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2013 | 2011

5 items from 2013


Emmett/Furla Films: 15 Years of Steady Growth

4 September 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

1998 — Emmett/Furla founded

1999

October — Release first film, Nickolas Perry’s “Speedway Junky

2001

April — 10-pic distribution and financing deal with Avi Lerner’s Nu Image/Millennium Films

2002

January — Joe Carnahan’s “Narc” (1) earns $10.5 million at box office.

May — Emmett/Furla goes to Cannes for first time.

November — Don Michael Paul thriller “Half Past Dead” (2) with Steven Seagal and Ja Rule reels in $15 million at B.O.

2003

January — Launch of digital production division Resolution Digital, headed by Gavin Lloyd

February — Intl. distribution deal with Millennium Films extended.

2005

April — Andrew Douglas’ “The Amityville Horror”(pictured), with Ryan Reynolds, earns $65 million.

2006

March — Richard Donner crime drama “16 Blocks” with Bruce Willis hauls in $37 million B.O.

2008

April — Equity fund worth more than $100 million with Japan-based Imec and Korona

September — Jon Avnet crime drama “Righteous Kill” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino makes $40 million.

2009

November — Along with Cheetah Vision Films, partnership with Georgia-based entrepreneur »

- Variety Staff

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Emmett/Furla Films: 15 Years of Steady Growth

4 September 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

1998 — Emmett/Furla founded

1999

October — Release first film, Nickolas Perry’s “Speedway Junky

2001

April — 10-pic distribution and financing deal with Avi Lerner’s Nu Image/Millennium Films

2002

January — Joe Carnahan’s “Narc” (1) earns $10.5 million at box office.

May — Emmett/Furla goes to Cannes for first time.

November — Don Michael Paul thriller “Half Past Dead” (2) with Steven Seagal and Ja Rule reels in $15 million at B.O.

2003

January — Launch of digital production division Resolution Digital, headed by Gavin Lloyd

February — Intl. distribution deal with Millennium Films extended.

2005

April — Andrew Douglas’ “The Amityville Horror”(pictured), with Ryan Reynolds, earns $65 million.

2006

March — Richard Donner crime drama “16 Blocks” with Bruce Willis hauls in $37 million B.O.

2008

April — Equity fund worth more than $100 million with Japan-based Imec and Korona

September — Jon Avnet crime drama “Righteous Kill” starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino makes $40 million.

2009

November — Along with Cheetah Vision Films, partnership with Georgia-based entrepreneur »

- Variety Staff

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Emmett/Furla Films Turns 15

3 September 2013 7:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Randall Emmett and George Furla have come a long way since they met rather inauspiciously 15 years ago.

Emmett (above, right) had worked for Jerry Bruckheimer, ICM and Mark Wahlberg. At that point he was on his own, looking to get financing for “Speedway Junky,” with Darryl Hannah attached and Gus van Sant exec producing.

And Furla? He was a hedge fund manager. What more could any aspiring indie shingle ask for?

“I met George at a Mexican restaurant and he started writing checks that I thought would bounce,” Emmett recalls. “He was wearing sweat pants.”

But it wasn’t long before “we wound up spending $1.5 million and going to Berlin.” “Junky” was released in 1999.

But while they may not have expected much from that first meeting, they brought to it a combination of industry savvy and seasoned financial chops. Now, 15 years later, the duo have credits on more than 70 films »

- Dave McNary

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Emmett/Furla Films Turns 15

3 September 2013 7:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Randall Emmett and George Furla have come a long way since they met rather inauspiciously 15 years ago.

Emmett (above, right) had worked for Jerry Bruckheimer, ICM and Mark Wahlberg. At that point he was on his own, looking to get financing for “Speedway Junky,” with Darryl Hannah attached and Gus van Sant exec producing.

And Furla? He was a hedge fund manager. What more could any aspiring indie shingle ask for?

“I met George at a Mexican restaurant and he started writing checks that I thought would bounce,” Emmett recalls. “He was wearing sweat pants.”

But it wasn’t long before “we wound up spending $1.5 million and going to Berlin.” “Junky” was released in 1999.

But while they may not have expected much from that first meeting, they brought to it a combination of industry savvy and seasoned financial chops. Now, 15 years later, the duo have credits on more than 70 films »

- Dave McNary

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Good Boys Gone Wild: 13 Roles That Shattered Teen Idol Images

15 March 2013 9:41 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This week's gonzo teen nightmare Spring Breakers is trumpeting the fact that two of its leads - Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez - traditionally play "good girls". But the whole "teen idol gone bad" strategy is a longstanding Hollywood tradition aimed to help transition pigeonholed teen stars into "serious" actors.

Here are a few fellas who tried the tactic, to varying degrees of success.

Jonathan Taylor Thomas in Speedway Junky

The squeaky-clean kid from Home Improvement took a step toward tarnishing his image by playing an evil, bisexual hooker in this gritty drama, giving a whole new meaning to "Tool Time"!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Mysterious Skin

Jgl also went the hustler route for his breakout from small-screen teen stardom - only the 3rd Rock star went "the full gay" in this unsettling and excellent indie drama.

Lukas Haas in Johns

Yet another teen heartthrob caught a case of gay hustleritis »

- brian

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