August 21, 2012 |
Stephen King has been waiting a long time for "The Dark Tower" series to find a place on screens. "The Gunslinger," the first book in the series, was published in 1982, and he's returned to that science fiction/fantasy/horror/western world for almost 4,000 pages. More than once, it has looked like Hollywood would tackle the enormous cross-genre project. More than once, the project has been killed. That's what happened Tuesday at Warner Bros., which passed on "The Dark Tower. " Deadline reports , "After getting an overhauled script from Oscar winning scribe Akiva Goldsman, the studio just balked on the project that Ron Howard wants to direct with Brian Grazer, Goldsman and King producing, and with their A Beautiful Mind star Russell Crowe being eyed to play the gunman Roland Deschain.
August 15, 2012 |
Jay-Z is coming back to the big screen. As the rap titan preps his upcoming Made In America festival, he's given Hollywood director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer access to the creation of the two-day show he's launching Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia, the New York Post reports. The Oscar-winning duo behind “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Da Vinci Code” told the Post that the documentary is “going to be born through Jay-Z's perspective. " “The festival showcases 20 preeminent artists that speak to the new generation,” Grazer told the Post.
July 20, 2012 |
Director Ron Howard will drive the pace car at the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race July 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, track officials said Friday. Howard is making a movie about motor racing, "Rush," a drama that centers around the rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the 1976 world championship. The film, starring Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Lauda, is expected to be released next year. It will be Howard's first visit to the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he'll be a guest of four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon.
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July 4, 2012 |
Andy Griffith was starring on Broadway in the 1959 musical comedy "Destry Rides Again" when he told his agent that he was ready for a new challenge: He wanted his own television series. His chance came in 1960, when Sheldon Leonard, the producer of "The Danny Thomas Show," developed an idea that would exploit the actor's homespun image: Griffith would play Andy Taylor, the sheriff in a series set in a mythical North Carolina town called Mayberry. "The Andy Griffith Show"made its debut that fall with Ronny Howard as the widowed sheriff's young son, Opie, and Frances Bavier as matronly Aunt Bee. The series quickly became one of the decade's most popular shows and made Griffith one of television's most beloved stars.
July 3, 2012 |
Early in the second season of "The Andy Griffith Show," I ventured a suggestion for a line change to make it sound more "like the way a kid would say it. " I was just 7 years old. But my idea was accepted and I remember standing frozen, thrilled at what this moment represented to me. Andy asked me, "What you grinnin' at, youngin'?" I said it was the first idea of mine they'd ever said yes to. Without a pause, Andy responded for all to hear: "It was the first idea that was any damn good.
January 14, 2011 |
The dilemma for "The Dilemma," the new Vince Vaughn comedy, is how to tackle some serious business seriously ? telling your best friend that his wife is cheating ? without losing the funny business of the glib good-time guy that has kept fans flocking to Vaughn's films for years. Although the seriocomic mash-up in the hands of director Ron Howard is not without its issues, this is a time when bait and switch is not a bad idea. It's not really about the laughs, or even the drama. What "The Dilemma" ultimately does best is create a platform for Vaughn to drag that iconic character of his into full-blown adulthood.