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As Ron Howard completed his turn from actor to director a couple of decades ago, he thought of the greats he would like to emulate, such as Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, and Mike Nichols. To the former child star, those masters had at least two qualities in common: They varied their subject matter, and they didn’t sit still for long between projects.
Howard appears to be living the métier of his heroes, with a packed schedule of eclectic directorial offerings: “Inferno,” the latest of three thrillers drawn from the Dan Brown series of novels, arrives in theaters at the end of the month, while “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week,” a documentary on the glory days of the Fab Four, is continuing an art-house run that began in September. Meanwhile, Howard has begun work on the kickoff episode of “Genius,” an anthology series for the National Geographic Channel that »
- James Rainey
No, there's nothing particularly revelatory here. But director Ron Howard, who put together the 2013 Jay-z concert pic Made in America, catches the exhilarating kick of Beatlemania as the band toured 15 countries from 1963 to 1966. Everything is here, from the band's hysteria-making American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show to Lennon's controversial remark that the Beatles "are more popular than Jesus." Paul McCartney provides context: "By the end, it became quite complicated. But at the beginning, things were really simple." True, that.
In fresh interviews, McCartney and Ringo Starr offer comments »
He’s riffed on countless action movie tropes across Sony’s Jump Street series and will soon rub shoulders with the Men in Black. But for his latest, Channing Tatum is in line to join Jillian Bell for Disney’s long-rumored Splash remake, which will flip the tables by having the mermaid as a man and the human as a woman.
It’s a twist that was already in the cards and today, Deadline has made it official; whereas Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah headlined Ron Howard’s cult hit as human and mermaid, respectively, Tatum and Jillian Bell are part of Disney’s gender-swapped version, which has already enlisted the support of both Howard and Brian Glazer as producers.
- Michael Briers
I had a close friend and brother-in-arms named Larry Schlam, an attorney who specialized in juvenile rights. He later became a law professor and a lecturer on that same issue. He had been a doo-wop singer in Brooklyn, but that has no relevance to this topic. As it comes to us all, Larry died last year.
Back in 1971 or 1972, I was with Larry at his office in downtown Chicago. We were working late – to the extent that we were actually working – and I left around 10 Pm. As I walked towards the elevators, I saw one about to close and, like many late-evening neurotics, I was convinced that was the last elevator for the night. I shouted “Please hold the elevator!” and a giant mitt popped out to hold the door open. I trotted into the booth, turned to thank my benefactor, and found myself face-to-face with Muhammad Ali.
I did »
- Mike Gold
C3 Entertainment is launching a new Three Stooges film franchise with the trio as 12-year-olds in a tentatively titled “The Three Little Stooges” movie.
“Three Little Stooges” will be based on 12-year-old versions of Larry, Moe and Curly. The pic will be a live-action family film with Harris Goldberg directing from his own script. His credits include “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and “The Master of Disguise.”
Arc Entertainment will distribute the film in North America while the Exchange will present the film to international distributors at the Berlin Film Festival this month. C3 Entertainment’s licensing division will handle merchandising and promotional tie-ins for the new film.
Casting director Joey Paul Jensen has launched a nationwide search to find actors to to play the 12-year-old versions of Larry, Moe and Curly. Production is scheduled to begin this summer in Vancouver. »
- Dave McNary
5 items from 2016
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