Super producer Richard D. Zanuck has passed away. The guy who gave us some of the best films in cinematic history such as "The Sting" and "Jaws" died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home according to THR. He was 77.
Zanuck also produced the Oscar-winning film "Driving Miss Daisy," as well as "The Verdict" and "Cocoon." He recently collaborated with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp in "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows."
It's pretty much safe to say that Zanuck gave the world Steven Spielberg by letting the then-unknown director helm "Jaws." And honestly? That film still holds up to this day!
Here's what Spielberg has to say about Zanuck (from THR):
"In 1974, Dick Zanuck and I sat in a boat off Martha's Vineyard and watched the mechanical shark sink to the bottom of the sea,” he recalled. “Dick turned to me and smiled. ‘Gee, I sure hope that's not a sign.’ That moment forged a bond between us that lasted nearly 40 years.
“He taught me everything I know about producing. He was one of the most honorable and loyal men of our profession, and he fought tooth and nail for his directors. Dick Zanuck was a cornerstone of our industry, both in name and in deed.”
Awww...very well said! Goodbye Mr. Zanuck, and thanks for the celluloid memories!
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Daniel Radcliffe's first film post "Harry Potter," the Gothic thriller "The Woman in Black" made money at the box-office, so now, the actor is wisely choosing another thriller to star in. According to THR, Radcliffe is joining the production of "Horns" based on Joe Hill's novel.
Hill is, of course, the son of the fantastic Stephen King and is making a name for himself as an author. "Horns" is Hill's second published novel and it tells the story of Ig Perrish whose girlfriend dies from a mysterious rape. One morning, Ig wakes up to find horns growing from his head and learns that he has diabolical powers at whim.
Alexandre Aja is set to direct from a screenplay by Keith Bunin. Production is set to begin this fall.
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For my written review of "Ice Age: Continental Drift," click here.
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So, the new "Dredd" reboot from Lionsgate is not opening until September 21st, BUT many Comic-Con fans were treated to a special screening Wednesday night, and they're unanimous -- this "Dredd" rocks!
Stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby introduced the film to the fans and said, “I hope you like your films dark and gritty...I want to apologize to anyone who’s a fan of lycra and gold codpieces -- you’re just going to have to wait for two hours.”
Aw, gosh darn it, that was the best part of "Judge Dredd."
Click here to see what happened during the "Dredd" screening at Comic-Con.
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So, "The Dark Knight Rises" will own 2012, now, Warner Bros. is looking forward to 2013 for our favorite superhero, Superman aka the "Man of Steel." The new Zack Snyder-directed, Christopher Nolan-produced flick will fly into theaters on June 14th of next year, but this weekend, you can catch a glimpse of actor Henry Cavill aka Superman/Clark Kent at WB's Saturday Hall H Panel at Comic-Con!
It was a rumor before that Cavill would show up but now, thanks to THR, it's official! You'll get to see the actor live and in-person!
And if you're a "Hobbit" fan, WB also revealed that Ian McKellan will show up for the film's panel, and you will also be teased with Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi monster flick, "Pacific Rim."
Back to "Man of Steel," director Snyder would be there as well, but don't be looking for stars Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner. They would not be there! (Check out my "Sucker Punch" interview with Snyder where he teased us, briefly, about "Man of Steel")
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