One of the more successful female producers, Zanuck, who has also begun a secondary career as a director, reached the top at a very young age. After a brief stint as a research assistant with the Worl...
Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck will receive the prestigious Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 9, according to Variety. The award will be presented at the Flanders International Film Festival's opening gala, and will celebrate the couple's outstanding work in motion pictures. The Academy Award-winning duo produced Driving Miss Daisy, which won the 1989 Best Picture Oscar. Richard Zanuck is about to release a remake of Planet of the Apes and Lili Zanuck is working on the Matthew McConaughey vehicle, Reign of Fire.
He won’t be back. Cinemascape.com reports today that director James Cameron has confirmed once again that he will not be involved in any further "Terminator" films. While attending the premiere of "U-571" recently, Cameron was asked about his potential participation in "Terminator 3." Cameron replied, "Not gonna do it."
Additionally, recent comments made by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton have the pair saying that they have no interest in another sequel unless Cameron is directing.
But the question remains: Will there be a "Titanic II"?
WHAT A SCREAM! Miramax has registered the Web sites www.scream4.com through www.scream10.com in making plans for a new batch of sequels, msnbc.com reports. A Miramax official has no comment, but director Wes Craven is among those who never completely believed that the studio would kill off the successful slasher-flick franchise starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette.
A CALL TO ACTION: Bill Cosby, in Los Angeles on Tuesday to receive the Steven J. Ross/Time Warner award from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, called for additional outreach programs that give minority students the chance to prepare for careers in the entertainment industry. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby said that such programs help give an edge to aspiring talents who already face stumbling blocks as they enter film and television.
GOODBYE, OSCAR: Richard D. and Lili Fini Zanuck have said that they will never produce another Oscar telecast, DailyVariety columnist Army Archerd reports today. Richard Zanuck told Archerd, "Although it was one of my greatest experiences, I'll never do it again." Lili said: "We were very happy with the reception ... (but) we have a day job."
COUPLES WATCH: Howard Stern and Angie Everhart have blossomed into something serious. "They have been going out," the model's rep, Shari Goldberg, tells the New York Daily News. "I don't know about Howard, but she's not seeing anyone else." ... Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is expecting her third child. She is married to Francois Oliviennes. ... Joan Lunden, the former host of ABC's "Good Morning America" who reportedly is a contender to replace Kathie Lee Gifford on "Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee," has married Jeff Konigsberg, who operates children's summer camps. It is Lunden's second marriage.
HERE’S LOOKIN’ AT YOU, KID: Robert Evans’ best-seller "The Kid Stays in the Picture," which chronicles the producer’s rise to power in Hollywood, might be brought to the screen as a feature documentary by this year’s DGA documentary feature winners Brett Morgen and Nanette Burstein ("On the Ropes"), the Reporter says. The news first broke March 25 on foxnews.com.
Now that most of the stolen statues have been found, the big question is this: Will Willie Fulgear watch the 72nd Annual Academy Awards in person, like the hero he seems, or on TV, like a common citizen? Oscars: As found by Willie Fulgear Fulgear is the 61-year-old Los Angeles scrap collector who literally stumbled upon 52 stolen Oscars on Sunday night. The police, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the trucking company that the trophies were stolen from (allegedly by two employees -- one of whom prosecutors declined to press charges against) have all publicly thanked Fulgear, but so far they've stopped short of doing what seems like the obvious: giving the man the $50,000 reward and a ticket to the festivities at the Shrine Auditorium.
Ask the folks behind the Oscars, and you'll get a glib answer. "I haven't booked him. … It's an idea. I haven't thought of it, but it depends on what Bruce can write for him," Lili Fini Zanuck, producer of the Academy Awards show, told Hollywood.com's Sandy Kenyon today.
Zanuck was referring to Bruce Vilanch, the head writer for the telecast. And Vilanch was equally flip on the topic of Fulgear. "Well, somebody may drop out. I mean, it's entirely possible," he told Kenyon. "Do you think he knows the lyrics to that song from 'Magnolia.'?"
Here's the problem: Although Fulgear's not a suspect in the theft, Fulgear is still part of the Los Angeles Police Department's investigation into the crime. Any reward or invitation may have to wait until the case is fully closed -- and by that time, the Oscars will probably be in the distant past.
"Any time something like this is missing and you find it, you're automatically the No. 1 suspect," a somewhat-resigned Fulgear said today in an interview with radio station KLSX-FM in Los Angeles.
But, make no mistake, Fulgear wants the reward money, and he thinks he's entitled to it. He says he'd like to invest in something, maybe a house, and leave it for his 22-year-old son, whom Fulgear has raised alone. The two now live in a small one-bedroom apartment, near the Koreatown area of Los Angeles.
And he wants to go to the Oscars.
"If I'm invited, I'm definitely going," he said to KLSX. "Me and my son."
In a year when the Academy Awards have been stricken with bad luck -- Oscar ballots lost by the post office, snoopy Wall Street Journal reporters threatening to give away the winners and then the theft of the statues -- Fulgear's find was a rare bit of good news. Inviting the bottles-and-cans collector to the awards ceremony and featuring him on the telecast, even for a moment, seems like an ideal publicity stunt.
But the Academy won't say whether Fulgear -- a transplanted former rock 'n' roll singer from Mississippi -- will get a TV appearance as part of his 15 minutes of fame.
"No decision is being made with regard to the reward, or an invitation for Mr. Fulgear to attend the awards, until the police department's investigation is completed, and we don't know when that will be," Academy spokeswoman Leslie Unger reiterated today.
Fulgear said he's confident that he'll eventually get the reward and a seat at Sunday's black-tie affair. Whatever happens, he said he doesn't regret turning in his most valuable scrap-metal booty ever (the gold-plated statues are worth about $18,000) to the police.
"I never thought about keeping them," he said in the radio interview.
"I did eight days in jail one time, for a parking ticket. I can't take jail. I wasn't thinking nothing like that. It ain't worth it."
From the files of World's Worst-Kept Secrets, we bring you this: Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore are going to star in "The Silence of the Lambs" sequel. Julianne Moore Universal Pictures made it official Monday. But the press release just firmed up what everyone's been saying for months: Hopkins and Moore are going to star in "The Silence of the Lambs" sequel.
Shooting for the film to be known as "Hannibal" starts in May in Italy. We'd tell you Jodie Foster wasn't going to be there, but you probably knew that already, too.
BACK TO OZ: Outgoing "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" co-star Seth Green is in talks to star in "Scorned," a campus-based comedy based on a story by the 25-year-old actor, today's Daily Variety says.
GOING BANANAS: Richard Zanuck, who used to run Fox, has been tapped to produce Fox's remake of "Planet of the Apes". Production is set to begin in the fall with Tim Burton ("Batman") directing. A summer 2001 release is planned. Zanuck's latest production will be this Sunday's Oscars, which he's producing with wife Lili Fini Zanuck.
OFF THE UNEMPLOYMENT DOLE: It's been nearly 50 years since it last graced the big screen, but Robbie the Robot finally has a new gig. The metallic star of 1956 sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" looks to make its comeback in (what else?) a remake of 1956 sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet." New Line Cinema, which did the "Lost in Space" redo in 1998, is producing, today's Hollywood Reporter says.
TOUGH ASSIGNMENT: Tom Skerritt ("Picket Fences") will try to fill the cowboy boots of screen legend Gary Cooper in a TBS made-for-cable remake of the said screen legend's 1952 signature work, "High Noon," the network announced today. The flick is set for an August premiere.
Was one of the producers of the Clint Eastwood vehicle "True Crime"
Worked part-time as researcher for Zanuck's partner David Brown; assumed full-time responsibilities and began to handle contracts, scripts and to negotiate deals
Directed first feature, "Rush"
First film as co-producer, "Cocoon"
Worked as research assistant at the World Bank in Washington in 1970s
Signed production deal with DreamWorks
Co-produced the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Driving Miss Daisy"
With husband Richard, produced the annual telecast of the Academy Awards; first female to hold that distinction
Moved to Los Angeles to become a film editor; moved into office management at Carnation Company
First TV-movie as co-producer, "Barrington" (CBS)
Co-produced "Wild Bill"
One of the more successful female producers, Zanuck, who has also begun a secondary career as a director, reached the top at a very young age. After a brief stint as a research assistant with the World Bank in Washington, DC, she moved to Los Angeles with the hopes of becoming a film editor. Shortly thereafter, she married producer Richard Zanuck, whom she had met on a blind date. Zanuck entered the industry as an unpaid researcher for her husband's partner David Brown, then assumed the full-time responsibilities of handling contracts, reading scripts and negotiating deals for The Zanuck/Brown Company. There, Zanuck helped develop "The Island" (1980), "Neighbors" (1981) and "The Verdict" (1982), before initiating and co-producing her first project, Ron Howard's hit "Cocoon" (1985).
After the Zanuck/Brown partnership ended in 1988, the husband and wife team formed The Zanuck Company, whose first film, the relatively low-budget "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), directed by Bruce Beresford, won four Oscars, including Best Picture. Since then, she has co-produced such films as "Rich in Love" (1993), Walter Hill's "Wild Bill" (1995) and "Mulholland Falls" (1996).
Zanuck made her small screen debut co-producing the TV-movie "Barrington" (CBS, 1987). Her successful directorial debut was the tautly-paced "Rush" (1991), a relentlessly grim account of idealistic undercover narcotics officers who sink into drug use in order to effectively make a case. While the film featured strong performances from its leads Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric, its downbeat subject matter kept audiences at bay. In 1997, Zanuck was one of the directors chosen (along with Tom Hanks and Ted Demme, among others) to helm segments of the HBO anthology "From the Earth to the Moon".
Met on a blind date; Married four months later Sept. 23, 1978; Co-produced 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000)
born c. 1973
born c. 1974
Northern Virginia Community College
Fini Zanuck has directed several music videos, most notably "Breathe", performed by Faith Hill and "Let's Make Love" by Hill and her husband Tim McGraw.
"So I'm actually Dick's creation? A monster he created? Look . . . I've been around for a long, long time. I used to be a gofer in the company. I learned about deals and the working of a studio." --Lili Fini Zanuck quoted in a 1991 article in Movieline.
"When I'm shooting, I'm the audience, the only one who has to be satisfied. I never shot a scene and thought, 'who will like this besides me?' Now that I'm turning over the film, I have to let seep into my conciousness these other people--the audience--and it's tough. But this is show business, not a private home movie I'm making." --Lili Fini Zanuck quoted in Movieline, 1991.
"Driving Miss Daisy" was Lili and husband Richard Zanuck's third film collaboration with Jessica Tandy, who featured in both "Cocoon" (1985) and "Cocoon: The Return" (1988).
Member, Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Music Center