Temperatures are running high at Warner Bros. over a New York Times story scheduled for next week that suggests Legendary CEO Thomas Tull is mulling ending his relationship with the studio when his deal is up at the end of this year, TheWrap has learned.
New York Times reporters Brooks Barnes and Michael Cieply have spent weeks preparing a hard-hitting piece on Tull, examining his relationship with the studio for whom he is a critical financing partner, having produced blockbuster movies from “300” to “The Dark Knight” to “The Hangover,” among others.
TheWrap spoke with two individuals interviewed by the Times who confirmed that Tull is unhappy with...
The biggest news about Kevin Tsujihara’s appointment at Warner Bros on Monday may well be that the CEO job -- hanging in the balance for months - was finally filled.
The bake-off between the studio’s head of home entertainment and his rival, Warner Bros. Television chief Bruce Rosenblum, had created a state of exquisite (or possibly intolerable) tension among Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes’ top executives, which also included the movie studio chief Jeff Robinov.
At Sundance 2013 I learned that the independent movie business is alive and well and evolving rapidly before our eyes.
Among other signals -- including a dozen-plus acquisitions of movies at the festival -- a panel convened by TheWrap of three veteran indie directors and producers debating with digital-era leaders suggested that the current and future business looks exciting.
But don’t blink too often. It’s all happening with dizzying speed. In the past year, two of the companies on the panel -- Slated, which offers equity financing to film projects, and Indieflix, which offers digital distribution -- pivoted to offer entirely new business models.
Oscar nominations are out, the Golden Globes are done. But long before the cameras roll, some of the most important work -- that isn't eligible for awards -- is done.
TheWrap gathered the casting directors on some of the season’s leading films to talk about their work, why it can be emotionally draining and whether it ought to be recognized with its own Oscar.
Gathered around a table at the Montage hotel recently were, from left above: Terri Taylor ("Hitchcock"), Vicki Thomas ("Django Unchained"), John Papsidera ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Mary Vernieu ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Lora Kennedy ("Argo," "Cloud Atlas").
Malik Bendjelloul’s journey to the Oscars with “Searching for Sugar Man” started with a journey around the world.
The Swedish filmmaker had a mandate from Swedish television to make a half-dozen short films. So he bought the cheapest around-the-world flight he could find and headed out -- to Ethiopia, Mexico, Argentina, Honduras -- looking for stories.
He found the tale of a lifetime in South Africa: An obscure '70s folk singer from Detroit named Rodriguez had become, without his knowledge, a cult figure to an entire generation of South Africans.
We took off under a pristine blue sky from a small airstrip outside of Las Vegas, miles away from the chaos of the Consumer Electronics Show. The Albatross, built in 1951, is a test plane for the latest in wi-fi technology on airplanes, courtesy of Row 44, a company acquired by Hollywood investors Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky in November.
The sturdy, amphibious biplane was built to rescue pilots downed in the ocean. It has recently been re-outfitted with an extensive set of routers as well as equipment that points up at a satellite to allow airline passengers to stream live entertainment without jiggles, wiggles or other pesky interruptions.
The electronics revolution is moving off your laptop, tablet and phone and into the rest of your belongings.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, the news was how technology is marching off the computer screen and into your car, your kitchen and your closet.
Much more than in previous years at CES, technology was taking over other everyday objects. Ford, Audi and even Rolls-Royce were present to show off new entertainment devices that are being installed the back seats of cars and that promise to take over the front seat once the driving is entrusted to a computer (down the line).
What's new at the Consumer Electronics Show this year?
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which puts on CES, gave me the rundown on the changes at the Las Vegas event.
"International CES has become the center for innovation in the world in terms of one event," he said, noting that 3,000 international companies will be introducing some 20,000 new products at the show. This year, there's an increase in car companies, health care, environmental and wireless exhibitors.
And Hollywood? "Hollywood is here in huge force," Shapiro said. "This is Hollywood's most important mega-event."
Irving Azoff said he resigned as chairman of Live Nation Entertainment on Monday because “the process of being a public company in America right now sucks if you’re an entrepreneur.”
In an exclusive interview with TheWrap, Azoff, whose position at the head of the largest concert promoter and ticket-seller in the world made him uniquely powerful in the music industry, said he was tired of the demands of a public company and wanted to go back to managing talent.
“Life at a public company ain’t for me,” Azoff (right, with Judd Apatow at TheGrill) said. “The board pays you what you're worth, then you get reamed for your...