Posts Tagged ‘office’

Wikileaks Drama Getting Hacked at the Box Office

October 19, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The mystery of Julian Assange continues as DreamWorks’ Wikileaks drama “The Fifth Estate” looks to be all but M.I.A. at the box office. Bill Condon’s tech-themed feature could spill only $2.4 million worth of secrets this weekend, according to insiders, for one of the worst wide openings of the year. The Wikileaks drama, starring Benedict... Read more

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Ad Agencies Flock to MIPCOM In Search of Branded Content

September 30, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Jeffrey Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television, first noticed the changing vibe at MIPCOM a few years back. The global programming bazaar held every fall in Cannes, France, had for decades attracted many of the same distributors and content producers—an ocean away from the business-as-usual domestic TV business. But the same tectonic changes in technology and media that disrupted domestic TV have since spilled onto the beaches of the French Riviera, opening all sorts of global business opportunities for the old guard.

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Box Office: ‘Prisoners’ Bound for $20 Million-Plus Opening

September 21, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hugh Jackman’s “Prisoners” is making a break at the U.S. box office. The Warner Bros. drama, directed by Denis Villeneuve, should expect north of $20 million this weekend for Jackman’s eighth No. 1 movie of all-time. According to early estimates, the R-rated “Prisoners” is lining up $8 million in ticket sales Friday and approximately $21... Read more

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David Ellison in Talks to Buy Santa Monica Post Office Building (Exclusive)

September 17, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

David Ellison is in talks to purchase the Santa Monica post office for his Skydance Productions banner. A rep for Ellison declined to comment. The post office, which was opened as part of FDR’s Works Project Administration in 1938, closed in June as business from walk-in customers dwindled. Skydance currently operates out of an office... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Butler’ Impresses with $17 Mil, Staves Off Trio of Wide Releases

August 25, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A trio of counterprogramming wide releases, led by Sony-Screen Gems’ Y/A adaptation “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” with an estimated $14.1 million in five days,  were no match for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which fell a scant 31% in its second weekend, for a projected $17 million through Sunday. The Weinstein Co.-distributed pic has... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Butler’ Delivers in Soph Sesh As Newcomers Fail to Break $10 Mil

August 24, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Three new entries this weekend can’t upset “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The Weinstein Co.’s biopic will take first place in its soph sesh, headed to about $16 million, and even Warner Bros.’ “We’re the Millers” will stay in second with about $13 million. This leaves a crowd up newcomers to fight for third and below,... Read more

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Quip Is Great for Collaborating, but Still a Word-Processing Work-in-Progress

August 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

I’m writing this column using a new app running on my desktop browser. When I’m finished, I’ll send it to my editor, who is also using this app, by simply hitting a “share” button and typing in her name. If I head out to a meeting or to get lunch, I can glance down at the iPhone version of the app and see the edits she’s making in real time. The app is called Quip, a cloud-based tool that wants to propel word processing into the future — specifically, a future in which more and more people are working on their mobile devices. It combines elements of Microsoft Word, Google Drive, chat messaging and even Twitter dialogue to let you draft documents and share them easily with others. Quip is free to download and is available on Web browsers, iPhone and iPad. It’s also available on Android devices, but only as a “preview” version, which means that documents can only be read, not edited. For consumers, it’s free to use. Quip for businesses, which applies to companies of five employees or more, costs $12 per person per month. I’ve been testing Quip for the past week, making a comprehensive to-do list for my upcoming cross-country move. I’ve also drafted sample articles and charts for my colleagues. [ See post to watch video ] Normally, I use Evernote for personal to-do lists, and Google Drive for most work-related items. And I frequently revert back to what some people would call the “Dark Ages” by using Microsoft Word and then sending an attachment via email. How does Quip compare? Let’s just say it’s not quite there yet: My editor and I both opted to use Microsoft Word for finalizing this column because it has many more editing tools than Quip does. Quip does offer some cool collaborative features that make it easy — almost fun — to edit shared documents with friends and colleagues. For example, in Google Drive, it can be hard to know what someone is changing in a document as they’re changing it. Quip lets users know explicitly when and where changes occurred. And while other word-processing and task-management apps let you easily draft and edit on mobile — like Office Mobile, available to Office 365 subscribers, or Evernote — Quip takes it a step further, with mobile notifications. But Quip is still a work in progress

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In ‘Studio 60,’ ‘Newsroom,’ How Office Romance Muddled Aaron Sorkin’s Media Critique

August 18, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

By happenstance, I recently re-watched the pilot for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” which remains one of the more accomplished prototypes I’ve ever seen. In hindsight, though, the progression of that series sowed the seeds for the flaws that have become so maddening and irritating in Aaron Sorkin’s latest media-related workplace enterprise, “The Newsroom.”... Read more

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Box Office: ‘The Butler’ Serves Up $8.3 Million Friday; ‘Kick-Ass 2′ Slows

August 17, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Weinstein Co.’s latest Oscar hopeful “The Butler” is soaring this weekend, outpacing pre-weekend expectations with new three-day predictions pegging it around $27 million. The biopic, based on the life of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen, took in about $8.3 million Friday and cost about as much to produce as it’s now expected to... Read more

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Russian Box Office Rises by 4.7%

August 12, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Russia’s box office grew by 4.7% in the first half of this year to $696 million, compared with the same period last year, Unifrance’s Joel Chapron told an industry panel at the Locarno Film Festival Sunday. Chapron added that admissions in Russia had only risen 0.4% to around 94.4 million as most of the rise... Read more

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