6 items from 2008
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The weather outside might have been frightful in much of the country and retail sales were down, but many responded to the tough times by heading to the movies during the Christmas holiday, where "Marley & Me," the tale of a big, lovable dog, scored a wow bow.
There were plenty of presents to go around: Fox's "Marley," Paramount's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and Disney's "Bedtime Stories," all of which opened Christmas Day, immediately established themselves as the top-three Dec. 25 bows of all time with openings of $14.7 million, $12 million and $10.6 million, respectively. In terms of all-time best Christmas days -- irrespective of when a movie opened -- "Marley" ranked second only to 2004's "Meet the Fockers," which opened on a Wednesday but built to a single-day Christmas take of $19.5 million on its first Saturday.
Even MGM/UA's historical thriller "Valkyrie" shared in the holiday spirit, scoring a stronger »
- By Gregg Kilday
Movie Jungle has new images in from the DreamWorks Pictures' comedy "I Love You, Man," starring Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly. Coming on March 20th next year, the film is helmed and written by John Hamburg ("Safe Men"). Segel's breakthrough role was in "Knocked Up," he later landed a starring role in the successful adult comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" alongside Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand, Paul Hader, Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill. Check out the images here. What's it about? In “I Love You, Man,” a comedy from John Hamburg (“Along Came Polly,” co-writer of “Meet The Parents,” “Meet The Fockers,” “Zoolander”), Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd, “Knocked Up” “The 40 Year Old Virgin”) is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey, (“The Office’s” Rashida Jones), discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, »
The Ace Ventura star claims he created the original concept for the highly successful film and began developing the project with legendary director Steven Spielberg.
Carrey, who was due to take the lead role in the movie, and Spielberg, were both subsequently forced to drop out, citing scheduling commitments.
But Carrey insists he is glad he walked away from the project, because Stiller was much better suited to the role.
He tells U.S. talkshow host Larry King, "Meet the Parents was something that I was developing with Steven Spielberg. Yes. I actually created the Fockers in a creative meeting. Yes. But, it was perfect that Ben Stiller did it. When I saw it, I went 'That's the way it's supposed to be done'." »
If their lives were a Hollywood comedy, it might be called When Greg Met Mary.... Greg Glienna is a writer-director-actor-musician, and Mary Ruth Clarke is a writer-actor. Though Glienna is based in L.A. and Clarke resides in Chicago, they have shared a longtime friendship and have collaborated as writers a few times over the years. The two recently resumed their artistic partnership with the L.A. world premiere of a stage comedy they co-authored, Suffer the Long Night, which opened at the Meta Theatre recently and continues through Sept. 14.The first joint effort by Glienna and Clarke was a low-budget independent film comedy that should sound familiar to many: Meet the Parents (1992). It became the basis for Universal's 2000 hit film of the same name, starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro, which in turn spawned the 2004 sequel Meet the Fockers and a rumored -- yet unconfirmed -- third film. »
- Les Spindle
Barbra Streisand has left ICM and joined Endeavor for representation in all areas. Her company, Barwood Films, also will be repped by the agency.
Streisand hasn't appeared on the big screen since 2004's "Meet the Fockers", the only live-action comedy to gross more than$500 million at the worldwide box?office. She alsohasn't directed a feature since 1996's "The Mirror Has Two Faces".
The move is intended to re-ignite the film portion of her career while also focusing on her music.
She is the only artist who has an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, CableACE, Peabody and American Film Institute Life Achievement Award on her mantle.
Streisand will continue to be repped by careerlong manager Marty Erlichman. »
Parent will oversee the studio's worldwide theatrical production, distribution, marketing and business affairs. She will report to MGM chairman and CEO Harry Sloan.
Parent, a former vice chairman of worldwide production for Universal Pictures, became a highly regarded executive during her tenure there before forming the production shingle Stuber/Parent in 2005 with Scott Stuber.
While at Universal, Parent oversaw the planning, development and production of the studio's annual slate of films including the commercially successful Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy.
Her appointment marks a big step forward in establishing MGM as major studio with commitment to developing, producing and releasing a full slate of motion pictures. Parent's numerous ties to industry creatives will assist greatly in that effort.
"MGM is in the midst of an evolutionary process, moving from our initial revitalization effort into the next phase of growth and development," Sloan said. »
6 items from 2008
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