After a summer that's seen multiple disapointments (from Dark Water to Sky High to Herbie: Fully Loaded). Disney could find itself up to $300 million in the hole for this quarter. The Miramax shelf dump isn't helping – in fact, CFO Tom Staggs is willing to give Bob and Harvey Weinstein's offloaded garbage much of the blame. Whilst it's probably true that promotion costs alone on The Brothers Grimm made a bad situation much worse, Variety's Jill Goldsmith isn't above a touch of cattiness over Disney's complicity in the situation: "Staggs did not address the fact that it was
Disney that made the decision to hold all of the mini-major's titles
until now while negotiating with the Weinsteins."
Post-40 Year-Old Virgin Steve Carell = as hot, hot, hot as a post-New York Dolls David Johanson. He'll star inDan in Real Life for director Peter Hedges as soon as he finishes the Bruce Almighty sequel. He'll play an anal newspaper advice columnist who falls in love with his brother's girlfriend.
Meanwhile, Dreamworks, who announced a batch of Madagascar sequels yesterday, are recovering from a pretty crappy first year on the public market. Jeff Katzenberg insists that the whole Shrek 2 DVD debacle isn't as bad as we thought: "By creatively utilizing new releases to also market catalog titles, we think we can continue to drive sales," he said. Well, it's important to keep a positive attitude, even when the ship is going down...
Micah Green has left John Sloss behind at Cinetic Media to head to CAA. A sales lead on films such as Dig! and Napoleon Dynamite, Green will move to LA next week to join CAA's motion picture department.
Anthony Hopkins didn't bother to see Proof as a play before he starred in the film. "It was not necessary," he said. "I keep life simple."