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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
December 27

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SydneyWhitePRODUCING A FILM - EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW

Here is a COLLECTION OF INFO that has been accumulated throughout the years when it comes to PRODUCING A FILM from the experts. Some of this stuff is good for everyone, in all aspects of life when it comes to setting up projects.

Hope you enjoy the info that was made through practical efforts of gut, sweat and tears:

Producing

-Time Managment

-Rules of the Trade of Hiring the best Crew you can.

-Negotiating

-Film Agreements

-Meetings

-Good, Cheap and Fast

-Film Budgeting

-Film Producer Quotes

STUDIOS POCKETS NOT EFFECTED BY STRIKE

Cutting costs. Getting tough with talent. Reinventing business models. Wall Street loves that kind of talk from Hollywood, so it should come as no surprise that the 8-week-old writers strike hasn't rattled the share prices of major showbiz congloms. In fact, they've barely budged since the day the strike began Nov. 5.

As of Wednesday, Viacom and Sony are up slightly. News Corp., CBS Corp., Time Warner and Walt Disney Co. are essentially flat. NBC Universal parent General Electric is down about $2, although with the industrial giant's products also including aircraft engines, plastics and washing machines, it's hard to blame it all on the drama in Burbank and Universal City.

The cold, hard fact is that media stocks were already trading at historic lows this year because investors see the profitability of traditional businesses heading south.

One investor explained that Wall Street never put much stock in executive hype about a digital windfall just around the corner -- hype the writers are throwing back at studios, who now say digital is still too undeveloped to be profitable.

Digital revenue varies from the millions at some congloms to the nearly $1 billion at News Corp.'s Fox Interactive. Profits are nil, except at Fox Interactive, where they're driven by MySpace, the huge social-networking site that uses little scripted content in any case.

'NATIONAL TREASURE' TOPS CHRISTMAS MOVIE SEASONS

The quirks of the calendar proved a welcome gift for the boxoffice, as the three-day totals soared 34% over last year and the extended holiday — with Christmas landing on a Tuesday — meant that holdovers and new pics shared in the goodies.

On Christmas Day, Fox sequel “Aliens vs. Predator — Requiem” and MGM’s “The Great Debaters” bowed to strong results, while Disney’s “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” continued to discover plenty of loot.

“Book of Secrets,” which reteams director Jon Turteltaub and thesp Nicolas Cage, grossed $65.4 million from 3,823 theaters in its first five days, according to Rentrak. Sequel was one of five films opening last Friday.

The pic maintained its winning ways on Christmas Day as a slew of other pics bowed. Runner-up for the day was Warner Bros.’ holdover “I Am Legend,” while “Aliens vs. Predator” opened at No. 3, posting an estimated one-day gross of $9.5 million from 2,563 theaters.

“Debaters,” directed by and starring Denzel Washington, grossed an estimated $3.6 million from 1,164 in its Tuesday debut, placing No. 6 for the day and sporting a per-screen average of $3,096.

Also new that day was Sony’s family entry “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep,” which grossed an estimated $2.3 million from 2,772 to hit No. 9.

On the specialty side, Christmas Day openers included Sony Pictures Classics’ “Persepolis” (an estimated $37,118 from seven theaters for a per-screen average of $5,303) and Warners’ Rob Reiner film “The Bucket List” (an estimated $161,840 from 16 theaters in key markets for a per-screen average of $10,115).

The three-day weekend box office was up 34% over the same frame last year, while Christmas Day generated an estimated $65 million in box office receipts vs. $60 million a year ago, according to Paul Dergarabedian’s Media by Numbers.

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