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NASCAR announced it has teamed up with Eugenio Derbez to collaborate on an original, full-length comedy movie.

The study from the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at USC Annenberg is the most comprehensive analysis of diversity in recent popular films ever conducted, bringing together data assessing gender, race/ethnicity and LGBT status in movies.

For those of you who may have been buried under a rock the last week or so, the Internet saw the premieres of “Daredevil” on Netflix, the “Game Of Thrones”’ season opener and trailers for “Batman vs. Superman,” “Fantastic Four,” “Ant-Man” and the most amazing, awe-inspiring trailer of them all: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  I have never watched so much online video and then read about what I’d just watched in forums and blogs as I did last week!

Movie viewers in North America are frequenting the theater less often.

The U.S. Census Bureau released data today from the 2012 Economic Census showing that receipts for the nation’s motion picture and video industry  – covering the entire process from production to projection − increased $1.2 billion (1.5 percent), from $79.8 billion in 2007 to $81.0 billion in 2012. These receipt totals include ticket and concession revenue.

Young adult (YA) fiction adaptations—movies based on young adult fiction titles—are a growing slice of the box office pie, increasing 6% between 2013 and 2014. One might assume that teens are driving this trend, considering that the characters in these books are around their age. But in reality, young adults are heading to theaters less frequently than they were five years ago, and fans of the YA movie genre span many age groups.

By Gonzalo López Marti / LMMiami.com

In this business we rarely ask the opinion of the artists-for-hire who help us bring to life our lofty, world-changing, award-winning ideas. Namely film directors, photographers, web developers and so on. We expect from them to hit the ground running, give us exactly want we want, when we want it, at the price we set, no questions asked. This series of articles will humbly attempt to right this wrong.

As of December 2013, 94 percent of the most popular and critically acclaimed films were legally available in the U.S. through online video-on-demand (VOD) services, according to KPMG’s Film and TV Title Availability in the Digital Age study. The report also finds that 85 percent of the most popular and critically acclaimed television titles were available in the U.S. through online video services.

Will more Hispanics go to the movies if more Hispanics star in movies? That seems to be the assertion of a recent article that identifies the ongoing discrepancy between Hispanic movie buyers (there are a lot of them) vs. the amount of Hispanic representation in movies (there isn’t).  by Stephen Palacios / Added Value    

The Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at USC Annenberg released a study demonstrating that diversity on screen falls far below that of the U.S. population. The study found that individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups comprise just over a quarter (26%) of all speaking characters.

Universal Pictures announced an intensified commitment to its multicultural marketing division by promoting Fabian Castro to oversee the department and extending Talitha Watkins’ contract. 

The movie, which opens April 11 in the U.S., will be organically integrated in an episode of Hispanic TV’s longest-running and most popular reality beauty competition, “Nuestra Belleza Latina” (Our Latin Beauty), airing this Sunday, March 23. 

Believe Media announced that Colombian director Simon Brand has been added to the production company’s esteemed roster. Simon Brand brings to Believe an unmistakable international sensibility and highly visual style that has leveraged him to become one of the most sought after directors of today.

Twentieth Century Fox announced that the studio will release the upcoming feature film SON OF GOD in a limited number of US theaters in Spanish language day and date with the nationwide theatrical release on February 28, 2014.

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