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Irving Thalberg’s 1934 Column: “The Future of the Director”

On May 31, 1934, The Hollywood Reporter published a special issue devoted to directing. The edition kicked off with prolific MGM producer Irving Thalberg’s essay “The Future of the…

Vera Caspary’s 1934 Column: “Don’t Write Originals!”

Vera Caspary writes: "A lot of people think that the writing and selling of originals, but particularly the selling, requires a secret almost as precious as the secret of the alchemist's stone."

‘Waterworld’: THR’s 1995 Review

On July 28, 1995, Universal unveiled its producer-star Kevin Costner's expansive epic Waterworld in theaters. The pricey film stumbled domestically but nevertheless made $264 million globally during i…

‘Mission: Impossible II’: THR’s 2000 Review

On May 24, 2000, Paramount unveiled John Woo’s Mission: Impossible II in theaters. The Tom Cruise spy franchise starrer went on to gross $546 million during its global run. The Hollywood Reporter‘s or…

‘Shrek’: THR’s 2001 Review

On May 18, 2001, Dreamworks unveiled Shrek in theaters. The animated satire would go on to gross $484 million globally, launch a slew of sequels and nab an Oscar for best animated feature at the…

‘Crimson Tide’: THR’s 1995 Review

On May 12, 1995, Buena Vista unveiled its war thriller Crimson Tide in theaters. The film, starring Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, went on to gross $157 million globally during its run…

‘While You Were Sleeping’: THR’s 1995 Review

On April 21, 1995, Buena Vista unveiled the Sandra Bullock rom-com While You Were Sleeping in theaters, where it would go on to gross $182 million globally. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is…

‘Muriel’s Wedding’: THR’s 1994 Review

On March 31, 1995, ten months after Muriel's Wedding screened at the Cannes Film Festival, Miramax brought it to theaters nationwide, where the dramedy starring Toni Collette would go on to gross…

‘The Devil’s Own’: THR’s 1997 Review

On March 26, 1997, Sony Pictures unveiled the Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt thriller The Devil's Own in theaters, where it would go on to gross $140 million during its run. The Hollywood Reporter's orig…

‘High Fidelity’: THR’s 2000 Review

On March 17, 2000, John Cusack brought High Fidelity to Austin for its premiere at the South by Southwest Festival. The film, based on the Nick Hornsby novel, ended up grossing $47 million worldwide a…

‘The House of Rothschild’: THR’s 1934 Review

On March 14, 1934, 20th Century Pictures held the premiere of Alfred Werker’s The House of Rothschild at the Astor Theater in New York. The film, which centered on the European banking family circa…

‘Outbreak’: THR’s 1995 Review

On March 10, 1995, Warner Bros. unveiled Wolfgang Petersen's Outbreak in theaters nationwide. The drama would go on to gross $189 million globally by the end of its theatrical run. The…