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Warner Bros. Studio Post-Robinov: Do They Need a Strategy Reboot?

The risk of changing management is that new executives face a steep learning curve. Some figure out the rules of the game fast enough to keep their jobs. Others--see Gail Berman at Paramount, Rich Ross at Disney--do not.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2014 4:48 PM
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Will Hollywood Learn from 'The Fault In Our Stars'?

This past weekend showed that the marketing strategy employed by Fox and Mr. Dewey for "The Fault in Our Stars" was "spot on." The studio projected that the movie would hit $29 million at the North American box office. But something else happened.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • June 10, 2014 10:30 AM
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As TV Consumption Changes, Everyone Wants a Piece of a Very Messy Pie

It was only a matter of time before some disruptor found a way to let viewers watch live TV on their computers. That service is Aereo (backed by digital entrepreneur Barry Diller), which is currently at the center of a huge legal battle that has everyone from networks to broadcasters to Internet companies to cable providers biting their nails, wondering how the chips will fall.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 10, 2014 7:15 AM
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How Sony Imageworks Embraced Challenging Animation, Gritty Realism and Alien Mimics for 'Edge of Tomorrow' (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures Imageworks, which is moving its headquarters from Culver City to Vancouver to stay competitive, embraced gritty, CG photorealism for the first time with Doug Liman's smart and trippy "Edge of Tomorrow." Truly "War of the Worlds" meets "Groundhog Day," with Tom Cruise caught in a nightmarish loop, the aliens he's up against were a strange, tough animation challenge for Imageworks.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 6, 2014 4:27 PM
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Forty Years of Groundlings: Vanity Fair Grills the Famous Troupe's Star Alumni, from McCarthy to Wiig

Today, the Groundlings is an institution, the kind of show-biz phenomenon that's spoken of in reverent tones. But the combination sketch comedy troupe/improv school that is now undoubtedly the preeminent West Coast breeding ground for comedic talent began 40 years ago in a much humbler way.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 6, 2014 11:59 AM
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Behind-the-Scenes Photos of 'Star Wars' Episodes IV, V & VI Show Magic in the Making

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is on everyone's minds these days--if you missed it, yesterday we brought you the news that the newest star to join the film's every-growing cast is Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o--but Empire Magazine had decided to take a look back in Star Wars history to, you might say, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 4, 2014 11:01 AM
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Upcoming Hurricane Sandy Film Continues Hollywood's Preoccupation with Technology's Place in Our Lives

After Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October 2012, I became one of the residents of Manhattan’s newest neighborhood: SoPo, the wonderfully NYC-esque portmanteau for South of Power. This month, a new film about the power outage called "3rd Street Blackout" is set to begin production in New York.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 3, 2014 12:10 PM
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Are Cable Company Pay Models Traditional, or Just Plain Outmoded?

Cable companies do not determine what you will watch nor do they charge you based on the content you watch. But some companies would like to change this.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • June 2, 2014 3:02 PM
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Career Watch: Has 'Maleficent' Restored Angelina Jolie's Box Office Mojo?

Reviews were mixed. But for moviegoers, the $70 million opening for "Maleficent" -- an Angelina Jolie record -- for a rare female summer action adventure suggests that they were transfixed by the sight of the right actress in a perfect-fit role.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • June 2, 2014 6:30 AM
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Best of the Week: Hollywood Repeats Itself, Lee Daniels Opens Up, VHX Breaks the Mold & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
  • By TOH!
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  • May 31, 2014 10:00 AM
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