The Impact Of COVID-19 On Hollywood May Become Permanent

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Hollywood film sector. Theaters are closed, films are delayed and video streaming has significantly impacted the industry. Last year alone, more than $42 billion was made at the box office. More than 400,000 businesses and two million jobs are dependent on Hollywood. Numerous changes in the film industry began before the pandemic.

Fewer Americans are attending films and ticket sales have declined despite the investments in cinemas, audiovisual technology and comfort. The exclusive rights of theaters to films are challenged by streaming, downloading and sales available shortly after the initial release. Cinemas now have exclusivity for approximately two months less than during the past.

The reason is consumers now prefer streaming videos and SVoD services. The result is a decline in incentives for running movies in theaters for long periods of time. Studios are releasing movies exclusively for the services they provide, further decreasing the availability of films in theaters. In the past, between 20 and 25 films were released by the six major studios including Walt Disney, Universal and Paramount.

Today, the same studios are releasing fewer films. This signifies a shift in power. Films are being released and shown to the consumers by Amazon and Netflix. Hollywood can no longer rely on box office revenue due to digital content. Profits have become dependant on advertising revenue and subscriptions as opposed to releasing television series and movies.

Optimizing new releases for specific schedules, holiday weekends or primetime slots has become a thing of the past. Increased engagement is the current goal. Lost earnings have resulted in bundled subscriptions created to increase revenue. Nearly half of all tickets sold are at cinemas. With films released right to the consumers, the profit margin is threatened.

Theatrical releases have been bypassed leading to boycotts and disputes. The biggest impact is expected to hit independent theaters. The exclusive rights to movies are generally given to the major chains. Some people believe the cinema operators are consolidating to survive. Others are targeting consumers with loyalty programs based on important consumer data.

Technology is being used for the integration of communications systems to effectively target consumers attending the theater on a regular basis. The benefits are only available to the largest movie studios. Fewer films are now available, with the impact questioning the future of Hollywood. Disney has become important for the growth of the industry.

Despite the key six franchises only achieving revenue growth of 10 percent since 2000, Disney has more than doubled its share during the last 10 years. Financing movies has increased in risk due to COVI-19 due to the increased cost of insurance and health security. Raising capital is more difficult for smaller studios. This might result in a decrease in film diversity.

Distribution has been affected due to theater consolidation. Smaller studios may have to rely on alternative options for the promotion and funding of new films. Gaming companies and SVoD services are now enjoying a slice of the revenue once provided for Hollywood. Whether or not Hollywood will recover remains to be seen

OUCH! 10 Noteworthy Movie Scenes That Left Actors Wounded

In the annals of film history, there have been many scenes that caused viewers to wince with imagined pain. But how many of these blurred the lines between fantasy and reality, causing actual harm to the actors involved? Here’s a list of ten movie moments that heralded significant real-life injuries.

1. George Clooney, Syriana

During a torture sequence, the Oscar-winning actor was slammed into a concrete floor. The blow to his head resulted in a brain injury that left Clooney with intense headaches and memory loss for the next year. The damage was so severe, it literally caused spinal fluid to leak from his nose.

2. Uma Thurman, Kill Bill Vol. 2

Unlike the majority of the sequences in Quentin Tarantino’s revenge thriller, the scene that left Uma Thurman with a concussion and knee injury wasn’t supposed to be graphically violent. Thurman would later blame Tarantino for the incident, claiming that she requested the use of a stunt driver but was turned down.

3. Viggo Mortensen, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Mortensen’s character, Aragorn, was grief-stricken over the apparent loss of his friends. The actor’s ear-piercing howl, however, was genuine: When the metal helmet connected with his foot, it fractured two of his toes.

4. Buddy Ebsen, The Wizard of Oz

Ebsen was originally cast as the Scarecrow, but gladly switched places with Ray Bolger to play the Tin Man instead. During production, however, Ebsen suffered from shortness of breath, muscle cramps, and body aches. It turned out he was allergic to the aluminum dust in the makeup, and Jack Haley took over the role.

5. Dylan O’Brien, Maze Runner—The Death Cure

During production of the YA adaptation, O’Brien was filming an aerial scene when his harness broke, causing him to collide with a moving vehicle. His injuries, including a severe concussion, caused the actor to miss a year on the set.

6. Linda Hamilton, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Hamilton’s Sarah Connor has a fine hand with a gun. Unfortunately, the actress forgot to replace her earplugs before one shooting sequence. Although the gun was loaded with blanks, Hamilton suffered permanent ear damage from the blow.

7. Jared Leto, Chapter 27

To play Mark Chapman, Leto reportedly gained a significant amount of weight in a short period of time—so much so, in fact, that the actor developed gout as a result.

8. Tom Hanks, Philadelphia and Cast Away

Similarly, two-time Oscar winner Hanks dropped so much weight for his roles as an AIDS patient and a plane crash victim (respectively), he was eventually diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The actor believes that gaining the weight back and losing it again contributed to his diagnosis.

9. Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables 3

Although the action-hero icon is no stranger to on-set mishaps, he’s confessed that the back injury he sustained during his work on this three-quell was the worst of his career.

10. Daniel Craig, Spectre

Craig’s fourth outing as James Bond left him with a knee injury that put the film’s production on hold for two weeks. In fact, it could have been halted longer to allow the actor a chance to fully heal, but Craig insisted on working through the pain.