September 21, 2013 |
The spectacular 22-year partnership of Walt Disney Co. and producer Jerry Bruckheimer will come to an end next year, signaling the Burbank company's changing priorities and how the shifting sands of the movie business are affecting A-list producers. The producer's first-look deal with Walt Disney Studios will not be renewed when it expires in 2014, ending a run that resulted in 27 movies -- from early hits like "The Rock" and "Armageddon" to the long-running "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise -- and almost $9 billion in box-office receipts.
September 11, 2013 |
"The Wind Rises," the movie that Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has said will be his last, will get an Oscar-qualifying run in November, the Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli announced Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. "The Wind Rises" ("Kaze Tachinu") will open for a week in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14, with a limited U.S. release to follow in 2014 on Feb. 21 and expanded release Feb. 28 under Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner. Miyazaki's first directorial effort in five years, "The Wind Rises" chronicles the real-life story of Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, following him through his country's massive 1923 earthquake, tuberculosis epidemic and descent into World War II. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 The movie, which Disney is releasing under its Touchstone Pictures banner, enters an animated feature Oscar race with no strong front-runner.
September 3, 2013 |
"R.I.P.D. " was D.O.A. and "The Lone Ranger" was unable to lasso moviegoers. Yet at summer's end, Hollywood is riding happily off into the sunset thanks to an unexpected number of $100-million-plus hits that drove the seasonal box office to a record. Total box office revenue in the U.S. and Canada for the May 2-Labor Day period climbed 10.2% over last year to a record $4.7 billion, while attendance rose 6.5% to roughly 572 million, according to Hollywood.com. The average ticket price also hit a new high of $8.23.
August 21, 2013 |
For nearly two decades GLAAD has tracked the presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on television. Now, the organization is turning its attention to the movies. The "Studio Responsibility Index," released by the media monitoring group Wednesday, found a significant lack of LGBT characters and story lines in movies released by the six top-grossing film studios in 2012. GLAAD staffers reviewed the 101 films released by 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony's Columbia, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros.
July 21, 2013 |
The American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild Film Society will honor famed production designer Harper Goff with a screening of the classic 1954 Walt Disney adventure "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" on July 28 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The first sci-fi film produced by Walt Disney, this lavish adaptation of Jules Verne's novel stars Kirk Douglas as a rakish harpoonist and James Mason as the infamous Captain Nemo. Peter Lorre and Paul Lukas also starred in the box-office hit directed by Richard Fleischer.
July 11, 2013 |
Movie producers are getting their own seal of approval with the blessing of the major studios. All six of the major studios have agreed to a certification process designed to ensure that only those who actually produce movies get the recognition, the Producers Guild of America announced Thursday. Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures this week agreed to a long-running effort by the PGA to establish a "produced by" credit for producers whose work has been certified by the PGA. PHOTOS: Highest paid media executives of 2012 The "Produced by" credit and producer's name will be followed by the distinctive mark: "p.g.a.