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DavidChang
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posted July 19, 2000 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These guys are on a roll lately. I thought it would be to have a topic on them. With Gladiator, Chicken Run, Road Trip doing well at the box office and What Lies Beneath? and Castaway (co-production) coming up... the year 2000 has been a breakthrough for those 3 guys.

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indiedan
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posted July 19, 2000 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You said it, David. They are on a major roll. They even squeezed 18 million out of Woody Allen's subpar film. That's tough to do. They've got Spin City money coming in, a strong film slate for the next couple of years. I would imagine they'll be turning profits before long offsetting all their start up costs.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted July 24, 2000 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
#1 movie. Looks like another hit. And Castaway looks like another hit. The Legend of Bagger Vance I'm not so sure of. We'll have to wait on that one.

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screenplaymaster
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posted July 24, 2000 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for screenplaymaster   Click Here to Email screenplaymaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So Warner Bros. may be getting the DreamWorks co-production deal after the current one expires at Universal. That would be an unbelievable coup for any studio because DreamWorks is absolutely hitting their stride and has so many good projects in the pipeline.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted July 26, 2000 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quote from Variety:

"The $29.7 million weekend bow of ``What Lies Beneath'' underlines the fact that the six-year-old company has achieved something that long-established studios can't match: virtually every one of its pictures has not only ``opened,'' but opened big time."

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Imax_max
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posted July 30, 2000 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Imax_max   Click Here to Email Imax_max     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Dreamworks will be able to get a great distribution deal for their films with another studio, but I also think the potential for a studio to actually acquire Dreamworks is much more iffy. They have a very fat payroll considering the actual amount of assets they have. An acquisition would be stupid for someone like Vivendi but they should do everything they can to hold onto the film distribution.

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Imax_max
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posted July 31, 2000 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Imax_max   Click Here to Email Imax_max     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody see that story about Jurassic Park 3 and that Universal is going to be giving Spielberg 20% of the gross and he's NOT EVEN DIRECTING. An unprecented deal and just shows how desperate Universal is to maintain the brand and how highly regarded Steven Spielberg is.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted August 12, 2000 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dreamworks has released 5 movies this year - 3 have grossed over $100 million domestic. Not a bad ratio.

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indiedan
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posted August 31, 2000 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More and more, Dreamworks is proving itself to be a Production company rather than a studio. And a movie production company at that. They do movies very well and you can just tell where their passion lies. They don't care that much about TV, Geffen's really too preoccupied to really want to build a music company and they failed in an Internet start up. I think they only want to make movies. This complete vertical studio thing maybe wasn't what they really wanted.

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Imax_max
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posted August 31, 2000 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Imax_max   Click Here to Email Imax_max     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
indiedan, you don't actually believe that they ever planned to create a major studio. I know they said it in the beginning and wanted to play that game (much like they wanted to play the internet game), but when it comes down to it, they like Hollywood - big movies, big stars, big parties, big awards - TV and internet is just not as thrilling, even though there's a potential gold mind there.

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indiedan
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posted September 05, 2000 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They should sell to the highest bidder. I know they're on a box office winning streak but they're just a production company. Warner Bros. would be a better fit than Universal.

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Phucket
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posted September 07, 2000 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Phucket   Click Here to Email Phucket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dreamworks can bite me.

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DavidChang
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posted September 14, 2000 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If Almost Famous hits the box office big, Dreamworks may hit $1 billion with only about 10 movies this year. That would be astounding!

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indiedan
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posted September 18, 2000 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Phenomenal per screen average for Almost Famous - $17,000 in limited release. The big expansion comes this week. Should be number 1 easily.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted October 26, 2000 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think they've abandoned "Almost Famous" - the drop last week was awful for such a highly acclaimed film. There's something to the anger behind the scenes and it translates to how this film was marketed. Only Award nominations can save it from being a huge loss.

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