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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by jenkins on October 10, 2018, 09:22:51 PM »
As Annapurna Stumbles, Billionaire Larry Ellison Exerts Control

it's more of the same. key parts:

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But sources say Ellison is continuing to invest in Annapurna and has no current plans to shutter the operation, according to sources.

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The studio also put the brakes on the comedy “Guilty,” even as Kevin Hart was attaching himself from a script by Jerrod Carmichael, with budget concerns again the reason the project was put on the back burner. An Annapurna insider disputed money concerns, instead citing script issues.

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While several people said Megan Ellison, considered a mercurial figure, has been missing in action this week as chatter grows louder that the studio was in the midst of a financial crisis, another company insider insists that she has been stabilizing the film unit, speaking with filmmakers and visible in the office.

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Annapurna is expected to enact layoffs as part of this reorganization. However, the studio is also going to make certain strategic hires as it tries to piece together a more profitable slate.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Everything twitter
« Last post by Fernando on October 10, 2018, 05:04:54 PM »
"...Bill sits down with actor John C. Reilly to discuss his journey from the south side of Chicago to the silver screen..."[/i]



It's good, and they actually talk a lot about PTA through out the whole interview, starts at 32.30.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Everything twitter
« Last post by wilberfan on October 10, 2018, 04:53:45 PM »
Paul Dano, PTA, Zoe Kazan, and Carey Mulligan at the premiere of WILDLIFE, Oct 9, 2018, Los Angeles.


https://twitter.com/badpostmulligan/status/1050053550523502592





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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Everything twitter
« Last post by wilberfan on October 10, 2018, 12:10:45 AM »
Bill Simmons just tweeted this about his newest episode:

For the night owls... a brand-new BS Podcast featuring an NBA MVP discussion with @ryenarussillo and @KevinOConnorNBA, then a wide-ranging interview with the great John C. Reilly. (Gee I wonder if Boogie Nights came up.)

https://twitter.com/BillSimmons/status/1049887525194686466


"...Bill sits down with actor John C. Reilly to discuss his journey from the south side of Chicago to the silver screen. Then they talk about working with the great Paul Thomas Anderson, 'Step Brothers', 'Boogie Nights', Reilly's new film 'The Sisters Brothers', and more (32:30)."
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by jenkins on October 10, 2018, 12:06:38 AM »
the quote is from "One insider familiar with Annapurna’s operations" who remains unnamed. it's a spin article.

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Two of Barnard’s top projects have fallen apart, Variety reported on Tuesday prior to her exit. One was a high-profile telling of Roger Ailes’ Fox News implosion starring Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron. The other was the Jennifer Lopez drama “The Hustlers at Scores,” about exotic dancers who turn the tables on their Wall Street clients after the economy tanks.
variety

to spin it another way, i don't think were was a mutual agreement with the president about how to use money. it's not PTA fan crazy to say that within the reevaluation period he'll be deemed of value. he's already Tiffany Haddishing it, and though Adam Sandler didn't bring the bank you know i mean he's doing something, and he's def got clout
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by wilberfan on October 09, 2018, 11:37:37 PM »
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The Western drama “The Sisters Brothers,” starring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, was released last month and has so far taken in just $730,000, according to boxofficemojo.com. A knowledgeable individual said the film cost $38 million to produce and Annapurna paid a significant fraction of that for the U.S. rights, not including marketing costs.

The studio’s anticipated December release “Vice,” about Dick Cheney, cost a bloated $60 million to produce. Knowledgeable sources said the movie should have been made for half that amount. The studio declined to comment on the budget.

“There is a financial issue going on,” an individual with knowledge of the studio told TheWrap. “Her dad has put a lot of money into the company and I don’t think he wants to support her behavior and what’s been going on. There are restraints — the money is not flowing.”

On Tuesday, the company abruptly unloaded a star-studded Jay Roach movie about Fox News founder Roger Ailes and that was three weeks away from starting production, as well as Jennifer Lopez’s “The Hustlers at Scores,” the latter picked up by STX Films.

An insider told TheWrap that there were budget issues involving the Roger Ailes film, but another individual with knowledge of the project said that the company had approved a $35 million budget just one week ago. The film, which Canadian-based Bron Studios is expected to co-finance, will star John Lithgow as Ailes as well as Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie.

One insider familiar with Annapurna’s operations said that Ellison is focused on making passion projects without regard to the cost.

“She makes bad decisions,” the individual said. “She wanted to chase all these expensive movies that weren’t going to make money, and she said, ‘I don’t care whether they make money.’ That’s not how you run a company.”
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on October 09, 2018, 11:35:29 PM »
I didn't think it was conceived as a moneymaking enterprise, though.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by BigSock on October 09, 2018, 11:32:19 PM »
There is still genuine concern for worry with Annapurna. The president leaving is big news. They really only have 1 success as a distributor: Sorry To Bother You. Sisters Brothers might not even cross 1m at the box office.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by jenkins on October 09, 2018, 10:50:30 PM »
this entire situation is entirely unrelated to PTA in every capacity. the two films were dropped because they were projects of the president who left.
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Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Untitled PTA Project (2020)
« Last post by BigSock on October 09, 2018, 09:16:38 PM »
I think Annapurna still promised the financing for PTA. Whether some other studio ends up distributing remains to be seen like how Phantom Thread went down. Annapurna has certainly collected major Ls and are going through some behind the scenes turmoil, but Ellison already has a relationship with PTA after Master and Phantom Thread. She doesn't want to be the one turning down PTA. It's easier to drop those projects and keep the funding secure for PTA. Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later
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