Claudia Eller

Nov. 23, 2010 | 1:19 a.m.

‘Tangled’ may close the book on Disney princess films

The end of an era at Disney? It sounds like it in this report by  Dawn C. Chmielewski and Claudia Eller. This is an excerpt from their front-page story in the Los Angeles Times. Once upon a time, there was a studio in Burbank that spun classic fairy tales into silver-screen gold. But now the curtain is falling on “princess movies,” which have been a part of Disney Animation’s heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, “Snow White.” The studio’s Wednesday release of “Tangled,” a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney’s animation group for the foreseeable future. “Films and genres do run a course,” said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull, who along with director John Lasseter oversees Disney Animation. “They may come back later because someone has a […]
Nov. 07, 2010 | 7:39 a.m.

Steven Spielberg wanted to make ‘Harry Potter’ an animated franchise

On the front page of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times you can read a Hollywood history of the “Harry Potter” property that I wrote with Claudia Eller, the business reporter who knows everybody who is anybody in the film industry. One of the many pearls that Eller brought to the collaboration was a fascinating insight into the early days of the brand — back when Steven Spielberg was still very much in the mix to guide “Potter” to the screen.  Here’s an excerpt from that section: Warner Bros. secured the rights for four “Harry Potter” novels for about $2 million. At that point, only the first book was on shelves in England and none had reached America. Warner Bros. tried to get a financial partner on the project, reaching out to studios including Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks, which passed. Once the books became a […]
Nov. 07, 2010 | 5:35 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’ countdown: Hollywood will look back on franchise as magic moment

A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today’s post: This is a longer version of the front-page story I have in today’s Los Angeles Times, which was written with Claudia Eller, easily one of the most respected business reporters in Hollywood. On a sticky June night just outside London, the magic finally came to an end for the cast and crew of the “Harry Potter” movies. After a decade together, the small army that has been the busiest in British filmmaking wrapped the final shoot of the last “Potter” production. The green-screen scene featuring the now world-famous main characters — a trio of […]
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