HOLLYWOOD TAKE 2:The Rise and Fall of “Marginal” Players

28 Apr

For the week ending April 29th, one of the challenges of this column is finding events that don’t so much represent the writer’s interests but actually present events that have some consensual significance (across the board) in Hollywood generally.  That said events that are popular or hugely successful or unsuccessful always have some significance to every one.  After all celebratory and cautionary tales attract everyone’s attention. That “The Avengers” is already breaking sales records over seas would represent the former, already covered brilliantly by LIH, continued fallout out over Rich Ross’s removal at Disney would represent the latter.  As usual we had to peruse some reliable industry news and information resources like: Deadline.com, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire.com, and Variety.com to locate these stories.

Significant Stories:

  • Ryan Seacrest inks new deal
  • Prominence of the Tribecca film festival
  • The prestige and the influence of Joel Silver


  • A week that isn’t a unique one for news will likely benefit in regard to individuals who are not frequently the focus of stories yet might instead be the messenger of stories.  Assuming that neither, Variety, Deadline, or The Hollywood Reporter, solely succumbed to the frequent announcer’s publicist, Ryan Seacrest’s new production deal for NBCUniversal does a lot to cement Seacrest’s reputation for being the spokesperson for all that is good in entertainment public events [1].  Like seemingly Omni-present promotional forbearers like Casey Kasem, his presence on NBC’s Today Show will increase significantly.


  • The Robert Deniro founded Tribecca film festival created ripples at all of the information sites including Deadline, Indiewire, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety.  Well regarded films such as ‘War Witch,’ ‘Una Noche,’ took top prizes yet few resisted the urge to use the event to point toward events that will likely gain attention in the near future.  Indie wire thought it was necessary to mention that the women’s filmmakers’ lunch did not confirm doubts promoted by Cannes lack of female nominated directors this year.  Joining a chorus of positive appraisal [3] of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s new HBO comedy “VeepIndiewire promoted her short film “Picture Paris.”  Similarly frequently minimally covered character actor, Michael Jai- White was heralded for his role [4] as a security guard in the indie film “Freaky Deaky.


  • Frequently the focal point for so many of Hollywood’s big and small events, wunderkind producer Joel Silver attracted both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter’s attention.  Deadline focused on the even that Warner Brothers and Silver were severing their 25-year relationship, (despite many blockbusters could this be a reaction to Silver’s inability to contain or compete with Marvel entertainment group)[5].  While The Hollywood Reporter chose to focus on silver’s continued influence in the controversial space of Hollywood influenced electoral politics[6].


Article references:

[1] http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118053245

[2] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tribeca-2012-film-festival-award-winners-war-witch-una-noche-317128

[3] http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/michael-jai-white-shooting-black-dynamite-2-at-the-end-of-the-year-charles-matthau-and-chris-lemmon-teaming-for-publicity-stunt-20120423

[4] http://blogs.indiewire.com/thelostboy/watch-julia-louis-dreyfus-and-brad-hall-talk-about-married-life-veep-and-their-tribeca-short-picture-paris

[5] http://www.deadline.com/2012/04/joel-silver-warner-bros-pictures-end-25-year-relationship-movies/

[6] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/package/politics

9 Responses to “HOLLYWOOD TAKE 2:The Rise and Fall of “Marginal” Players”

  1. Open Book April 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM #

    Excellent article CR!

    Will come back later today I have a few Q for u.

  2. Comic Relief April 28, 2012 at 11:36 AM #

    Thanks OB.

    I’m ready when you are.

  3. Comic Relief April 28, 2012 at 2:45 PM #

    Oh yet, if your question is about the mention about Joel Silver in electoral politics, I’m so so sorry but I was absolutely wrong. I thought a picture of Harvey Weinstein was a picture of Joel Silver.

    Yes Joel Silver did have the many years relationship with Warner brothers. To me, his separated at birth twin, Harvey Weinstein has had many career successes yet he is not the man associated with so many of Warner’s blockbusters franchises. He instead, working from his Weinstein group was responsible for “the Artist,” “Black Swan” and recently “Bully.”

    Here is the article that helped me confuse the two; hopefully many may agree with me that there is some minor resemblance.

    Joel Silver

    Harvey Weinstein:

    I am very sorry.

    • Open Book April 29, 2012 at 2:29 PM #

      No worries thanks for clarifying.

      However, Joel Silver was the go to guy for Wonder Women and other DC projects. So did they fire Silver because he could not compete with Marvel?

      • Comic Relief May 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM #


        This is my assumption yet I can’t prove it. Let’s face it, after 20 plus years Silver must have been at least one of the promoters of a whole slew of blockbuster franchises. Both the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan directed versions of “Batman”, the “Matrix” trilogy; “Die Hard”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “Lethal Weapon” franchises all carry his name. Silver has been an overwhelmingly successful Warner Brothers Executive and Producer and absolutely no one can deny it.

        • Comic Relief May 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM #


          Yet one thing has significantly changed over the last 10 years; Marvel entertainment. As of today, the Avengers have made $500 million world-wide and the movie doesn’t open here until tomorrow. What is odd about this scenario was 25 years ago DC/Warner was seen as the ideal publisher/studio relationship. Yet Silver who had a ring side seat and access to all of DC properties couldn’t figure out a way to bring low brow, campy, juvenile, and kitschy comics out of the SCI-FI ghetto faster or effectively help Warner make a buck doing it.

  4. Comic Relief May 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM #

    Even if he couldn’t accomplish this with DC comics nothing stopped him from bringing Marvel aboard at Warner(s) also. Yes Hollywood is that cut throat. Yet even that would have taken supreme creative vision. Instead Sony, Universal, and Disney are earning these profits. None of these unprofitable events could have looked good for Joel Silver; I’m sure making him look very old fashioned, stale and fairly tired and way pat his time in terms of innovation. I’m sure many water cooler conversations at Warner Brothers did not lean favorably regarding Silver. In fact, one of the hallmarks of Marvel culture is making sure their fans take sides on the historic DC/ Marvel competition. Obviously Marvel/Sony, Universal and Disney have won many converts at Warner Brothers.

    • littlebells May 2, 2012 at 9:33 PM #

      Your knowledge astounds me. I learn so much here. 🙂

      • Comic Relief May 2, 2012 at 10:22 PM #

        Back at you, …yet thanks LB.

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