July 15, 2005 |
Veteran Hollywood deal maker Rob Moore was named Thursday as Paramount Pictures' top business executive as the revamping of the venerable Hollywood studio continues. In taking the job as president of worldwide marketing, distribution and operations, Moore relinquishes his partnership in Revolution Studios, the 5-year-old movie company founded by Joe Roth, former film chief at Walt Disney Co. and 20th Century Fox. Moore becomes the second of Revolution's four original partners to leave this year.
June 11, 2005 |
Things are starting to "Come Together" for "All You Need Is Love." Revolution Studios' $50-million romantic musical directed by Julie Taymor ("Frida"), which begins shooting Sept. 7 in New York, has just licensed the rights to about 30 classic Beatles songs. It won't be John, Paul, George and Ringo belting out their original hits, like "I Want to Hold Your Hand" or "Let It Be," since the price tag would have been astronomical.
June 25, 2004 |
Joe Roth is down to two hours' sleep a night. Movie previews and marketing meetings at his Revolution Studios are squeezed into Sundays to fit his schedule. The rest of Roth's week, nights included, belong to directing the comedy "Christmas With the Kranks" starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. On top of that, he would love to be asked to produce next year's Oscars, as he did for the show in February.
May 15, 2004
Sequel: Revolution Studios has committed to making "Hellboy II," with comic-book creator Mike Mignola developing the story with "Hellboy" writer-director Guillermo del Toro. Revival: Natasha Richardson will star as Blanche du Bois in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 in New York next spring. Time chief: Bob Safian, managing editor of Money magazine since 1998, was named executive editor of Time magazine.
February 29, 2004 |
Backstage at the Kodak Theatre three days before the Academy Awards, Oscar producer Joe Roth is swimming in Hollywood royalty. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have just finished rehearsing their speeches. Renee Zellweger waits for her run-through in the green room. At this very moment, Roth's as popular as anyone in show business could ever be. You would never know he needs a hit.
August 7, 2003 |
Joe Roth suspected eight months ago that his Revolution Studios was in for a rough ride this spring and summer. In a hurry to make its mark, the young company had committed nearly $350 million to a cluster of movies that included two from filmmakers Ron Shelton and Martin Brest. Each would write, produce and direct his own picture -- and enjoy the prerogative of final cut, depriving Revolution of creative control over their work.