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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman is author of the book “Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World” (2008).

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Sony Hackers Threaten '9/11-Like' Attack Over Franco-Rogen Flick

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This week, hackers promised "a bitter fate" to those who attend screenings of "The Interview," which North Korea has called "an act of war." Will Sony pull the film from distribution?

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'X-Men' & Out-of-Control Hollywood Culture

Friday, April 25, 2014

Director Bryan Singer has a new X-Men movie out soon, but the probable blockbuster will now be marred by controversy. Last week, a man sued Singer, alleging that  the director and other men repeatedly assaulted him as a teenager.


The Film Industry is Leaving Hollywood Behind

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The city of lights is losing its glow as the film industry in Los Angeles continues to shrink. In an attempt to bring back Hollywood, newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to hire a film czar. Sharon Waxman, founder and CEO of, joins The Takeaway to talk about what’s driving the film industry out of L.A.

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What Good Are Film Festivals?

Friday, September 07, 2012

Political reporters on the campaign trail aren’t the only journalists racking up the frequent flyer miles right now. It’s the season of major film festivals, and people who cover movies get the better destinations. Sharon Waxman, of the entertainment news site The Wrap ...

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Cannes 2012: This Year's Film Festival In Review

Monday, May 28, 2012

This year's Cannes Film Festival just wrapped up last night, and Sharon Waxman, founder and CEO of, was there. She reviews this year's biggest films and oddest happenings.


Sharon Waxman Talks All Things Media

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sharon Waxman, founder of the Hollywood and media analysis website, joins us to discuss the latest in the media world, including the $200 million estimated loss for the Disney sci-fi epic John Carter, Apple's $100 billion cash reserve, the ongoing conversation around Kony2012, and the fact or fiction of playwright Mike Daisey's show on the working conditions at Apple supplier factories.

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2011: Dud Year for Movies?

Friday, December 02, 2011

This year saw a record number of sequels, reboots, and spin-offs: of the ten highest grossing movies, only one, Bridesmaids, was entirely original. Kurt Andersen talks with Sharon Waxman, editor of Hollywood business site The Wrap, about why 2011 ended up being a mediocre year for films ...

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Total Recall: Tracing the Schwarzenegger Scandal

Friday, May 20, 2011

The news that Maria Shriver was leaving her husband, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, earlier this month sent shock waves across the nation. The reason for her seeking a divorce remained just speculation in the media and blogosphere until the Los Angeles Times broke the revelation that Schwarzenegger had a secret love child. Sharon Waxman, founder and CEO of, and Tracy Weber, senior reporter for ProPublica, talk about what this scandal says about our culture.


Twitter: The New (and Much Faster) Word of Mouth

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" opened at 12:01 a.m. today. And the critics are already weighing in—on Twitter. The 140-character reviews are quickly changing the way "word of mouth" works. The Twitterati can tweet their response to a film while sitting in the theater. This is having a dramatic effect on the box office. Sasha Baron Cohen's film Bruno drew $14 million on the day of its release, but was panned on Twitter and sales plummeted 40 percent. Sharon Waxman of The Wrap, and a Takeaway contributor, joins us with a look.

"Word-of-mouth flies so fast and grows so exponentially—because of Twitter particularly—that they can't control the message for three whole days. Now it's basically one day. The veil comes off the movie and they're toast if the movie is not good."
—Sharon Waxman of The Wrap on the Twitter challenge for the movie business

Here's the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, tweet @thetakeaway with your thoughts:

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The envelope please

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The 81st Academy Awards nominations were just announced and our contributor Sharon Waxman, editor-in-chief of, joins us for the rundown.

We've compiled the trailers for all the Best Picture nominees. Click away!
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

If you don't know the story of Slumdog Millionaire, listen to our interview with its author Vikas Swarup.


Hollywood in 2009: Entertainment at a crucial crossroads

Monday, December 29, 2008

Will independent film studios breathe their final breath, only to be saved by culture vultures downloading lesser known films online? Will this be the year SAG members strike, only to watch their prime time acting roles make way for less scripted television programming? It's a pivotal year in the world of Hollywood and Sharon Waxman joins John and Adaora to discuss the future of "the business".

"These are really big changes that are just the beginning of the kinds of transformational changes we're going to see."
— Sharon Waxman on the entertainment industry

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Brad Pitt and Batman nominated for Golden Globes

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Is Benjamin Button the front runner or will Batman beat him to the punch?
"Usually people look to the Golden Globes to get a sense of what's being nominated for the Oscars. This year, it's all over the map."
— Sharon Waxman


Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The museums of New York, Paris and London are filled with treasures from Egypt, Italy, Turkey and Greece. And museum directors in those countries are no longer content to sit back and allow their own ancient treasures to take up permanent residence in museums of other nations. The Takeaway is joined by Sharon Waxman, author of the book, “Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World


Owning the Past

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hear the latest in the ongoing debate over who owns the past, and what should happen to stolen antiquities - from the Elgin Marbles in London, to Egyptian mummies. Former New York Times culture correspondent Sharon Waxman is author of Loot.

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