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  • Go, Johnny, Go! - LA Weekly 7/13/06

    Go, Johnny, Go!

    By NIKKI FINKE

    Deadline Hollywood
    LA WEEKLY
    Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 8:00 pm

    We got our first hint that Depp, who came to stardom as the eye candy in that lame TV series 21 Jump Street, would have an interesting career when he went to work for John Waters in Cry-BabyGive credit where it's due, and one who deserves credit is Walt Disney Studios chief Dick Cook. Though Disney has a notorious history of stiffing its working stiffs (as opposed to Michael Eisner and Michael Ovitz and Bob Iger), Cook, unlike so many other suits, deserves whatever bonus he negotiates.

    Cook began his show-biz career in 1970 operating the steam train and monorail rides at Disneyland. When he was named chairman of Walt Disney Studios back in February 2002, Hollywood was skeptical that a bureaucrat from the marketing and distribution side was now in charge. Yet his selection underscored the new reality at Walt Disney Studios: FrankenEisner had spent the past two years slashing overhead by $600 million. Cook took over a deeply downsized movie operation at a time when the flailing company was desperate to avoid exposure to the humongous financial risks of tent-pole movies.

    Now, four years later, a big-budget summer popcorn pic has ended the weekendwith $133 mil. Pirates2Spider-Man
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    "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006

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