May 30, 2009 |
Earlier this week, Sony announced that it had acquired the rights to the story of Richard Phillips, the captain of the Maersk Alabama freighter that was captured by Somali pirates, prompting a tense showdown that resulted in Phillips' rescue by Navy SEALs on the high seas. The studio also purchased the film rights to Phillips' upcoming memoirs. The interesting angle, for those of us who follow the inside workings of Hollywood, is the lineup of producers attached to the project.
November 5, 2012 |
Writer, producer and director J.J. Abrams ("Felicity," "Lost," "Alias") will receive the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement in Television Award at the annual Producers Guild of America Awards on Jan. 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer-series that have changed the landscape of television," said PGA Awards chair Michael DeLuca in a statement Monday. Abrams, who has directed such films as "Star Trek," "Super 8" and the upcoming sequel to "Star Trek," is currently executive producer of CBS' "Person of Interest," Fox's "Fringe" and the new NBC series "Revolution.
February 6, 2014 |
"Fifty Shades of ... Ana!" Actress Dakota Johnson assumed the character of B&D plaything Anastasia Steele for Elle magazine's March issue. The "50 Shades of Grey" star poses for the cover and inside spread wearing all the trappings of a boudoir babe: thigh-high stockings, sexy heels and that smoldering come-hither stare. Johnson poses on the cover bedside -- on her knees -- in a demure John Galliano frock juxtaposed with the headline: "Meet Dakota Johnson, the star of '50 Shades of Grey.'" PHOTOS: Meet the '50 Shades of Grey' cast & crew The shoot, it turns out, is several shades tamer than what the starlet is willing to do for the highly anticipated film based on E.L. James' erotica trilogy.
March 16, 2004 |
Michael De Luca is out as production chief at DreamWorks SKG, the studio founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. He'll become a producer at Columbia Pictures in July, Amy Pascal, chairwoman of the Sony Pictures Entertainment's motion picture group, said Monday. During a 16-year run at New Line Cinema, De Luca became known for promoting such cutting-edge fare as "Austin Powers" and "Boogie Nights."
May 8, 2008 |
The deal Warner Independent Pictures options Edward Ugel's "Money for Nothing," the true story of a hustler who preys on cash-starved lottery winners. He pockets the balance of their future winnings in return for lump-sum checks -- and then has a crisis of conscience. The players Michael De Luca Productions and Maguire Entertainment producing. Peter Steinfeld ("21") to write the screenplay; Ugel is represented by Farley Chase with the Waxman Literary Agency and on film rights by CAA. The book is published by HarperCollins.
April 15, 2014 |
Loyola High School in Los Angeles will showcase the work of young filmmakers from across the country via a student-run film festival, the first such event in the school's 149-year history, to be held May 17. Open to all U.S. high-school students, the Loyola Film Festival will feature three categories: narrative short, documentary short and action sports. Festival founder Adam Faze, a junior at Loyola, said in an email, "As the oldest high school in Southern California (and being in the entertainment capital of the world)