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Now that you’re out of a job, Jeff, you’re probably getting lots of advice about your next career move, so here’s mine: If a company offers you a position similar to the one you held at Warner Bros., turn it down.
The title of “studio chief” may be a power trip, and in past generations it was the best job in town. Now it’s an invitation to failure. In appointing a three-person committee to assume your former responsibilities at Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara is at least dividing up the blame.
In your years on the job, Jeff, I found your behavior to be increasingly grumpy and irascible, underscoring the fact that executives inevitably do a bad job in a non-job. Here’s why:
The major studios today have been remodeled into global marketing machines that have basically surrendered control over content and even cost. The aim »
- Peter Bart
Happy 50th birthday, Johnny Depp! It feels like only yesterday we were crushing on you as a kid cop in 21 Jump Street and sobbing after Freddy turned you into a bloody mess in A Nightmare on Elm Street. In celebration of this momentous occasion (that makes Depp fans feel ancient), The Playlist dug up some info on the actor's first and only directorial project, cowritten with his brother, D.P. Depp (worst name ever?). Website IMDb offers this synopsis for The Brave, which makes us wonder why we waited so long to find out that Johnny Depp made a movie, and it involves snuff: "A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to 'star' as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his...
- Alison Nastasi
Will all of Robert De Niro's great "Silver Linings Playbook" work be undone in a blink of an eye? The actor has a solid shot at winning Best Supporting Actor tonight despite the fact that Tommy Lee Jones won the SAG award for "Lincoln" earlier this year (the best Oscar augur there is). But his work in David O. Russell's film will go down as one of his finest whether or not he wins. It was an incredibly authentic and charged performance imbued with the anger, frustration and heartache of being a parent struggling with a problem child, on top of the the realization he may have failed said offspring. De Niro's career in the aughts has gone dangerously close to Marlon Brando's late-career arc, which was hard to watch ("The Island of Dr. Moreau," "Don Juan DeMarco," "The Brave" which never even came out). There have »
- Edward Davis
3 items from 2013
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