Could 2016 be the start of the end for Hollywood’s cinema days?

Hollywood Sign in disrepair, circa 1978 by Bob Beecher

Right now Star Wars: The Force Awakens is busy making box office history.

In only its third week of theatrical release the film is set to overtake the all-time US box office record of $760m set by Avatar over 34 weeks, and after its release in China the sci-fi epic may well be capable of beating the record for the world’s largest grossing film in the history of the box office – also set by Avatar at $2.8bn.

But this is an odd story for the cinema industry, which many artists predicted was on its way out due to the effect streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have had on the way we consume movies.

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The Golden Globes: Who will win vs. who deserves to

Golden Globes 2016 via NBC

Earlier this week the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their nominations for 2016’s Golden Globe Awards.

Sadly, as any commentator worth their salts will attest, both the nominations and eventual winners fall prey to dubious Hollywood politics. Genre films, independent gems and even depressing age statistics can lead to outrageous but all too predictable snubs.

With this in mind, the Right Dishonourable will attempt to answer the questions we all love to speculate on during awards season: who will win and who deserves to win?

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How Hollywood ruined Batman v Superman with overzealous marketing

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice via Warner Bros.

Just a few mornings ago I devoured the latest Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer with great anticipation.

As a film fan and a comic book nerd, my reaction should have been crazed excitement. I should have come away unable to stop talking about new information, speculating endlessly over what a shot or piece of dialogue meant.

But instead, I’m ferociously angry, and bitterly disappointed.

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No need to reboot: Spectre and the genius of the Bond franchise

Daniel Craig in Spectre, October 2015 by TM Danjaq and MGM

Box office figures for the new James Bond film show that the longest-running franchise in cinematic history is in excellent health.

The 24th film in the series, Spectre, broke records in its opening week, racking up ticket sales of £52m ($80.4m) in its first six territories.

And whether you love, hate, or don’t care about 007, the 24 movies are a film phenomenon. Decades before Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Star Wars saga, James Bond pioneered something coveted by today’s film studio execs – a “shared universe”.

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The Racism Awakens: The New Star Wars Film and the Dark Side of the Internet

Image Credit – John Boyega and Daisy Ridley as Finn and Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Lucasfilm

Ahead of the release of a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer last night, Twitter was swarmed by the Dark Side’s #BoycottStarWarsVII in order to prevent what they deem “white genocide”.

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