It was a Warner Bros family affair Wednesday night as Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Sylvester Stallone, Brett Ratner, Todd Phillips and Adam Sandler were among those who came out to say farewell and celebrate the career of Warner Bros domestic distribution chief Dan Fellman, who after 38 years at the Burbank studio announced his retirement back in July.
Eastwood was the last of the three speakers last night. If there’s a great final feather in Fellman’s cap before he departs, it’s the fact that he drove the director’s film American Sniper to a career-record opening and cume ($89.3M wide weekend and domestic cume of $350.1M).
“Being the head of distribution is one of the hardest jobs in the movies,” quipped Eastwood, “You have to be a terrific actor when you tell people their grosses are going to improve next weekend. You have to like every movie because you have to release every movie; a lot of the good movies don’t do anything, and the bad movies do terrific.”
Promised Eastwood, “We’re gonna miss you, Dan, but you’re going to release my next picture whenever that is. Danny, we love you," Eastwood said.
Below: Recipient of the Fandango Fan Choice award for Favourite Film of 2014, 'American Sniper,' Clint Eastwood (L) and President Domestic Distribution Warner Bros. Pictures Dan Fellman attend CinemaCon and Warner Bros. Pictures Present “The Legend of Cinema Luncheon: A Salute to Clint Eastwood” at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.