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Box Office: ‘Elvis’ Earns $3.5M in Previews; ‘Black Phone’ Rings Up $3M

Warner Bros.’ biopic Elvis — starring Austin Butler as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll — started off its domestic box office run with $3.5 million in Thursday previews. Blumhouse and Universal’s latest horror offering, The Black Phone, also began opening Thursday and wasn’t far behind Elvis, ringing up $3 million in previews (horror is […]

Zoe Kravitz to Star in, Produce Heist Thriller ‘The Sundance Kid Might Have Some Regrets’ for Warners (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. has come out on top of a bidding war to pick up The Sundance Kid Might Have Some Regrets, a short story adaptation package that has Zoë Kravitz attached to star and produce. Matt Jackson of Jackson Pictures, who recently produced the Chris Pine thriller All the Old Knives, will also produce, while […]

Genndy Tartakovsky Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. Animation

Genndy Tartakovsky is putting down roots at Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios. The Emmy-winning creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory has signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. Animation and its corporate sibling Cartoon Network Studios. Under the pact, Tartakovsky will create and develop new projects for a variety of platforms that […]

Bill Prady Returns to Warner Bros. TV With First-Look Deal

Bill Prady, the co-creator of one of television’s most successful comedies in the past few decades, is returning to the studio behind it. The Big Bang Theory alum has signed a new multiple-year, first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television, the Channing Dungey-led studio that Prady had called home until 2020 when he signed with Netflix. […]

‘Charmed’ Reboot Staff Fires Back After Original Series Writer’s “Imposters” Dig

Writers for the Charmed reboot didn’t hold back after a perceived insult from someone who worked on the original series. Curtis Kheel, who wrote for the first Charmed series that premiered on The WB in 1998 and ran for eight seasons, took to Twitter on Saturday to respond to a news story about the reboot’s […]

Steve Spira Nears Return as Warner Bros.’ Business Affairs Chief (Exclusive)

Longtime studio dealmaker Steve Spira is finalizing his return to Warner Bros., taking on the mantle he held once before: president of business affairs. Spira parted ways with Warners in November 2020. He first joined the studio in 1985 and quickly rose up the ranks. In his 35 years there, he oversaw massive talent deals […]

Carolyn Blackwood Exits Warner Bros. Amid Ongoing Shake-Up

Warner Bros. Motion Pictures Group COO Carolyn Blackwood is exiting her post. Blackwood’s departure was widely expected after new owner Warner Bros. Discovery announced last week that movie studio chief Toby Emmerich, her boss and longtime confidant, would be stepping down. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav wants a new start, and has tapped Michael […]

Looney Tunes Will Be Next Warner Bros. IP to Get NFT Treatment (Exclusive)

Bored Apes, Cryptopunks and … Tweety birds? Warner Bros. is continuing its experimentation in the NFT (non-fungible token) business, with the characters from Looney Tunes being the next company IP to get the NFT treatment. The company is once again working with the NFT platform Nifty’s on the project, which will be called “Looney Tunes: […]

Village Roadshow’s Lawsuit Against Warner Bros. Over ‘Matrix Resurrections’ Sent to Arbitration

The legal battle waged by Village Roadshow accusing Warner Bros. of tanking the value of The Matrix Resurrections is about to go dark. The judge overseeing the case sided with Warner Bros. on Thursday in an unpublished tentative ruling that the lawsuit should be moved to arbitration. In light of the order, Village Roadshow moved […]

Austin Butler and Tom Hanks in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’: Film Review | Cannes 2022

The King of Rock and Roll gets suitably electrified biopic treatment in this kinetic vision of his life and career through the eyes of the financial abuser who controlled him.

Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette, Mark Ruffalo Join Robert Pattinson in Bong Joon Ho’s Sci-Fi Movie

Parasite Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho is filling out the cast for his next movie. Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette and Mark Ruffalo are joining Robert Pattinson in the untitled sci-fi pic for Warner Bros. Pictures based on Edward Ashton’s forthcoming novel Mickey7. Ruffalo and Collette are understood to be in talks to join the film, […]

Upfront Dispatches: The CW Stands Alone

After four days of hype, sizzle reels, data and an unexpected abundance of celebrity profanity, there’s not much left to be said about the 2022 upfront presentations. So, it felt more than fitting that things wrapped up on Thursday morning with a sales pitch from a single broadcast network that’s up for sale itself. The […]