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HOLLYWOOD • March 16, 2023
Netflix Priced Itself Out of the Nancy Meyers Business
Backend “buyouts” allow streamers to compete with studios for top projects and A-level stars. But that system has ballooned up-front fees to the point where Netflix said no to a bankable filmmaker and her $150 million Scarlett Johansson movie.
HOLLYWOOD • March 14, 2023
The Tom Cruise Oscar Failure
The ‘Top Gun’ star’s absence is part of a larger problem for the Oscars—namely, nobody except Fan Bingbing wants to attend these days unless they’re actively flacking a project. But isn’t Cruise supposed to be the industry’s global ambassador?
HOLLYWOOD • March 10, 2023
Behold, the 2023 Awards Season Awards!
Puck’s second annual, totally subjective and partially grievance-based salute to the oddities and embarrassments of Hollywood’s interminable Oscar season.
HOLLYWOOD • March 5, 2023
Why Won’t Shari Redstone Sell Showtime?
Paramount’s owner and her C.E.O., Bob Bakish, thwarted a $3 billion-plus bid from David Nevins in favor of their own plan to merge Showtime with Paramount+. But some analysts and company investors think that’s as insane as five ‘Billions’ spin-offs.
HOLLYWOOD • March 2, 2023
A Hollywood Writer Strike Setback?
The departure of the WGA’s fiery, feared chief negotiator and a key omission in the union’s demands raise questions about its leverage at an uncertain moment for the new streaming economy.
HOLLYWOOD • February 27, 2023
11 Burning Questions About the First Two Months of Hollywood ’23
Is Costner the highest-paid actor on TV? Do the studios actually want a writers strike? Why is Zaz suing Paramount? And are the new Lord of the Rings movies for real?
HOLLYWOOD • February 23, 2023
What If Disney’s Fox Deal Wasn’t So Terrible?
Bob Iger’s $71.3 billion play for streaming-age scale has been branded by some as too pricey for the new era of austerity, but the assets and executives could be a secret weapon in the war to become Hollywood’s last studio standing—if that’s what Iger wants.
HOLLYWOOD • February 20, 2023
Casualties of the Costner-Yellowstone Crossfire
Taylor Sheridan and the cast, crew, and executives behind TV’s No. 1 show have been frustrated by its star’s ego and unavailability for years. Now, as new details emerge in a standoff over Costner’s shooting days, Paramount’s Redstone and Bakish are ready to place their bet on the Sheridan-verse.
HOLLYWOOD • February 13, 2023
A “Catastrophic” Sundance for the ‘Cat Person’ Movie
The film version of the mega-viral New Yorker story is struggling with lowball offers, according to an email circulating around town.
HOLLYWOOD • February 9, 2023
Disney’s ‘Everything on the Table’ Era Begins
The inside conversation about Iger’s gangbusters fourth quarter, the Peltz detente, the Hulu question, and more.