Nov. 23, 2010 | 1:19 a.m.
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.
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.
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 […]