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Donna Langley
HOLLYWOOD March 12, 2024
While Hollywood was obsessed with finding the next ‘Star Wars’ or Marvel cinematic universe, Universal’s long-tenured Donna Langley stood firm against what seemed to be a Disney onslaught by… not being Disney.
Timothee Chalamet Austin Butler Dune: Part Two
HOLLYWOOD March 4, 2024
The opening weekend success of ‘Dune: Part Two’ suggests that the future of theatrical relies, in part, on studios marketing films as requiring a premium large format experience.
bob marley: one love
HOLLYWOOD February 25, 2024
Is the Paramount musical biopic a new paradigm for how studios can get people into theaters for non-tentpoles during the off-season?
Celeste O'Connor, Sydney Sweeney, Dakota Johnson and Isabela Merced
HOLLYWOOD February 18, 2024
After decades of trying to expand the Spider-Verse into a true Marvel franchise, ‘Madame Web’ should be a wake-up call that it’s time for Sony to move on.

Emma Stone in 'Poor Things.'
HOLLYWOOD February 4, 2024
Remember when well-reviewed awards contenders big and small gave a sizable boost to the box office during the early months of a new year? That economic dynamic is the latest vestige of a foregone Hollywood.
Adam Driver in 'Ferrari.'
HOLLYWOOD January 28, 2024
Why is the industry surprised when expensive awards bait films, designed to impress critics more than audiences, fail at the box office? The latest Mann disappointment is an example of the chasm between film executives and filmgoers.
Paramount's 'Mean Girls'
HOLLYWOOD January 14, 2024
Following the so-called #Barbenheimer phenomenon, the only big-deal domestic hits in the last five months of 2023 were female-driven or female-skewing films. Too bad Hollywood is still betting on male-dominated superhero I.P.
'The Color Purple'
HOLLYWOOD January 7, 2024
Is it fair to quantify the commercial value of a prestige film that disappoints at the box office without considering a potential streaming license as part of its gross?

Timothée Chalamet, Denis Villeneuve and Zendaya promote the upcoming ‘Dune: Part Two’ during the Warner Bros. Pictures presentation at CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 25, 2023, in Las Vegas.
HOLLYWOOD January 1, 2024
Actually, the overall 2023 domestic box office was down just 20 percent (sans inflation) from 2017, despite 32 percent fewer movies, with a per-film average gross of $15 million, the highest since the Avatar-inflated 2009-10 calendar years. Maybe theaters just need more movies.
Margot Robbie in 'Barbie'
HOLLYWOOD December 18, 2023
As the industry takes stock of a year that will fall short of $9 billion at the domestic box office, here are 10 rules that can help executives decide what movies to make.
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