November 12, 2011 |
As production on the comedy "21 and Over" was getting underway in Seattle this summer, the cast and filmmakers received surprising news from producer Ryan Kavanaugh. Although the movie is about a group of students out for a night of partying in a U.S. college town, additional scenes would have to be shot, and set, in China. Why? Kavanaugh's Relativity Media could grab significant new money by making "21 and Over" a Chinese co-production, said a person close to the movie who requested anonymity because the discussions were private.
September 18, 2002 |
Columbia Pictures' thriller "Trapped," which centers on the abduction of an 8-year-old girl, has proved too close to real life for the studio's comfort. The movie bows this weekend, only days after a jury recommended the death sentence for David Westerfield in the murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam, culminating what seemed like an endless summer of child kidnappings and murders.
May 13, 2011 |
Relativity Media Chief Executive Ryan Kavanaugh's top lieutenant, Michael Joe, will now oversee the independent studio on behalf of its primary investor. In the latest executive shake-up at the West Hollywood company in the last year, Joe has relinquished his role as president and will supervise Relativity on behalf of its sole investor, the New York hedge fund Elliott Management. Elliott has invested more than $1 billion in Relativity, which has lost several hundred million dollars over the last few years, according to a person familiar with the matter.
October 15, 2012 |
Britney Spears' head sits on a pedestal on a dressing table in front of a mirror. Her blond hair is mussed, her brown eyes glassy. Betty White stands 10 feet away, wearing a blue dress and looking a bit lost. Her back is turned on Angelina Jolie's bare torso, as if trying to ignore it. "Betty and Britney are off the floor today, but they'll be back tomorrow," says Colin Thomas, the manager of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hollywood, pointing in Britney's direction. "She needs her hair done.
September 24, 2011 |
With the continued shrinkage of audiences for local TV, some news executives seem to grasp for viewers with a single imperative: "Just try something. " Make a newscast look or feel different and maybe people won't notice what's missing, like, say, a complete team of reporters, original stories and coverage that goes more than skin deep. The people at KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles appear to have adopted the philosophy in abundance with their latest offering — a 5 p.m. "news and talk program" that fairly vibrates with nervous energy, social-media feeds, pop culture stories, stilted newsroom vérité and heaps and heaps of opinion-making by the anchor-reporter hosts.
October 30, 2010 |
In a move that surprised Hollywood, Columbia Pictures' long-running tag team of production heads Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach is breaking up. Tolmach, who has served as co-president of Sony Pictures' Columbia label for the last eight years, is moving on to become a producer at the studio while Belgrad stays as sole president. Since they were named to their posts in 2002, the pair have been heavily promoted to the creative community and media as equals and Sony Pictures co-Chairman Amy Pascal's top production lieutenants.
January 11, 2013 |
Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See A Novel Juliann Garey Soho Press: 30 pp, $25 Gird yourself: Greyson Todd, the narrator of Juliann Garey's "Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See," is a bipolar studio executive, and sharing his head space can be a fascinating, grueling trip down the path of mental illness. Greyson shades toward the antihero, asking you to hate him nearly as much as he hates himself. He offers little quarter for the timid. Still, I could not help emerging from Garey's first novel with a deep sympathy for Greyson and admiration for his creator.
October 3, 2012 |
In a surprise move coming less than two years after Roger Birnbaum was appointed co-chairman and co-CEO of MGM, the executive is seguing into an exclusive producing deal with the studio, the company announced Wednesday morning. Birnbaum's longtime producing partner and current MGM co-chairman Gary Barber will become the sole chairman and CEO. Birnbaum, who has a long history as a producer in Hollywood, will remain at his MGM offices producing...
August 18, 2001 |
C hick Corea turned 60 on June 12, and he's been spending most of the year considering what that magic number means to him. The turnings of decades are always momentous anniversaries, of course, but 60 is an especially potent occasion, with senior citizenship looming on the horizon, and entry into what the French describe as the Third Age about to begin. Corea has already had enough accomplishments to fill out a career for most artists.
August 13, 2012 |
As it celebrates its 100th birthday, Paramount Pictures is enjoying a lazy summer. The Hollywood studio famous for its giant gates on Melrose Avenue and such pictures as "Sunset Boulevard,""The Godfather"and"Transformers"is in the midst of a three-month-plus period during which it has no new releases, the longest such lull for any major studio in the last decade. And with no self-produced tentpoles this year, it's virtually certain to end up No. 7 in the box-office rankings, an embarrassing outcome for a studio regularly grouped among Hollywood's "big six. " The precipitous drop from No. 1 in 2011 has been caused in part by the delay of three planned 2012 releases to next year.