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.
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April 1, 2003 |
Michael Jeter, the diminutive actor who delighted children as "Sesame Street's" Mr. Noodle and earned a Tony for the Broadway musical "Grand Hotel" and an Emmy for his role as assistant coach in Burt Reynolds' television series "Evening Shade," has died. He was 50. Jeter was found dead Sunday in his Hollywood home by his life partner, Sean Blue. Publicist Dick Guttman said Jeter had been ill, but the cause of death has not been determined.
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."
July 12, 1997
So there's this Robert Zemeckis-Jodie Foster movie coming out called "Contact" ("Your Next Contact May Be From a Lawyer," In the Know, July 7) and it was derived from Carl Sagan's book "Contact," which Francis Ford Coppola claims came from his story "First Contact," and he's suing everybody in sight about it. Well, here's another "brief." Coppola probably "borrowed" the story from a highly praised and much anthologized science-fiction novella called "First Contact" written by Murray Leinster (William Fitzgerald Jenkins)
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.