Ben Fritz

Wall Street Journal

Guest/Host

Reporter covering the film business for the Wall Street Journal; former film business reporter for the Los Angeles Times; former reporter and video-game reviews editor for Variety, covering technology and feature animation; blogger; editor of the satirical website Dateline Hollywood and co-author of the New York Times bestseller All The President's Spin

Ben Fritz on KCRW

Hollywood studio executives are planning to release their movies as “premium” video-on-demand soon after they hit theaters for $30-$50 per rental.

Will premium video-on-demand kill movie theaters?

Hollywood studio executives are planning to release their movies as “premium” video-on-demand soon after they hit theaters for $30-$50 per rental.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Our weekly look at the movies. This week… Brick Mansions is an action remake of a 2004 French film. It stars the late Paul Walker from the Fast & Furious series.

Movies

Our weekly look at the movies. This week… Brick Mansions is an action remake of a 2004 French film. It stars the late Paul Walker from the Fast & Furious series.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

We’ve managed to rise above our post-Oscars malaise for a fresh round of film talk. Because it’s Friday, and that’s what we do on Fridays.

Movies

We’ve managed to rise above our post-Oscars malaise for a fresh round of film talk. Because it’s Friday, and that’s what we do on Fridays.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand