Screen Junkies » Magnolia http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Mark Cuban: “Anyone Wanna Buy The Indie Movie Business?” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-cuban-anyone-wanna-buy-the-indie-movie-business/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mark-cuban-anyone-wanna-buy-the-indie-movie-business/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2011 03:39:51 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207883 Cuban is putting indie film distribution company Magnolia Pictures and the big art house theater chain Landmark Theatres up for sale. It ain't the 90s anymore, amiright?

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In this era of superhero francises with solid pre-awareness and CG cartoons about talking animals and/or vehicles, who needs grubby old independent movies? That might be why billionaire Mark Cuban is putting indie film distribution company Magnolia Pictures and the big art house theater chain Landmark Theatres up for sale. It ain’t the 90s anymore, amiright?

According to Cuban, he’s “just testing the market” and that the two companies are “a great business” still, but if I’m trying to sell a used car, I don’t tell potential buyers it’s a total shit-heap. I tell them there’s a lot of interest in the car, and surprise: Cuban is saying the same thing about Magnolia Pictures and Landmark Theaters.

“There are quite a few bidders interested, and that could be very good for us,” according to Cuban. “We want to see how the market values the business. If it undervalues it, we won’t sell.”

I’m curious to know whether Cuban’s hamburger phone is really ringing off the hook or not. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Lars Von Trier Has ‘Melancholia’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lars-von-trier-has-melancholia/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/lars-von-trier-has-melancholia/#comments Sun, 13 Feb 2011 18:34:38 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26629 Lars Von Trier now has a way to bring his latest depressive episode to you.

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Director Lars Von Trier in the master of making bleak, depressing movies that make you question the value of his art as entertainment. So it follows that his movies would be hot properties at any movie studio. And now, one of those studios, Magnolia, has picked up Von Trier’s latest film, entitled Melancholia. The movie is about the end of the world, with a flashback structure showing how it happened after an opening depicting the actual end. Bad marketing, Von Trier — everyone knows you put the Apocalypse at the END of the movie, so the rubes will stay until the end to see it. This way you’re shooting your bloody load right at the beginning. I like you, Lars, but you need to learn how to give the people what they want, like you did with Dogville. The movie stars Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt, Stellan Skarsgård and Udo Kier. (via The Playlist)

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