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7 items from 2005


Helmer Carter, Par team for 'Dixon' bio

10 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Coach Carter director Thomas Carter is reteaming with Paramount Pictures on Marcus Dixon, a feature film about the former Vanderbilt football recruit who was controversially imprisoned in a case that stirred up racial tensions and grabbed headlines. Carter will produce and direct. Paramount has acquired life rights from Marcus Dixon, who was convicted of aggravated child molestation after having consensual sex with a fellow student who was three months shy of 16. Dixon, who was 18 at the time, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after -- his supporters argued -- a law passed to stop child molestation was wrongly used to convict him. Dixon was released after 15 months in prison. »

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Helmer Carter, Par team for 'Dixon' bio

10 June 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Coach Carter director Thomas Carter is reteaming with Paramount Pictures on Marcus Dixon, a feature film about the former Vanderbilt football recruit who was controversially imprisoned in a case that stirred up racial tensions and grabbed headlines. Carter will produce and direct. Paramount has acquired life rights from Marcus Dixon, who was convicted of aggravated child molestation after having consensual sex with a fellow student who was three months shy of 16. Dixon, who was 18 at the time, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after -- his supporters argued -- a law passed to stop child molestation was wrongly used to convict him. Dixon was released after 15 months in prison. »

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Carter, Fox going to the chapel

18 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hot off the success of Coach Carter, director Thomas Carter is going to direct and executive produce Fox's untitled wedding chapel drama pilot. Meanwhile, CBS has given the green light to two untitled comedy pilots, one from writer Marsh McCall and producer Jerry Bruckheimer and one to star comedian Susie Essman. The wedding chapel project, from Spelling TV, revolves around a brother and sister team who manage a one-stop-shopping Vegas wedding emporium, their complicated romantic relationships and the outrageous entanglements of their employees and clients. Carter will executive produce the pilot with Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and the project's writer, Jeffrey Lieber. »

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'Coach' starts out strong with $29.2 mil in 4 days

19 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paramount's Coach Carter displayed its prowess on the boxoffice court this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend as the Samuel L. Jackson starrer rang up an impressive $29.2 million in four days. The MTV Films and Tollin/Robbins production, helmed by Thomas Carter, did better than anticipated heading into the frame and generated strong exit poll numbers. It was the third time that an MTV Films produced picture sat in the top spot at the boxoffice on the King weekend, and it was a company-best opening as well. The debut of Coach Carter was the third-best opening ever for the King holiday frame (HR 1/18). Coach Carter managed to set itself apart from a crowded field this weekend -- a total of five films opened or expanded into wide release. Strong performances from most of the new wide releases combined with solid holdovers led to the second-biggest King weekend on record with $168.5 million, up a sterling 22% from the comparable session last year and off just 1% from the record $170.7 million set in 2001. »

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'Coach Carter' wins boxoffice tourney

18 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With five new films hitting the marketplace in wide release during the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Paramount's Coach Carter sat in the top spot with an impressive score of an estimated $29.2 million. The opening for Coach Carter, starring Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Thomas Carter, was slightly better than expected and marked the third-best-ever performance for the King holiday behind the first weekend of wide release for Sony's Black Hawk Down ($33.6 million) and Universal's Along Came Polly ($32.5 million). Co-produced with MTV Films and Tollin/Robbins, it was the third time a picture from MTV Films has sat in the top slot during the King weekend, Varsity Blues and Save the Last Dance, the latter also directed by Carter, being the other two. It was also a company-best opening for MTV Films, topping Save the Last Dance ($27.5 million). Overall, the combination of solid holdovers, new films and expansions, has contributed to what at the very least will be the second-best King weekend on record. And depending on how the final numbers shake out, the weekend has a shot at challenging the record $170.7 million set in 2001. In addition, with five new films appearing in more than 1,000 theaters each, not only was it a crowded marketplace, but the boxoffice had to compete for attention with the NFL playoffs and the Golden Globes this weekend. »

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Boxoffice preview: 'Coach' ready to play

14 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Hollywood is taking advantage of the first holiday frame of 2005, offering four new wide releases to duke it out over what should be a competitive extended weekend. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday offers something for everyone, with fare ranging from a family title and a comic-book actioner to an urban drama and an adult romantic comedy. Paramount Pictures' Coach Carter is looking like a big winner for the three-day period. If so, it would allow Paramount to continue a comeback streak that began with The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Carter could open at numbers north of $20 million for the three-day frame. The film, which Paramount previewed at ShowEast in the fall, sneaked Saturday and played very well. Based on a true story, it stars Samuel L. Jackson as Ken Carter, the controversial high school basketball coach who benched his undefeated team because of their poor academic record. The PG-13 film comes from director Thomas Carter (Save the Last Dance) and writers Mark Schwahn and John Gatins. R&B singer Ashanti co-stars. »

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TV Caucus taps 14 for '05 Honors

5 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Six TV producers, four writers and four directors have been nominated for the 2005 Honors Awards presented by the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors, which made the announcement Tuesday. The producer nominees are Jerry Bruckheimer, Mark Burnett, Marcy Carsey & Tom Werner, David Milch and Gary Smith. Susan Harris, Barry Kemp, Leonard Stern and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason are the writer nominees, while directors James Burrows, Thomas Carter, Mimi Leder and Gene Reynolds also were nominated. The awards will be presented Jan. 13 at the caucus' 22nd annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The black-tie event -- co-chaired by Chuck Fries and Lee Miller, with Tom Bergeron (America's Funniest Home Videos) serving as emcee -- is an annual gathering of artistic and creative professionals and executives working in the TV industry who "pay tribute to a producer, writer, director or executive for their innovative, creative and distinctive contribution to the profession." The caucus, chaired by Vin Di Bona, is a multiguild professional organization "that mentors TV producers, writers and directors in their negotiations with the cable and broadcast networks for their creative rights." »

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