Domestic Box Office Soars, But International Gross Is Down In 2016


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) This year was a good year for Hollywood and another record breaking one to boot. Studios have posted $11.37 billion gross at the domestic box office in 2016, enjoying their biggest year ever according to ComScore (via Variety). That beats the previous high of $11.1 … [Read more...]

Rogue One Box Office: Second Biggest Domestic December Opening


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) As expected, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story enjoyed a massive opening weekend around the world – raking in $290.5 million in global box office receipts. Disney's first standalone Star Wars film since buying Lucasfilm also earned an enormous $155 million in North … [Read more...]

Atlanta Rapidly Becoming Hollywood Of The South

Georgia Camera Ready

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With a generous film subsidy and a busy airport, Atlanta, Georgia is rapidly becoming what CNBC calls a "Major Film Mecca." It's not just low cost indies and TV series coming to the Peach State either, with blockbuster films like Marvel's Ant-Man and Captain … [Read more...]

AT&T Wants To Buy Time Warner For Over $85 Billion


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Remember a few years back when AT&T tried to buy T-Mobile, and the FCC denied the deal because it would represent a dramatic shift that wouldn't benefit consumers? Well that didn't seem to be a problem when AT&T bought DirecTV last year. And the FCC doesn't … [Read more...]

Indiegogo Releases 2nd Edition Filmmaker Crowdfunding Handbook


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It may seem daunting to make your feature film when you're a first time filmmaker, and it may seem downright impossible to seek the money to pay for it. Crowdfunding has been a god send for creatives looking to raise the capital for making their movies, and Indiegogo … [Read more...]

Win Cash and a Slamdance Premiere With Mini Documentary Contest


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I love a good filmmaking contest! The Audience Awards have launched their contest for filmmakers from around the world to make a mini documentary in five days. The late deadline is coming up quickly, and it's a great way for any documentary filmmaker to practice … [Read more...]

Paramount Moves Forward With Axanar Lawsuit

Star Trek Axanar

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Even though Star Trek Producer/Director JJ Abrams declared early in the summer that the Paramount Axanar Lawsuit would soon be going away, the fact of the matter is, it never really did. It just laid low while Star Trek Beyond premiered and went onto making $336.7 … [Read more...]

Get up to a $20,000 Production Fund Grant For Your Short Film


By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Making a film is challenging, exciting, frustrating, and incredibly rewarding. It is also a risky and expensive investment, so money will always be a bit of an issue, however. While a lot of films are either financed by finding investors or out of the filmmaker's … [Read more...]

Short Film Script Contest Offers $20,000 Production Grant


Update: Just a reminder the early bird deadline is October 12, 2016. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Recently, we reported on a grant that would give a filmmaker $7,000 to write and direct a feature film. But what if you don't have a full length screenplay in development, but have a concept … [Read more...]

Filmmakers: Apply For A $7,000 Feature Film Grant


Update: The final deadline is tomorrow September 30, 2016! Submit today here. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The cost of filmmaking has been seriously decreasing for independent filmmakers for years, but there are still those with no money to make a film whatsoever. So what's a filmmaker with … [Read more...]

Seed&Spark Creates Unique Crowdfunding Subscription Service


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) One of crowdfunding alternatives rapidly gaining popularity with the YouTube crowd is Patreon, whose members may a monthly stipend to support ongoing web series in exchange for exclusive content and perks. Seed&Spark looks to get in on that action with their own … [Read more...]

Gross Talk: Summer’s 2016 Movie Budgets Vs. Box Office


By Kimberly Gadette (doddleNEWS) Like the medal-laden Olympian Michael Phelps, Disney's Finding Dory took the gold in this summer's race to #1, accruing $478.5 million in the domestic box office. However, 2016's summer (summer being defined as the first Friday in May through the Labor Day weekend), … [Read more...]

Mission: Impossible 6 Halted As Paramount Battles Cruise Over Salary Demands


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Pre-production on Mission: Impossible 6 has been delayed because of Tom Cruise's wage demands. Paramount Pictures and the A-list star are reportedly at an impasse over the actor's fee, while writer-director Christopher McQuarrie pens the screenplay. THR reports … [Read more...]

Will Sony Cancel The Ghostbusters Sequel?

The Ghostbusters Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS.

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Director Paul Feig and Sony tried to relaunch not only a Ghostbusters film, but an entire universe and franchise of films, television, and merchandise. To say the studio was bullish is a bit of an understatement. The film received quite a bit of negative vitriol … [Read more...]

Guillermo del Toro Fully Funds Filmmaker’s Indiegogo Project

Guillermo del Toro

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Like most low budget filmmakers, Shane Vader took to crowdfunding to raise money for the proof of concept opening to his scifi/horror project. He wasn't looking for a lot, only a modestly evil sum of $666. He was hoping that one of his role models, Guillermo del Toro, … [Read more...]

Suicide Squad Thaws Frosty 2016 Summer Box Office


By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS) Suicide Squad may just have saved the 2016 summer box office having earned a phenomenal $267 worldwide on its debut. Despite the atrocious reviews (26% on Rotten Tomatoes), David Ayer's blockbuster took a record-breaking $135 million in North America – which is the … [Read more...]