October 19, 1986
Sara Binder has been promoted to vice president-creative affairs for Universal City-based Universal Pictures. She will be responsible for the acquisition of literary and theatrical properties on the East Coast.
December 9, 1993 |
New Deal for Universal Pictures Producer: Rosalie Swedlin, who two years ago left her post as one of the top talent agents at Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency to form a film production company at Universal Pictures, has reached an agreement with the studio that gives her the option to make movies elsewhere. Universal announced it is moving ahead with Swedlin's first film, the urban drama "Clockers," which Spike Lee will direct and Martin Scorsese will produce.
December 13, 2003 |
Universal Pictures, which has enjoyed a number of box-office hits in recent years, has rewarded two top production executives with promotions. Mary Parent and Scott Stuber each has been appointed to the newly created position of vice chairman, worldwide production, for Universal Pictures, the studio announced Friday.
December 25, 2013 |
In "47 Ronin," Keanu Reeves portrays the leader of a band of ronin - masterless samurai in 18th-century Japan who must suffer the indignity of having no one to lead them in battle. Turns out that plot line provides an apt metaphor for the period 3-D sci-fi epic's problem-plagued odyssey to the screen. "47 Ronin" arrived in theaters Christmas Day as one of the most troubled movie productions in recent memory, as well as one of 2013's most spectacular flops-in-the-making. According to pre-release awareness surveys, the revenge thriller, which cost at least $175 million to produce, is on track to earn around $20 million in its opening five days.
September 25, 2013 |
A story in The Times on Wednesday about NASCAR's Entertainment Marketing division noted that a NASCAR-related feature film was in early development with Universal Pictures. So what's the movie about? Here's how producer Neal Edelstein, who's working with NASCAR Vice President Zane Stoddard on the project, described in broad terms what he termed the "underdog story:" "The story is about kind of a misfit kid who was into racing as a youth because of his father's passion for the sport.