For decades, Hollywood movies dominated our lives. The movies were our weekend past-time, the place of our first date, and our retreat during the hot summer months. Today, if you asked the average American when the last time they went to the movies, they would likely have to think really hard. Hollywood has failed to keep moviegoers engaged, and it needs to ask itself why ticket sales have dropped over 18% since 2002 (Nash Information Services, 2013). The details can be debated – but, ultimately, it comes down to technology, easy access to content (free, paid and pirated downloads and streaming), comfort and cost.

Going out to the movies once was, and for many still can be, an exciting night out. However, a new Harris Poll finds that while roughly two-thirds (68%) of U.S. adults went to the movies at least once in 2013, just about the same percent (66%) say they're going to the movies less often now than a few years ago.

When you think about live theater, what comes to mind for most people is Broadway and the soldout shows that grace its famous stages. Unfortunately, theater isn’t always as high-profile as a Broadway show in the Big Apple. Many theaters painstakingly dedicate a lot of time and effort into getting people to buy tickets to first-run or lesser-known shows.

Exec Explains Guiding Principles Behind Pantelion, Televisa USA Content

As CEO of Pantelion Films and managing director of Televisa USA, Paul Presburger’s perspectives of creative projects aimed at the Hispanic community are informed by two visions.

According to the Daily News, the New York International Latino Film Festival’s Calixto Chinchilla announced this week that he is closing the curtains on the festival.

Last year, Latina filmmaker Brianna Torres paid tribute to her mother in the award-winning short film Feed What You Love about the bond forged between mother and daughter when she teaches her the family tradition of making tortillas.

According to research led by a marketing professor at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, film studios might be better served with more targeted advertising that takes into account the movie-going habits of different communities, as well as how those communities respond to paid advertising and movie-review blogs.

Hispanics and Asians are feeling the love. Hispanics and Asians were the only groups more likely than the average U.S. moviegoer to name romantic comedies as their favorite to see in a theater (37 percent and 34 percent, respectively). At 25 percent, African Americans were the least likely to name this genre as their favorite to see in a theater.

The Second Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF) kicks off Friday, November 16th at the Mount Sinai Medical Center (Leo C. Stern Theater).

Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, the Consulate General of Argentina in Miami and the Cultural Mexico Institute will host the Cine Argentino Film Festival to be held on NSU’s Davie campus Sept.

Just one year after its approval, legislation aimed to draw film and television production to Puerto Rico is already seeing results -- attracting 30 productions and nearly $80 million in investment.

The HBO New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) presented its 2012 awards at a ceremony on Sunday, August 19, in the categories of Best Domestic Feature, Best International Feature, Best Director, Best Documentary and Best Short.

The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), which runs August 13th through 19th, is the premier urban Latino film event in the country. Launched in 1999, the festival's mission is to showcase the works of emerging Latino film talent in the U.S. and Latin America, offer expansive images of the Latino experience, and celebrate the diversity and spirit of the Latino community.

Lupe Ontiveros (September 17, 1942 – July 26, 2012) was an American film and television actress. Ontiveros acted in numerous films and television shows, most often playing a maid or, more recently, an all-knowing grandmother; she once estimated that she had played a maid at least 150 times on stage and screen. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Desperate Housewives and received critical acclaim for her role in Chuck and Buck, for which she won the National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress, and was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

According to Variety, Pixar has announced its latest project in development, setting a 2015 release target for a toon based on the Mexican holiday of Dio de los Muertos.

By Josh L. Dickey / Variety

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