — some say, to the bottom — that now pits out-of-state programs not just against L.A. and California, but against one another as they battle for Hollywood’s business. Canada was one of the early adopters of the incentive system in the 1990s, with Louisiana becoming the first state to do so in 2002. Now 42 states, and more than 30 foreign countries, offer them. … [Read more...] about Hollywood’s film competition fueled by tax incentives from other states, countries
To the surprise of no one, Disney swept the 2018 domestic box office with $7.3 billion in worldwide ticket sales, a hair behind the same studio’s record-breaking 2016 haul of $7.6 billion. Even less surprising is what movies pushed Disney over the top: comic-book flicks, remakes, and sequels. With blockbusters like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Incredibles 2–as well as non-Disney titles Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Mission: Impossible–Fallout–Hollywood as a whole is loathe to turn away from churning out more movies from existing IP. Need more proof? A Reddit user created a handy chart that illustrates the decline of original screenplays among top grossing films since 1980. It may seem like all 2019 has to offer is another onslaught of reduxes, reboots, and rehashes, but mercifully, there are also a bunch of films based on original ideas. (So yes, that leaves out promising titles like Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and The … [Read more...] about 21 movies we’re looking forward to in 2019 that aren’t reboots, sequels, or same-old superheroes
By Bob Strauss | Southern California News Group PUBLISHED: December 29, 2018 at 6:26 am | UPDATED: December 29, 2018 at 6:37 am What a difference a year makes. At the movies, anyway. Theatrical grosses came off a down 2017 to set both domestic and international box-office records in 2018. According to comScore, the Sherman Oaks-based media audience measurement company, North American ticket sales for 2018 should reach $11.85 billion by year’s end. The amount outside the U.S. and Canada is $29.8 billion, making for a worldwide total of $41.65 billion. Those figures are the highest ever registered, and translate to percentage increases of 6.6 percent in North America, 1 percent internationally and 2.65 percent worldwide, respectively, over last year. The domestic number tops the previous record haul, 2016’s $11.383 billion, by more than $500 million. “Really, if it wasn’t for North America, we wouldn’t be sitting on a global record,” observed Paul … [Read more...] about 2018 movies broke box-office records worldwide. Here’s how.