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Producer Richard Zanuck, Hollywood’s Royalty

HollywoodNews.com: Producer Richard Zanuck, Part of Hollywood’s Dynasty, Dies at 77.
Beloved Hollywood big studio producer Richard Zanuck has died at age 77 in Hollywood. Zanuck’s long list of hits includes “Jaws,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Cocoon,” “Big Fish,” and most recently, “Dark Shadows.” In recent years he co-produced movies with his third wife, Lili Fini Zanuck. For most of his career, Dick Zanuck partnered with the late great David Brown, and they were a popular and successful team in Hollywood. Zanuck was part of Hollywood’s real dynasty. His famous father, Darryl F. Zanuck, helped start Hollywood. He began producing movies in 1925. The Zanucks leave a long and proud legacy in the film business. Here’s a link to a great piece from two years ago in the L.A. Times. RIP. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/04/13/richard-d-zanuck-a-hollywood-legend-too-busy-to-look-back/
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Michael De Luca to Produce 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards

HollywoodNews.com:The Producers Guild of America announced today that it has shifted the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony to take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Additionally, Producers Guild Presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon announced that the 2013 awards program, which honors excellence in motion picture and television production, will be produced by Academy-Award® nominated producer Michael De Luca.
“Michael is an original, creative producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business and we’re thrilled he has accepted our invitation to produce the 2013 Producers Guild Awards show,” said Koch and Gordon. “We’re certain that with his fresh approach the Producers Guild Awards will continue to be one of the best industry awards events of the year.”
“I’m energized to help recognize this year’s most deserving creative storytellers, and I’m honored the Producers Guild has chosen me to take on this existing task. I can’t wait to get started,” said De Luca.
This past year, the PGA awarded THE ARTIST with its Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and also paid tribute to several special individual honorees including Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), and the producers of IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (The Stanley Kramer Award).
De Luca began his career at New Line Cinema working on the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET series but quickly rose to head of production there, green-lighting in short order THE MASK and DUMB AND DUMBER for an ascendant Jim Carrey. He followed those hits with successes as diverse as SEVEN, BOOGIE NIGHTS, PLEASANTVILLE, BLADE I and II, and AUSTIN POWERS I and II. He has also launched or helped advance the directing careers of some of today’s most celebrated filmmakers including David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jay Roach, Gary Ross, and Guillermo Del Toro. In 2003 he become head of production for DreamWorks Pictures, where he green-lit both classic Will Ferrell hits OLD SCHOOL and ANCHORMAN. Most recently De Luca produced Academy-Award® nominated films MONEYBALL and THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Additional producing credits include MAGNOLIA, AMERICAN HISTORY X, WAG THE DOG, I AM SAM, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, 21 and GHOST RIDER I and II, among others.
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The Help: The Power of Film to Create Social Change

HollywoodNews.com: There is a vibrant tradition in American cinema of films that tackle compelling social issues. Seminal films, including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Norma Rae” remind everyone that the smallest acts of courage can inspire social change. This tradition continues with the recent film “The Help,” which examines the relationships between black maids and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi. The film reminds audiences that popular culture has the power to affect change and illuminate the plight of those without a voice.
ABOUT “THE HELP”: Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed—even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.
The ensemble cast also features Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Emmy® Award winner Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Oscar® winner Sissy Spacek, Academy Award® nominee Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel.
From DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment, in association with Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi, “The Help” is directed and written for the screen by Tate Taylor, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, and produced by Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan.
ABOUT USC SCHOOL OF CINEMATIC ARTS: The mission of the USC School of Cinematic Arts is to develop and articulate the creative, scholarly and entrepreneurial principles and practices of film, television and interactive media, and in doing so inspire and prepare the women and men who will become leaders in the field.
With the school’s launch, USC became the first university in the country to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in film. The school’s founding faculty included Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl [...]

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Television Series nominees

HollywoodNews.com:The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the Television Series nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards.
The television nominees, listed below in alphabetical order, are as follows:
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
“30 Rock” (NBC)
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Glee” (FOX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama:
“Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
“Dexter” (Showtime)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Good Wife” (CBS)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment &Talk Television:
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (Syndicated)
“Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The 64th Annual Tony Awards” (CBS)
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
“The Amazing Race” (CBS)
“American Idol” (FOX)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC)
“Project Runway” (Lifetime)
“Top Chef” (Bravo)
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
“American Masters” (PBS)
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” (Travel Channel)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery Channel)
“30 for 30” (ESPN)
“Undercover Boss” (CBS)
Producers Guild arbitrations for individual producer credit determination for all film and television categories are still underway. All other nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Award categories will be announced January 3, 2012, along with the individual producers.
All 2012 Producers Guild Award winners will be announced on January 21, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the Producers Guild will also award special honors to Steven Spielberg, Leslie Moonves, Don Mischer, and Stan Lee, among others. The 2012 Producers Guild Awards co-chairs are Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim.
In 1990 the PGA held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for DRIVING MISS DAISY, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded THE KING’S SPEECH with its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures, marking the fourth consecutive year the Producers Guild has presaged The Academy of Motion Picture’s choice.
To cover the 2012 Producers Guild Awards, a completed press credential application form MUST be received no later than Friday, January 13, 2012 to receive consideration. To request a Producers Guild Awards Credential application, please email Mackenzie.Smith@42West.net. All other PGA and PGA Awards media inquiries should be directed to Kelly Mullens at (310) 477-4442 or KKMullens@42West.net or Brittany Geldmacher at (424) 901-8738 or Brittany.Geldmacher@42West.net.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal hears the “Voices From the Stone”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Maggie Gyllenhaal doesn’t work as frequently as her brother, Jake, but when she chooses a project – be it an indie like “Sherrybaby” or a blockbuster like “The Dark Knight” – it usually has meaning.
So we’re immediately paying close attention to “Voice From the Stone,” a supernatural thriller directed by Eric Howell that has lured the leading lady, according to Variety.
As the trade puts it, Gyllenhaal would play a nurse “drawn to the aid of a young boy who is haunted by malevolent forces within the walls of an old house in the Italian countryside.”
Sounds reminiscent of “The Orphanage,” which was brilliant. Dean Zanuck and Stefano Gallini are on the hook to produce “Voices,” which is based on the Italian novel “Le Voce Della Pietra” by Silvio Raffo.
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Hollywood Stars to Present At Producers Guild Awards

ollywoodnews.com: Helen Mirren, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Andrew Garfield, Amy Adams, Kerry Washington, Jim Parsons, Joe Manganiello, among others will be presenters at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards, producer and 2011 Producers Guild Awards Chair, Paula Wagner announced today.
Award-winning producer, writer, director Judd Apatow will host the 2011 ceremony with the Guild set to pay tribute to several special individual honorees including: James Cameron (Milestone Award), Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Scott Rudin (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Laura Ziskin (Visionary Award), RealD (Vanguard Award) and Sean Penn (Stanley Kramer Award).
The 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, January 22nd at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Arrivals begin at 5:00 p.m. PST; The Producers Guild Awards program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. PST with dinner. The Awards ceremony will follow at 7:30 p.m. PST.
In 1990 the Producers Guild of America held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for “Driving Miss Daisy,” establishing the Guild awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded THE HURT LOCKER its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Award-winning producer, director and writer Judd Apatow will serve as host for the 2011 ceremony. He has produced such films as THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, KNOCKED UP, SUPERBAD, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and THE CABLE GUY along with such television series as “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared,” among others. Apatow will next bring us BRIDESMAIDS, followed by WANDERLUST.
Academy Award®-winning actress Helen Mirren was most recently seen in the action comedy RED and can next be seen in the film ARTHUR. She has appeared in such films as EXCALIBUR, 2010, THE MOSQUITO COAST, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, THE LAST STATION and THE QUEEN which garnered her an Academy Award® for her role as Queen Elizabeth II. Mirren is also an accomplished stage actor appearing in such productions as “Macbeth,” “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Woman in Mind” among others.
Academy Award®-nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg can currently be seen in THE FIGHTER alongside Academy Award®-nominated actress Amy Adams. Wahlberg executive produces such mega television hits as “Entourage,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “In Treatment.” He was [...]

Johnny Depp, Tim Burton to dwell in ‘Dark Shadows’

HollywoodNews.com: Surprise, surprise: Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are working together again.
Burton will direct his fav actor this spring in “Dark Shadows” for Warner Bros.
“Shadows” is based on a late 60s vampire soap opera that aired on ABC.
Graham King’s GK Films and Depp’s production label Infinitum Nihil are producing along with Richard Zanuck, Christi Dembrowski and David Kennedy. It was Kennedy who brought the project to Depp from the estate of “Shadows” creator Dan Curtis.
No release date has been announced per Variety.
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22nd Producers Guild of America Awards to be produced by Paula Wagner

HollywoodNews.com: The 22nd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards will be produced by veteran producer Paula Wagner, announced today by PGA Presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch. This will be the first involvement with the Producers Guild Awards for Wagner. The 2011 Producers Guild Awards nominations will be announced on January 4th and the ceremony will be held January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Paula is an innovative and dynamic producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business. She has tremendous respect and passion for the producing craft, and we’re thrilled she accepted our invitation to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards show,” said Gordon and Koch. “We’re confident that with her energy, efforts and vision the Producers Guild Awards will be better than ever.”
“It’s been my privilege to be a member of the producing community for nearly 20 years, and I’m honored to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards,” said Wagner. “I continue to be amazed by the producing talent in film, television and new media. I’m thrilled to help recognize this year’s most deserving creative storytellers and to celebrate the necessary art and vital craft of producing.”
In 1990 the PGA held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for DRIVING MISS DAISY, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded THE HURT LOCKER with its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. The film was also awarded Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. The Producers Guild Awards have also honored such legendary producers as Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Steven Bochco, Clint Eastwood, Sherry Lansing, Robert Evans, Roger Corman and Lorne Michaels, among others.
Wagner currently helms Chestnut Ridge Productions, developing and producing film, television, theater, and new media projects. She has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, producer, and top studio executive. Wagner began her career at Creative Artists Agency where she spent 15 years representing some of Hollywood’s top actors, directors, and writers. In 1993, she moved on to producing and launched Cruise/Wagner Productions with her former CAA client Tom Cruise. For more than a decade, C/W produced countless critically-acclaimed films, including the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, WITHOUT LIMITS, SHATTERED GLASS, [...]

Johnny Depp to cast ‘Dark Shadows’

HollywoodNews.com: “Dark Shadows,” a project that Warner Bros. has been developing for three years for Johnny Depp, is finally moving forward.
Studio has hired screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith to write the screenplay. During the tenure of the feature’s development, Graham King has been attached as producer along with Tim Burton as director reports Variety. Richard Zanuck, Christi Dembrowski and David Kennedy are also onboard as producers.
No release date is reported yet for the film, though it is included as one of the titles in a three-year pact that Warner Bros. has with Imax.
“Dark Shadows” is based on a vampire soap opera TV series which aired on ABC from 1966 through 1971. Depp snapped up film rights to “Dark Shadows” when the show’s producer-director Dan Curtis passed away.
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