July 1, 2009 |
It's never an easy decision when a studio head has to pull the plug on a big movie, as Amy Pascal did last week when she shut down "Moneyball," a $58-million Steven Soderbergh film that was set to star Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the maverick general manager of the Oakland A's who almost single-handedly reinvented the way baseball scouts and develops young talent. The movie, based on the bestselling book by Michael Lewis, wasn't just in preproduction.
June 23, 2009 |
At a time when expensive adult dramas keep striking out at the box office, it appears not even Brad Pitt and director Steven Soderbergh can entice a Hollywood studio to spend about $57 million on a baseball movie. Sony Pictures has stopped production on "Moneyball," an adaptation of Michael Lewis' 2003 bestseller of the same name about the revival of the Oakland A's, which was to be directed by Soderbergh and star Pitt.
May 7, 2008
Drawing crowds: The Tribeca Film Festival announced a total attendance of just less than 400,000 at this year's festival. Event organizers estimated a ticketed attendance of more than 155,000 to 700 screenings and 14 panel discussions throughout the festival, which ran April 23 through May 4. -- Good deeds: The Simon Wiesenthal Center is honoring Amy Pascal, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment and chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion...
September 7, 2006 |
Sony Pictures Entertainment movie chief Amy Pascal is being rewarded for her contributions with a bigger title and a longer contract. Pascal on Wednesday was named co-chair, signing a deal aimed at keeping her on the studio's Culver City lot until 2011. The moves follow a turnaround this year for Sony that included such hits as "The Da Vinci Code," starring Tom Hanks, the Will Ferrell comedy "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and the Adam Sandler film "Click."
August 24, 2006 |
For as long as Hollywood has made movies, its relationship with the truth has been as shaky as a hand-held camera. Actors -- and legions of others in the industry -- lie about their age; producers fudge the real costs of making movies; studio executives distort box-office grosses. One movie producer titled her memoir "Hello, He Lied." But can Hollywood handle the truth?
November 19, 2005
RE "Hurry. Somebody Call Spider-Man," by John Horn, Nov. 14: Every movie genre has a simple formula. The good movies exploit that formula over and over, and the great ones add subtle twists. For the most part, the movies that did well for Sony had solid stories. It's almost inconceivable to me, as a produced screenwriter, that Sony executive Amy Pascal could possibly look at "Deuce Bigelow" or "Stealth" and declare, "It's always in the end about good stories and telling them well." I laughed harder at that quote than at anything I've seen in a Sony release all year.