I wanna briefly touch on the understanding some of the people have when reading this blog. Let’s watch 2 time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington explain the movement in Hollywood for the black actor and director. As we’re closing out Black History month, let’s focus not only on the people (who paved the way) but how we as a generation can grow. Sometimes it is a “numbers thing, not a color block”. We touch on sales for music and movies all the time, now we can analyze the “why”. Hear from one of the top actors black, white or yellow, etc on how the BUSINESS is. Race may be a part of what reduces the cinematic visuals we see at the box office, but (as with each generation) we never stop moving forward.
Question GoJu Nation. Do you know what industry instantly collapsed with the introduction of the internet? Encyclopedias. They immediately went the path of the dinosaur once the world-wide web became a culture staple. That’s the beauty and the curse of change. It moves us forward but there are business casualties along the way. In 1998 the digital cinematography/film era gained traction and changed the film/tv & camera industry completely. Kodak which was founded in the 19th century (1892) was the standard in film for over a hundred years. From their famous cameras to supplying film to the entire film & television industry, this behemoth was prosperous for generations. Then they got hit by a lightning bolt in technology with the advent of digital imaging. Kodak stuck to their guns and reluctantly came on board to this paradigm shift. As a result they have become the next casuality of the new corporate business model. Now don’t cry they have been successful for over 120 years but for every start there is a finish. Courtesy of CNN‘s Aaron Smith and Hibah Yousuf lets take a look at the business details.
It’s January and around much of the country Jack Frost has kicked in. So to cure the potential winter blues, GothamJungle will give you something to look forward to. Here are a few of the summer jump-offs that will warm your soul and hold you over until the weather breaks. This could be the biggest summer to date with this small dose of blockbusters. Enjoy the tour GoJu Nation….
1968 – With “Night of the Living Dead“, the Zombie genre is born with George Romero‘s horror classic. “They’re coming to get you Barbara” became the first official “I’ll be right back” of horror, as poor Judith O’Dea has to flee a cemetery because the dead have inexplicably come back to life and started walking the Earth in search of human flesh.
Monday, Monday GoJu Nation and we start it off right with da movie charts. We’re starting to get the little gems that end off the summer and swing into Oscar season and some of the numbers bear that out… “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” of course rule movie land for the second week in a row. The last of the summer blockbusters is exactly that by grossing over 100M in those 2 weeks. Which officially makes this a franchise. Look for another “Apes” movie within the coming years (will Mark Wahlberg return??). The charming movie “The Help” which breaks down the scandalous lifestyle of a small town told from the perspective of the maids comes in at number two this week. A solid 25M makes this one of the sleepers of the summer and if can gain some momentum (the in theater marketing was very strong) it may be in the Oscar conversation but it needs bigger box office to make that a possibility.
1982 - Fast Times at Ridgemont High is released in theaters. Written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Amy Heckerling, the film follows a year in the life of high school students Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Linda (Phoebe Cates), Mark (Brian Backer) and Mike (Robert Romanus). The ensemble cast also featured the (then relatively unknown) future A-list Academy Award winning actors Sean Penn (2003), Nicolas Cage (1995) and Forest Whitaker (2006), as well as Judge Reinhold, Eric Stoltz, Ray Walston and Anthony Edwards.
Here we go GoJu Nation. It’s been pretty busy here lately here at GothamJungle and part of us keeping “Da Nation” happy is keeping the charts consistent. So we deliver da albums. The weekly barometer on how well the music industry is performing. I searched for an album that sold over 100K this past week. I couldn’t find that. What I did find was an album sitting at number 20 that sold close to 17 thousand units. And I also found a number one album that moved 76,000 units. This basically explains the consistent chatter about EMI Music’s pending availability and Warner Music Groups recent sale to Access Industries. This environment sucks. Just like the economy you can’t make heads or tails of what is happening in this field. The only silver lining is the projects that are actually selling are qualitative and consumers are there in droves. Let’s use that as a segue..