March 13, 2012 |
WhenWalt Disney Co.executives gave the greenlight to the project that became the Martian adventure film"John Carter,"they hoped they were launching the studio's next big franchise. It was to be directed by Andrew Stanton, who had been associated with a string of successful Pixar Animation Studios films - starting with the 1995 hit "Toy Story. " The source material was a century-old sci-fi touchstone that had inspired filmmakers including George Lucas and James Cameron. The movie would fit perfectly into Disney Chairman and Chief ExecutiveRobert A. Iger's big-picture plan to produce movies that would spawn sequels, become theme park attractions and drive sales of "John Carter" merchandise.
May 15, 2013 |
Tommy Trojan is tapping the entertainment industry -- again. In years past, the University of Southern California has received large gifts from Hollywood moguls to support its academic programs. In 2006, George Lucas donated $175 million toward the university's film school. In 2012 Robert Zemeckis gave $5 million to help fund a digital arts facility. Now hip-hopper/entrepreneur Dr. Dre (aka Andre Young) and his longtime associate, music mega-producer Jimmy Iovine, are awarding the school $70 million to start up what's being described as an Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
May 27, 1990 |
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT Dense, satisfying, feverishly inventive and a technical marvel, this 1988 live-action/animation blockbuster hit is a sort of inked-in film noir with outrageous sight gags. Bob Hoskins stars as a seedy gumshoe, and the film's mystery plot involves a last, great roundup of cartoon stars. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, with Oscar winner Richard Williams as director of animation. Friday 7 p.m. Saturday 2:30 a.m. Disney Friday 11 p.m. Saturday 12:30 and 9 p.m. TMC
January 31, 1989 |
Alan Parker, who brought the controversial civil rights film "Mississippi Burning" to the screen, was one of five directors nominated today for the Directors Guild of America's award for outstanding achievement. Also named for work on 1988 movies were Charles Crichton, director of "A Fish Called Wanda"; Barry Levinson, "Rain Man"; Robert Zemeckis, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and Mike Nichols, "Working Girl."
May 4, 2004 |
Naked men, monsters and reality shows are the focus of three new cable-TV networks. Playgirl TV, a spinoff of Playgirl magazine, bills itself as the first network to offer adult content geared toward women. A press release promised "innovative programming featuring the hottest guys [and] the most erotic sex." Meanwhile, Dark Castle Entertainment, founded by directors Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, said it would launch the Scream Channel in January.
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.