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Warner's Tsujihara Taps Dee Dee Myers as Highpowered Head of Corporate PR

Warner's chief Kevin Tsujihara has brought in his own high-powered head of corporate PR: political analyst and former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 4:12 PM
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'Captain America 3' Gets US Release Date

Disney and Marvel have dated "Captain America 3" for May 6, 2016. That's neck-and-neck with Warner Bros.' untitled "Superman-Batman" movie, slated for release the same day.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 1:42 PM
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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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Festival Hits 'Prisoners,' 'Enough Said' and 'Rush' Post Strong Openings

Three film festival hits, "Prisoners" (Warner Bros.), "'Enough Said" (Fox Searchlight) and "Rush" (Universal) launched the parade of awards contenders at the fall box office. All three showed solid initial results. Wide release "Prisoners" easily took the #1 slot on Friday. Among the two limited platform openers Nicole Holofcener's romantic comedy "Enough Said," starring the James Gandolfini and Julia-Louis Dreyfuss, scored an upset by having a slightly better per screen average than Ron Howard's Formula One biofilm "Rush" in their New York/Los Angeles debuts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 21, 2013 3:32 PM
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Why Batman and Superman Mashup is a Bad Idea--And Reveals Warner Bros. Weakness

You know Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink"? That moment when you look at something and you know it's wrong? That happens to me when studios announce a new project that is a really bad idea. Some movies based on good ideas just turn out badly, and plenty of great movies turn out to to be less than commercial, or cost too much to turn a profit. The Superman and Batman movie is a bad idea.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 21, 2013 1:18 AM
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Jeff Robinov Out at Warner Bros. UPDATE

UPDATE: Following several weeks of speculation, it has been confirmed that Jeff Robinov has left Warner Bros. as the president of its Motion Picture Group. He will be replaced by a three-person team: Production president Greg Silverman (now president of creative development and worldwide production), marketing chief Sue Kroll (now president of worldwide marketing and international distribution) and New Line chief Toby Emmerich. They will report to Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara for the time being.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2013 1:02 PM
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'Great Gatsby' Surprises to Open Just Behind 'Iron Man 3'

In one of the biggest box office surprises in recent months, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" exceeded pre-opening estimates and overcame mixed reviews to gross over $19.4 million on Friday (including Thursday night late shows), nearly equaling the more than $19.7 million that "Iron Man 3" took in for the day.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 11, 2013 1:42 PM
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Warner Bros. Chooses Studio Chief from Digital Ranks: Meet the New Boss, Tsujihara

Hollywood's biggest film and television studio, Warner Bros., has a tradition of hanging onto its chairmen for a long time. For two decades after Ted Ashley left the studio in 1980, Terry Semel and Bob Daly ran the TV and move divisions. TV exec Barry Meyer took over as studio chairman in 1999, with Alan Horn and various production chiefs running the motion pictures group, most recently--and effectively--15-year Warners vet Jeff Robinov.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 28, 2013 1:30 PM
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Joel Silver: End of an Era as Studios Pull Back from Deluxe Producer Deals

How are the mighty fallen. After 25 years on the lot, Warner Bros. has unceremoniously kicked producer Joel Silver, of "Matrix" and "Lethal Weapon" fame, to the curb.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 25, 2012 3:56 PM
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Studios Report Actual Monday Numbers Due to Colorado Shootings; 'Dark Knight Rises' Pulls Undeterred Moviegoers UPDATED FULL REPORT AND CHART

In the face of tragedy and fear resulting from a deranged psychotic murderer in Colorado, moviegoers in North America were undeterred as they showed up en masse to see Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight Rises” this past weekend.
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • July 23, 2012 4:39 PM
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