EXCLUSIVE: It took two decades, but it’s finally getting off the ground thanks to billionaires Ron Burkle and Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, Arnon Milchan’s New Regency and James Packer’s and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. The heavies have come together to finance Warren Beatty’s long-gestating Howard Hughes-based project. The roughly $26.7M production, which Beatty will direct and star in as Hughes, will revolve around Hughes’ assistant (Alden Ehrenreich, Beautiful Creatures) and his love interest (Lily Collins, Mirror, Mirror). New Regency, Beatty and Ratner are producing, with Packer executive producing. Regency will handle foreign through Fox. They’ve already shot a small amount of film on the picture, but it starts rolling in earnest today. Beatty’s wife Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick and other surprises are expected (a la Jack Nicholson, maybe? One can only hope). The focus of the film is the love story of the two younger characters.
Warren Beatty’s Untitled Howard Hughes Pic Finally Takes Flight Financed By Billionaire Boys’ Club; Ehrenreich, Collins To Star In Love Story; Bening And Broderick Also In
One the splashiest pickups at Toronto last year was the forgettably titled Imogene. The Kristen Wiig-Annette Bening comedy now known as Girl Most Likely is hitting theaters July 19 via Roadside and Lionsgate. The American Splendor duo of Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini directed the …
Beverly Hills, CA – Academy President Tom Sherak announced today that Walt Disney Co. President and CEO Bob Iger will serve as chairman of the capital campaign for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Actress Annette Bening and actor-producer Tom Hanks will join as co-chairs. “With Bob, Annette, and Tom’s leadership, our dream of finally opening a world-class film museum in Los Angeles will become a reality,” Sherak said.
As Academy CEO Dawn Hudson noted, “The momentum has been building for a long time, and with the enthusiasm Bob, Annette, and Tom all bring—and the respect they are accorded throughout the industry—we have marked the beginning of a new chapter for this project.”
Earlier this fall, the Academy and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced their intention to work together in establishing the Academy-run museum in the historic May Co. building, currently known as LACMA West. With permanent and rotating exhibitions, the museum is intended to provide an interactive experience that will explore how motion pictures have evolved and how they continue to change.
Beverly Hills, CA – Tom Sherak was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight (August 2) by the organization’s Board of Governors. This will be his third consecutive one-year term in the office. Sherak is beginning his ninth year as a governor representing the Executives Branch. He had previously also served as treasurer for the Academy. In addition, Producers Branch governor Hawk Koch was elected first vice president; Executives Branch governor Robert Rehme was elected to one vice president post and Writers Branch governor Phil Robinson was re-elected to the other vice president post; Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor John Lasseter was elected treasurer; and Actors Branch governor Annette Bening was re-elected secretary.
Deadline told you Monday that Warren Beatty was getting behind the camera for the first time since Bulworth. Paramount and Beatty are keeping details under wraps, but here’s what I’ve heard: He will play Howard Hughes, but it’s not …
MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY SHOCKER! EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENE DETAILS: Indie Queen Dawn Hudson Named CEO; Insider Ric Robertson Passed Over; Board Of Governors Was Deadlocked
THURSDAY 11:59 PM BREAKING NEWS… 2ND UPDATE WITH MORE EXCLUSIVE DETAILS… FRIDAY 2 AM WRITETHRU: This is a huge surprise: not just that Film Independent czarina Dawn Hudson was chosen as the new CEO by the uber-establishment Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Board Of Governors. But also that AMPAS insider Ric Robertson, who thought he was a shoo-in for the job to replace retiring executive director Bruce Davis, was passed over and now has to report to someone else again. I’d been hearing for weeks ever since the most recent and wretched Oscars that certain board members wanted an outsider to tranfuse anemic AMPAS with fresh blood in the form of an experienced film executive with new ideas. That’s certainly Hudson “who not only brings tremendous credibility but turned the Spirit Awards from basically nothing to the terrific event it is today,” one insider just told me. “AMPAS almost always promoted from within. But the Board was just so impressed with Dawn.”
So here’s what happened, according to my insiders: Tonight the Board Of Governors had “the” meeting to vote on a new top executive to run the Academy. The Board last Thursday also met in secret and that was supposed to be the deciding confab. But it wasn’t. The reason is that there were two factions on the Board — one wanting to keep the status quo, the other wanting a clean sweep.
“There was some feeling to keep Bruce Davis’s deputy Ric Robertson who assumed the job was his. But that would have been a continuation of the old line, etc. And the Academy Board realized they couldn’t do business as usual anymore,” another insider gives me the scoop. “Tom Sherak, Annette Bening, Jim Brooks, Sid Ganis liked Dawn Hudson a lot. She talked about the creative side of movies, her involvement with filmmakers, the academy’s need to shape an updated identity. And that disasterous [Oscar] show helped her because they realized fresh blood was needed.”