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Good Universe has made several key hires and promotions as it seeks to ramp up a production slate for 2014. Erin Westerman, who served as an executive at Disney where she oversaw Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, has been brought on as vp production while Cristen Carr Strubbe has been tapped as senior vp physical production. Meanwhile, Spencer Wong, who was previously director of development, has been promoted to vp production, and Jeremy Needelman has been named senior vp strategy, finance and accounting. Westerman was well-regarded at Disney, where she oversaw films such as the upcoming Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, and
- Borys Kit
It isn't exactly breaking news that George Clooney is funny and charming, but the actor-writer-director-heartthrob cemented his status as one of Hollywood's most delightful people Tuesday while answering a wide range of questions during a Reddit Ama.
Among offering some sobering responses to queries about his work with the United Nations and advocacy for war-torn regions like Sudan, Clooney also busted out some hilarious replies to a host of more lighthearted questions, ranging from his plans to avenge Tina Fey's excellent Golden Globes zinger ("I'm working on getting them back in a big way") to who's the better the cobbler: him or Daniel Day-Lewis? (For the record, Clooney claims he's the superior shoemaker.)
Here's a roundup of some more of his best replies.
On playing basketball with Leonardo DiCaprio:
That was a fun day. It's always fun when you play people younger than you and win. We're playing »
- Katie Roberts
Little is still known about Brad Bird's upcoming film Tomorrowland . Even with the various set photos and viral websites it's a difficult puzzle to piece together, and it doesn't help that no one is talking. Taking part in an Ama on Reddit , George Clooney, one of the stars of the film, was asked about working on the project and offered a few more clues. "I literally have a harness on and I’ve been hanging from 30 ft from 4 different blue screens and literally as we are talking they are all staring at me because I had to get down to do this. I have all these wire hanging off of me....Brad is a really good guy with a wild imagination. If I don’t screw it up it will be a great film. »
George Clooney and Hugh Laurie were spotted filming director Brad Bird's Tomorrowland at Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia, Spain and we've got photos from the set! Set to hit theaters on May 22, 2015, the Disney mystery adventure also stars Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson and Kathryn Hahn. Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as "Tomorrowland." Click the photos for bigger versions! »
It was one of the most drawn-out castings of 2013, but Marvel Studios closed the year by finally confirming last month that Vin Diesel will lend his voice to the tree-like character Groot in August's Guardians of the Galaxy. Now the Fast & Furious star has posted an image to Facebook showing himself in the voice booth, as well as giving us his thoughts on the finished footage that he's seen from James Gunn's cosmic superhero ensemble...
"Some of you may remember the character I voiced back in 1998 [in The Iron Giant]. Last month I had the opportunity to voice a new character, on the Disney lot… and I was shocked to see the same sound engineer, Doc, who was there when Brad Bird was directing me 15 years earlier, as the Iron Giant. As artists we are susceptible to clocking omens… and this was a great sign. As I worked, with James Gunn, breathing life into Groot… »
- Gary Collinson
“Some of you may remember the character I voiced back in 1998…,” started Vin Diesel in a recent Facebook post, referring to his titular character in The Iron Giant. “Last month I had the opportunity to voice a new character, on the Disney lot… and I was shocked to see the same sound engineer, Doc, who was there when Brad Bird was directing me 15 years earlier, as the Iron Giant. As artists we are susceptible to clocking omens… and this was a great sign. As I worked, with James Gunn, breathing life into Groot… I saw more and more of the film… wow.” Diesel concluded the Facebook post, which has a photo from his Groot recording session, with “This summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, is not only going to blow you away, it could very well break Marvel records. Grateful for the opportunity to make magic.” What do you think? Marvel »
When Disneyland Paris, then called EuroDisney, opened in 1992, it was seen as something of a boondoggle, with a lack of thematic clarity and poor attendance. It's commonly seen as one of the biggest blights on Michael Eisner's tenure as the head of the Disney company (detailed lovingly in James B. Stewart's "Disney War"). For years the park (which now includes a second gate) has limped along, surviving via a series of last-minute financial interventions and government subsidies but still struggling due to its massive financial debt. Still, it's one of the more unique Disney parks in the world, particularly when it comes to the Jules Verne-indebted version of Tomorrowland (complete with the only Space Mountain that shoots passengers outside of the building -- and upside down) and this summer will have a huge feather in its cap with the addition of an entire "Ratatouille"-themed section of the park. »
- Drew Taylor
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