Rich Ross announced this morning that he is resigning as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios in this letter he sent to the company’s staff:
For the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented people on behalf of the worlds best loved brand. During that time, weve told some amazing stories around the world, created successful TV programming, movies, and franchises… Continue reading Industry News: Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross Resigns
Besting any number of opening weekend records, The Hunger Games (review here) opened this weekend with a scorching $ 155 million. That’s the third-biggest opening weekend of all-time, behind The Dark Knight ($ 158 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($ 169 million). Obviously by virtue of being number three on the list, it’s also the biggest opening weekend for a non-summer movie, a non-sequel. It’s of… Continue reading Weekend Box Office: The Hunger Games Opens With $155 million -- Why It's Good News for the Industry and the Moviegoer
Back in August, the Alamo Drafthouse held a very special, 35mm screening of Jurassic Park. They created a special poster available only at the event and they flew in Phil Tippett, one of the effects masterminds responsible for bringing the film’s dinosaurs to life, to do a Q&A after the film. It was a helluva time and just another notch on the ever expanding… Continue reading Dialogue: Phil Tippett on the Film Industry and Everything From 'Jurassic Park 4' to 'E.T. 2' to Philip Kaufman's 'Hemingway'
If the Hogwarts crew were to reunite for yet another sequel, it might be called ‘Harry Potter and the Mixed Blessing Windfall.’
The windfall at issue here is the billions earned by the Potter film franchise, a jackpot that will expand one last time with the release of series capper ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2′ this week. On the one hand, the franchise’s success has been a boon… Continue reading Did 'Harry Potter' Save or Destroy the British Film Industry?
Yes, Ryan Seacrest is planning a music-themed show with NBC. But, no, it’s not an American Idol rival, as you might have heard. An industry source confirms to EW that Ryan Seacrest Productions is in very early talks with the network for a reality show incorporating music. Not much is known about the program —
Crystal Clear Picture: