×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Warners declares ‘War’

Pic does battle against CBS skein and survives

HOLLYWOOD — Call it the premiere that survived “Survivor”: confidently ignoring the big finale of CBS’ ratings buster, Warner Bros. launched “The Art of War” Wednesday at the Chinese Theater.

“We already went up against the strongest competition a premiere can have,” said co-writer Simon Barry. “How tough can the opening weekend be?”

Probably as tough as Richard Hatch imagines himself. But to help the opening, exec producer Elie Samaha said he made sure “War” had some “Survivor” ad time. “How could we not? It’s too big to pass up.”

As for the film’s star, he’s been passing on the show. “I’m my own survivor,” Wesley Snipes said. “I’m just trying to survive this industry.”

Among those who recorded “Survivor” and made it to the preem and Sunset Room after-party were Warner Bros. execs Alan Horn, Barry Meyer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brad Ball; producer Nicolas Clermont; director Christian Duguay; co-star Marie Matiko; plus guests Karl Austen, Colin Callender, Suzanne de Passe, Billy Gibbons and Sinbad.

More Scene

  • Sutton Foster'A Chorus Line' 75th Anniversary

    'Younger' Star Sutton Foster Recalls One of Her Early 'Terrible' Auditions

    HOLLYWOOD — Call it the premiere that survived “Survivor”: confidently ignoring the big finale of CBS’ ratings buster, Warner Bros. launched “The Art of War” Wednesday at the Chinese Theater. “We already went up against the strongest competition a premiere can have,” said co-writer Simon Barry. “How tough can the opening weekend be?” Probably as […]

  • Patricia Arquette speaks at the "Escape

    Patricia Arquette Lauds Pay Parity Progress, but Says More Work Needs to Be Done

    HOLLYWOOD — Call it the premiere that survived “Survivor”: confidently ignoring the big finale of CBS’ ratings buster, Warner Bros. launched “The Art of War” Wednesday at the Chinese Theater. “We already went up against the strongest competition a premiere can have,” said co-writer Simon Barry. “How tough can the opening weekend be?” Probably as […]

  • Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del

    'Escape at Dannemora': Why Ben Stiller Decided to Make the Prison Drama Series

    HOLLYWOOD — Call it the premiere that survived “Survivor”: confidently ignoring the big finale of CBS’ ratings buster, Warner Bros. launched “The Art of War” Wednesday at the Chinese Theater. “We already went up against the strongest competition a premiere can have,” said co-writer Simon Barry. “How tough can the opening weekend be?” Probably as […]

  • Aretha Franklin performs at pre-inaugural festivities,

    Aretha Franklin Documentary 'Amazing Grace': Helping Her 'Family to Heal and Move on'

    HOLLYWOOD — Call it the premiere that survived “Survivor”: confidently ignoring the big finale of CBS’ ratings buster, Warner Bros. launched “The Art of War” Wednesday at the Chinese Theater. “We already went up against the strongest competition a premiere can have,” said co-writer Simon Barry. “How tough can the opening weekend be?” Probably as […]

  • Donald Trump, Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro Bashes Trump Again: 'Down With This Motherf---er!'

    HOLLYWOOD — Call it the premiere that survived “Survivor”: confidently ignoring the big finale of CBS’ ratings buster, Warner Bros. launched “The Art of War” Wednesday at the Chinese Theater. “We already went up against the strongest competition a premiere can have,” said co-writer Simon Barry. “How tough can the opening weekend be?” Probably as […]

  • Montel Williams poses on the red

    Variety's Salute to Service Luncheon Honors Hollywood Veterans, Military Supporters

    HOLLYWOOD — Call it the premiere that survived “Survivor”: confidently ignoring the big finale of CBS’ ratings buster, Warner Bros. launched “The Art of War” Wednesday at the Chinese Theater. “We already went up against the strongest competition a premiere can have,” said co-writer Simon Barry. “How tough can the opening weekend be?” Probably as […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content