Big (1988) - News Poster

(1988)

News

Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85

Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85
Robert Loggia, durable star of movies and TV shows including Brian De Palma’s 1986 “Scarface” and “Big,” died Friday in Los Angeles, his widow Audrey confirmed to Variety. He was 85.

He was nominated for supporting actor for “Jagged Edge” in 1986.

Among the films he appeared in were “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Prizzi’s Honor” and “Problem Child.”
See full article at Variety - Film News »

DVD Playhouse--June 2009

DVD Playhouse—June 2009

By

Allen Gardner

The International (Sony) An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) joins forces with a Manhattan D.A. (Naomi Watts) to bring down an arms dealing ring and a corrupt global banking cartel that’s funding them. Superlative thriller was oddly ignored by critics and audiences alike, but expertly blends intelligence (courtesy screenwriter Eric Warren Singer’s masterfully-crafted script) and full-throttle action (director Tom Tykwer stages one of the great film shoot-outs in New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum), making this dynamite thriller reminiscent of the best work from masters such as John Frankenheimer and Robert Aldrich. Armin Mueller-Stahl is wonderful as a world-weary covert op. Bonuses: Extended scene; Featurettes; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Jack Lemmon Film Collection(Sony) Five films from the two-time Oscar winning actor, focusing on his early career: Phfft! is a zippy comedy from 1954, one of Lemmon’s earliest films, in which
See full article at The Hollywood Interview »

Keke Palmer joins Nickelodeon pilot

Keke Palmer joins Nickelodeon pilot
Keke Palmer has been cast as the lead in Nickelodeon's live-action pilot True Fashion.

The tentatively titled project, described as Big meets The Devil Wears Prada, centers on a 15-year-old (Palmer) tapped to head the teen division of a major fashion label. She has a passion for fashion but soon learns that corporate life has the same highs and lows as high school -- complete with cliques and mean girls -- but also comes with such cool perks as designing for up-and-coming rock stars and casting cute models.

The pilot, from creator/executive producer Andy Gordon (Back to You), was picked up in October. It begins shooting this week in Los Angeles, with a cast that also includes Ashley Argota, Danielle Bisutti and Matt Shively and a recurring role featuring Greg Proops ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?").

Palmer won an NAACP Image Award for her role in Akeelah and the Bee. She next appears on the big screen in Dimension's The Longshots, opening in July.

The singer-actress, who also was nominated for a SAG Award for her role in the TNT movie The Wool Cap, released her debut album, So Uncool, last year.

Bollywood Firm Invests In Stars' Companies

  • WENN
Bollywood Firm Invests In Stars' Companies
A major Bollywood entertainment group is to invest in several Hollywood productions companies - including those owned by Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, George Clooney and Tom Hanks.

Reliance Big Entertainment - India's most successful movie powerhouse - is to become a major power in Los Angeles by investing development funds in eight production companies across Hollywood.

Cage's Saturn Productions, Carrey's Jc 23 Entertainment, Clooney's Smokehouse Productions and Hanks' Playtone productions are all set to receive a share of the cash.

Brad Pitt's Plan B company will also benefit from the move - which is hoped to provide Hollywood with a vital financial injection and move at least 30 movie projects into production.

Mann turning '17' for New Line

Leslie Mann will star opposite Zac Efron in New Line's teen comedy 17, being directed by Burr Steers.

Mann will play Scarlett, the wife of the adult character played by Efron.

Likened to Tom Hanks' character in 1988's Big, the film's story centers on a grown man who finds himself as a 17-year-old trying to navigate high school.

Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, who worked with Efron on Hairspray, are producing through their Offspring Entertainment shingle. Jason Filardi wrote the script.

Jason Barrett is executive producing, while Mark Kaufman and Keith Goldberg are overseeing for the studio.

Mann, whose credits include Universal's Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, is repped by CAA. It's her first project since signing with the agency.

NBC's newest 'Invisible' man: Ross

NBC's newest 'Invisible' man: Ross
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Gary Ross has signed up for television duty, teaming with Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. TV for a drama project dubbed Invisible that has landed a pilot commitment at NBC. The project is described as a medical thriller about a renegade researcher who is tracking a mysterious disease through the Centers for Disease Control. Ross is set to pen the script and serve as an executive producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Bruckheimer TV chief Jonathan Littman. Ross earned Oscar nominations for adapted screenplay and best picture for his 2003 period drama Seabiscuit. He also snared Oscar noms in writing categories for 1993's Dave and 1988's Big. He also wrote and directed the 1998 cult-fave film Pleasantville. Among his recent feature projects, Ross is shepherding a remake of the 1954 creature-feature classic Creature From the Black Lagoon through his Universal Pictures-based Larger Than Life Prods. banner. (HR 10/20). Ross also has been signed by FX to pen one of the episodes in its upcoming miniseries The Ten Commandments (HR 1/12).

Shore getting ASCAP's Mancini Award

Shore getting ASCAP's Mancini Award
Howard Shore will be presented with the Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement by ASCAP at the 19th annual ASCAP Film and Television Awards gala set for April 21 at the Beverly Hilton. The honor recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the world of film and television music. Shore, who is currently a double Oscar nominee for his score and song for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, won an Oscar for the score of the trilogy's first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring. He has composed scores for more than 60 films, including The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Gangs of New York, Seven and Big. His upcoming projects include Peter Jackson's King Kong and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator.

Waters putting things in order for 'Sebastian'

Waters putting things in order for 'Sebastian'
Mark Waters is in negotiations to direct Will Sebastian for Warner Bros. Pictures. Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe are producing through their 1492 Pictures. Written by David Hubbard and described as having elements of Big and Forrest Gump, Sebastian tells the story of a guy who lives his life out of sequence and the woman with whom he's destined to fall in love. Courtenay Valenti is overseeing the project for the studio. Waters directed Walt Disney Studios' summer sleeper hit Freaky Friday, which grossed more than $110 million. He is completing Paramount Pictures' Mean Girls, which stars Lindsay Lohan and opens April 30. He also directed the critically acclaimed The House of Yes. Waters is repped by CAA.

Waters putting things in order for 'Sebastian'

Waters putting things in order for 'Sebastian'
Mark Waters is in negotiations to direct Will Sebastian for Warner Bros. Pictures. Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe are producing through their 1492 Pictures. Written by David Hubbard and described as having elements of Big and Forrest Gump, Sebastian tells the story of a guy who lives his life out of sequence and the woman with whom he's destined to fall in love. Courtenay Valenti is overseeing the project for the studio. Waters directed Walt Disney Studios' summer sleeper hit Freaky Friday, which grossed more than $110 million. He is completing Paramount Pictures' Mean Girls, which stars Lindsay Lohan and opens April 30. He also directed the critically acclaimed The House of Yes. Waters is repped by CAA.

Winick big on Revolution's '13'

Winick big on Revolution's '13'
Tadpole helmer Gary Winick is in negotiations to direct Golden Globe-winning Alias star Jennifer Garner in Revolution Studios' comedy 13 Going on 30. Production is being geared to start early next year while Garner is on hiatus from her ABC series, now in its sophomore season. Written by Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, 13 is described as a female Big. It follows a 13-year-old girl who dreams of being popular. During her birthday party, she engages in the party game Seven Minutes in the Closet. The game turns out to be a humiliating experience for her, and she refuses to come out of the closet. When she eventually does emerge, she finds herself five days shy of her 30th birthday. Susan Arnold and Donna Arkoff Roth are producing the project with the writers' manager, Gina Matthews. Winick is repped by Endeavor. For his recently released Tadpole, starring Sigourney Weaver, Bebe Neuwirth and Aaron Stanford, Winick won best director honors at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. His other credits include Sam the Man and Sweet Nothing.

Smith's Big Willie To Battle With Hanks' Hanky Panky

  • WENN
Smith's Big Willie To Battle With Hanks' Hanky Panky
Hollywood actors Will Smith and Tom Hanks are gearing up for a fierce box office battle - and they've even named the weekends of their movie releases after themselves. Smith is set to release his action flick Men In Black II on Wednesday, in time for Independence Day, while Hanks' Road To Perdition will hit screens on July 12. And a confident Smith has already named the upcoming weekend 'Big Willie Weekend,' stating, "You can go and eat some food with your family, watch the fireworks and then go and see the Will Smith movie. What could be more American?" As a result, the weekend of the release of Hanks' film has been dubbed 'Hanky Panky Weekend.' But the Big star admits he's a little apprehensive about how much Hanky Panky he'll be able to get up to. He explains, "I'll be recovering from the Big Willie weekend - I don't think I'm gonna be in shape for the Hanky Panky Weekend."

Renee Goes Big

  • WENN
Renee Goes Big
Renée Zellweger is being lined up to star in a Hollywood movie dubbed 'the female Big'. The Texan beauty is in talks for the lead role in 13 Going On 30. The film centers around a 13-year-old girl who, on her birthday, lands the magical opportunity to see how her life will have turned out by the time she's 30. She discovers that beauty and riches await her, but the birthday girl is none too happy about the manner in which her future self has achieved her goals. The movie has been written by What Women Want writers Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa.

See also

Showtimes | External Sites