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Ron Howard Talks About the Voices in His Head

This is probably not exactly what the Tribeca Film Festival intended. But they have just set the bar extremely high for next year’s short-film entrants.

Over the course of four and a half minutes, a delightfully playful Ron Howard shares with visiting director Matthew Akers a few filmmaking secrets, after welcoming Akers and crew to his Millenium Hilton New York hotel room. The “Got milk?” portion is pretty good; but this confession is even better:

“You have to listen to yourself. I have four Ron Howard’s, speaking to me at all times. And I know I have hit upon something good when they’re all in chorus… Harmonics!”

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David Letterman to Leave Late Show (TVNewser)
During the taping of Thursday’s Late Show, David Letterman announced next year will be his last on the show he’s hosted for more than two decades. The news was first reported on Twitter by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, a guest on the show, just after 4 p.m. ET. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, signed a contract extension in October. Adweek The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal. NYT Letterman said he had informed CBS president Leslie Moonves of his intention to step down from The Late Show at the end of his current contract, which has about 16 months left. A specific end date has not yet been set. Letterman is considered by many to be the most original voice in the late-night format, and Moonves has been steadfast in his assurances in recent years that he would never ask Letterman to retire, saying at one point, “You don’t do that to a television legend.” Mashable Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before starting Late Show on CBS in 1993. In 2013, he surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest-running late night talk show host in television history. He has been part of more than 6,000 late-night broadcasts. USA Today It’s unclear how CBS will replace Letterman, and when, precisely. Craig Ferguson, who hosts the Letterman-produced Late Late Show, is not being considered as a replacement, insiders say, even though his contract technically promises it. Moonves is known to have been interested in The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart over the years, but in the past Stewart has said he is not interested in a network talk show. Stewart’s Comedy Central partner Stephen Colbert is seen as a more likely candidate, and is available sooner: His contract with Comedy Central expires in December, though Stewart is free in 2015. Chelsea Handler also announced plans to leave her late-night E! show this year.

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Shout! Factory Extends Roger Corman, Judd Apatow Shelf Life

Any Hollywood company that can claim a 25-30% annual profit jump for the past five years and gross annual revenue growth of five to 10% deserves a media shout-out. This morning, Shout! Factory gets just that from TheWrap senior writer Brent Lang.

Two key assets in Shout! Factory’s retro-DVD arsenal are Judd Apatow‘s short-lived Freaks and Geeks series and the films of B movie maestro Roger Corman. For the former, company execs nimbly worked around some music licensing issues while, for the latter, they beefed things up with old-school DVD Extras featuring interviews with the likes of Jonathan Demme and Ron Howard:

“The DVD market was slipping when we made the deal, but, on the other hand, the slippage of DVD sales isn’t a cliff, it’s sort of a slope,” Corman said. “The hill is sloping downward, but it’s not dead. There’s still money to be made and Shout! has done just that.”

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Translation’s Steve Stoute on Launching Made in America with Jay-Z

If the name Steve Stoute doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps his partner at New York-based ad agency Translation does: Jay-Z. The pair’s relationship dates back to the ’90s and has now culminated into not only ad agency collaboration and creative consultation for the Brooklyn Nets, but a music festival for Budweiser dubbed “Made in America,” which recently took place in Philadelphia.

In Part I of our recent Media Beat chat with Stoute, the record-turned-advertising exec talks not only about Translation’s expanding relationship with Budweiser, but touches on the Made in America fest (soon to be turned into a Ron Howard documentary) as well as his agency’s marketing mix.

This and all MediabistroTV productions can also be viewed on our YouTube Channel. Be sure to check out Part II and III of our chat with Stoute tomorrow and Wednesday, respectively.

Screenwriter Recalls the Day He Joked About CAA

When Michael Ovitz departed CAA in the mid-1990s, screenwriter-novelist Doug Richardson found himself unexpectedly caught up in a blaze of media coverage.

In a blog post titled “Spiking the Football,” he recalls that because he happened to leave the agency for William Morris right before Ovitz’s exit, he was lumped together somewhat hilariously with David E. Kelley in LA Times and New York Times coverage. Separately, when Richardson’s new agents packaged his first nove Dark Horse for mid-six figures, he did an interview with Variety’s Mike Fleming. Which got him into a lot of trouble:

“So,” said Fleming. “John Travolta as star. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard as producers. How’s that feel?”

“Great,” I answered, then added something I thought was funny. “Who knew I’d have to leave CAA to get packaged.”

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Ron Howard Crowd-Sourced Production Now Online

The culmination of a very cool Canon-sponsored contest has been posted after separate red carpet premieres last month in New York and Los Angeles.

The 24-minute drama When You Find Me, produced by Ron Howard and directed by his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, takes its narrative cue from eight different winning category photographs. The first one shown, which cues the opening moments of the short, is of a snow-covered tree in a wide open field.

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Finally, The Return of Arrested Development

After five years of waiting and wondering, Arrested Development fans can exhale. The Bluths of Orange County, the greatest dysfunctional family ever to grace the small screen, are coming back!

The news was announced Sunday at the New Yorker Festival by the show’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz. And the best news of all, we get both a 4th season AND a movie. Hurwitz guesstimates the new season will air in the Fall of 2012, while lead actor Jason Bateman says it’ll be Spring of 2013.

Obviously, things haven’t been completely ironed out. But Hurwitz and Ron Howard, the producer, director, and narrator of the series, are working on it. Hurtwitz explained some of the impediments:

We don’t completely own the property, there are business people involved and studios and that kind of thing. Just creatively, I have been working on the screenplay for a long time and found that as time went by, there was so much more to the story. In fact, where everyone’s been for five years became a big part of the story. So in working on the screenplay, I found even if I just gave five minutes per character to that back story, we were halfway through the movie before the characters got together.

The plan is that the new TV episodes will cover the years that have gone by since the show last aired, and will lead up to the film. More details at the New York Times.

African-American Reviewer Dismisses The Help

FishbowlLA is of the mind that certain movies on RottenTomatoes.com demand more than the ability to parse by “Rotten” and “Fresh” reviews. In the case of romantic comedies, it would be useful to be able to quickly quantify male vs. female reviewer ratings. And with regards to The Help, for better or worse, it is going to be extremely enlightening to isolate African-American critiques of the Disney adaptation.

The first such review comes from the Boston Globe‘s Wesley Morris (pictured); at press time, it is easily the most resoundingly negative RT take on a film others are tagging as a 2011 Oscar nominations certainty. Morris starts off with a telling personal anecdote and ends with some bold statements:

The Help joins everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to The Blind Side as another Hollywood movie that sees racial progress as the province of white do-gooderism…

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Ron Howard Wants to Develop Your Photos

Over the weekend, Canon U.S.A. launched an interesting new contest, “Long Live Imagination,” in partnership with Hollywood director Ron Howard.

Photographers of all stripes are being asked to submit digital snapshots that fall into one or more of eight different movie theme categories. Howard will help pick the best and turn them into a user-generated short film, Project Imagin8ion, to be shot on the latest Canon DSLR products. From today’s press release:

“I was moved by the opportunity to collaborate with the masses, tapping into consumers’ creativity and using their photos as building blocks to produce a film,” said Howard. “I hope the project stimulates people’s imaginations whether they are an amateur photographer, a world traveler or a proud parent, and I hope what we create is meaningful.”

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Jon Favreau Works Cowboys & Advance Buzz Magic

Ever wonder who all those people are flying out of Van Nuys Airport on private aircraft? Per Geoff Boucher‘s rip-roaring LA Times article, one recent such take-off was winging Jon Favreau and his Cowboys & Aliens producer Ron Howard down to Austin, Texas for a critical rough footage preview of the Universal Pictures summer release at an Alamo Drafthouse event organized by Harry Knowles.

The beauty of the piece is the way it contrasts Favreau’s deft management of the new rules of “early fan engagement” with Howard’s clear admission that dealing with Twitter, Facebook and blog buzz is still a relatively new and scary process. Explains Howard:

“There’s a conversation now with fans and it starts a long time before the movie is even finished. The frightening thing for me is if somehow the wrong story gets out there and your film is misunderstood in some way… you need to shape the message, really. But Jon is the expert at this stuff.”

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