Producer Jason Blum (The Purge, the Insidious movies, the Paranormal Activity franchise) has made efficiency the core principle behind his approach to making hit horror movies.
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Kim Masters and John Horn of the Los Angeles Times discuss some of this week's top entertainment news stories.
- The richest man in China, Wang Jianlin, Chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, announces a massive, splashy new development project that will include sound stages for filmmaking, resort hotels, an amusement park and more. This after Wanda has bought AMC theaters in the US and invested millions of dollars in a new movie museum in LA.
- LA Mayor Eric Garcetti names Tom Sherak, former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Los Angeles Film Czar, whose job is to help stem runaway production out of state.
The Business contributor John Horn interviews producer Jason Blum about his unique approach to making low budget horror films that hit big with audiences. Blum formed his business model off of his success with the first Paranormal Activity movie. Three years later he's built his company, Blumhouse, on the premise that efficient filmmaking on a budget with talented directors and high concept stories can score at the box office. His latest films are The Purge and Insidious: Chapter 2.
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Director Alexandra Dean on ‘Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story’ The documentary ‘Bombshell’ explores the life and legacy of Hedy Lamarr, a star from Hollywood’s golden age and an inventor whose ideas are still in use in wireless technology. Her inventions weren’t recognized until late in her ultimately tragic life, and never made her any money. ‘Bombshell’ director Alexandra Dean tells us about Lamarr’s extraordinary career, on-screen and off.
Content chief Susanne Daniels on growing YouTube Red and 'Cobra Kai' Susanne Daniels has run the entertainment divisions of The WB, Lifetime and MTV. In those days, she sometimes faced a challenge of convincing big names to come to her network. Now, she oversees original content at YouTube, and she says getting talent is not a problem. She tells us about making the transition from traditional TV to streaming, and how YouTube Red is evolving with projects like ‘Cobra Kai.’
Director Chloé Zhao & star Brady Jandreau on ‘The Rider’ When director Chloé Zhao met horse trainer Brady Jandreau on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, she knew she wanted to put him in her next project. Then, Jandreau--a rising rodeo star--suffered a devastating riding accident, and Zhao knew she had the starting point of her new film. Zhao and Jandreau tell us how they made ‘The Rider’ on location in South Dakota on a shoestring budget with first-time actors.
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