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  1. Universal's "100-Year Flood": What's Behind the Historic 2015 at the Box Office?

    5:00 am 8/19/2015

    'Straight Outta Compton' is just the latest bonanza for a studio riding high on a diverse slate, savvy marketing, "and then it's just luck."Read more

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  2. Universal's Donna Langley: 'Fifty Shades' Sequel Will Be "More of a Thriller"

    12:37 pm 4/29/2015

    "Failure is a great learning tool," the studio's chairman said at THR's annual Power Lawyers breakfast of the road to her recent box-office successes.Read more

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  3. Elizabeth Banks' $200 Million Path to Directing 'Pitch Perfect 2'

    9:00 am 4/29/2015

    After producing the surprise smash original — and playing more than 70 different characters — the star of 'Hunger Games' now hungers for something else: a place among Hollywood's most exclusive club — female directors. Says Banks: "This is the test. And I like to get A's."Read more

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  4. 'Fast 8' Nowhere Near Starting Line

    5:00 am 4/8/2015

    Yes, it’s inevitable, but Universal will need more horsepower as it contends with no script, a cast in contract limbo and its two smash directors not quite at the ready.Read more

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  5. Michael De Luca Exits Sony for Universal Producing Deal

    5:53 pm 4/2/2015

    Leaving Sony's executive suite behind, the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' producer is shifting to a producer deal at Universal.Read more

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  6. Studio Profitability Report: Who's Up and Who's Down

    5:00 am 3/20/2015

    'Frozen' fever and Marvel moolah helped deliver $1.7 billion in 2014 as Disney topples Warner Bros., Paramount increases box office and Sony stumbles on 'Spider-Man' in THR's annual breakdown of money at the major studios.Read more

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  7. 'Fifty Shades' Stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan to Seek Seven-Figure Raises for Sequel

    6:30 am 3/11/2015

    The duo, who each made $250,000 for the first film, will try to renegotiate a huge salary bump as the sequel still lacks a writer or director and likely won't arrive until 2017.Read more

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  8. 'Fifty Shades' of Cray: The Inside Story of a Director, EL James and Their Squabbles

    11:00 am 2/11/2015

    Helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson likely won't be back for a second film after an "incredibly painful process" with the trilogy's author and a big clash over the film's "safe word" ending.Read more

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  9. 'Wedding Ringer' Producer Will Packer Reveals the Power Lunch Spot Where He Signed New Universal Deal

    9:00 am 1/23/2015

    Meeting with Universal's Donna Langley, Packer says, "Our first lunch was great, and we hugged at the end. There was this understanding that we were going to be in business together."Read more

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  10. Making of 'Unbroken': Angelina Jolie Fought "Uphill Battle" in Bringing True Story to Screen

    10:00 am 12/18/2014

    Shooting the $65 million epic about the life of Olympian-turned-World War II pilot Louis Zamperini wasn't easy, but cutting the film was hand-to-hand combat: "Editing was like spending time with Louis, so I didn't want to let it go"Read more

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