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Post by Alisonfan on Wed May 06 2015, 14:16

From wikiLeak. George sold downriver by Sony Sad  WHY ON BIRTHDAY NOT NICE.


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From Micheal Lyton@spe,sony.com to Amy Pascal.sony

Money Monster



I hate it.  The worst version of Falling Down and Network.  The writers are not Paddy C.  It is simplistic, bombastic, wrong headed and stupid.  All that being said....if the numbers work and there is no risk then I am ok.  But this is a really stupid piece of material.   M

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by LizzyNY on Wed May 06 2015, 14:24

Well, I guess everyone's entitled to their opinion - especially if they keep it in-house and private (which this was intended to be!) Hopefully the writers were advised of Mr. Lyton's opinion before filming began and adjusted accordingly. A little constructive criticism never hurt anyone. Very Happy

Wikileaks releasing this on George's birthday is just another reason why Julian Assange is a schmuck!


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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed May 06 2015, 14:30

Maybe Assange is sending a message to George's wife, his lawyer who is now more famous than his prima donna ass is.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by annemarie on Wed May 06 2015, 14:31

What better way to get attention for your opinion than releasing this on  Georges birthday.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by annemarie on Wed May 06 2015, 14:32

Prima donna ass he is that. lol

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Donnamarie on Wed May 06 2015, 14:33

Wow!  Yea Happy Birthday George.  Well I hope George saw a really good script when he signed on to this project.  I hope he did make the right decision.  We will just have to wait and see.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed May 06 2015, 14:39

But, the implications in the e-mail are interesting. "... no risk" and "... the numbers work" probably mean that the entire budget for the movie was covered going in, most likely by pre-sales and performance fees coming mostly on the back end, or both. So the studio makes a movie its president doesn't like because the cost is a wash, but there's a chance they'll make some money -- even though if it's a bust, the reputation of one of its most loyal partners would be tarnished.

What a jerk. 

I think it's wise to trust George Clooney's and Jodi Foster's story sense more than Michael Lynton's.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by LizzyNY on Wed May 06 2015, 14:51

Way2Old - If Jodie Foster and George came to them really hyped about the project, and it looked like it could at least break even (even if iLyton thought it was a stinker) do you think the studio would green-light it to keep George and Jodie happy? I'm thinking the budget for this one isn't huge, so SONY wouldn't be risking much.

I obviously haven't seen the script, but the "Network" comparison has bothered me from the get-go. That was a really good film, and a lot to live up to.

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Post by Donnamarie on Wed May 06 2015, 15:07

And Lzzy Network is one of George's fav movies.  Why would he sign on for a cheap imitation?  George usually makes smart decisions on projects he undertakes.  Got hope he was right about this one too.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed May 06 2015, 15:39

The script for Money Monster made the (2013? 2014?) Black List, a non-studio compilation of the most liked circulating unproduced screenplays. So a lot of people thought it was good to begin with. If George (and Jodi, presumably) had any input into the revisions -- which happen even with the best of scripts -- then the shooting script should be even better. So I'm sticking with my conclusion that Lynton is an idiot.

The script already had some buzz around it. If a risk-free financing package was put together with a respected director and a bankable star, sure, the studio would greenlight it. I'm thinking it depended on Foster getting George, or someone at his star level, though. Sony probably was only on the hook for the P&A (prints and advertising) budget, and the distribution. It's all upside for the company, bottom line-wise.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by LizzyNY on Wed May 06 2015, 16:51

Way2Old - I hope you're right. George is due for a hit.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Donnamarie on Wed May 06 2015, 17:15

Way2 you think George/Jodie had a heads up that this was coming out?  If Lynton knew this would surface eventually you think he might have tried to square this with Foster and G. Or he doesn't give a s***. The movie industry and its culture is one I don't fully understand and maybe common sense doesn't really apply.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Way2Old4Dis on Wed May 06 2015, 17:29

Scripts that make the Black List, as a rule, don't suck. And the list has included an impressive number of screenplays that went on to be highly nominated projects, including several Best Picture noms. Why Lynton would hate it, I don't know. But his opinion was obviously in contradiction to a whole bunch of people who know how to pick good scripts that make good movies.

I think both George and Jodie, at the least, would have people who went through the Sony files to see what was there that regarded them or their projects, given Sony's now-known two-faced culture. But, no, I don't think Lynton seems like the kind of stand-up guy who would come clean beforehand.

Common sense almost never applies to the movie industry. It is innately irrational.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Sevens on Wed May 06 2015, 17:40

they released this weeks ago as I read that last week.
George certainly loved the script, same as Jack who emphasised how great the script is a lot.
the clip they showed at Cinema Con got positive reactions and comments.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Donnamarie on Wed May 06 2015, 18:52

Thanks Way2 and Sevens.  I feel better now.

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Nicky80 on Wed May 06 2015, 21:35

LizzyNY wrote:Way2Old - I hope you're right. George is due for a hit.


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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Boshkash on Wed Jul 15 2015, 04:39

His choices lately aren't that good really, maybe it is time to take a break and wait for a worthy project other than appearing in whatever comes in his way...

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Alisonfan on Wed Jul 15 2015, 11:32

More interested in DM show?

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Re: Money Monster slammed by Sony. WikiLeaks

Post by Boshkash on Sat Jul 18 2015, 05:32

What does that mean?

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