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What happened to 1990's 10 most promising movie executives?

Simon Brew Sep 2, 2016

Premiere magazine highlighted 10 movie executives to watch in 1990. So what happened to them?

In its May 1990 issue, the sadly-missed Us version of Premiere magazine published an article, highlighting ten young movie executives, and suggesting that these were people with very big futures ahead of them in the industry.

Given that much is written about movie executives, without actually digging much deeper to find out who they actually are, I thought it was worth tracing what happened to these ten, and – 26 years later – whether Premiere was correct in saluting them as the future of the industry. So, er, I did...

Lance Young

Senior production VP, Paramount Pictures

Pictured in the article on an office swivel chair with some snazzy purple socks, Lance Young, Premiere wrote, had been “groomed for big things since joining Paramount at the age of 23”. He was 30 at the time the article was published, and
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'Jungle Book' Repeats, 'Huntsman' Falls On His Axe and 'Zootopia' Tops $900M Worldwide

'Jungle Book' Repeats, 'Huntsman' Falls On His Axe and 'Zootopia' Tops $900M Worldwide
The Jungle Book remained in first place in its second weekend by a large margin over the weekend runner up as it tripled the opening weekend for Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War. Meanwhile, Pantelion's Compadres finished among the weekend top ten while Roadside's release of A Hologram for the King finds itself in a battle for tenth position. With an estimated $60.8 million, Disney's The Jungle Book dropped only 41.1%, the fourth smallest second weekend drop for a film that opened over $100 million as its domestic cume now climbs to over $191 million. Internationally the film took in an additional $96 million this weekend as its global take is now over $528 million, fifth largest for the year so far. In second place, Universal's prequel The Huntsman: Winter's War struggled out of the gate. With an estimated $20 million it brought in only 36% of the opening weekend total of its 2012 predecessor Snow White and the Huntsman.
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'Curly Sue' Star Makes Surprise Comeback on 'The Voice'

  • MovieWeb
'Curly Sue' Star Makes Surprise Comeback on 'The Voice'
Curly Sue has the unique distinction of being the final film directed by 80s teen movie king John Hughes, and marked his decent into much more family friendly fare. A favorite amongst nostalgia hounds, the comedy's star Alisan Porter has only appeared in a handful of roles since taking the lead in this tale of a hobo and his young companion. Now, Alisan Porter has made a comeback in the most unlikeliest of places. And she shows off an amazing new talent to boot.

Yes, Curly Sue is back. And guess what? She can sing. Appearing on The Voice Season 10, she shocked the judges, who rushed to turn their chairs. We have the clip from this show, which shows off her vocal talents and why she just became a big contender in this latest season of the singing competition, which returns this Monday.

Alisan Porter belted out her own rendition of Blue Bayou.
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Eddie Murphy coming to Netflix for new, “raw” movie

  • SoundOnSight
It looks like the good version of Eddie Murphy could be returning soon.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, producer Brian Glazer spoke about a project that he just secured with Netflix that will star Eddie Murphy in a more “raw” role than we have seen him in lately.

“I’m gonna do a tour de force movie that’s cinema verite with Eddie Murphy being as raw as he can be.”

Glazer didn’t say anything else more, but the prospects of Murphy “being as raw as he can be” sounds much more interesting than what he has been doing lately with flops such as A Thousand Words and Meet Dave. It also seems to be akin back to what he was doing while coming up as a comic and on Saturday Nigh Live rather than his more recent fares.

That being said, Murphy has a tendency to back out of projects also,
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Toronto 2015 Review: Broken Loyalties Breed Betrayal And Violence In The Ardennes

A man crashes into water and hauls himself to the side, heavy breathing puffing through his nylon mask as he throws himself into the waiting car. "Just drive," he wheezes to the waiting driving. "There was nothing I could do." Meet Dave and Sylvie, both of them working class folk clearly at the tail end of a criminal endeavor gone wrong. Missing from the picture is Kenny - Dave's brother and Sylvie's boyfriend - and he shall remain missing for the next four years, time spent in a cell as he serves time for the trio's crime while sheltering his brother and the woman who has sworn to wait for him.But when Kenny comes out everything has changed. Sylvie is two years sober, for one...

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Eddie Murphy Will Go Serious Again With ‘Cook’

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Eddie Murphy Will Go Serious Again With ‘Cook’
In 2007, Eddie Murphy earned an Oscar nomination for his dramatic turn in Dreamgirls. In the years since then, he’s spent his time getting terrible reviews (Meet Dave, A Thousand Words), voicing a donkey (Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After), or planning sequels to old hits (Beverly Hills Cop 4, Triplets). But now it looks […]

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

  • Cinelinx
Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production
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‘Ride Along’ Review: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube Can Overcome Bad Guys, But Not a Bad Script (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘Ride Along’ Review: Kevin Hart and Ice Cube Can Overcome Bad Guys, But Not a Bad Script (Video)
Comedian-turned-actor Kevin Hart has expressed his desire to have a career like Eddie Murphy’s, but anyone who has sat through recent Murphy big-screen vehicles like “A Thousand Words,” “Norbit,” “Meet Dave” or “Imagine That” might put Hart’s aspirations in the be-careful-what-you-wish-for column. And while the mismatched-buddy-cop formula of “48 Hrs.” gave Murphy’s career an effective kickstart back in the 1980s, Hart’s similarly themed “Ride Along” feels like the copy of the copy of the copy of Murphy’s influential hit. Instead of Murphy’s wiseacre convict, we get Hart as Ben, a motor-mouthed video game fanatic who
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John Goodman Reflects on His Remarkable Coen Brothers Career

John Goodman Reflects on His Remarkable Coen Brothers Career
In the Coen brothers' excellent new film Inside Llewyn Davis, John Goodman plays Roland Turner, a jazz musician who travels with Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) to Chicago. Along the way, he berates Davis about his choice in genre, his goofy name and his pet cat. It's another memorable role for the veteran actor, who since the Eighties has become a staple in the Coens' arsenal. Rolling Stone recently spoke with Goodman about his long career working alongside the acclaimed filmmakers and the characters that have stuck with him all these years.
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Eddie Murphy Taking Off the Fat Suit for New ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Movie

Otay, here’s the deal. For the past few years (at least since 2000′s Nutty Professor II), all humans have been clamoring for Eddie Murphy to get back to what made his comedy work so well: sarcasm, a little edge and Samuel L. Jackson robbing a McDonald’s knock-off with a shotgun. Now after Norbit and Meet Dave and a few cashed checks, Murphy is taking that suggestion to heart in the most literal way possible. According to Deadline Hollywood, he’s working with Paramount to make a fourth (fourth!) Beverly Hills Cop movie. After CBS passed on the TV version from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and co-starring Brandon T. Jackson, Paramount (who was on board as the rights holder) hired Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) to shift the character back to the big screen. So this is happening (for now). Oddly enough, this comes a few years after Murphy claimed to
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Dialogue: John Gatins Talks Writing 'Flight' and His Five Favorite Screenplays of All Time

  • Movies.com
Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Gatins started his career as an actor. He played small roles in films like Leprechaun 3, Varsity Blues and Meet Dave before (and while) writing screenplays for Summer Catch, Coach Carter and Real Steel. Gatins may have originally come to Hollywood to be an actor, but it’s his screenwriting that’s made him a star. And with the release Flight (out on Blu-ray and DVD February 5), his star is suddenly shining just about as brightly as it’s ever going to get. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Denzel Washington, Gatins masterful screenplay for Flight not only turned a movie with a major plane-crash set piece into a small, human drama, but it also garnered the young writer an Oscar nomination. Movies.com recently sat down with...

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'Flight' Screenwriter Talks Oscars Nomination, 'Need For Speed' And 'Real Steel 2'

'Flight' Screenwriter Talks Oscars Nomination, 'Need For Speed' And 'Real Steel 2'
By Scott Neumyer

It took nearly ten difficult years for screenwriter John Gatins' story of an alcoholic pilot who pulls off an impossible move to save the lives of many of his passengers but comes under scrutiny for his personal life to achieve lift off. But one phone call from Oscar-winner Denzel Washington and the support of director Robert Zemeckis finally helped get "Flight" (out on Blu-ray and DVD February 5) off the ground.

An incredibly human story about addiction, wrapped inside a miraculous action set piece, the film features a great performance from Washington, a hilarious John Goodman, and Gatins' own Oscar-nominated screenplay.

MTV News recently spoke with Gatins to discuss the transition from acting to screenwriting, his upcoming films, and the pressure of a writer's acceptance speech.

MTV: The first thing I have to ask is how does one go from acting in "Leprechaun 3" to writing an Oscar nominated screenplay?
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Kevin Hart Comedy Concert Let Me Explain Coming To Theaters

Those who follow stand-up comedy and the ever-revolving mantle of club and concert-hall performers know that Kevin Hart is a huge star. Like, .Eddie Murphy. big. But he hasn.t had Murphy.s luck when it comes to crossing over to mainstream movie success. Hart has appeared in a handful of good movies, from Death at a Funeral and The Five-Year Engagement to The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Murphy, ironically, even used Hart for a supporting role in Meet Dave. Hart is putting in his time. Even though he has a few high-profile fictional projects on the horizon, Hart.s going to see if his stand-up act will help him knock down a few more doors. Lionsgate revealed plans to release the stand-up comedy movie Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain on July 4, Variety reports. The trade explains that Lionsgate is hoping to counterprogram Hart against the major tentpole pictures The Lone Ranger
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The most overpaid actors in Hollywood

After a string of flops such as Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave, Eddie Murphy has found himself in the unenviable position of being named 'Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actor', topping Forbes magazine's list of low-to-no-value-for-money A-listers.

The magazine has gathered box office data for the last three non-animation movies for each actor over the previous three years and divided this by their upfront and backend fees to calculate a "return on investment" number, which shows how much a studio earns for each dollar invested.

According to this formula, Murphy has made $2.30 for every $1 he's been paid - in fairness, that's still a pretty healthy profit, and probably goes some way to explaining how Murphy is still finding work, despite the fact he's only made a couple of decent films since his heyday in the 1980s.

Here's the top ten in full...

1. Eddie Murphy - $2.30

2. Katherine Heigl - $3.40

3. Reese Witherspoon
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Eddie Murphy tops list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors

Star of Tower Heist joined by Reese Witherspoon and Katherine Heigl in 2012 breakdown of underperformers at the box office

Well-known Hollywood figures Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon have suffered the indignity of being named top of Forbes magazine's annual list of the most overpaid actors in the world.

Murphy, who was commanding $20m a movie around the turn of the millennium, returns just $2.30 for every $1 he is paid, according to Forbes. Such meagre financial clout means he is considered the most overpaid actor in Hollywood in 2012, with the news coming on the back of flops such as Meet Dave and Imagine That. Even his 2011 critical hit Tower Heist, which was seen as something of a comeback vehicle for the Beverly Hills Cop star, was not a resounding box-office smash, earning $152m on a $75m production budget.

Second place on the list goes to newcomer Heigl, who is said
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Eddie Murphy is Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actor

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors. While Will Ferrell usually tops the list, this year he was able to stay out of the top ten. Meanwhile, Eddie Murphy, who has appeared on the list the last three years, usually in second place, has now taken the top spot. Murphy's recent films, like "Meet Dave," "A Thousand Words" and "Imagine That," have all been complete failures. "Tower Heist" was supposed to be the actor's comeback, but it didn't perform as well as expected. As a result, Murphy's movies have only been able to earn only $2.30 for every dollar the actor was paid. Katherine Heigl landed in second place due to such disasters as "One For the Money," which grossed only $37 million. For every dollar she earned, her movies earned back $3.40. Reese Witherspoon ended up in third place due to "How Do You Know," which grossed $50 million on a $120 million budget.
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Eddie Murphy named 'most overpaid actor' by Forbes

Eddie Murphy named 'most overpaid actor' by Forbes
Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy has managed to make it to the top of this year's Forbes' list of 'most overpaid' actors. Murphy had previously displayed seemingly insurmountable fame and success, after turning out box office hits such as Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America. Forbes writers have now said that "lately, Murphy's career has just collapsed", blaming his recent movies such as Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave. (more)
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Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon Are Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors

Eddie Murphy, Katherine Heigl and Reese Witherspoon Are Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors
Eddie Murphy is No. 1! Unfortunately, not in a good way. Forbes has just released its list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors, and the star of such films (read: flops) as Imagine That, A Thousand Words, Meet Dave and Tower Heist landed in the top spot. The magazine based its selections on how much a celeb was paid for his or her recent projects and compared it to what the movies actually made in ticket sales. So, with Murphy, it was calculated that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, they only returned an average of $2.30 at the box office. Coming in second was One for the Money star Katherine Heigl. Her recent flicks only generated an average of $3.40 for every dollar...
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Eddie Murphy Named 2012's Most Overpaid Actor

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The higher they fly, the farther they fall, right?

Eddie Murphy, who was largely considered to be box office gold during his '80s and early '90s heyday, has now been certified as Hollywood's most overpaid actor of the year by Forbes.

According to their number crunching of Murphy's earned salary over his last three movies — "Imagine That," "A Thousand Words" and "Meet Dave" — versus those films' box office muster, the movies have only brought in around $2.30 for every $1 he earned. Those are some slim profit margins.

Forbes twisted the knife farther by making note of Murphy's dismal "Tower Heist" numbers from last year (a pithy $78 million earned domestically on a $75 million production budget) and his recusal of the 2012 Oscars hosting post as evidence of his fallen star status.

This isn't the first time Murphy's been fingered as an overearner by Forbes, either. Last year, he placed number two
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Most overpaid actor in Hollywood? Eddie Murphy, of course

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When was the last time you actually saw a good Eddie Murphy movie?

It probably wasn't "A Thousand Words," which got a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It probably also wasn't "Tower Heist," which didn't seem to impress anyone despite an intriguing premise. Going down the list of his recent movies -- "Imagine That," "Meet Dave," "Norbit" -- it's not really until 2006's "Dreamgirls" or 2004's "Shrek 2" that we can think of an Eddie Murphy performance that was actually worth watching.

Considering his track record in Hollywood -- "Beverly Hills Cop," "Trading Places," "Coming To America" -- it's easy to remember why Murphy once earned the big bucks. However, he's still earning the big bucks, with little to no returns. Forbes has labeled Murphy as the most overpaid actor in Hollywood, only making back $2.30 for ever $1 he's paid. Long explanation short: That's not a lot of money.

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