Ryan Reynolds Honored by Blake Lively, Will Ferrell at American Cinematheque Awards
“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love an evening devoted entirely to me,” Ryan Reynolds joked when receiving his American Cinematheque Award in Los Angeles on Thursday night, and love it or not that’s exactly what he got. The actor was the 36th recipient of the prestigious honor and was celebrated with an […]
‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Directors Sign Five-Year Pact With Universal
Just as their film Everything Everywhere All at Once passes $100 million at the global box office, becoming the biggest commercial success for indie outfit A24, directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert are signing a long-term pact with Universal. The duo (known as the Daniels) and their producer, Jonathan Wang, have inked a five-year exclusive […]
Universal Boss Donna Langley Made a Dame by Prince Charles
Donna Langley is officially a dame. More specifically, she’s a Dame Commander of the British Empire. The U.K.-born Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chair first received the title — the second highest honour in the British order of chivalry — from Queen Elizabeth in her 2020 New Year’s Honors List, but had to wait for the […]
SXSW: Donna Langley on How Universal Grabbed Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’
The early months of the pandemic saw Universal Pictures bobbing and weaving like much of the industry, moving big franchises (Fast & Furious), restarting large productions (Jurassic World) and sending movies to PVOD (Trolls World Tour) — not to mention, shortening the theatrical window for titles to as little as 17 days. During a conversation […]
Universal Chair: Expect Box Office to Be “Down By 20 Percent” of Pre-COVID Grosses For Awhile
Universal chair Donna Langley says that the film industry is continuing to dodge and weave what the COVID-19 pandemic throws at it, but that the “new normal,” whatever it ends up being, would have happened even without a virus shutting down movie theaters across the globe. “I think the industry is in this moment of […]
Universal Ups Peter Levinsohn to Vice Chair & Chief Distribution Officer
Peter Levinsohn has been promoted to vice chairman and chief distribution officer of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group.
Watch Hollywood Reporter’s Full Studio Chief Summit With Execs From Netflix, Amazon, Sony and More
Toby Emmerich (Warner Bros.), Donna Langley (Universal), Jim Gianopulos (Paramount), Alan Horn (Disney), Tom Rothman (Sony), Jennifer Salke (Amazon) and Scott Stuber (Netflix) join for a first-ever gathering of the top film executives.
How Elizabeth Banks and Donna Langley Formed a Rare Hollywood Alliance: “We Always Were Problem-Solving Together”
A scarcity of women in executive suites and director's chairs means there are few parallels to the relationship between the 'Charlie's Angels' helmer and Universal Pictures chair.
Jordan Peele, Universal’s Donna Langley Weigh In on Marvel Debate
Martin Scorsese's declaration that Marvel films aren't cinema has prompted responses from Bob Iger, Roger Corman and now Jordan Peele and Universal's Donna Langley.
Studio Chief Summit: All 7 Top Film Executives, One Room, Nothing Off-Limits (and No Easy Answers)
For the first time, all major studio heads — Paramount's Jim Gianopulos, Disney's Alan Horn, Warner Bros.' Toby Emmerich, Universal's Donna Langley, Sony's Tom Rothman, Amazon's Jennifer Salke and Netflix's Scott Stuber — gather for The Hollywood Reporter's Executive Roundtable.
Ed Sheeran, Lily James, Himesh Patel Hit Yellow Carpet for London’s ‘Yesterday’ Premiere
Kate McKinnon, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Hinesh Patel, director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis attended the yellow carpet premiere for 'Yesterday.'
Universal’s Donna Langley Unveils Executive Team
In her new role as Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman, Donna Langley on Thursday announced several promotions and new appointments to her team.