Tag Archives: Monkey Business

Monkey Biz: The Wisdom of the December Rollout

In the past few years, the Oscars have been dominated by these Crock-Pot indies—films that do better and better the longer they cook in the marketplace. Eight out of the last ten Best Picture winners were independent—or at least non-Big-6-studio—films that grew their box office and audience slow and steady.

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Monkey Biz: Sandy Topples The Charts

Weather is not as kind to or as fond of the trial-and-error method of the movie business. We have only a “pretty good” idea of what’s about to hit. And prediction, after all, aides in preparation, not in prevention. When John Carter flops, Disney takes a loss, but also knows not to take a further loss by making a sequel. Greenlighting Sandy’s successor, on the other hand, isn’t up to us.

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Monkey Biz: The Mediocre Summer

This summer there were a few clear winners and a few clear losers, but most flicks struggled just to break even. The goal is to make money, not scratch and claw to make it back. Honestly, the season was filled with movies no one wanted to see (and those are the numbers talking).

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Monkey Biz: 10 Things That Shouldn’t Have Happened…

A crowd-stopping (literally crowd-stopping, not good crowd-stopping, like there will actually be no crowds) slate of films comes to theaters Friday. Lackluster? Yes. But also not atypical for the end of August to feature a bunch of dump movies that never could have competed with the real summer fare. Not that that’s an excuse. After all, who wouldn’t want fun, quality movies all year round?

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Monkey Biz 8/15/12

What do Daredevil, Alf, Abe Lincoln and Jeremy Renner have in common? They all show up in this week’s Monkey Biz.

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Monkey Biz: Olympics Edition

The Olympics are underway!  Controversial cross-country delays, wacky opening ceremony and all!  And if you’re anything like me, well…nothing in your life has changed a bit and the disappointing Michael Phelps is far less interesting than belly-flops like Battleship, and all of its many drowning Hollywood friends.

I’ve never fully understood the Olympics hullaballoo.  The truth is that we care very (very, very) little about beach volleyball and the discus throw yet scramble to make up for our disregard by pretending we know … Read More

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The Monkey Biz – 5/2/12

News and notes.

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Monkey Business: Oscar, Billy, and “The Movies” – What Went Wrong

Hi, I just got back from the movies. Boy, are they the coolest. Thanks for the suggestion, Billy Crystal, Brian Grazer, and the Academy. Together, I believe we can teach everyone in the world about the movies.

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Monkey Business: Introducing The Monkey Biz Meter

And now….the debut of a new Monkey Business feature: The Monkey Biz Meter, a visual guide to the ups and downs of the movie industry, covering everything all the news from the most notable to the most absurd.

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