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Peter Bart: Hollywood Might Need To Re-Think Its Agenda & Casting Choices Amid Nation’s Political Ambiguity - deadline.com - Jordan - Washington - county Clinton
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11.11.2022 / 06:05

Peter Bart: Hollywood Might Need To Re-Think Its Agenda & Casting Choices Amid Nation’s Political Ambiguity

The “what if?” game has always fascinated me: What if Donald Trump had been cast in Shark Tank rather than The Apprentice (it was Mark Burnett’s call)? He likely would have been broke rather than president.

Peter Bart: Big Media Honchos Hunt For Ways To Accentuate The Positive In Turbulent Moment - deadline.com
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27.01.2023 / 00:41

Peter Bart: Big Media Honchos Hunt For Ways To Accentuate The Positive In Turbulent Moment

The Oscar nominations this week set off a new round of speculation about corporate image: Does it matter that Netflix’s potential Oscar take had dropped to 16 from 36 in 2020?

Peter Bart: Awards Speeches Could Use An Edit, But So Could Those Marathon Movies - deadline.com - Netflix
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20.01.2023 / 01:03

Peter Bart: Awards Speeches Could Use An Edit, But So Could Those Marathon Movies

The season of rambling acceptance speeches is at hand, prompting that nasty question: Why can’t award winners learn how to edit their gratitude? Or find an editor to help?

Peter Bart: Golden Globes And “Top Gov” Reveal Depths Of The Culture Chasm - deadline.com - Florida
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17.01.2023 / 00:27

Peter Bart: Golden Globes And “Top Gov” Reveal Depths Of The Culture Chasm

In his new ad campaign, former Navy prosecutor Ron DeSantis dons an aviator outfit replete with goggles, billing himself as “Top Gov” and spoiling for a dogfight against the liberal-leading media. Those who disagree with his positions are promptly dis-invited to future speeches or press conferences. 

Peter Bart: Could Awards-Season Galas Help Cure Hollywood’s Movie Malaise? - deadline.com - city Babylon
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06.01.2023 / 02:47

Peter Bart: Could Awards-Season Galas Help Cure Hollywood’s Movie Malaise?

The curtain is being raised Thursday night on what looks to be an idiosyncratic festival awards season, as organizers of the Palm Springs Gala to kick off the Palm Springs Film Festival with a hope that audiences somewhere, somehow, will start talking about movies.

Peter Bart: The State Of Dealmaking In Hollywood Is A Whole New Ballgame, Again - deadline.com - Hollywood
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30.12.2022 / 00:21

Peter Bart: The State Of Dealmaking In Hollywood Is A Whole New Ballgame, Again

A brilliant negotiator, Lew Wasserman was the ex-agent who presided over the vast MCA Universal media empire from his black tower. He favored black suits and austere offices and seemed to convey stress as he strolled about his kingdom.

Peter Bart: Prestige Filmmakers Get Personal This Awards Season, But Are Audiences Responding? - deadline.com - Hollywood - county Gray
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23.12.2022 / 00:19

Peter Bart: Prestige Filmmakers Get Personal This Awards Season, But Are Audiences Responding?

Avatar: The Way of Water‘s mega-publicized opening has brought movies back into the conversation, but movie-makers seem to have been lost in the mist. James Cameron’s persona is ablaze across the media but, by contrast, the very personal work of Sam Mendes, James Gray and even Steven Spielberg has done a fade-out in recent weeks.

Peter Bart: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Movies Represent Titanic Commitment In A Changing World - deadline.com
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16.12.2022 / 02:25

Peter Bart: James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ Movies Represent Titanic Commitment In A Changing World

When James Cameron delivered Avatar in 2009, none of us quite grasped that this was not a movie but a constellation of movies – one that will represent a multibillion-dollar investment in the coming years. One iteration is even booked for 2028.

Peter Bart: YouTube Stars Like MrBeast Now Invited To Hollywood’s Exclusive Party, But 100M Followers Might Prove Better Company - deadline.com
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09.12.2022 / 03:27

Peter Bart: YouTube Stars Like MrBeast Now Invited To Hollywood’s Exclusive Party, But 100M Followers Might Prove Better Company

Holiday parties are usually a mix of people and purposes but hosts this year are intent on cross-pollinating the stars of film with those of Hollywood’s exo planets – YouTube and TikTok. So will Robert DeNiro enjoy trading secrets this year with PewDiePie? What will Leonardo Di Caprio confide to MrBeast or Liza Kushy or Bryan Lourd to FaZeApex?

Peter Bart: Pre-Woke Royals Reveled In Hollywood Naughtiness, But The William-And-Kate Show Ducks Family Rivalries - deadline.com - London - Los Angeles - Los Angeles - Hollywood - Boston - Netflix
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04.12.2022 / 21:19

Peter Bart: Pre-Woke Royals Reveled In Hollywood Naughtiness, But The William-And-Kate Show Ducks Family Rivalries

Having just arrived in Los Angeles, Prince Philip faced a covey of reporters with photographers snapping away. “You asked about my mission to America,” he said. “The Queen and I are dedicated to helping the underprivileged. Mind you, we realize that an underprivileged child in Los Angeles is one who doesn’t have his own swimming pool.”

Peter Bart: Shakespearean Subplots Threaten Bob Iger’s Second Act - deadline.com
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02.12.2022 / 01:05

Peter Bart: Shakespearean Subplots Threaten Bob Iger’s Second Act

When Michael Eisner was making a ceremonial exit as Disney’s CEO in 2005 he acknowledged that the intrigues of succession had become “Shakespearean.” Rival corporate factions were vying for power. Some insiders were persuaded that Eisner never would actually depart.

Peter Bart: ‘She Said’ Team Should Have Investigated Hiring Oscar-Winning ‘Spotlight’ Writer - deadline.com - New York - New York - state Alaska - Boston - city Kazan - city Anchorage
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25.11.2022 / 22:09

Peter Bart: ‘She Said’ Team Should Have Investigated Hiring Oscar-Winning ‘Spotlight’ Writer

Tom McCarthy is a very clever writer who has succeeded in drawing audiences to a difficult genre: thrillers about newspapers. He won an Original Screenplay Oscar for Spotlight, made in 2015, was a riveting movie about how the Boston Globe exposed a cover-up involving a defrocked priest. His new ABC series Alaska Daily focuses on a hot New York journalist (Hilary Swank) who is exiled into covering crime in Anchorage.

Peter Bart: Upcoming Spielberg, Mendes & Gray Movies Could Teach Newly Troubled Tech Titans Some Old Tricks - deadline.com - county Gray
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18.11.2022 / 02:11

Peter Bart: Upcoming Spielberg, Mendes & Gray Movies Could Teach Newly Troubled Tech Titans Some Old Tricks

Three rite-of-passage movies are vying for attention this week at a moment when the rewards of maturity seem to be offering more gratification than the agonies of youth.

Peter Bart: Hollywood Honchos Are In A Likability Lull, But Does It Really Matter? - deadline.com - Los Angeles
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04.11.2022 / 03:35

Peter Bart: Hollywood Honchos Are In A Likability Lull, But Does It Really Matter?

I had just arrived at a small dinner party several years ago when a surprise guest, Johnny Carson, seated himself across from me and promptly invoked the dreaded “L” word. “We haven’t met before, so I should explain that I’m not a very ‘likable’ dinner companion,” he advised. “I’m paid to be entertaining on TV but dinner is a ‘no laugh’ zone.”

Peter Bart: Hollywood Studio Protectors Of Old Would Still Have Plenty To Do These Days - deadline.com - George - county Pitt
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28.10.2022 / 02:23

Peter Bart: Hollywood Studio Protectors Of Old Would Still Have Plenty To Do These Days

He spoke in a raspy monotone that was at once commanding, yet menacing. Howard Strickling officially was the public relations boss of MGM during its heyday, but his real responsibility, he would explain, was protection more than publicity.

Peter Bart: A Coat Of Paint On The Hollywood Sign Can‘t Obscure Industry’s Erosion Of Creative Courage - deadline.com - France - USA - Hollywood - city Mumbai - city Prague
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21.10.2022 / 02:13

Peter Bart: A Coat Of Paint On The Hollywood Sign Can‘t Obscure Industry’s Erosion Of Creative Courage

A team of painters were at work this week restoring the mega-photographed Hollywood sign, a mission that carries a perverse irony.

Peter Bart: An Autopsy Of Dead-On-Arrival ‘Amsterdam’ Reveals Worries For Other Grownup Fall Releases - deadline.com - USA - Nashville - city Amsterdam
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14.10.2022 / 00:06

Peter Bart: An Autopsy Of Dead-On-Arrival ‘Amsterdam’ Reveals Worries For Other Grownup Fall Releases

“Every movie needs a rabbi,” the great and grumpy Robert Altman once warned fellow filmmakers. “You need at least one important critic to champion your cause.”

Peter Bart: Academy Meetings Intense And Urgent As They Work To Re-Energize The Oscars - deadline.com - New York - county Douglas
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07.10.2022 / 03:19

Peter Bart: Academy Meetings Intense And Urgent As They Work To Re-Energize The Oscars

Cynics have tabbed them “The Doomsday Summits.” To believers, however, their mission is to re-energize the Oscars at a moment when award shows in general are in massive retreat.

‘Smile’ Sees $2M In Previews, ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Ends First Week With $25.5M+ – Box Office - deadline.com
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30.09.2022 / 18:59

‘Smile’ Sees $2M In Previews, ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Ends First Week With $25.5M+ – Box Office

Paramount’s horror movie Smile struck up $2M in Thursday night previews that started at 7 p.m., a figure that’s just above M. Night Shyamalan’s Old from summer 2021, which did $1.5M in its previews, and just under Universal/Blumhouse’s Black Phone Thursday previews which were $3M in June.

Peter Bart: Media Fervor Over Olivia Wilde’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Obstructs More Critical Inspection - deadline.com
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30.09.2022 / 01:42

Peter Bart: Media Fervor Over Olivia Wilde’s ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ Obstructs More Critical Inspection

Her first film was Booksmart, and her second should have been titled Mediasmart. Instead it’s Don’t Worry Darling, and it’s been a worry from the outset.

Peter Bart: British Monarchy Delivers On Crowd Appeal But Could Use Charisma Training & Financial Re-Think - deadline.com - Britain
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22.09.2022 / 22:23

Peter Bart: British Monarchy Delivers On Crowd Appeal But Could Use Charisma Training & Financial Re-Think

The TV ratings were celestial, the crowds unprecedented and the media downright reverential, so in purely show business terms the British monarchy’s new boss, King Charles III, should feel thrilled for having survived an historic week.

Peter Bart: Hollywood Stars Gets High Marks Returning To Fall Film Festivals And Hustling Their Wares - deadline.com - New York - county Harrison - county Ford
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16.09.2022 / 01:07

Peter Bart: Hollywood Stars Gets High Marks Returning To Fall Film Festivals And Hustling Their Wares

While the Emmys drew mixed reviews, the film festivals closed to strong applause this week, not only for their movies (we’d forgotten some) but for their star turnout (forgot a few of them, too).

Peter Bart: How To Survive In Hollywood? Vintage Stars Reveal Rules Of Combat In Hefty New AFI Book - deadline.com - USA - Hollywood
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09.09.2022 / 02:47

Peter Bart: How To Survive In Hollywood? Vintage Stars Reveal Rules Of Combat In Hefty New AFI Book

The rules of survival in Hollywood have always fascinated me. “Consistency is the key – always present yourself to studios as a total bitch,” Bette Davis once confided. “Never delude yourself into thinking that a star can become a loyal personal friend,” advised Billy Wilder. “Since studios always lie, a producer’s mandate is to come up with bigger lies,” said David O. Selznick.

Peter Bart: Cable News Needs To Recruit New Anchors Amid Fears Centrist Hosts Won’t Fly - deadline.com - Florida - Ukraine - county Wallace
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26.08.2022 / 00:25

Peter Bart: Cable News Needs To Recruit New Anchors Amid Fears Centrist Hosts Won’t Fly

News junkies this week are agitated over the disappearance of CNN’s Reliable Sources, but cable news network chiefs have a deeper concern: the disappearance of reliable anchors.

Peter Bart: For Actors, Emmy Season Highlights The Perils Of Walking The Woke Tightrope - deadline.com - Britain - Germany - city Philadelphia - county Harrison - county Ford
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18.08.2022 / 23:15

Peter Bart: For Actors, Emmy Season Highlights The Perils Of Walking The Woke Tightrope

As actors ponder their Emmy acceptance speeches for Sept 12, one wonders whether some incipient Adrian Lester envy might creep into their thoughts. Lester, the Black British actor, won a Tony nomination for playing both a German Jewish banker and a female character in The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway. At the Emmys, actors like Jennifer Coolidge and Steve Martin will likely win kudos for essentially playing themselves, with great aplomb.

Peter Bart: David Zaslav’s “Gap Year” Is Ending At A ‘Psycho’ Moment For The Entertainment Industry - deadline.com
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12.08.2022 / 00:37

Peter Bart: David Zaslav’s “Gap Year” Is Ending At A ‘Psycho’ Moment For The Entertainment Industry

David Zaslav is a busy man, but I think he would benefit from a meeting with Alfred Hitchcock. They had this in common: Facing cycles of disruption, each decided to call a “time out” to gain perspective and design new strategies.

Peter Bart: Podcasters Might Be The New Storytellers, But They Don’t Make For Very Good Stories - deadline.com - county Arthur - Netflix
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05.08.2022 / 01:31

Peter Bart: Podcasters Might Be The New Storytellers, But They Don’t Make For Very Good Stories

A growing number of consumers are defying the media maze by paying a visit to their neighborhood movie theaters. It’s simpler to buy a ticket than re-subscribing to Netflix or Disney+.

Peter Bart: Movie Academy Members Weigh Policy Shifts That May Push Hollywood Back Into The Culture Wars - deadline.com - New York - Florida
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22.07.2022 / 23:01

Peter Bart: Movie Academy Members Weigh Policy Shifts That May Push Hollywood Back Into The Culture Wars

Hollywood is spending a lot of time and money in its effort to steer around the culture wars, but some contend it’s a hopeless mission: A growing sector of society is so polarized that “left” and “right” have melted into a blur. Hence a same-sex kiss between Lightyear power rangers stirs angst in Florida and bans in the Middle East, while Elon Musk goes viral when he confusingly announces he’s no longer “a liberal” (he’s still the world’s richest man).

Peter Bart: Great Dealmakers Don’t Usually Make Great Movies, But They Could Learn From Hollywood’s Past - deadline.com - Hollywood - Netflix
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15.07.2022 / 04:23

Peter Bart: Great Dealmakers Don’t Usually Make Great Movies, But They Could Learn From Hollywood’s Past

Where do great movies come from? When Netflix started creating its own shows a decade ago, Ted Sarandos and his colleagues put that question to select creatives around town. It was a smart exercise – but most respondents insisted there was no answer.

Peter Bart: Can Hollywood Make A Patriotic Movie Anymore? - deadline.com - Germany - Japan - Hungary
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08.07.2022 / 01:09

Peter Bart: Can Hollywood Make A Patriotic Movie Anymore?

With our nation increasingly divided, several media gurus over the July 4 break decreed that Hollywood owed filmgoers a “feel-good-about-America” movie. Something unifying and patriotic, like a contemporary Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Peter Bart: Streamer And Agency Layoffs Leave Hollywood Feeling Extra Ruthless - deadline.com - Netflix
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01.07.2022 / 01:23

Peter Bart: Streamer And Agency Layoffs Leave Hollywood Feeling Extra Ruthless

“It was like a palace of pitching. There’s never been any place like it.”

Peter Bart: Opportunity & Disaster Loom Side By Side For Indie Films, Especially In Theaters - deadline.com
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09.06.2022 / 23:23

Peter Bart: Opportunity & Disaster Loom Side By Side For Indie Films, Especially In Theaters

“Unless you happen to be Tom Cruise, launching a new movie today is a study in frustration. Or self-destruction.”

Peter Bart: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Revived Box Office, But Faceless Villains & Formulaic Plot Pale Compared To Great War Films Like ‘The Best Years Of Our Lives’ - deadline.com
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02.06.2022 / 23:47

Peter Bart: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Revived Box Office, But Faceless Villains & Formulaic Plot Pale Compared To Great War Films Like ‘The Best Years Of Our Lives’

Having paid my $8.50 to see Top Gun: Maverick last weekend, my local cineplex inadvertently improved my appreciation of the film. For three minutes the sound clicked off and, minus dialogue, I was instantly caught up in the soaring jets, hyper-caffeinated cast and the durable charisma of its star. Then sound returned, the story unfolded and reality set in: This is not really a plot but a superbly crafted business plan, half video game and half military recruitment film. It’s the perfect structure for a Tom Cruise genre-bashing blockbuster.

Peter Bart: After ‘Top Gun: Maverick’s Setbacks And Delays, Its Star Is Back In Cruise Control - deadline.com - Britain - New York
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26.05.2022 / 22:43

Peter Bart: After ‘Top Gun: Maverick’s Setbacks And Delays, Its Star Is Back In Cruise Control

It was an intimate cocktail party. Tom Cruise wore a cheerful smile so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to test it. “For someone who’s just been fired, you look very happy,” I said. “Sumner Redstone figured you would be angry by the press release.”

Peter Bart: It’s Back To The Future For The Box Office If ‘Top Gun’ Sequel Hits Stratosphere - deadline.com - New York - Los Angeles
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20.05.2022 / 00:35

Peter Bart: It’s Back To The Future For The Box Office If ‘Top Gun’ Sequel Hits Stratosphere

Box office is big news this week, not so much for its totals as for its totemic significance. Throngs will greet Top Gun: Maverick, but will kids join the grownups to see a nearly 60 year-old actor starring in a sequel to a 36 year-old hit? At the other end of the audience spectrum, will seniors conquer their torpor to catch the new Downton and even lure their kids – the movie is dubiously titled Downton Abbey: A New Era to motivate the youth quadrant.

Emma Thompson Hires Sex Worker in ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ Trailer – Film News in Brief - variety.com - USA
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16.05.2022 / 20:55

Emma Thompson Hires Sex Worker in ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ Trailer – Film News in Brief

The American Cinematheque has announced David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, is the newest addition to the group’s board of directors.Zaslav spearheaded the recent transaction between AT&T and Discovery, Inc.

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