December 24, 1989 |
Akio Morita wasn't the first foreigner to buy a movie studio during a decade when ownership of Hollywood companies began to shift overseas. But because he also is the founder and chairman of the Japanese electronic giant Sony Corp., his purchase last fall of Columbia Pictures Entertainment for $3.4 billion, easily became the decade's most ambitious and controversial move into Hollywood movie-making. Sony's purchase came two years after it bought another American entertainment giant, CBS Records.
December 31, 2012 |
The hit Mark Wahlberg comedy "Ted" topped the DVD sales chart for the second week in a row, easily besting two new competitors: The science-fiction flop "Total Recall" and comedy "Pitch Perfect. " Sony Pictures' "Total Recall," a remake of the 1990 adaptation of a Philip K. Dick story, was the most rented movie the week before Christmas, according to Rentrak Corp. However Universal Pictures' "Ted" and "Pitch Perfect" are not yet available to rent from outlets including Redbox and Netflix.
June 3, 1995
You may have missed a small yet significant reason Sony continues to market the Betamax tape format. About the time Betamax was heading off to obscurity, the Betacam format (which uses the same tape cartridge at a faster speed) was making its way into the broadcast industry. It soon became the worldwide standard for electronic news gathering and remains so today. As long as Sony is churning out tape stock for thousands of Betacams around the globe, keeping the cassettes available to home Betamax users probably isn't as big a deal as it might seem.
May 5, 2007 |
In a season filled with sequels, this is one plot twist that everyone saw coming. Within an hour of the first U.S. showing of Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man 3," police arrested a man videotaping the film inside New York's AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater shortly after the Thursday midnight screening, the studio said Friday. The suspect was spotted by theater employees, who summoned the police. Police made similar arrests in Malaysia and Argentina.
February 19, 2013 |
In its first week of release on DVD and Blue-ray, Denzel Washington's action-thriller “Flight” soared to the top of the rental chart but failed to knock "Hotel Transylvania" out of its No. 1 spot in the sales rankings. Paramount's “Flight,” which earned Washington an Oscar nomination, was the most-rented disc in the U.S. during the week ending Feb. 10, but came in second in sales. “Hotel Transylvania,” the computer-animated comedy produced by Sony, was the top seller in its second week since being released on disc.
October 4, 1987
Sony's effort to buy CBS Records ("Sony Has Made $1.8 Billion Offer to Buy CBS Records," Sept. 12) could preface a new chapter in "The Selling of America." With so many household American brand names already in foreign hands--GE, Norelco, Magnavox, Philco, Smith-Corona and others--it may be hard to be concerned about the purchase of a record company even if it is the world's largest. We've sold off our consumer electronics hardware businesses to foreigners, why not sell off the software as well?
July 3, 2012 |
When Sony began courting Aaron Sorkin to write its Steve Jobs movie a few months ago, it couldn't have seemed like a more perfect fit. Sorkin was the best around at chronicling the complexity and fragility of genius, and his stock was sky-high; in fact, with “The Social Network” and “Moneyball,” the writer had just picked up Oscar nominations two years in a row for screenplays about those very types. But like a cable news network erroneously reporting on a Supreme Court decision, Sorkin has crashed to Earth.