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Adam Shankman Signs on to Direct Phoenix Pictures' John Grisham Novel 'Playing for Pizza', J. Mills Goodloe Signs on to Adapt
MarketWatch - In a speedy turn of events since optioning the novel in May, Phoenix Pictures has signed Adam Shankman ('Hairspray') to direct and J. Mills Goodloe to adapt the John Grisham best-selling novel 'Playing for Pizza'. Phoenix's Mike Medavoy, Arnie Messer and David Thwaites will produce, with Shankman's Offspring Entertainment. Shankman and producing partner Jennifer Gibgot will serve as executive producers. Project is a priority for the two companies, with Shankman intending it to be the next movie he directs.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Phoenix and John Grisham on this adaptation. I've been wanting to do an aggressive, adult, character
Adam Shankman
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Categories : Celebrity Agent News
Posted 8/6/2008 12:08:33 AM | Permalink
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Rick Nicita leaving CAA to lead Morgan Creek Productions
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer - Rick Nicita, a veteran Hollywood agent whose longtime clients include Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, is leaving the agency business after 42 years to become a movie executive.

A partner at Creative Artists Agency, where he spent nearly three decades, Nicita has been named co-chairman and chief operating officer of Morgan Creek Productions, a movie company founded by James Robinson that in recent years has struggled to produce hits.

In his new job, Nicita too will be under pressure to turn around Morgan Creek, which in the late 1980s and early '90s was behind such hits as the "Ace Ventura" comedies starring
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Categories : Celebrity Agent News
Posted 7/29/2008 12:07:14 PM | Permalink
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Paramount welcomes new director
Rutland Herald - Rutland, VT, USA - Bruce Bouchard has worked with a number of recognizable names as an actor and theater director over the years.

Next week, he will begin a new job at the most recognized theater in Rutland County.

The Paramount Theatre Board of Directors announced Friday that Bouchard will begin work Tuesday as the theater's executive director. He replaces former director Tim Marceau, who left the Paramount last month after a three-month stint as director.

Paramount Board of Directors President Laurie Mecier said board members sorted through 16 candidates — whom she said were all exceptionally qualified — before deciding on Bouchard.

During his 30-year career in
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Celebrities : James Gandolfini, Bruce Bouchard, Felicity Huffman, Jimmy Fallon
Categories : Entertainment news, Actor News, Comedian News, Celebrity Agent News, Celebrity News
Posted 3/29/2008 12:03:34 AM | Permalink
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Beyonce in superb vocal form at United Center
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Chicago Daily Southtown - Chicago, IL, USA - Chicago's United Center was buzzing with excitement Saturday evening as The Beyonce Experience landed with a glamorous bang.

Fans stood and screamed as young diva Beyonce Knowles took the stage for a two-hour show filled with flashy theatrics, swift costume changes, Las Vegas-styled sets and highly charged dance numbers.

Beyonce, who came into the public eye 10 years ago as the lead singer of the girl group Destiny's Child, proved to be in superb vocal form during the entire show. She delivered equally strong performances on revved-up R&B selections and ballads.

Her show opened with the hit "Crazy in Love," in which Beyonce
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Categories : Musician News, Celebrity Agent News
Posted 8/20/2007 12:08:41 AM | Permalink
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Pimp My Ride Producers Join IMG
World Screen News - New York, NY, USA - Pimp My Ride’s producing partners Bruce Beresford Redman and Rick Hurvitz have joined IMG Entertainment to develop and produce non-scripted television shows, branded programming and other multiplatform entertainment content.

Beresford Redman and Hurvitz will report to Olivier Gers, IMG’s newly appointed senior VP, global head of new media and co-head of IMG Entertainment; and London-based Alastair Waddington, the executive VP of IMG Media and co-head of IMG Entertainment.

The Los Angeles-based duo have an extensive track record producing prime-time broadcast and network programming, including the creation of MTV’s Pimp My Ride, which has been broadcast in 108 countries worldwide and spawned six
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Categories : Pimp My Ride, Celebrity Agent News
Posted 7/31/2007 12:07:19 AM | Permalink
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Reality TV Coming To America
AHN - USA - Prominent composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has signed with Hollywood agent WMA to help make a network deal for a new reality show, which will search for an unknown star to perform in one of his musical productions.

According to Variety, Webber discussed with collaborator Jim Rice about bringing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," to America for the competition.

Webber will travel to the US in the fall to talk with network executives to pitch his idea. Part of the process will be convincing execs that the similar NBC's series "You're the One that I Want," with its dismal ratings shouldn't deter
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Celebrities : Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Posted 7/21/2007 08:07:48 AM | Permalink
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Webber Signs with WMA; Aims for American TV Casting Search
Broadway World - New York, NY, USA - Variety reports that Tony Award-winning composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber is going Hollywood, with plans for a new star-making TV reality talent search.

"The composer has signed with WMA, taking his first Hollywood agent ever because he wants to make a network deal for an American reality show that he'll topline, searching for a young unknown to star in one of his stage musical productions. WMA will not handle his stage business, which continues to go through his Really Useful Group," according to the article.

Webber may follow his UK success with "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria" and
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Celebrities : Andrew Lloyd Webber
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Posted 7/20/2007 09:07:07 AM | Permalink
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Australian talk show host to UTA
Variety - USA - Australian talkshow host Rove McManus -- often described as Oz's version of Jay Leno -- has said "G'day" to UTA.

Signing comes less than two months after McManus made his U.S. talkshow debut on "The Tonight Show." Tenpercentery will rep McManus in all areas, including acting, hosting and personal appearances.

UTA will also represent McManus' Roving Enterprises production shingle, which produces Oz's version of the Grammys, as well as two scripted comedy series and a localized, McManus-hosted version of the Fox hit "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

Stateside push for McManus comes as both NBC and Fox are mulling their future
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Celebrities : Rove McManus
Categories : Celebrity Agent News, Celebrity Appearances
Posted 6/25/2007 09:06:13 AM | Permalink
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