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Paradigm Signs Joe Johnston

26 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline 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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John Travolta Wants To Play A Bond Villain

9 February 2014 12:45 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

John Travolta has his sights fixed on playing a James Bond villain.

“I’ve spoken to Barbara Broccoli (producer of the 007 movies) who loves the idea,” he says, adding that he won’t really “close the chapter on playing villains” until he gets cast as a baddie in a James Bond film. “I would love that. They’re going a different way with their villain in the next film but I’ve spoken to Barbara about it and she loves the idea, so that would be great.”

Travolta also reveals today that following the death of his son, Jett, he feared he might never act again but now has a series of tough-guy movie roles lined up, including playing real-life Mafia boss John Gotti Snr alongside Anthony Hopkins and his own daughter, Ella Bleu Travolta in the crime drama, Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father.

Travolta was talking ahead »

- Paul Heath

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