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As CinemaCon Wraps, Hollywood Needs to Learn Popcorn Time (Studio Roundups, DEMO VIDEO)

We wrap up studio-by-studio takeaways from the exhibitor convention CinemaCon in Las Vegas, as movie theaters and studios are stuck in an old paradigm. And then there's Popcorn Time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2014 8:58 PM
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Sony's Amy Pascal Adds Michael De Luca as Production President

While Sony motion picture chief Amy Pascal is hanging onto her current staffers for now, Michael De Luca is a heavyweight who will have a strong hand as president of production. We'll see where Columbia president Doug Belgrad and current Columbia production president Hannah Minghella--who can't be thrilled at this admission of weakness--wind up months from now.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 6, 2013 1:59 PM
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In the Works: Dennis Lehane Writing American Remake of 'A Prophet'

Bestselling crime novelist Dennis Lehane is on board to pen the American remake of 2010's "A Prophet" for Sony.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 29, 2013 1:53 PM
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Dwight Caines Moves Into Sony's Top Marketing Spot

More and more, executives who know the digital universe are moving up the studio ranks. See Kevin Tsujihara at Warners and Amy Powell at Paramount, and now Dwight Caines at Sony. He replaces respected outgoing marketing president Marc Weinstock, who was himself a rising star when he moved to the studio marketing department after boosting many hits at Sony subsidiary Screen Gems. Did the studio's movies really disappoint because of lackluster marketing? I don't think so. But when a studio management team is under fire for a weak slate, they often blame the marketing chief.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2013 1:11 PM
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Sony Concert Doc 'One Direction' Boosts Labor Day Weekend Box Office, 'Closed Circuit' Flops

Forget the September doldrums. Sony's Brit boy band 3-D concert film "One Direction" was a solid number one. And major support came from four strong holdovers: "The Butler," "We're the Millers," "Planes" and "Elysium." All told, the three days will come in with about $84 million for the top 10, up $5 million from last year, and enough to increase the tiny year-to-date lead over 2012 that has taken eight months to achieve.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 1, 2013 1:51 PM
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Neill Blomkamp's Next Project, A.I. Robot Film 'Chappie,' To Be Produced by Sony

Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC will be co-producing Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie," the director's follow-up to this past weekend's "Elysium." The script, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, centers on an Artificial Intelligence robot, named Chappie, stolen by a duo of gangsters who plan to use it for their own corrupt purposes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 13, 2013 2:15 PM
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Tom Rothman To Revive TriStar Label

At a time when they have been under some pressure after a string of summer losers, Sony CEO Michael Lynton and SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal are creating a joint venture with Rothman--that means he's putting some of his own skin in the game--and giving him the TriStar Productions label. Rothman will develop, finance and produce motion pictures and television programming for worldwide distribution through Sony Pictures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2013 5:01 PM
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Why 'Grown Ups 2' Scoring Best Sony Opening Day Since 'Skyfall' Is No Surprise; 'Fruitvale Station' Opens Strong

Dennis Dugan's name doesn't often come to mind when thinking of top American directors. But the one-time actor (whose lead role in ABC's short-lived 1970s "Richie Brockelman, Private Eye" was his acting high point) has over the last two decades made 17 films that in total have amassed a domestic gross higher than those of some of the most acclaimed filmmakers over a span of the last several decades.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 13, 2013 4:24 PM
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Sam Mendes Returns to Direct 'Bond 24'

The "will he or won't he" is now over. Director Sam Mendes is confirmed to return to helm "Bond 24."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 11, 2013 12:19 PM
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Review Roundup: M. Night Shyamalan Makes a "Non-Happening" with 'After Earth,' Starring a Sparkless Jaden and Will Smith

Critics aren't impressed with either M. Night Shyamalan's directorial work or the Jaden and Will Smith pairing in new apocalyptic sci-fi entry "After Earth" (June 7). The venom towards Shyamalan is strong (Sony all but cut his name from the film's marketing), with Variety calling his film a "non-happening," and the Hollywood Reporter pointing out that the director does little to help 14-year-old Jaden Smith, obviously flailing in a role meant to carry the film. Roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 30, 2013 11:51 AM
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