Here you can get to information on the film industry and studios. To find materials in the Yale Library, try the following types of searches in Orbis.
Publications about a particular studio (person, company): Subject = warner bros pictures
Publications -- including movies -- by a particular studio (person, company): Author = miramax
NOTE: This page only lists resources on the film industry in the US. For information on the film industry internationally, see the International Cinema page. Many of those resources also contain information on the US.
|Laurel and Hardy in The Bohemian Girl. From the Crawford Collection, Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives.|
Film daily: the daily newspaper of motion pictures
SML Microform Room, Film S3516 [1918 to 1969]
This newspaper began under the title Wid's Daily (1918-1921), and also published the Film daily year book of motion pictures (1918-1969). We have most of the runs, but there are some gaps.
Online entertainment source for the Hollywood movie industry. Includes news, movies, showtimes, celebrities, video/DVD, TV, Broadway, and indie films.
The Hollywood Reporter
SML Stacks, PN1993 H65+ (LC) [1988 to present]
SML Microform Room, Film S3204 [1934 to 1990]
NB: Academic OneFile has PDFs of the paper edition. EBSCO's gives the text only -- no photos, charts or other images. Hollywood Reporter's own site at HollywoodReporter.com requires an individual subscription for archive access.
LexisNexis Academic provides the full text of over 200 publications with news and information on the entertainment industry, which you can search through these steps:
Online reports about movie attendance and the movie industry in the US.
Obtain annual box office data starting from 1999; actor and actress box office; and box office comparisons between movies or between stars. (Who's brought in more money, Dakota Fanning or Christopher Walken? The answer may not surprise you....)
Provides box office data and analytical tools: box office measurement, information, and research solutions for the motion picture industry.
Tracks box office numbers of current movie releases. Also has a chart and movie archive.
The new historical dictionary of the American film industry. Anthony Slide. Lanham, MD; London: Scarecrow Press, 1998.
SML, Starr Reference PN1993.5 U6 +S539 1998
The money a few actors have earned, from Mary Pickford to Daniel Radcliffe.
Numerous links on the film and television industry. The page is a little hard to interpret at first since it seems to have the title Timelapse.com: The Time-Lapse Stock Footage Library, but the links include categories such as "Motion Picture Studios" and "Production News."
Variety and Daily Variety
SML Microform Room, Film S2206 [1905 to most recent microfilm reel; current issues in the Periodical Reading Room, Section X-9]
NB: Academic OneFile and IIPA have PDFs of the paper edition. LexisNexis Academic and Factiva provide text only and do not include photos or charts. Variety's own site at http://www.variety.com/ requires a paid subscription for its full resources.
For early issues, see also Media History Digital Library, which has scans of the years 1918-1920.
Location information for the distributors of many types of movies.
Data in US dollars on gross box office receipts. Can limit by date of release, so you can search for the total movie theater receipts to date for a movie released in (say) 1952.