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January 01, 1990 - January 21, 2013 + The Business Brief

Tyler Perry's House of Payin' listen Download

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In 2004, a guy from New Orleans named Tyler Perry showed up in Hollywood.  He had the temerity to suggest that the studios might want...

What's So Glorious about 'Inglourious Basterds?' listen Download

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Hollywood watched the opening weekend of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds with baited breath. After all, this one movie could determine whether there's a...

'District 9' Does Well, Can 'District 10' Be Far Behind? listen Download

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My head is still spinning after seeing District 9 last weekend. Not just because of the relentless action, the complex plot, the uncomfortable political allegory...

It's Not the Pictures That Got Small, It's the A-List listen Download

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This weekend I watched Sunset Boulevard for like the 1,000th time, and it occurred to me that a lot of modern A-list actors have retreated to their...

The Nerds' Hollywood Takeover listen Download

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The big comic book, science fiction and fantasy convention known as Comic-Con is to Hollywood what New Hampshire is to presidential politics: that is, it's...

Race to the Bottom listen Download

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It seems Michigan is a hot spot for show business folks this summer.  But it isn't because of the wonderful beachfront property on Lake St....

Everybody's a Critic listen Download

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Last March, stock analyst Richard Greenfield gave a thumbs down to Pixar’s newest film, Up.  I went on the air condemning his prediction, and $300...

The Pendulum Swings listen Download

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There’s a power pendulum in Hollywood that swings between the studios and the people who actually make movies – directors, writers and actors. When...

Mommas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be in Show Biz listen Download

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In 1939, California passed a law to keep unscrupulous adults from stealing the earnings of child actors. But no one ever got around to crafting...

Below the Line and Under the Gun listen Download

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After a year of working without a contract, the Screen Actors' Guild finally signed a deal with producers last week. Even so, SAG is a...

Do You Hulu? listen Download

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At the end of April, Disney, which owns ABC, announced that it would become a partner in the television web site Hulu. So now, Hulu has three...

Friends with You listen Download

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Relationships are a core part of the way a lot of businesses do business. But no business tosses around the word “friend” to describe those...

Hollywood Gets Back into the Games Game listen Download

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In 1995, the then-new DreamWorks studio announced they were getting into the business of making video games. CEO Steven Spielberg insisted that they were committed to interactive...

The Business: Scared Straight? listen Download

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As the government was cobbling together its plan to save the economy earlier this year, lobbyists for the entertainment industry headed to Washington with their...

Indian Jones listen Download

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I recently had the distinct pleasure of serving as a juror for the Indian Film Festival at the Arclight in Hollywood. I have to say...