Thursday, November 14, 2013

Disney Beats 2010 Global Box Office Record

Walt Disney Studios Beats 2010 Global Box Office Total of $3.791 Billion

THR’s account of the studio’s feat, helped by Thor: The Dark World’s $348.5M worldwide haul in just 12 days. Iron Man 3, Monsters University, and Oz The Great and Powerful were also huge boosts. (THR)

Indie Film To Get A Bridge Lending Boost From Lifetime Capital; Cassian Elwes Among Principals

Deadline reports that Cassian Elwes, Windy Hill Pictures’ Buddy Patrick, and Robert Ogden Barnum of e2b Capital have formed Lifeboat Capital, a bridge financing service that will loan 15-20 independent films between $1-$5M. Elwes: "We are open for business immediately.”  (DH)

652 Top Entrepreneurs & Their Key 5 Career Strengths

Forbes on the five most common self-identified strengths of top entrepreneurs, via the upcoming report The Vital Entrepreneur: High Impact At It’s Best, and actions to take to make them your own. Strengths include identifying and developing talent, decisiveness, listening to advice, and seeing around the immediate corner.(FORBES)

“A tremendous blow, and incredibly embarrassing": ‘Ray Donovan’ Producer Bryan Zurriff Seeks Leniency In Advance of Nov. 25 Sentencing

THR Esquire’s comprehensive report on the case trajectory and letters of leniency sent by Zuriff’s colleagues and peers to the NY judge handling his case after he entered a guilty plea in an unlawful high-stakes gambling case that could see him serve up to a year in prison. (THRE)

Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Shocks With Twist Ending, Graphic Violence

Variety details audience reaction and commentary from the film’s stars after its AMC Lincoln Square screening. (VAR)

Vulture’s Frequently Asked Questions: 28 Things About Garth Risk Hallberg

Vulture combs interviews, reviews, and essays of Garth Risk Hallberg, author of the $2M first novel City on Fire, first optioned by Scott Rudin. Included is a link to a 2011 draft excerpt from the novel and accompanying Q&A. (VUL)

“I’ll punch a dolphin, children, nuns.” Behind The Scenes On ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’

Slash Film’s Germain Lussier’s on-the-set account of the last day filming the Anchorman sequel at San Diego’s SeaWorld, where 3000 extras and some onscreen mouthy kids – including Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s – are none too pleased to find a drunk Ron Burgundy hosting the 3:10 dolphin show. (SLASH)

Trailer Buzz: Neil LaBute’s ‘Some Velvet Morning’

The trailer for Neil LaBute’s latest, starring Stanley Tucci and Alice Eve, about a man whose arrival on a woman’s doorstep after leaving his wife is complicated by two facts: she hasn’t seen him in years and is also friends with his newly married son. (YAH)

Stevie Nicks To Guest Star On ‘American Horror Story: Coven’

Badass Digest on Ryan Murphy’s Twitter confirmation that Stevie Nicks will guest on this season of the American Horror Story franchise. (BD)

Avoid or Engage: ‘Chilling Effects’ Report Shows NSA Surveillance Is Curbing Writers’ Toolbox

The Los Angeles Times writes that the PEN American Center’s Chilling Effects report, sent to 520 writers, shows that 16% of them have avoided writing or publicly addressing controversial subject matter due to NSA concerns; the rates rise when it comes to phone, e-mail, and social media communications. A link to the full report is included.  (LAT)

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