News

Dan Aykroyd Changes Tune On Ghostbusters Remake

Dan Aykroyd has taken to Facebook to further comment upon the Ghostbusters remake, expanding on comments he made to Britain's Channel 4 that Lrm discussed a couple days ago. In the comment, he changes his tune on whether or not the original characters should have been involved.

Paul Feig made a good movie and had a superb cast and plenty of money to do it. We just wish he had been more inclusive to the originators. It cost everyone as it is unlikely Kristen, Leslie, Melissa and Kate will ever reprise their roles as Ghostbusters which is sad.

Where to begin. As the screenwriter of the original movie and with his agent Bernie Brillstein as one of the producers, Dan had a lot more power than your average screenwriter and actor when it came to a potential remake. Add onto that the fact that Ivan Reitman, the original director, had
See full article at LRM Online »

Newswire: R.I.P. Brad Grey, legendary manager and producer and ex-Paramount CEO

Brad Grey, the celebrated manager and producer turned film executive who recently ended a 12-year tenure as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, has died. Grey, who retired from Paramount mere months ago, died of cancer at home in Holmby Hills, California, according to Deadline. He was 59.

Born in the Bronx in December 1957, Grey began his career while he was a student at the University of Buffalo. He worked as an assistant to Harvey Weinstein during the latter’s early days as a concert promoter, before breaking out on his own as a manager of young New York-based stand-up comics. (Bob Saget was his first client.) In 1984, Grey convinced fellow talent manager Bernie Brillstein to make him a partner in his company; re-dubbed Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, the company went on to produce shows like Mr. Show, NewsRadio, Real Time With Bill Maher, and The Sopranos as well as ...
See full article at The AV Club »

Brad Grey, Former Paramount CEO, Dead at 59

Brad Grey, Former Paramount CEO, Dead at 59
Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey has died from cancer at age 59. Grey served as the head of Paramount for the past 12 years, stepping down just this past February. He died with his family by his side at his home in Holmby Hills, California.

Read More: Paramount First Looks: Garland’s ‘Annihilation,’ Payne’s ‘Downsizing,’ and Bay’s ‘Transformers’

Prior to joining Paramount, Grey co-founded management and production company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment with Bernie Brillstein. At Bge, he executive produced shows including “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Grey also co-founded Plan B with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston before the couple split and Pitt took control of the company, Deadline reported. Grey left Plan B for Paramount shortly before production began on Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which won for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Plan B had a first look deal with Paramount for several years before
See full article at Indiewire »

Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey Dies at 59

Former Paramount CEO Brad Grey Dies at 59
Brad Grey, the former Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO, died on Sunday night of cancer. He was 59.

In addition to running Paramount for 12 years, Grey helped transform Brillstein-Grey Entertainment into one of Hollywood’s most successful management and production companies, playing a key role in the development of “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.” He also co-founded Plan B Entertainment with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, through which he produced the Oscar-winning “The Departed.”

Grey was forced out at Paramount in February in the wake of several film flops and some $450 million in annual losses at the studio.

Related

Paramount Marketing Chief: Jim Gianopulos Appointment ‘Marks a New Moment’

Grey, a shrewd operator who alternately stroked and clashed with Hollywood’s key power brokers, had a tumultuous tenure at Paramount. He was credited with maintaining strong relationships with Pitt and Martin Scorsese, as well as overseeing the successful “Transformers” and “Mission: Impossible” series.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Brad Grey, Former Head of Paramount Pictures, Dies at 59

Brad Grey, Former Head of Paramount Pictures, Dies at 59
Brad Grey, the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, died Sunday from cancer at his Holmby Hills home with his family by his side. He was 59.

Grey stepped down at Paramount in February after leading the studio for 12 years. He arrived from Brillstein-Grey Management, the powerhouse talent management agency that he founded with the late Bernie Brillstein in 1984.

While Grey left a mixed legacy behind at Paramount — during his tenure, the studio relied on such franchises as Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible and also saw the Al Gore climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth win an Oscar —...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Brad Grey Officially Out at Paramount

Brad Grey is officially out as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures after 12 rocky years at the helm of the studio. He will be replaced on an interim basis by a committee of executives that will include Andrew Gumpert, the Sony alum who joined Paramount as chief operating officer in November; Megan Colligan, president of distribution and marketing; Marc Evans, president of the motion picture group; Mark Badagliacca, chief financial officer, and Amy Powell, president of TV and digital.

Paramount’s corporate parent, Viacom, has already begun reaching out to potential replacements for Grey.

Grey wrote an email to staff announcing his exit, saying that he is handing over the bulk of his duties on Wednesday, but will remain engaged with the transition.

“From the moment I came to Paramount in 2005, I saw myself as a steward of an iconic institution,” Grey wrote. “I never could have dreamed that privilege would last more than 12 years.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Paramount’s Brad Grey Will Be Replaced by Interim Committee to Run Studio Until Successor Is Named

Paramount’s Brad Grey Will Be Replaced by Interim Committee to Run Studio Until Successor Is Named
Viacom has set an interim committee of internal executives — including film group chief Marc Evans and TV head Amy Powell — to run Paramount Pictures until a successor can be found for outgoing studio chief Brad Grey. Grey is finalizing his exit deal and an agreement could be reached as early as Tuesday. He has three years to go on the five-year contract he signed in 2015, so a financial settlement has to be consummated before he formally resigns under pressure from Viacom’s new CEO, Bob Bakish. Grey’s departure had long been expected in the industry amid the top-to-bottom shakeup at Viacom and the continued poor performance of Paramount.

The internal committee that will lead the studio in the wake of Grey’s departure includes Andrew Gumpert, the Sony alum who joined Paramount as chief operating officer in November; Megan Colligan, president of distribution and marketing; Evans, president of the motion picture group; and Powell,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Brad Grey in Talks to Leave as Paramount Pictures Chairman

Brad Grey in Talks to Leave as Paramount Pictures Chairman
Updated: Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey is in talks with his bosses at Viacom to step aside and take on a new role with the company, a long-rumored shift that would come after five years of dismal results at the film studio, two sources confirmed Friday.

Grey’s possible departure comes after not only a long series of box office flops, far outnumbering hits, but also upheaval in the top executive ranks. Though a replacement has not yet been chosen, several sources said that it is possible the job will go, at least on a temporary basis, to Amy Powell, Paramount’s president of television and digital entertainment.

The talks between Grey and Viacom’s leadership, including CEO Bob Bakish, were continuing into the afternoon Friday and might not be resolved until Monday or Tuesday, according to one of the sources.

Grey, a former talent manager, has had a largely tumultuous run.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Marissa Jade’s ‘Destiny: Queen of Thieves’ in the Works as Movie

Marissa Jade’s ‘Destiny: Queen of Thieves’ in the Works as Movie
Marissa Jade’s comic book “Destiny: Queen of Thieves” is in development as a movie with Ken Barbet directing, Variety has learned exclusively.

Erik Sudberg has signed on to write the script. Jeffrey D. Erb of Framelight Productions will produce the film. Sudberg’s credits include “Behind the Stars: The Bernie Brillstein Story” and the thriller “Red Sequin.”

Jade gained notice as a regular on the sixth and final season of Vh-1’s “Mob Wives” and via publication of Idw Media’s “Destiny: Queen of Thieves,” based her look and attitude. She has also appeared on shows including “Gossip Girl,” “The Good Wife,” and “Law & Order,” as well as movies like “Elf.”

The film rights were optioned by Framelight from Jade and her comic book collaborators G. Tippet, C.J. Henderson and G.W. Fisher.

“Destiny: Queen of Thieves” focuses on a female master thief who lives in New York City. When
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Larry Thompson to Be Inducted Into Personal Managers Hall of Fame

  • The Wrap
Larry Thompson to Be Inducted Into Personal Managers Hall of Fame
Hollywood talent manager Larry A. Thompson will be inducted into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame. The film and Broadway producer, attorney, book packager, author and motivational speaker will join other previously inaugurated members, including Bernie Brillstein, Shep Gordon, Charles H. Joffe, Ken Kragen and Jack Rollins, among others. Clinton Ford Billups Jr. is the president of the National Conference of Personal Managers (Ncopm), which recognizes outstanding careers in personal management and awards the highest recognition bestowed upon a personal manager. Other members of the 2016 class are Rushion McDonald, Doc McGhee, Edie Robb, Jerry Solomon and Jeff Wald. New posthumous inductees include George.
See full article at The Wrap »

61 film books that are well worth your time

facebook

twitter

google+

Looking for good books about the movies to read? We've got a bumper selection of recommendations right here...

A confession. I actually started writing this article in 2013, and the reason you've only reading it now is that I've made sure I've read every book on this list, save for one or two where I've marked otherwise. As such, what you're getting is a very personal list of recommendations. Each of these books has at least something to it that I think is of interest to someone wanting to learn more about film - or just enjoy stories of movie making.

I've tended to avoid picture books, with one exception, as these ones I've chosen are all intended to be chock-full of words, to relax with at the end of a long day. Which is what I did. There are one or two notable omissions, as I'm still
See full article at Den of Geek »

Jerry Weintraub 1937-2015

Jerry Weintraub 1937-2015
Ocean’s Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub, a man almost as well known for his sense of showmanship in life as the movies he made, has died at the age of 77.Born in Brooklyn in 1937, Weintraub was raised in the Bronx and obsessed with cinema. In his teenage years, he’d sneaked in to the local Lowes Paradise Theater so often that the manager offered him a job as an usher. He ditched high school at 17 for the Air Force and then used the G.I. Bill to fund his education at Sanford Meisner’s Neighbourhood Playhouse. He took a somewhat traditional route into show business, working as a page at NBC and in the mailroom at the William Morris agency. But his restless spirit meant he sought out more, and became a personal manager to various clients on the club circuit and worked briefly for John F. Kennedy’s presidential
See full article at EmpireOnline »

How One Writer Turned a Love for Writing Into an Oscar- and Emmy-Award Winning Carer, Exclusive Excerpt from 'Traffic' Screenwriter Stephen Gaghan

The following is an excerpt from "Film Craft: Screenwriting,"edited by Tim Grierson. The book is now available from Focal Press. The excerpt below was made available by the book's publisher. Stephen Gaghan’s writing career started quite promisingly, publishing a short story in The Iowa Review before he was even 26. He also impressed the writing staff of "The Simpsons" with a spec episode entitled “Family Wheel of Jeopardy,” as well as producer and talent agent Bernie Brillstein with a collection of "Saturday Night Live" sketches he’d written. But a career in television writing in the 1990s— including stints at "New York Undercover," "The Practice," "American Gothic," and "NYPD Blue" (where he shared an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series)—soon gave way to screenwriting. His first produced film credit was "Rules of Engagement" (2000), which starred Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones, but he received much acclaim for his next film,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘World War Z’ a Big Test for Paramount’s Wary Strategy

‘World War Z’ a Big Test for Paramount’s Wary Strategy
Memo To: Brad Grey

From: Peter Bart

Back in 2005, Brad, when you were named Paramount’s uberboss, I wrote a memo to you that waved some warning flags. “You’ve never run a studio,” I wrote, “so let me list all the things that could possibly go wrong.” You were politely dismissive of my warnings — that is, until just about all of the dire predictions became reality.

Eight years later, those problems have been long forgotten and your regime at Paramount seems as solid as any in town. But is it solid or stolid, as some of your critics suggest? The studio doesn’t make many movies or create much sizzle. It’s almost like the ‘R’ word (risk) has been dropped from the studio’s vocabulary.

That’s why there’s so much focus within the industry on the opening of “World War Z” on June 21. This isn’t just another summer release,
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Leigh Brillstein Exits ICM For Resolution

Exclusive: Another very interesting sign from ICM by Jeff Berg‘s Resolution Agency. Leigh Brillstein gave her notice about 15 minutes ago after 25 years working for Berg and then recently Chris Silbermann. She ran ICM’s TV talent department twice and before that was at CAA, first as an assistant in the lit department and later as a talent agent, until 1980. She is, of course, the daughter of the late and legendary Hollywood manager and producer Bernie Brillstein. Update: “Leigh has a great eye for performers and has successfully overseen the careers of numerous award-winning actors while also serving as a mentor for a generation of younger agency colleagues,” Berg said in a statement. ”With the expansion of cable channels and the new digital platforms in addition to broadcast, Leigh’s expertise will become invaluable in helping assure that our clients are fully represented in all aspects of television.”
See full article at Deadline Hollywood »

Paramount To Keep Leader Who Revived Star Trek, Transformers

It's been nothing but prosperity for Paramount Pictures since Brad Grey took over. And so there's no surprise that the studio is going to keep him right where he is. Grey, who among other things pushed for the successful revival of the Star Trek franchise under J.J. Abrams, extended his deal with Paramount to lead at least through 2017. Grey took over right as Viacom was splitting up its film and television units to create Paramount and CBS Television as separate companies. He also decided to undo efforts to have Emmy-winning writer Erik Jendresen write a Star Trek film prequel, and instead lured Abrams in to create a reboot featuring Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Grey started producing television in 1986 with talent manager Bernie Brillstein to create Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, launching ...
See full article at GeekNation »

Original Ghostbusters To Hit Theaters for Three Days In October

Just last week, we told you about the original Ghostbusters movie returning to theaters next month. Now, thanks to the official press release, we know that it will be for three Thursdays in October, starting on October 13th. The film will be playing at 500 theatres across the Us, and in select Canadian and international locations, and will play one showtime each day in 2K digital with 5.1 surround sound!

Check out the full press release below for details and links.

Press Release:

Who Ya Gonna Call? Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Its Classic Film “Ghostbusters” Back to Theatres

Culver City, Calif., Sept. 22, 2011 — Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited engagement of one showtime one night a week. Starting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and continuing every following Thursday
See full article at ScifiMafia »

‘Ghostbusters’ Returns to Theaters For Three Nights in October

‘Ghostbusters’ Returns to Theaters For Three Nights in October
A week ago [1], we told you that the original Ghostbusters would be back in theaters soon for a limited release. Now we've got the details: Sony will put the movie on screens through the month of October, but only on Thursdays, starting October 13. So you might get a chance to see Ivan Reitman's original and still truly entertaining film on October 13, October 20 and October 27. Sony says, "Ghostbusters will show in approximately 500 theatres across the Us on October 13th, 20th, and 27th, one showtime each day, in 2K digital with 5.1 surround sound. Please check local listings for showtimes. Ghostbusters will also be showing in select theatres in Canada and in various international markets; for more information on international locations and dates, please visit ParkCircus.com [2]." This is a good side effect of theaters getting new digital projectors as a result of the 3D boom -- hopefully we'll see more archival releases like this going forward.
See full article at Slash Film »

Sony Pictures Entertainment Brings Its Classic Film Ghostbusters Back To Theatres

Official Press Release:

Culver City, Calif., Sept. 22, 2011 - Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited engagement of one showtime one night a week. Starting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and continuing every following Thursday in October 2011, fans together will be able to see their favorite paranormal psychologists back on the big screen as they save the world from ghosts, ghouls, and Mr. Stay Puft.

Ghostbusters will show in approximately 500 theatres across the Us on October 13th, 20th, and 27th, one showtime each day, in 2K digital with 5.1 surround sound. Please check local listings for showtimes. Ghostbusters will also be showing in select theatres in Canada and in various international markets; for more information on international locations and dates, please visit www.parkcircus.com.

Fans who follow Ghostbusters on Facebook (www.
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

Ghostbusters Confirms Theatrical Return in October!

  • MovieWeb
Ghostbusters Confirms Theatrical Return in October!
Get ready for mass hysteria! This October, Sony Pictures Repertory celebrates the original movie Ghostbusters, its franchise, and its fans by bringing the quintessential modern classic back to theatres for a special limited engagement of one showtime one night a week. Starting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 and continuing every following Thursday in October 2011, fans together will be able to see their favorite paranormal psychologists back on the big screen as they save the world from ghosts, ghouls, and Mr. Stay Puft.

Ghostbusters will show in approximately 500 theatres across the Us on October 13th, 20th, and 27th, one showtime each day, in 2K digital with 5.1 surround sound. Please check local listings for showtimes. Ghostbusters will also be showing in select theatres in Canada and in various international markets. For more information on international locations and dates, please visit ParkCircus.com.

Fans who follow Ghostbusters on Facebook (Facebook.com/Ghostbusters) and Twitter (@StayPuft4Eva) or visit Ghostbusters.
See full article at MovieWeb »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites