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.
January 17, 2014 |
Tom Hanks' starring role in "Captain Phillips" was one of his most acclaimed performances in a distinguished career. But the two-time Oscar winner, who is also a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took nothing for granted - working tirelessly to promote "Captain Phillips" and his other big film, "Saving Mr. Banks," in which he plays Walt Disney. But when Academy Award nominations were read out before dawn Thursday, Hanks' name was never called. Cold-blooded snub?
December 6, 2013 |
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
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.
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.