Tom Cruise’s Career Crossroads

The Daily Beast examines the rise and current plateau of Cruise’s career and what he can do to remind viewers of his mojo: “Who Cruise actually is now—a guy who is alone in the world, who is failing at work, and whose confidence is being challenged everywhere he turns—is who he should be playing, in some sense, on screen.” (TDB)

‘Discount Superheroes’ – Hollywood Mining ‘80s & ‘90s Properties For Paydirt

What the studios are looking at in the shadow of the new Marvel-DC universe, to get  Gen X, Y and their kids into seats: “…Executives are sitting around in meetings, looking at a list of things from the 1980s—toys, TV shows, and books—and they’re wondering, ‘What might resonate today?’” (BW)

Upfronts Buzz: The Big 3 Making Big Moves: CBS, NBC & Fox

Ad Age reports on where the three networks are at in securing ad commitments and NBC seeking increases over 8%. What’s at stake? The combined $6.6 million dollars CBS, NBC & Fox secured in 2013. (AA)

Matthew McConaughey Would Consider Another ‘True Detective’ Run

McConaughey: “I liked True Detective, the whole series and the experience of making it, so much that I’d be open to doing another one now. At the time, I was looking at six months and not beyond that.” (DS)

Tom Hardy’s NBC Universal First-Look Deal: TV Not A Stigma For Film Talent

Screen International looks at Tom Hardy’s production company, Hardy Son and Baker, what’s on tap, the appeal for film creatives to take on shorter TV commitments, as Hardy says, beyond blockbusters, indie films are taking a “kick in the balls.” (SCR)

Bryan Singer’s Accuser Dismisses Lawsuit Against David Neuman

THR has the response from Neuman’s lawyer as Michael Egan withdraws his lawsuit against him; also the status of the pending suits against Singer, Garth Ancier and Gary Goddard, whose motions to dismiss are to be heard on July 28. (THR)

Lit Buzz: J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Silkworm’ – Two Chapters To Read Now

J.K. Rowling’s latest – written as Robert Galbraith – isn’t released until June 19th and can’t be pre-ordered on Amazon, so Rowling released two chapters herself. Link included for the 12 pages. (EW)

Trailer Buzz: ‘The Congress’

Robin Wright stars…as herself – an actress who signs a lucrative contract with Paramount Studios to have herself scanned into a computer, enabling the studio to permanently own and control her image. Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) directed and wrote the adaptation, based on The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem. (AM)

Formulas For A Great Team: The 60/30/10 Rule

Tips on the realities of teamwork – what works and what doesn’t – from Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing author Po Bronson. Included: The 60/30/10 Rule: “60% of a team’s success is “Who’s on the team?” And 30 % of it is how you set up your team. And 10 percent, at most, is leadership.” (TIME)

Screenwriters #Throwback Thursday: ‘Big’

The 1987 screenplay, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. (AWE)

Karl Gibson

Karl Gibson (Editor, Studio System News) has worked in the Los Angeles media sector for over 15 years. His editorial experience encompasses over 1,400 printed daily, festival and special editions of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ where he covered news desks and event coverage as Editorial Business Analyst from 2001 to 2008. He has worked for The New York Times Company, PR Newswire, The Knight Digital Media Center and appeared as a media panelist for events, festivals and television. Karl also has handled event, premiere and awards show coverage for over seven awards seasons.

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