Originality is over in Hollywood, says this new infographic, and its verdict is irrevocable indeed. Based on United States box office records from 1975 to 2014, it counts all the original films which cracked the worldwide box office top 10 and compares it to the growing amount of sequels, reboots and franchises.
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Every nerd born before 1990 knows the Jurassic Park hacking scene. "It's a UNIX system — I know this!" Now, thanks to some nostalgic developers, you too can hack into the mainframe. A newly developed game mimics the 3D interface that Lex conquered to save everyone from the dinosaurs over 20 years ago. It's pretty fun!
Why did Southern California become the epicentre of the American film industry? The nice weather certainly helped. But there's another element that modern Hollywood probably hopes you'd forget: Rampant piracy. Even though it was just the piracy of movie camera tech rather than the Jack Sparrow variety, there were plenty of real world bullets being discharged over it. Including bullets being aimed at the legendary director Cecil B. DeMille.
Filming for the forthcoming — and much-troubled — Steve Jobs biopic started yesterday. With that came confirmation of the main cast that will feature in the film.
Thanks to the reopening of a key hiking trail, a lot more people will now get to take pictures of the famous Hollywood sign. It wasn't always like this. Over the years, the iconic word-on-a-hilltop has been altered by everyone from pot heads to protestors to say things other than "Hollywood". Some of them are pretty funny.
Who knew that asking for directions to the Hollywood Sign could be such a complicated question? Well, it is. After writing recently that a group of residents have succeeded in effectively erasing the Hollywood Sign from Google Maps to lead tourists astray, I was floored by the response that came from every corner of the globe.
Engineer, philanthropist, Apple co-founder and Gizmodo contributorSteve Wozniak is teaming up with Mythbusters' Kari Byron (seen in the photo above) for an upcoming reality show called The Woz.
Just last week, Sony abandoned the Steve Jobs film that we've been waiting (and waiting) for. One that once had Christian Bale lined up as the lead, and David Fincher down as director before Danny Boyle took on the task. Overnight, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has picked up the project.
In 1948, the US Supreme Court ended the stranglehold Hollywood studios and distributors had on the US movie market. Declaring the big eight a monopoly and ordering them to divest of their ownership of movie theatres and cease other non-competitive practices, with US v Paramount Pictures, et al, the Court opened the movie industry to independent producers and theatres, and indelibly changed the way we see films (and the films we see).
The Steve Jobs film we've been anticipating for a very long old time indeed looks like it won't happen as soon as expected — if at all. Variety reports that Sony Pictures has pulled its backing from the project.
The rumour mill is pretty certain that Christian Bale will be playing Steve Jobs in Aaron Sorkin's new Apple movie. This is the direction in which Conan thinks the former Batman will take the role.
There was a time in Hollywood when still photography was as integral to the on-site filmmaking process as the actual reels themselves, and carefully selected publicity shots gave each title — and star — a lasting presence beyond the big screen. Hollywood Frame by Frame goes behind the scenes with imperfect outtakes from iconic films before they were moving pictures.
The US Federal Aviation Administration just granted its approval for six film and TV production companies to use drones on set. This is just the second time the agency's approved the use of commercial UAVs, it's no surprise Hollywood was first in line.
Thanks to our asphalt-giddy behaviour, we've all but paved over the fault lines that zigzag through some of our riskiest seismic zones. A new video shows how a team of geologists and engineers in Los Angeles have been digging a hole to find the exact location of a fault which could prove to be especially destructive.
Typing on screens is, as we know, pretty boring to watch. But Hollywood has lately gotten a lot smarter about depicting this ubiquitous technology on screen. A radically new film convention, what we might call the "beyond screen text message," is emerging right before our eyes.