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Dan Fellman, the outgoing distribution president at Warner Bros., is a big New York Yankees fan. Coincidentally, his studio has for years been the Bronx Bombers of the movie industry, spending more than other studios and taking big swings at blockbuster projects that bring in home runs. But not this year. Of the 21 movies Warner Bros. has rolled out in 2015, only two have made more than $100 million domestically: the Dwayne Johnson earthquake epic “San Andreas” and George Miller‘s long-gestating sequel “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The studio’s top five films have grossed less than half than those each of. »
- Todd Cunningham
Fire up the Mystery Machine! Scooby-Doo and his crime-busting pals will soon embark on a brand new comedy adventure, as Warner Bros. Pictures prepares to bring the beloved Hanna-Barbera franchise back to theaters on September 21, 2018. The announcement was made jointly today by Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Scooby-Doo film reunites Oscar-nominated producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle (American Hustle), who previously produced the Studio's hugely successful live-action features Scooby Doo and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. Joining them is BAFTA Award-winning producer Allison Abbate (The Iron Giant), who produced the Oscar-nominated features The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie.
It was 11 years ago that Warner Bros. last tried to deliver a successful Scooby-Doo movie into cinemas – and they would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for all that pesky live-action business. For we all know that the Scooby Gang works best in animation – and it would seem that the studio behind the legendary cartoon has come to accept this, too. Warner Bros. has now confirmed that an animated Scooby-Doo film will arrive in theatres in 2018.
Scooby-Doo was created in 1969 by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, and was conceived as a Saturday morning cartoon about four teenage friends and their titular talking Great Dane. The group works together to solve mysteries that appear, on the surface, to involve elements of the supernatural. The show has continued in various guises, on and off, for thirty six years, and has enjoyed enduring fandom and popularity across generations of children and adults. »
- Sarah Myles
Scooby-Doo and his crime-busting pals will soon embark on a brand new comedy adventure, as Warner Bros. Pictures prepares to bring the beloved Hanna-Barbera franchise back to theaters on September 21, 2018.
The announcement was made jointly today by Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The film reunites Oscar-nominated producers Charles Roven and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”), who previously produced the Studio’s hugely successful live-action features “Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.”
- Michelle McCue
Back in March it was revealed that Steven Spielberg is to direct an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s cult sci-fi book Ready Player One, and now its been revealed that Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and DreamWorks have set a December 15th 2017 release date for the film.
“Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution.
Ready Player One takes place in 2044 and follows a teenager called Wade Watts, who spends his time in the Oasis, a virtual world which offers an escape from his dystopian surroundings. Before his death, the creator of the virtual reality game offered up his company to any player who could locate a hidden Easter egg, and Wade sets out to succeed where millions have failed, tracking »
- Gary Collinson
The game is on in 2017. Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures’ Ready Player One – the already much-anticipated sci-fi action adventure, to be directed by Steven Spielberg – has been slated for release on December 15, 2017.
The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution; Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution; and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
A three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) is directing Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
The film is being produced by Spielberg; Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner; Dan Farah; and Spielberg’s longtime colleague Kristie Macosko Krieger; with Bruce Berman serving as executive producer. De Line and Farah originally brought the project to Warner Bros.
- Melissa Thompson
The Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and DreamWorks release is based on the buzzy Ernest Cline book of the same name. Spielberg, Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce, with Bruce Berman serving as exec producer.
“Any film from Steven Spielberg is an event film, so it felt right to date this thrilling new project from one of our greatest filmmakers for the holiday season,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, in a release.
Cline’s novel, published in 2011, follows the rise of virtual reality universe the Oasis, which humans living in the not-too-distant future begin to value above the real world. Zak Penn adapted the story for the screen.
Spielberg’s latest pic, Tom Hanks starrer “Bridge of Spies,” bows in October.
- Marianne Zumberge
As Warner Bros. distribution veteran Dan Fellman leaves the fray after four decades, as planned, the studio has named Sue Kroll, a 21-year-studio veteran who currently runs worldwide marketing and international distribution, to run North American distribution as well. This secures Kroll's position as an effective executive during a time when Warners has suffered at the box office, from femme comedy “Hot Pursuit" and HBO sequel "Entourage" to the sequel to "Magic Mike," "Xxl," and the Wachowskis' sci-fi epic "Jupiter Ascending." Recent hits include Dwayne Johnson actioner “San Andreas” and comedy “Get Hard," while George Miller's “Mad Max: Fury Road” was a too-expensive success d'estime beloved by critics that may show legs at Oscar time. Sequel "Vacation" is expected to perform this weekend. In fact, it's international distribution head Veronika Kwan Vandenberg who will assume Fellman’s job (now »
- Anne Thompson
Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll will take over domestic oversight duties when the studio’s veteran distribution chief Dan Fellman exits at the end of the year, the studio said Wednesday. Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. International distribution chief Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will take over Fellman’s day-to-day responsibilities, continuing to report to Kroll. Her title will be president of domestic and international distribution. The moves consolidate the studio’s domestic and international film distribution into a global function and were announced Wednesday by Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, »
- Todd Cunningham
In a key leadership transition, Warner Bros. worldwide marketing and international distribution chief Sue Kroll is expanding her duties, as domestic distribution head Dan Fellman prepares to step down after nearly four decades at the Burbank studio.
Kroll will become president of worldwide distribution, adding North America to her portfolio. As part of the management shift, international distribution chief Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will take over Fellman’s day-to-day responsibilities, continuing to report to Kroll. Her title will be president of worldwide distribution.
Fellman, who will stay on until the end of the year and then consult for the studio and other clients, is widely respected both within the creative and exhibition communities, and is considered an effective broker in the disagreements that periodically flare-up between studios and theater owners over movie terms. He has been with the studio since 1978, overseeing the successful releases of such hits as “The Dark Knight” trilogy, »
- Brent Lang and James Rainey
George Clooney was among the actors who paid tribute to his “Ocean’s Eleven” producer.
“In the coming days there will be tributes about our friend Jerry Weintraub. We’ll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments,” Clooney said in a statement. “And in the years to come the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it. But not today. Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal and I send our love. And to those who didn’t know him we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him.”
Clooney’s “Ocean’s Eleven” co-star Don Cheadle also honored the producer. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The box-office numbers for “Magic Mike Xxl” — which took in $12 million over the weekend — were underwhelming except for one: the audience was 96 percent female. The low-budget Warner Bros. sequel about male strippers featured hunky stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and Adam Rodriguez doing their groove thing in thongs, so it’s not a shock it played strongly with women — but 96 percent? “The only movie I recall with numbers like that was ‘Sex and the City’,” said Dan Fellman, who heads domestic distribution for Warner Bros., the studio responsible “Xxl” as well as 2008’s Satc release — »
- Todd Cunningham
With Paramount’s Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi epic “Terminator: Genisys” and Warner Bros.’ male stripper tale “Magic Mike: Xxl” opening Wednesday and holdovers “Jurassic World” and ‘Inside Out” still going strong, there should be plenty of fireworks at the box office over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Think of the four movies as Roman candles — all expected to land in the $50 million range for the five days — with fuses lit at the same time. One will burn a little hotter and faster than the others, and skyrocket higher than the others. “We have a good shot,” said Dan Fellman, »
- Todd Cunningham
Breaking an industry record, Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Friday that it expected to exceed $1 billion at the domestic box office, becoming the only studio ever to reach that benchmark 15 years in a row. It is also the fastest the Studio has ever climbed to the billion dollar sum. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Studio surpasses the billion dollar mark on the strength of a range of films, beginning with the carryover of two blockbuster 2014 releases: Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (with Village Roadshow Pictures) and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (with New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures). Warner Bros. has more recently scored major hits with Brad Peyton’s San Andreas (with New Line Cinema), starring Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino; George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road (with Village Roadshow Pictures), starring »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. has crossed the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office, the studio announced Friday. The studio now becomes the only one to ever reach that benchmark 15 years in a row. It is also the fastest the studio has ever climbed to the billion dollar sum. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution of Warner Bros. Pictures. The studio surpassed the billion dollar mark on the strength of a range of films, beginning with the carryover of two blockbuster 2014 releases: Clint Eastwood‘s “American Sniper” (with Village Roadshow Pictures) and Peter Jackson‘s “The Hobbit: The Battle. »
- Joe Otterson
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ Mad Max: Fury Road is continuing to draw moviegoers around the globe, now surpassing $300 million at the worldwide box office. The announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Directed, written and produced by George Miller, the feature marks the filmmaker’s return to the post-apocalyptic landscape of his iconic Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Domestically, the movie has held firm at the box office since its opening, earning $125.1 million to date.
The widely praised film is also still pulling in big crowds overseas, so far taking in an estimated $177 million at the international box office for a worldwide total of more than $302 million and counting.
Read Tom Stockman’s review Here.
In making the announcement, Fellman said, “‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ has proven to be a hit with followers of »
- Michelle McCue
That was on the lower end of projections for the Fox espionage satire, which wraps globe-trotting intrigue in cat sweaters, but it was enough to dislodge last week’s champ, “San Andreas,” from its first place perch. The Warner Bros. disaster movie secured a second place berth with $26.4 million, and has rumbled its way to a domestic total of $99 million in two weeks of release.
Overall, a weekend that saw three box office newcomers failed to generate enough heat to lift ticket sales to year-ago numbers when “Fault in Our Stars” debuted to $48 million. That’s the third straight week of declines, but the streak will likely snap next weekend when “Jurassic World” is projected to roar to more than $100 million.
“I’m still holding out for a record summer, »
- Brent Lang
Dwayne Johnson’s “San Andreas” has delivered a dominating $53.2 million opening weekend at 3,777 U.S. locations, soaring past recent forecasts of a $40 million launch for the Warner Bros.-New Line 3D disaster pic.
“San Andreas” took in more than five times the $10 million opening of Sony’s romantic comedy “Aloha,” which arrived at 2,815 sites amid extensive negative buzz — which overcame the star power of Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer noted that “Aloha,” launched as a counterprogrammer to “San Andreas,” received a B+ CinemaScore among adults 25-34; the audience was 64% female with 57% of the audience over 30.
“San Andreas” underlines Johnson’s drawing power in the wake of being a key component of Universal’s “Furious 7″ and its $1.5 billion worldwide gross. He’s been front and center in the promotion for “San Andreas,” where he plays a heroic helicopter pilot seeking to rescue his daughter, »
- Dave McNary
Fans flocked to theaters this weekend to see "Mad Max: Fury Road," a reboot of the classic apocalyptic action series, dropping a collective $44.4 million at the domestic box office on the long-in-the-works flick. Based on those numbers, it seems that a sequel to the reenergized franchise is a no-brainer, and now, director George Miller himself has stated that audiences will be seeing more "Max" in the future.
Miller, who just joined Twitter this weekend, didn't mince words with his first tweet ever, thanking fans and critics alike for the love, and revealing that a follow-up is indeed in the works. "We had a lot of fun making it..and there's more Max to come," Miller wrote on Sunday evening.
Hello Twitter! Thanks for all the kind words written and said about the film. We had a lot of fun making it..and there's more Max to come.
- George Miller »
- Katie Roberts
Riding on rave reviews and huge anticipation around the globe, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ Mad Max: Fury Road thundered at the worldwide box office with an opening weekend of more than $109.4 million, making it the #1 new release at the global box office.
It is also the biggest opening ever for director George Miller and is already the highest grossing of all the “Mad Max” films. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
George Miller’s return to the world of “Mad Max” was a major draw overseas, where it earned an aggregate estimated $65 million in 68 territories on 16,900 screens. It was #1 at the box office in almost 40 territories, including Australia, the birthplace of the post-apocalyptic anti-hero, as well as such key markets as France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Korea, all of Scandinavia, »
- Michelle McCue
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