February 20, 2007 |
IF "Little Miss Sunshine" wins the Oscar for best picture, it will represent a phenomenal underdog victory for a raucous road-trip comedy that cost barely $7 million to make, was turned down by studios everywhere and was directed by a husband-and-wife team who'd never made a feature before. But for the film academy, a "Little Miss Sunshine" victory will be a huge public-relations embarrassment.
February 10, 2007 |
Penney Finkelman Cox, a veteran animation executive who helped launch Sony Pictures' foray into animation, is stepping down to become a producer for the division, the company announced Friday. The management shake-up follows mounting tensions between Finkelman Cox and Yair Landau, vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, over creative control of the animation division.
February 6, 2007 |
Walt Disney Co. started a new company with the producers of "Polar Express" to make animated films based in part on the movements of actors. Producer-director Robert Zemeckis, with Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey, will make films that Disney will market and distribute, the Burbank-based company said.
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January 26, 2007 |
Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey has lost his appeal for a producer credit on "The Departed," a best-picture Oscar nominee released by rival studio Warner Bros. The decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which doles out the Oscars, was made Thursday evening at a meeting of about 20 top producers who sit on the organization's executive committee.
January 26, 2007 |
Most 10-year-olds are happy with an allowance and some video games. Budding filmmaker Dominic Scott Kay wants creative control, along with a shot at the Sundance Film Festival. And, as often happens in the entertainment business, to get what he wants he's headed to court with one of Hollywood's top litigators in tow.
January 24, 2007 |
How avidly is Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey seeking his own Oscar for producing "The Departed" -- a rival studio's movie? Neither Grey nor the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would say Tuesday after the film received an Academy Award nomination. But the first tip-off that he has more than a passing interest in who takes home the statuette should the Warner Bros.
January 22, 2007 |
"Little Miss Sunshine" was awarded the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award for theatrical motion pictures. The 2007 Producers Guild of America Awards were presented by Tom Cruise in a Saturday evening ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel. Collecting the award on behalf of the dark, dysfunctional family comedy were producers Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, and Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. "Cars" was awarded the producer of the year award in animated film.
January 13, 2007 |
Universal Pictures can breathe a sigh of relief. Two of the studio's most prolific producers are expected to stay put at the studio, laying to rest speculation that they would find a new home. Working Title Films co-Chairmen Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have not signed their new contracts, but the deal points were hammered out as of Friday, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the negotiations were confidential.
December 28, 2006 |
A Los Angeles judge has delivered a legal setback to producer Bob Yari's challenge over the removal of his name from the credits as a producer of the Oscar-winning film "Crash." In a six-page ruling this week, Superior Court Judge Edward A. Ferns rejected arguments by Yari's lawyers that the Producers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are quasi-public organizations whose members' decision can be challenged through the hearing process.
December 15, 2006 |
THE good news for the producers of "Little Miss Sunshine": With its Golden Globe nomination for best comedy, the movie's Oscar chances keep building. The bad news: At least two of its producers can't enjoy any Academy Awards glory. And in the no-news-yet department: "The Departed's" four producers are still awaiting their fate.