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    Hollywood Machine Generated $47 Billion for LA County in 2011

    A report issued Friday by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. finds that Hollywood was able to generate $47 billion in economic output in L.A. county in 2011, accounting for 8.4% of the area's total output.

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    'Transformers 4' Eyeing China Production to Maximize Franchise Box Office

    Mark Wahlberg will be the new leading man in Michael Bay's "Transformers 4," and the production may have its sights set on mainland China for this installment of the testosterone-fueled franchise.

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    'Kick Ass' & 'X-Men' Scribe Goldman to Pen Burton's 'Pinocchio'

    Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who in the last five years has penned "Kick Ass," "X Men: First Class" and "The Woman in Black," will reportedly next script Tim Burton's "Pinocchio."

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    Magnolia Takes Tobias Lindholm's AFI Fest-Winner 'A Hijacking' Hostage for North America

    Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Danish director Tobias Lindholm's second feature "A Highjacking." The film, which follows the complex fallout after a cargo ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates, has had a strong fest streak, including Venice, Toronto and AFI FEST, where it...

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    Tarantino Tells Playboy Who Else Was In The Running for 'Django' Before Foxx & His Horse Won the Role

    Quentin Tarantino, in his interview for Playboy's December edition, discusses the actors he mulled over for the titular role in this Christmas' "Django Unchained." Will Smith and Jamie Foxx were not the only ones the director considered (Hint: "Omar comin'!") -- but Foxx had the Texan-horse-owner ed...

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    The Future of 'Star Wars': Lucas Says It Could Go on 'For The Next Hundred Years'

    This week's EW looks at what the future holds for the ever-expanding "Star Wars" galaxy. Highlights -- including info about Harrison Ford's possible involvement, quotes from Mark Hammill (who played Luke Skywalker in the original three films),..

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    If 'Skyfall' Reaches $1 Billion, Who Makes How Much?

    With an $88.4 million domestic haul on its opening weekend and a $428.7 million international haul thus far, Sam Mendes' "Skyfall" could be the first Bond film to pass the $1 billion mark worldwide. Who will benefit the most from this skyfall of success?

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    5 Biggest Box-Office Bombs of the Year; Lots of 'Dredd' and No 'Big Miracle,' Especially for 'Oogieloves'

    While "Skyfall" is topping the charts and "Breaking Dawn Part 2" looks poised to have box office teeth, 2012 had its share of financial bombs. "The Oogieloves" got no love, Oogie or otherwise, at the box office. The Wachowski-Tykwer magical mystery tour "Cloud Atlas" couldn't float...

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    Philip K. Dick Estate Gives First Look Deal to Anonymous Content & Electric Shepherd Productions; 'Ubik' in The Works with Gondry

    Anonymous Content and Electric Shepherd Productions have engaged in a first look deal with Philip K. Dick's estate to develop film and television adaptations of the author's works, which include over 120 short stories and 45 novels...

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    Berg's SEAL Team 10 Drama 'Lone Survivor' Now Shooting with Wahlberg, Bana, Foster, Kitsch & Hirsch; Herrick Producing

    Norton Herrick has come on board to share producing duties with director Peter Berg and star Mark Wahlberg for "Lone Survivor," which is currently shooting in New Mexico with co-stars Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch and Taylor Kitsch...

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