Amy Pascal is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. The former head of Sony Pictures was instrumental in making the deal that returned Peter Parker to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When I was on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming, it seemed clear that her producer credit was not just a title – she was on set behind the monitor, playing a very active role in the creative decisions of the reboot.
But I was most surprised at how down-to-earth Pascal seemed, how honest some of her answers were and how self-deprecating she was about the previous Spider-Man installments (made under her leadership) that weren’t considered home runs. She realizes that this current situation, where Sony and Disney get to “share” Spidey, rarely ever happens in Hollywood, and seems very grateful to have been part of orchestrating it.
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Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
After much fuss, Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters finally had its world premiere in Hollywood this past weekend and rolls out to U.S. theaters this coming weekend. Early reviews have been mixed to positive (you can read ours here), and if all goes well, we could be seeing a lot more of the rebooted Ghostbusters in the future. Producer Amy Pascal says the newly revived franchise will be “endless,” which of course is the goal of pretty much every mainstream blockbuster franchise these days.
But before we even get there, we’ll have a longer version of Feig’s Ghostbusters coming our way. The director says Ghostbusters will get an extended home video cut that’ll run 15-17 minutes longer than the theatrical version.
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Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2016 by Angie Han
Aaron Sorkin is the rare screenwriter whose work is as instantly recognizable as any auteur director’s. Steve Jobs was described as an Aaron Sorkin movie just as often, if not more, as it was a Danny Boyle movie. The distinct rat-a-tat patter of his dialogue has also been heard in films by the likes of David Fincher (The Social Network) and Mike Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War).
But now Sorkin’s going to go from just writing movies, to directing them. The Oscar-winning scribe is preparing to make his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, based on Molly Bloom‘s memoir about her years running an underground poker ring that catered to the Hollywood elite. Read More »
Even if you’re just a casual fan of video games, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the controversy known as Gamergate. Without getting into the finer details, it’s basically an online movement that originated online in August of 2014 that is said to be about ethics in game journalism, but has come under fire for pushing forth sexism in the video game industry.
It all began when game designer Zoe Quinn became the target of an online group after a disparaging blog post about her by an ex-boyfriend went viral in the video game community. Over a year later, it has turned into a provocative and eye-opening look at video game culture, the changing profile of what is a “gamer” and the inner-workings of the game industry. And now that story has proven to be intriguing enough for a potential Gamergate movie. Read More »
Back in the year 2000, director Steven Spielberg had been slated to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but he passed on the project, opting to take his career in a different direction by taking on both A.I. Artificial Intelligence (check out a recent visual study of the film) and Minority Report (which is being turned into a TV series). That left the opportunity open for Chris Columbus to step in and launch the franchise as well as directing the sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
But Chris Columbus nearly directed another huge franchise around the same time instead of Harry Potter. Did you know that Chris Columbus was previously the frontrunner to direct Spider-Man before Sam Raimi got the job? Find out more about how we almost got a Chris Columbus Spider-Man movie after the jump! Read More »
This morning, I retweeted a tweet from Amy Kaufman from the Los Angeles Times noting that the all-media screening of Cameron Crowe’s Aloha is set for May 26th, reviews are embargoed until May 28th in the afternoon pacific time, with the movie being released nationwide less than a day later on May 29th. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a good sign for a movie from a filmmaker who is known to create audience pleasing dramedies. But is it fair to judge a movie based on a studio’s apparent lack of faith in a movie?
I explore the reported trouble behind Aloha and try to explore this question, after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
Louisa May Alcott‘s Little Women are getting another big picture. Sony is moving forward with a new adaptation of the classic novel, about four sisters growing up in the post-Civil War era. Amy Pascal will produce and Sarah Polley will write the script. Get all the details on the Little Women remake after the jump. Read More »
[Additional reporting by Germain Lussier]
It happened: Sony admitted it needed help with Spider-Man, and went to Marvel for an assist. The character will be re-cast, and the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel Studios movie, with a new Sony film to follow in 2017. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is a producer on the new Sony film, along with former Sony head Amy Pascal, and the door is open for other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) characters to appear in Sony’s effort. This is the situation fans have hoped to see for several years, or something close to it, anyway. But the news also raises many questions. What will the new version of Spider-Man look like? What about Sony’s plans for other movies? We address those questions and many more below. Read More »
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Sony Pictures and Disney have officially announced that Marvel Studios will produce the next Spider-Man movie. Feel that? Marvel fans around the world are jumping up and down with excitement as they will finally get to see Peter Parker join the Marvel Cinematic Universe and possibly share the screen with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America. Read more about the Spiderman Marvel Studios announcement after the jump.
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Amy Pascal is stepping down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and as chairman of Sony’s Motion Picture Group. Her profile was battered last year when the hack of Sony servers revealed email conversations between Pascal and producers and execs. And while the official line is that Pascal’s transition has been in the works for a while (which might not surprise those who have paid attention to Sony’s troubles over the past couple years) the broad supposition is that this change is directly related to the hacks. Pascal will stay on at Sony in a producing capacity, launching her own production shingle on the Sony lot.
New studio leadership can directly affect the sort of movies that are produced by the company so we’ll be curious to see how this affects some of Sony’s biggest assets, such as Spider-Man. And in this case, Pascal will be a producer on Ghostbusters and future Spider-Man films, though how that affects the projects remains to be seen. Read More »