7 items from 2014
It has not been an easy week, saying goodbye to two old friends, Hollywood producer Jim Jacks and studio executive Tom Sherak, who shared something in common; they were both good guys. They were generous and giving to their friends; they were adored by the people who worked for them. At the Academy Board of Governors meeting on Monday night, the governors gave former AMPAS president Sherak a moment of silence, and talked about how much he had done to help shepherd the organization through a challenging time. Wednesday brought a Catholic Mass in North Hollywood, followed by a heartfelt celebration of the life of Jim Jacks at West Hollywood restaurant Craig's, where he used to have dinner once a week. Along with his family, the friends who shared Jacks stories included Circle Releasing's Ted Pedas (who backed three Coen brothers movies, "Raising Arizona, " "Miller's Crossing" and "Barton Fink," produced »
- Anne Thompson
Veteran producer James Jacks died Monday of a heart attack in his Los Angeles home, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was 66. His friends, including longtime producing partner Sean Daniel and Kevin Smith, are remembering him on Facebook. "Here's to Jim Jacks," Daniel wrote. "Nobody loved movies more. Passionate, loyal, generous, accomplished, noble, caring, heavily armed, creative, dare I say obsessive on occasion. A good man, a good friend, a wonderful partner, a loving son to his family. You will be missed." Roundtable: 6 Celebrated Producers Talk Biggest Successes and Greatest Struggles Jacks and Daniel produced the
- THR Staff
"The Mummy" series producer James Jacks died Monday of a heart attack. He was 66. He started his producing career with Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" and three early films by the Coen brothers, and introduced Hollywood to John Woo, backing his first Hollywood production "Hard Target." I first met Jacks on the set of "Raising Arizona" and we became fast friends. He was one of those rare people who navigated this risky business with cheer and grace. He deeply loved movies and creative people and worked hard to come through for his filmmakers. Since he left Alphaville Productions in 2004, which had an exclusive overall deal at Paramount Pictures, where he was partnered with former Universal Pictures president Sean Daniel and produced such films as Billy Bob Thornton's "The Gift" and William Friedkin's "The Hunted," Jacks had been developing five mid-budget projects under his Frelaine banner that were »
- Anne Thompson
This is sad news. Jim Jacks has died. The former Universal Pictures production executive transitioned to a film partnership with Sean Daniel in Universal-based Alphaville, and together they produced The Mummy franchise and films that included Tombstone, Dazed And Confused, A Simple Plan, Michael, and The Jackal. He was an exec producer of Raising Arizona and Intolerable Cruelty. They were among Universal’s biggest producing teams during the 1990s and early 2000s before they split. Daniel posted a tribute on his Facebook page: “Here’s to Jim Jacks. Nobody loved movies more. Passionate, loyal, generous, accomplished, noble, caring, heavily armed, creative, dare I say obsessive on occasion. A good man, a good friend, a wonderful partner, a loving son to his family. You will be missed.” I am getting ready to leave Sundance, but will provide more details when I can. According to my Variety pal Dave McNary, Jacks was »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Movie producer James “Jim” Jacks, who worked with independent-minded filmmakers including the Coen brothers, Richard Linklater, Sam Raimi and Billy Bob Thornton, died Monday of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 66.
Though his most commercially successful venture was the “The Mummy” franchise, which he launched in 1999 with longtime producing partner Sean Daniel through their Alphaville Films banner, Jacks was known for championing American auteur filmmakers even while working in the studio system at Universal. Alphaville launched in 1992, and the shingle produced Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused,” “Tombstone,” John Woo’s “Hard Target” and Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats.”
After studying to be an engineer and getting an Mba, Jacks pursued screenwriting and worked as an entertainment analyst. »
- Dave McNary
Starling City is plagues by a mad bomber. Oliver is plagued by limited social skills. And Laurel is on a mission.
Previously on Arrow….
The adorkable Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) paid Starling City a visit. Even though he was funny, smart, cute and a total Arrow fanboy, Oliver took an immediate disliking to him. That was hard to understand, since Barry is more universally adored than pizza. However, it seems to have something to do with Felicity crushing hard on the science geek. Oliver is like that obnoxious kid in kindergarten who doesn’t necessarily want to play with the toys, but he hoards them all the same so no one else can play with them.
Cyrus Gold came onto the scene as Starling’s first super-powered bad guy. He whupped the Arrow’s butt, he whupped Diggle’s butt and then he killed a bunch of cops. Oliver killed »
- Chris O'Guinn
X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer, whose first two features debuted at the Sundance Film Festival — including The Usual Suspects in 1995 — was one of the industry figures named to the Sundance juries that will judge this year’s films when the festival begins next week. Singer, who has X-Men: Days of Future Past due in May, will be one of five members of the U.S. Dramatic Jury. Other members of the juries include Tracy Chapman, Lone Scherfig, Leonard Maltin, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). A complete list of the juries, courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival, can be viewed after the jump. »
- Jeff Labrecque
7 items from 2014
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners