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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Zemeckis’

Nancy Allen Hosts Special RoboCop Screening

In the years since RoboCop first burst on to the scene in 1987, there have been just two screenings at which stars Peter Weller and Nancy Allen were reunited with director Paul Verhoeven. The first occurred last July on the UCLA campus for the film’s 25th anniversary; the second will take place Saturday May 18 at Harmony Gold to raise money for the Sherman Oaks non-profit Allen now oversees as executive director.

“Actually, the UCLA screening is what gave me the idea for the Harmony Gold event,” Allen tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “Everybody came out, we had such an amazing experience seeing the movie together so many years later and talking about it.”

“It was a small event but it got me thinking,” she adds. “I thought, ‘My God, I have so many fans, what if we did this for something good? What if we did this and it could help benefit weSPARK. I wrote to everybody and I got a resounding, ‘Yes!’”

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This Bud’s for All Those Who Hate Hollywood Product Placement

At one end of the Budweiser advertising spectrum are the millions spent each winter on fancy Super Bowl ads. At the other, evidently, is Denzel Washington’s new drama Flight.

Per a report by AP entertainment reporter Anthony McCartney, Anheuser-Busch never explicitly authorized the inclusion of the brand in the Paramount Pictures release. What’s more, the studio is likely well within its anti-product placement rights via a scene showing Captain Whip Whitaker enjoying one in the cockpit:

Trademark laws “don’t exist to give companies the right to control and censor movies and TV shows that might happen to include real-world items,” said Daniel Nazer, a resident fellow at Stanford Law School’s Fair Use Project. “It is the case that often filmmakers get paid by companies to include their products. I think that’s sort of led to a culture where they expect they’ll have control. That’s not a right the trademark law gives them.”

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Newsweek Plagiarist Gets Booted from Santa Barbara Website

Tipped by a reader, the publisher of Santa Barbara website Noozhawk.com did a little digging and discovered that two of six entries written for the site by Steven Kunes were lifted from Newsweek. The articles in question — “My Children the Experts” and “Don’t Judge the Book by a Cover” — are near word-for-word duplications of work by the magazine’s Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Anna Quindlen. As a result, all six Kunes Noozhawk.com submissions have been removed:

“I’m sorry that Mr. Kunes felt compelled – for reasons that escape me – to blatantly and willfully abuse our trust, to violate our community submissions policies, and to put Noozhawk’s good reputation at risk,” said publisher Bill Macfadyen. “We do take allegations of plagiarism very seriously and will act quickly to protect our name and copyrights. I apologize to our readers for betraying their trust and to Ms. Quindlen, the unsuspecting victim.”

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One Man’s Wizard of Oz Remake

We may never know if Robert Zemeckis was seriously considering a remake of The Wizard of Oz and was then moved by the immediate blogosphere outcry to abandon those foolish plans. But thanks to the self-publishing wonders of WordPress and Blogger, we have the next best thing.

Perry Block, owner of one of the funniest Blogspot profiles we’ve ever read, shares his Havertown, PA visions of an Oz revisit under the title Flying Monkeys in the Mist. This is no two-paragraph quick-hit job. Father of two Block goes to extensive town on the Frank L. Baum classic.

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Hollywood Reporter Reports on Mouthpieces

The Hollywood Reporter held court, so to speak, with the 100 attorneys it had named for its Power Lawyers issue this morning at the Peninsula Hotel. Organizer and HP managing editor of features Matthew Belloni said the event went off without hitch this morning, though he didn’t bother to tell whether they were eating raw snails (as lawyers are wont to do) or just bagels and coffee.
Belloni did bother to talk about the key award-winner, Disney executive VP of business affairs Bernadine Brandes and why they chose her: “Because she has been behind most of the major movie deals that Disney has had, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton.”
Most of Hollywood’s legal power elite made it out of bed for an 8:30 a.m. start, including Tom Hansen, Linda Lichter, Skip Brittenham, Melanie Cook, Cliff Gilbert-Lurie, Alan Hergott, Harold Brown, Jay Cooper and Patti Felker, among others.
Belloni conceded that one of Hollywood’s most powerful attorneys was a no-show. Jake Bloom had no interest. “He never shows up for things like this and if he does, he doesn’t say anything,” he moaned.

LAT In 90 Seconds

33756214-15193650.jpgKenneth Turan hates Beowulf: From his review, we can’t believe we were in the same screening:

What is most troubling about Beowulf, aside from the obvious, is what it says about the career of Robert Zemeckis, who has gone from being a director of stories like Forrest Gump to an orchestrator of eye candy and a willing slave to technological advances.

If you want to understand what the pressure of Hollywood does to talent, if you want to experience where the movie business is heading in a big way, this benighted but likely remunerative film is the place to start.

33803798-15160839.jpgLindsay Lohan’s 84-Minute Ride: The actress/cocaine collector is incarcerated long enough to read an entire issue of Us Weekly. Five times.

33660607.jpgStudio Bosses: The networks are trying to pressure late-night kings back to work by threatening imminent layoffs of non-writing staff. Given the hell Ellen has faced, it’s not likely to work any time soon.