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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt to Oversee Universal’s Expanding Stage Division (Exclusive)

7 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment chairman who is also one of the producers of Broadway Tony winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” has added oversight of NBCUniversal’s stage division to his portfolio of NBCU duties.

Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, who will continue to lead Universal Stage Prods., will now work with Greenblatt to expand the division’s focus to incorporate all NBCUniversal properties rather than just its film catalog.

The growth of Universal’s stage arm comes as Hollywood as a whole has begun to take an increasing interest in Broadway, spurred by the significant revenue a couple of major hits have minted for studios. Last month Disney Theatrical Prods.’ musical version of “The Lion King” became the top-grossing single title of all time (at $6.2 billion and counting), and Universal itself has seen the global success of Broadway’s “Wicked” turn the title into one »

- Gordon Cox

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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt to Oversee Universal’s Expanding Stage Division (Exclusive)

7 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment chairman who is also one of the producers of Broadway Tony winner “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” has added oversight of NBCUniversal’s stage division to his portfolio of NBCU duties.

Universal Pictures president Jimmy Horowitz, who will continue to lead Universal Stage Prods., will now work with Greenblatt to expand the division’s focus to incorporate all NBCUniversal properties rather than just its film catalog.

The growth of Universal’s stage arm comes as Hollywood as a whole has begun to take an increasing interest in Broadway, spurred by the significant revenue a couple of major hits have minted for studios. Last month Disney Theatrical Prods.’ musical version of “The Lion King” became the top-grossing single title of all time (at $6.2 billion and counting), and Universal itself has seen the global success of Broadway’s “Wicked” turn the title into one »

- Gordon Cox

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Destination America's Ghost Stalkers Searches for Answers About the Afterlife

11 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Near-death experiences may be the closest we ever come to knowing what exists on the “other side”; and a new series on Destination America, "Ghost Stalkers, premiering in October, looks to solve that very mystery!

From the Press Release:

Many of those who have seen the proverbial "white light" say they returned to life with a sudden sensitivity to the spirit world, and it’s believed that people who are sensitive enough can glimpse through and even enter places – portals – that bridge our realm with the hereafter.

In the all-new series "Ghost Stalkers," produced exclusively for Destination America by Nick Groff ("Ghost Adventures"), two men who crossed over investigate the afterlife that they encountered for a brief, eye-opening moment by exploring American locations that are rumored to house doorways to another dimension.

The six-episode first season of "Ghost Stalkers" premieres Sunday, October 19th, at 10/9c as part of Destination America’s week-long Ghostober stunt, »

- Debi Moore

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Paradigm Signs Joe Johnston

26 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Joe Johnston has signed with Paradigm, reuniting the filmmaker with his longtime reps Adam Kanter and Martin Spencer. The writer-director moves from Wme, where he signed in March as Kanter and Spencer were leaving Resolution. He worked with Kanter for years at CAA and then left to join the dealmaker at Resolution, where it didn’t work out. The prolific writer-director is quite a catch for Paradigm; Johnston’s hits include Captain America: The First Avenger, October Sky, Jurassic Park III, Jumanji and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. He stepped up to direct after winning an Oscar for Visual Effects for his work on Raiders Of The Lost Ark and also did the visual effects on such blockbusters as the original Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, and The Rocketeer.

Johnston is developing the sci-fi thriller Extinction for Good Universe and Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father for Relativity. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Wme Signs ‘Captain America: First Avenger’ Helmer Joe Johnston

31 March 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Director Joe Johnston has signed with Wme for representation. Johnston had been in play since agents Martin Spencer and Adam Kanter left Resolution to go to Paradigm. He had been with CAA with Kanter for a long time, before the agent made the move to Resolution and Johnston went with him. This is a big get for Wme. Johnston’s hits include October Sky, Captain America: The First AvengerJurassic Park III, Jumanji and Honey I Shrunk The Kids.  He is currently developing the high-concept sci-fi thriller Extinction by Spenser Cohen with Mandeville and Good Universe. His next film, Not Safe For Work, is set at Universal. Johnston continues to be lawyered by Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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‘Midnight Rider’ Location Manager Lawyer Defends ‘Conduct’

26 March 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

More than a month after the fatal accident on the set of “Midnight Rider,” a key question for the homicide investigation is whether the production had been granted permission to film on the Georgia railroad tracks and trestle where camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed.

Csx, the owner of the railroad, has told investigators that producers of the indie film were denied permission to work on the tracks. The search for answers is likely to hinge on the statement of location manager Charley Baxter and the information he gave to director Randall Miller, producer Jody Savin and unit production/manager Jay Sedrish.

Baxter’s attorney, Kirk Schroder of Richmond, Va., said that Baxter is ”heartbroken” over the tragic accident but could not speak publicly about the circumstances because he signed a standard confidentiality agreement when he joined the production. “He is absolutely honoring his contractual obligations, and he is fully cooperating with investigators, »

- Ted Johnson and David S. Cohen

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5 Auditions With Legendary Actors Who Didn’t Get A Legendary Role

14 February 2014 6:09 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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In Hollywood, film stars don’t audition. It’s a fact. Scripts are written with the roles tailored for individual actors, and the financing of a film is no longer a question of how good the script is, but rather who is “attached” to star.  In other words, big names don’t roam the town with head shots, and they no longer fight to stand out in a cold reading and be the best amongst a mass of actors trying to make it big.

But that doesn’t mean that movie celebrities didn’t have to audition like anybody else to get where they are today. In fact, not only did they audition endless times for small roles to keep some change tingling in their pockets, they would often find themselves getting rejected. Yes, now it’s kind of hard to believe that De Niro and Brando got rejected for certain roles, »

- Alvaro Hernandez Blanco

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Joe Johnston Will Direct Alien Invasion Thriller Extinction

8 January 2014 4:58 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After helming Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger to widespread acclaim, director Joe Johnston is returning to his sci-fi roots for an upcoming alien invasion thriller. Johnston, who got his start as an effects artist and arts director on the original Star Wars trilogy, has signed on to helm Extinction, a sci-fi thriller about a man trying to save his family in the face of an alien invasion.

Described as a “contained sci-fi thriller,” Extinction boasts a script by Spenser Cohen, an up-and-coming screenwriter who previously sold three spec scripts to major studios between 2011 and 2012. Good Universe, which preemptively picked up Extinction last September, compared the project to The Sixth Sense and Cloverfield, though the studio is keeping details on the story tightly under wraps. All I can imagine “contained” to mean is low-budget, so Extinction will likely have a quick shoot and get out to a studio within the next 12 to 18 months. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Joe Johnston set to direct an alien invasion movie

7 January 2014 10:10 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Ryan Lambie 8 Jan 2014 - 06:13

Veteran director of The Rocketeer and Captain America is about to direct the alien invasion film Extinction, reports suggest...

Director Joe Johnston's a great director of adventure movies with an expert use of visual effects, as The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger proved. And while Johnston's most recent project Not Safe For Work is a relatively unusual project for the filmmaker - it's a low-budget, low-key-sounding thriller for Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum - his next film could see Johnston back on more familiar territory.

He's currently in talks for Extinction, an alien invasion movie written by new screenwriter Spenser Cohen. The script was on the Black List of unfilmed screenplays last year, and the synopsis runs as follows:

"When Peter’s dreams about an alien invasion become reality, he fights desperately to protect his family while on the run from the invading forces. »

- ryanlambie

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Joe Johnston Looking to Direct Alien Invasion Sci-Fi Film 'Extinction'

7 January 2014 6:51 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Yes! While it may not be a Star Wars movie (yet), it sounds like director Joe Johnston (of Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, October Sky, JP3, Hidalgo, Wolfman and Captain America: The First Avenger previously) is considering an alien invasion sci-fi project for his next movie. In a very short news story on THR, they say that Johnston is currently in talks to direct a sci-fi project titled Extinction, being produced by David Hoberman & Todd Lieberman of Mandeville (The Fighter, The Muppets, Warm Bodies, 21 & Over). Not many plot details are known right now, but it does involve an alien invasion, but of course. Extinction comes from a script written by Spenser Cohen (Macklemore's Big Surprise, The Driver). The only plot THR gives: "it does involve a man trying to save his family with an alien invasion figuring into the proceedings." The script was on the 2013 Black List »

- Alex Billington

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