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Universal Pictures makes a donation to Paul Walker’s charity

Universal Pictures announced today that it will be donating ” a percentage of proceeds” from the upcoming home entertainment release of “Fast & Furious 6” to Paul Walker’s non-profit Reach Out WorldWide. Walker and his friend/fellow racing enthusiast, Roger Rodas, were killed in a fiery crash last Saturday afternoon in Valencia. The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT they were riding in, apparently struck trees and then a pole, before exploding into flames. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the accident — but... Read More →

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Universal Pictures looking for talented new screenwriters

If you’re  a screenwriter who’s got talent, but lacks the kind of access that open doors in Hollywood — the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship Program may be the helping hand you need. The studio’s website is taking applications only until early October or once 500 eligible candidates have applied. The site says they’re looking for “… new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling.” Up to five screenwriters will be selected for the program. The winners will be ” … hired under a writing... Read More →

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Another big budget box office flop for Disney?

It looks like the executives at Disney have another supersized dud at the box office to explain. Universal’s “Despicable Me 2” owned the 4th of July weekend and scooped up an amazing $83.5 million in its debut, while Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” opened far behind with only $29.2 million. There’s chatter around town that Disney may have another big budget flop the size of its last summer bomb, “John Carter.” More on that here and here.

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“Despicable Me 2” shines at theaters, “The Lone Ranger” struggles

The long Fourth of July holiday weekend is shaping up to be a biggie at the box office. Two new films are in the spotlight. Moviegoers appear to be storming the theaters to see Universal Pictures’ animated sequel “Despicable Me 2” while Disney’s stylized western “The Lone Ranger” is struggling to find an audience. Both flicks have great promotion and movie trailers. Both have received mixed reviews. The final decision will come from the ticket buying movie fans. More here.  

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