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The Mob Museum in Las Vegas is not scheduled to open until February of 2012. But thanks to a little Jerry Bruckheimer magic, the city’s recently departed mayor will be gunned down in front of a completed version of the building on tonight’s episode of CSI.
Oscar Goodman (pictured) last worked as an actor in Martin Scorsese‘s 1995 classic Goodfellas. He tells Vegas CBS affiliate Channel 8 that a replica of the Mob Museum was built in LA and that his gruesome TV scene will cap appearances in three other segments:
“Some 12 million people, I understand, will be looking at this particular episode and that will show time and time again,” Goodman said. “So the exposure that Las Vegas is getting, that the Mob Museum is getting is extraordinary. I mean as far as advertising dollars is just monumental.”
After U.S. Navy “Topgun” fighter pilot Dave “Bio” Baranek retired from active duty in 1999, he worked with the BBC on a 2004 story about the famous Hollywood film for which he provided aerial sequences and was later quoted in an unauthorized 2008 biography of Tom Cruise written by British journalist Andrew Morton. Now, with the 25th anniversary of Top Gun‘s release upon us, Baranek’s full-length 2010 domestic memoir is getting a renewed PR push.
The Cruise project was sparked by an article in California magazine by Ehud Yonay. The piece caught the attention of Jerry Bruckheimer and the late Don Simpson, leading quickly to a writer and several other Paramount Pictures fact-finders soaking up the lingo at the Naval Fighter Weapons School in Miramar, California. Writes Baranek (pictured) in Topgun Days:
The Hollywood team had several misunderstandings during their visit… For example, we used the term “p-sub-s” for an aircraft’s ability to maneuver. This was used in the early script as “piece of s.”
As VP of production for Columbia/Sony Pictures, Devon Franklin is the man responsible for the blockbusters The Pursuit of Happyness, Hancock, and The Karate Kid remake. His latest film Jumping The Broom blends romantic comedy with spirituality, a theme Franklin says resonates now more than ever with moviegoers.
“I do think that, in general, when you look at what’s going on in the world and where kind of how things are,” he said in our @mediabeat interview, “people are looking to go to the theater and find hope, and to get inspired, and to be encouraged. And I think that when you have faith in a film, and you do it right, it can do that.”
“There is room for everyone — for Tyler, for Spike. I mean, there’s room for all different types of filmmakers and all different types of filmmakers of color. Our experience is incredibly rich and diverse, so why would we allow ourselves to be subject to a dialogue that doesn’t represent that?” he said. “Would you ever say, ‘Hey, I’m going to see the Jerry Bruckheimer movie over going to see the Brian Grazer movie’? No. It doesn’t even make sense.”
Over the weekend, The Wrap’s doyenne Sharon Waxman filed a freewheeling dispatch from the lobby of the Hotel du Cap, that outrageously expensive enclave where stars retreat after doing their business at the nearby Cannes Film Festival.
It was a sea of Hollywood–Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer, Graham King, UTA agents–as well as east coast potentates such as Harvey Weinstein and “the two-fisted punch of Hollywood gossip” (columnist Roger Friedman, New York publicist Peggy Siegal). But the funniest bit involved Henry Winkler‘s son Max and director Spike Jonze:
Winkler tells Jonze that he is often mistaken for him. In fact, he recounts an amazing story in which he met Dustin Hoffman and talked movie projects with him for 45 minutes. The entire time Hoffman thought he was talking to Jonze. Oh well.
His production company has roughly 4,000 more “likes” on Facebook than the revamped publication, with today’s drop-in timed of course to coincide with the imminent arrival of a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Save for the odd (and predictable) angry comment or two, it’s been smooth sailing for JB. One fan for example wondered where else Bruckheimer might contemplate staging a red carpet event after Disneyland and Alcatraz:
Being able to use Disneyland makes the premiere such a unique experience. It’s hard to beat watching a film and jumping on rides. It’s a little early to know where we will premiere our next film, Lone Ranger. Maybe the Alamo.
Recent rumblings that a sequel to Top Gun may be brewing brought about a large, collective groan. But after reading today’s LA Times profile of David Ellison, the 28-year-old son of Oracle Corp. billionaire Larry and potential sequel producer, FishbowlLA is cautiously optimistic.
Under a headline that suggests Ellison Jr. is intent, with $350 million in funding, in working with Paramount Studios to make his Skydance Productions a “media company 2.0”, writers Claudia Eller and Ben Fritz put forth a portrait of a young man who has little hesitation about what he is doing:
Ellison pitched Top Gun‘s original team — Cruise, director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer – on ways to update the story to the 21st century, such as integrating the increasing use of unmanned drones by the military.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Jerry Bruckheimer is the latest Hollywood titan to take to Twitter like there’s no #tomorrow. Which is a good thing, because this guy has a hand in more aspects of Hollywood entertainment than Tom (Cruise), Dick (Wolf) and Harry (Potter).
On the heels of a whole bunch of Dallas Super Bowl tweets, @BruckheimerJB this morning sourced Twitter as a living encyclopedia, wondering when the first-ever red carpet was rolled out. Faster than you can say Carpet Scene Investigation, the tweet-backs have started pouring in:
At the top of the Hollywood entertainment journalist food chain are individuals invited to the occasional overseas junket or set visit for a big Hollywood production. Things like the December 1st-2nd junket in Paris for The Tourist and a pre-Thanksgiving drop-in at Pinewood Studios near London to promote Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Coverage of the latter excursion started hitting the web this week. Stephen Weintraub at Collider.com shares a Jerry Bruckheimer interview, but it’s this tidbit via Laura Prudom at Moviefone.com that really caught our attention:
When the group of visiting journalists caught him on the Pirates set at Pinewood, Johnny Depp was still in Jack Sparrow’s costume and, method actor that he is, kept his character’s cockney accent throughout the brief interview. When asked what was new for Jack this time around, Depp joked, “Well, there was a sex change …”
The Pineapple Express panel was moderated by producer Judd Apatow. On the panel was director David Gordon Green, writer Evan Goldberg and cast members Amber Heard, Danny McBride, Seth Rogen and James Franco.
“Can we combine a weed movie with a Jerry Bruckheimer action movie?” Was the rhetorical question offered by Apatow.
The crowd was shown some clips of the movie and let in on the fact that a lot of the dialog was improv. Seth Rogen was totally on the whole panel. A fan asked about the script to the movie being leaked early on the internet.
“If you want to read it – you’re an idiot. Because you can watch it – its a movie.” Said Rogen.
The thing that struck us was that the panel was very much like all Apatow movies: Seth Rogen was funny, he talked about his balls a lot and the gorgeous blond female stock character was a one dimensional prop. There’s your synopsis.
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