February 19, 2013 |
Many actors are finding easy money in doing voice-over work for radio and television commercials. But it is very unlikely that anyone landed an easier gig than Al Pacino, who didn't lift a finger to get a plum voice-over spot with Chrysler Jeep. The unmistakable voice of Pacino can be heard in the new television commercial touting the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the spot, Pacino is giving an inspired speech about how life is a "game of inches. " If it sounds familiar, it is. The speech comes from a pivotal scene from the 1999 Oliver Stone movie "Any Given Sunday," which stars Pacino as an aging football coach.
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November 16, 2009 |
Once Jesus signed on, it was easy to enlist King Solomon and Moses. Jim Caviezel (Jesus), Malcolm McDowell (King Solomon) and Richard Dreyfuss (Moses) were among hundreds of actors who lined up to create "The Word of Promise Audio Bible," all 98 hours and 79 CDs of it. The nearly four-year project, released last month,was the inspiration of Carl Amari, a Chicago-area producer behind "Twilight Zone Radio Dramas," "Mystery Theater" and other radio programs. "I always thought it would be cool to do a radio drama of the Bible," said Amari, who grew up "not real religious" in the Catholic Church.
December 24, 2006 |
Hal Douglas Voice-over actor for four decades specializing in movie trailers, TV, documentaries, commercials and business films. "It's really narration in all of its own forms. One takes what comes -- that is the working craft, you know." Currently providing the voice-overs for the faux movie trailers in "The Holiday" and for the actual trailers for "Night at the Museum."
November 27, 2012 |
Discovery Communciations has developed a taste for Middle Eastern food. The cable programming giant whose holdings include Discovery Channel and TLC has struck a deal to acquire Dubai-based Takhayal Entertainment, the parent company of Fatafeat, a popular food network in the region. "The acquisition of Takhayal, the premier company for cuisine and culinary programming in the Middle East, significantly strengthens our portfolio in this important region and adds content in a genre that has proved popular with our viewers around the globe," said Mark Hollinger, chief executive of Discovery Networks International. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but people with knowledge of the transaction put the price at less than $10 million.
November 29, 2012 |
CNN has tapped Jeff Zucker as its new leader. Zucker, the former chief executive of NBCUniversal, will succeed Jim Walton as president of CNN Worldwide. Walton announced in July he would leave at the end of this year and Zucker will take over starting in January. A former producer of NBC's highly successful morning news program "Today," Zucker was the front runner to succeed Walton as head of the cable news channel. He will report to Phil Kent, the president of Turner Broadcasting, the Time Warner unit that houses CNN. "Jeff's experience as a news executive is unmatched for its breadth and success," said Kent in a prepared statement. "He built and sustained the No. 1 brand in morning news, and under his watch NBC's signature news programming set a standard for quality and professionalism.
November 1, 2012 |
More summer tent-pole movies boosted Sony Pictures' results in the quarter ended Sept. 30, but the studio still suffered in comparison to the same period last year. This year's summer was full of costly event movies, though the results were mixed, with "The Amazing Spider-Man" a hit, "Total Recall" a flop, and "Men in Black 3" a modest disappointment. However, more big movies resulted in higher theatrical revenue. Summer 2011 was a light one for Culver City-based Sony, with a successful big-screen version of "The Smurfs" its only relatively big-budget tent pole.