Disney and Universal Pick New Chairmen

6 10 2009

Disney & Universal Pick Chairmen

Disney Studios stayed in the news yesterday as the Mouse House officially named Rich Ross as the replacement for former Disney chairman Dick Cook. The move had been somewhat expected as the head of Disney Channels Worldwide emerged as the favorite shortly after Cook left the company.

According to Variety, Ross has been largely responsible for Disney’s branding efforts over the last five years, and is likely to focus on building franchises that can not only become tentpoles at the box office but transfer to other media. Ross will be in charge of the company’s live-action and animated feature labels, including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, Miramax, Marvel Entertainment and Pixar. Ross will also oversee its music group and theater productions including Broadway and tours like High School Musical and Disney on Ice. Read the rest of this entry »

Comcast Negotiating With General Electric For NBC-Universal

1 10 2009

Comcast NBC-Universal

The Wrap reports that Comcast, the leader in cable entertainment and communications is talking with General Electric to buy NBC-Universal for almost $35 billion. This would be huge as Comcast is trying to build its presence with online and television content to compete with YouTube and Hulu (coincidentally owned in part by NBC). Read the rest of this entry »

Watch It!: Unfunny People

21 09 2009

Unfunny People

While his first two films were considered incredible successes, Judd Apatow’s film from this past summer, Funny People, failed to get anybody exited and by the end of it’s run was the only film in his repertoire to not hit the $100 million mark in  its domestic run. The film, however, did receive praise from critics, saying that it was nice to see Adam Sandler doing a movie that wasn’t simply for the paycheck and was actually funny. So what if Apatow had gone a different route and instead filled the movie with prop-comics and watermelon-smashers? College Humor has provided an answer.

Below is their video titled “Unfunny People” which is probably a more than accurate portrayal of Gallagher and Carrot Top’s lives. If even the idea depresses you, perhaps you shouldn’t watch, but for those who couldn’t care less, this video is for you.

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Weekend Winners

10 08 2009

People don’t listen. Despite my begging and pleading, the worst film that premiered last Friday swept the box office and left me crying into my pillow. See this weekend’s top five after the jump:

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Genius At Work: Best Actor-Director Combos

4 08 2009

Watching Judd Apatow score another #1 if underwhelming comedy with so many familiar faces (still waiting for a Craig Robinson feature) got me thinking about some of the best combos of director and actor(s). These days it seems almost every big director has their go-to star or stars who they trust to both bring a strong performance and bank at the box office. Sometimes it works wonders (Knocked Up) and at other turns they disappoint (Funny People). But who are the best collaborators in the business today? Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Winners

3 08 2009

The big question this week was how people would react to Funny People. The answer? It’s the number one film from this past weekend. See the rest of the top five after the jump.

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Weekend Preview: All About Funny People

31 07 2009

It has been a fun first week! To celebrate, here are the films coming out this weekend:

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