WHERE THE FEAR AND THE ENVELOPES PLAY

This is a preview of today’s edition of The Ankler, Hollywood’s most feared newsletter. Click here to subscribe today, or click here to sign up for the Daily Preview edition for a peek at what’s in each newsletter.  Don’t get caught going in to a meeting blind! Subscribe to the Ankler now! The results are in and the winner is….The Spirit Awards! Plenty of lovely pictures represented this year.  It may be, pound for pound, as good a collection of films as Oscar ever nominated.  If there’s no film-of-a-lifetime in the pack, there’s also no Weinsteinesque Chocolat dead weight in the list. But this has never been just about appreciating finely honed, delicate craftsmanship. We have finally reached the day of the near total collapse of the Big Dreaming Hollywood Movie – the sort of grand, massive, come-one, come-all unmatchable achievement that for a hundred years made Hollywood the world’s capital of dream-making.

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KROLL OF THE DICE: A HOUSE FALLS AT WARNERS

from the January 9, 2018 edition of The Ankler For over a year now, The Ankler (and nowhere else) has been reporting on the Game of Thrones in progress on the historic Warner Bros lot.  As the Ankler has long noted, the studio has  been locked in a frozen staredown scrum between House Tsujihara, House Kroll and House Emmerich, each pushing at each other with all their might, jockeying for advantage by the inch, while the frozen corporate situation kept everyone locked together in a death hug. Put less slightly less dramatically: you’ve had a bunch of factions trying to kill each other but no one could do anything until the Telephone People arrived. Six months ago, it seemed that House Kroll had the advantage in that fight, as the Marketing President de tutti Presidents strode alongside Telephone honchos on premiere nights, and the Tsujihara regime seemed ever more lavishly adrift. But the

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The Summary of All Fears 2018

OPENING MONOLOGUE: THE CIRCUS OF SHPILKIS As I started this letter early in 2017, it was clear many in the industry were consumed by a nameless dread, a sense of impending doom. Dark forces seemed to be closing in from all sides and no one could feel secure about what, if anything, would be left when they were done.  Giving that dread a name and a shape became The Ankler’s central mission in 2017. As the year went on and we turned over those rocks and looked those fears in the eye and to our surprise, they became even bigger. Nothing in 2017 suggested that we were wrong to fear for our lives.  As the events unfolded, they suggested we’d been too modest in our terrors; if anything, they proved the forces arrayed against Hollywood to be even grander and more ferocious than we dreamed.  And new ones came out from under the bed to add to the

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