October 10, 2010 |
Rich Ross, the television executive who helped revive the moribund Disney Channel, now has to prove he can work movie magic at Walt Disney Studios. The 47-year-old former talent department head has been, as expected, tapped by Disney Chief Executive Robert A. Iger to fill much of the studio post formerly held by Dick Cook, who was ousted last month after clashing with his boss and failing to deliver enough hits over the last year. Iger will look to Ross to reinvigorate Disney's flagging box-office fortunes and develop film franchises that can be sold across the entertainment giant's lines of businesses -- including theme parks, consumer products and television -- as well as grapple with a host of technological issues that are quickly reshaping Hollywood.
January 15, 2010 |
Two months ago, newly installed Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross sank producer Sean Bailey's planned $150-million production of "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." But that didn't submarine the relationship. On Thursday, Ross picked Bailey as the Burbank studio's new head of production, succeeding Oren Aviv, who was ousted this week after a disappointing spate of movies. Bailey, who has no experience as a studio executive, faces a steep learning curve in assembling slates of movies and managing dozens of executives and filmmakers.
January 25, 2011 |
The late-night parties at the Sundance Film Festival are full of regulars, darlings of the independent-movie world who circulate in a small and clubby circle. Stalwart Sundance attendees like director Jason Reitman, executives such as Harvey Weinstein and actors including Zooey Deschanel and Paul Giamatti were again on the scene, popping into dinners feting various films, showing up at premiere parties, and congregating in the hotels and screening rooms that dot this crowded Utah town.
November 18, 2009 |
In his first move affecting a major film project, newly named Walt Disney Studios chief Rich Ross has pulled the plug on a planned $150-million production of "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" -- the last project approved by his predecessor Dick Cook. The family adventure movie -- a high priority for Disney that the studio had envisioned as a potential franchise along the lines of "Pirates of the Caribbean" -- was scheduled to begin shooting in February in Mexico. Disney had already spent about $10 million hiring crews, who were prepping the movie and planning to build elaborate sets in Rosarito Beach.
September 8, 2012 |
When his movie "John Carter" thudded into theaters in March, director Andrew Stanton escaped to New York and spent the next three weeks riding the subway, noodling on scripts and visiting with his daughter and some friends. For the first time since he started at Pixar Animation Studios in 1990 at age 24, Stanton was facing an unfamiliar sensation - the gut punch of a public failure in an industry that hardly shelters it. The film had forced Walt Disney Studios to take a $200-million write-down and helped lead to the departure of two top executives.
July 19, 2012 |
Is Hollywood having a blowout year or a dismal one? The confounding answer: both. This weekend, "The Dark Knight Rises"is expected to dominate the box office, joining "The Avengers"and "The Hunger Games"in a small, elite group of high-profit 2012 blockbusters. Buoyed by strong reviews and an eager fan base, director Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie will probably debut with around $190 million in ticket sales, and has a shot at surpassing the three-day "Avengers" record of $207 million.