Lohud: Which films got tax breaks? Check the first national database

Lohud: Which films got tax breaks? Check the first national database . “How much in public tax breaks has gone to films and television shows across the nation? The USA Today Network in New York spent months canvassing all 34 states that have film-incentive programs, finding that they allocate $1.3 billion breaks to productions. Of the states with programs — and about 10 have dropped them in recent years because of concerns about their economic value — 29 states responded to our requests for how much each film and show received over the past five years.”

Hooray for Hollywood? New tool reveals gender bias in movie scripts (University of Washington-Seattle)

University of Washington-Seattle: Hooray for Hollywood? New tool reveals gender bias in movie scripts. “If, as Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” then the art of film has a lot to answer for when it comes to the perpetuation of gender stereotypes. Thanks to researchers in the Allen School’s Natural Language Processing research group, we now have a way to measure the sometimes subtle biases in how men and women are portrayed on the big screen — and increase our understanding of how language shapes our perception of gender roles…. [Yejin] Choi and her colleagues created an online database that enables researchers and members of the public to explore their findings for hundreds of popular films.”

Vermont Biz: Joint project provides online database of Vermont films, Vermont PBS archive for community use

Vermont Biz: Joint project provides online database of Vermont films, Vermont PBS archive for community use. “Vermont PBS and the Vermont International Film Foundation (VTIFF) today announced the launch of a joint online database of Vermont films and TV programs past and present, the Vermont Archive Movie Project (VAMP) database. This searchable resource will allow students, historians, filmmakers and the public at large to tap into the state’s rich history on film.”

Mental Floss: This New Web Tool Shows How Your Favorite Film Franchises Stack Up

Mental Floss: This New Web Tool Shows How Your Favorite Film Franchises Stack Up. “Using data from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, and box office totals, the finance website visualized the top 30 film franchises to see how the installments of each one stack up. The project yielded some surprising results, like that in longest franchises, the eighth title tends to make the most money on opening weekend. Harry Potter, Star Trek, and Star Wars all follow this trend. But according to the numbers, the same can’t be said for quality. The ratings of blockbuster franchises, both viewer-generated (IMDb) and critic-generated (Rotten Tomatoes), are lowest for the most recent installments. Mission Impossible is one exception, with the third and fourth films earning the most critical praise.”

Daily Bruin: Alumnus’ site helps filmmakers of all creeds find shoot locations

New-to-me, from The Daily Bruin: Alumnus’ site helps filmmakers of all creeds find shoot locations. “Wrapal is an online platform that connects filmmakers searching for film locations with property owners willing to rent their properties to filmmakers. There are more than 1,300 residential, commercial and industrial properties in Los Angeles and about 215 properties in New York City listed on Wrapal, Tan said.”

Variety: BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film

Variety: BFI Launches Huge Database Spanning a Century of British Film. “Judi Dench is the most prolific working female actor in British film today. Michael Caine is the most prolific male actor. Queen Victoria, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes are, in that order, the characters who have appeared most in British film, while war is the subject covered most. Such are some of the facts now discoverable in the British Film Institute’s new Filmography database, a huge digital repository covering more than 100 years of film in the U.K., with details of more than 10,000 movies and 250,000 cast and crew.”

TechCrunch: Facebook adds a dedicated ‘Movies’ section offering showtimes and ticket sales

TechCrunch: Facebook adds a dedicated ‘Movies’ section offering showtimes and ticket sales. “Some Facebook users have noticed a new section called ‘Movies’ appearing in the mobile app’s main navigation. The feature, which has just appeared for many U.S. Facebook users, offers a way to see which movies are playing nearby, available showtimes and a list of local theaters and their movie selections. The section is powered through an integration with Fandango’s and Atom Tickets’ booking services, which means you can also buy a movie ticket right from the ‘Movies’ section itself.”