Posts Tagged ‘office’

Box Office: ‘Elysium’ Headed to OK $30 Million Debut

August 10, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Taking slightly less than previously expected, Sony’s “Elysium” is looking at a three-day total just shy of $30 million, enough to beat three newcomers and a crowded marketplace of holdovers. Early estimates had the apocalyptic actioner earning just a few million more, so this bow is not far off the mark, but it is modest... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Wolverine’ Carves Out $21 Million Friday

July 27, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Expectations for Fox and Marvel’s “The Wolverine” continue to scale back as the spinoff drew in $21 million Friday, adjusting expectations to a three-day haul in the mid-$50 million range. This is considerably dialed back from pre-weekend predictions that had the actioner earning upwards of $75 million, but it looks to still be a decent... Read more

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Box Office: ‘The Wolverine’ Sharp With $4 Million Thursday Night

July 26, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox’s latest “X-Men” outing, “The Wolverine,” kick started what should be a boffo domestic opening weekend with $4 million from Thursday late-night screenings. The Hugh Jackman solo mutant pic beat this summer’s “World War Z,” which collected $3.6 million in late-nights and grossed $66 million opening weekend last month. “The Wolverine” should do better than... Read more

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Spike Lee Opens Up on Why He Turned to Kickstarter (Exclusive)

July 23, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Here’s the thing: I’ve always been a hybrid,” a jovial Spike Lee said on Monday afternoon in his office at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, hours after the launch of his Kickstarter campaign to raise $1.25 million budget for a planned feature film project. “I’ve always been an independent filmmaker who does Hollywood-financed films.... Read more

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U.S. Government Gets Approval to Keep Tracking Phone Records

July 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Well, at least this time they are telling everyone their phone records are being collected. The U.S. government said Friday that the secret foreign intelligence court has renewed its authorization to collect data over a wide range of phone calls. In June, the government confirmed that it had been collecting such records and declassified some information about the types of records that it had been collecting. Authorization for such collection was set to expire on July 19, but has now been reauthorized, according to a press release issued on Friday by the office of the Director of National Intelligence. “Consistent with his prior declassification decision and in light of the significant and continuing public interest in the telephony metadata collection program, the DNI has decided to declassify and disclose publicly that the Government filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the Court renewed that authority,” the agency said. “The Administration is undertaking a careful and thorough review of whether and to what extent additional information or documents pertaining to this program may be declassified, consistent with the protection of national security.” The decision comes at a particularly sensitive time for the court, just a month after former CIA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed details on a number of classified government data collection programs, much of which involved a number of major consumer technology companies.

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Box Office: ‘Pacific’ on the Rim of Disappointment Stateside, Beat By ‘Grown Ups,’ ‘Despicable Me’ Sequels

July 13, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Pacific Rim” landed in second place Friday with $14.6 million, which is about the best it can expect to do this weekend as it gets overtaken by a critically-smeared sequel and a beloved toon holdover. Warner Bros.’ and Legendary Pictures’ giant-robot-meets-giant-monster actioner started the frame strongly with a higher-than-expected $3.6 million from late Thursday showings... Read more

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No Heir — Though Lots of Spares — to the Microsoft Throne in New Reorg of Tech Giant

July 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There were doubtlessly be a lot of what-it-all-means chewing over the two very long memos by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about his massive redo of the Microsoft executive bench today. Among the many questions: Can the notoriously political execs at the software giant learn to play nice in the much more significantly interdependent new organization? Can there be such a thing as “One Microsoft”? What happens when there is disagreement and management finds it hard to follow Ballmer’s rule that “we are rallying behind a single strategy as one company — not a collection of divisional strategies”? All of this will be sorted out in the months ahead, of course, taking many months or more before it’s clear how the new org works. But one key question that the longtime leader of the tech giant most definitely did not answer in any way whatsoever is the increasingly interesting question of who will eventually replace him in running the company. The new reorg does not point to any one person as an heir apparent to Ballmer. To be clear: Ballmer is not close to retiring from his job with this change, despite periodic pressure from a variety of shareholders to dump him and persistent rumors that he was on the brink of stepping down. But, despite a lot of criticism, he is not going anywhere for a while

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How a Routine Malware Outbreak Cost One Government Agency Millions

July 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Some days you just have to stop and pay some attention to gross incompetence when you see it. That was my reaction to a story first reported on The Verge that is fascinating in the way that watching a slow-motion train wreck can be fascinating. The report below by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Inspector General details the case of a malware outbreak on computers belonging to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) in late 2011. In what could only politely be described as a, er, cluster-frig, when only two piece of the agency’s IT infrastructure were infected, it thought that 146 had been. You won’t believe what ultimately happened. Over the course of five weeks, miscommunication between the Commerce Department’s Computer Incident Response Center (DOC CIRT) and the EDA led its CIO to ultimately order the physical destruction of $170,000 worth of IT components, including PCs, printers, TV sets (what?), digital cameras and mice. On top of that, it paid a security contractor more than $823,000, spent more than $1 million on temporary infrastructure, and shelled out $688,000 for contractors to help with a “long term recovery solution.” All told, the agency spent about $2.7 million, or more than half its annual IT budget, fighting a virus that should have taken at most an afternoon to correct. At one point the agency was borrowing surplus computers from the Census Bureau so that employees could get their work done. The report cites one key factor: Staff members at DOC CIRT were “inexperienced” and suffered from “inadequate knowledge,” and lacked the ability to respond properly to a malware outbreak, which hindered the application of an appropriate response. The person who handled the call from EDA “had minimal incident response experience, no incident response training, and did not have adequate skills to provide incident response services.” It sounded so bad I couldn’t believe it until I read the report myself. All 33 pages documenting American tax dollars at work in all the agonizing, bureaucratic detail are below, though one critical detail is missing: I want to know if anyone was fired? OIG-13-027-A

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Hollywood’s Latest Bomb? ‘White House Down’ Struggling at the Box Office

June 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Less than a month after Will Smith’s “After Earth” crashed at the box office, Sony finds itself in another predicament with Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down. “The $150 million action thriller, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, is the studio’s most expensive film of the summer but may debut as poorly as fourth place this... Read more

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The Genius Who Produces ‘Pure’ Television

June 18, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

For reasons that are not immediately apparent, the girl with the vodka tonic is taking pictures of the actress on the Embassy Row TV monitor, even though the real thing is, at this very moment, perched on a chair inside the studio that lies just on the other side of the wall. Every time she captures a shot with her iPhone, the girl glances at the palmed screen, and in the owl-inflected argot of her generation, lets out a little “Woot!” before walking over to show the latest photo to her two equally excitable friends. It’s the Tuesday before Memorial Day weekend and we’re standing in the cramped control room of the Bravo chat show Watch What Happens Live , which is hosted by Andy Cohen, a St. Louisan who is perhaps the only surviving member of Generation X who can get away with tossing out the occasional “Woot!” of his own. The actress in question is Elisabeth Moss from AMC’s Mad Men ; seated alongside her is Arrested Development’s mad matriarch, Jessica Walter. What’s happening is, Cohen has Moss (for the uninitiated, she plays Peggy Olson on Matt Weiner’s celebrated angst-athon) on the hot seat for his “Plead the Fifth” segment, in which he grills guests with a series of questions that are only slightly less puerile than George Wayne’s Vanity Fair Q&As

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