The 2012 Producer's Guild of America Awards are approaching, celebrating both Theatrical Motion Pictures and Long-Form Television with a new batch of nominees that the PGA has just released. Many of the films are no surprise—crossovers with the upcoming Golden Globes nominees abound. For theatrical motion picture include The Artist, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris; nominees for animated theatrical motion picture include Rango and The Adventures of Tintin.
The television nominees also offer some unsurprising names, including Mildred Pierce, Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation, Boardwalk Empire,Game of Thrones, Mad Men and The Colbert Report.
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Producer: Thomas Langmann
Producers: Judd Apatow, Barry Mendel, Clayton Townsend
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Producers: Ceán Chaffin, Scott Rudin
Producers: Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, Brunson Green
Producers: Graham King, Martin Scorsese
THE IDES OF MARCH
Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
Producers: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Producers: Peter Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Producer: Denise Ream
KUNG FU PANDA 2
Producer: Melissa Cobb
PUSS IN BOOTS
Producers: Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou
Producers: John B. Carls, Gore Verbinski
The Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Award in Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST
Producers: Michael Rapaport, Edward Parks (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
Producer: Philip Gefter
Producer: Simon Chinn
Producer: James Gay-Rees
Producers: Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek
The David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television (Movies of the Week and Miniseries)
CINEMA VERITE (HBO)
Producers: Zanne Devine, Karyn McCarthy
DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece) (PBS)
Producers: Julian Fellowes, Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame
THE KENNEDYS (ReelzChannel)
Producers: Jon Cassar, Jonathan Koch, Stephen Kronish, Steve Michaels, Michael Prupas, Jamie Paul Rock, Joel Surnow
MILDRED PIERCE (HBO)
Producers: Todd Haynes, Pamela Koffler, Ilene S. Landress, Christine Vachon
TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO)
Producers: Carol Fenelon, Jeffrey Levine, Paula Weinstein
The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy:
30 ROCK (NBC)
Producers: Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Marci Klein, Jerry Kupfer, Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Jeff Richmond, John Riggi, Don Scardino
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
Producers: Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro, Faye Oshima, Bill Prady
Producers: Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Kenneth Silverstein
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
Producers: Paul Corrigan, Abraham Higginbotham, Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd, Jeff Morton, Jeffrey Richman, Dan O’Shannon, Brad Walsh, Bill Wrubel, Danny Zuker
PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC)
Producers: Greg Daniels, Dan Goor, Howard Klein, Amy Poehler, Morgan Sackett, Michael Schur
The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
Producers: Eugene Kelly, Howard Korder, Stephen Levinson, Martin Scorsese, Rudd Simmons, Tim Van Patten, Terence Winter
Producers: Sara Colleton, John Goldwyn, Chip Johannessen, Robert Lloyd Lewis
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
Producers: David Benioff, Frank Doelger, Mark Huffam, Carolyn Strauss, D.B. Weiss
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
Producers: Brooke Kennedy, Michelle King, Robert King, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, David W. Zucker
MAD MEN (AMC)
Producers: Jonathan Abrahams, Scott Hornbacher, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Blake McCormick, Dwayne Shattuck, Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television
THE COLBERT REPORT (Comedy Central)
Producers: Meredith Bennett, Stephen T. Colbert, Richard Dahm, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart (*additional producers eligibility pending arbitration completion)
THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW (Syndicated)
Producers: Mary Connelly, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Geiger Schrift, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin A. Leman II, Jonathan Norman, Derek Westervelt
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO)
Producers: Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen, Bill Maher, Billy Martin
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
Producers: Ken Aymong, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney
THE 64TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (CBS)
Producers: Ricky Kirshner, Glenn Weiss
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
THE AMAZING RACE (CBS)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Elise Doganieri, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Mark Vertullo
AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
Producers: Charles Boyd, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon Fuller, Patrick Lynn, Nigel Lythgoe, Megan Michaels, Ken Warwick
DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
Producers: Ashley Edens Shaffer, Conrad Green, Joe Sungkur, Rob Wade
PROJECT RUNWAY (Lifetime)
Producers: Jane Cha Cutler, Desiree Gruber, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Jonathan Murray, Sara Rea, Colleen Sands
TOP CHEF (Bravo)
Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Casey Kriley, Jane Lipsitz, Dan Murphy, Nan Strait
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
30 FOR 30 (ESPN)
Producers: John Dahl, Connor Schell, Bill Simmons
AMERICAN MASTERS (PBS)
Producers: Susan Lacy, Julie Sacks
ANTHONY BOURDAIN: NO RESERVATIONS (Travel Channel)
Producers: Christopher Collins, Julie Lei, Lydia Tenaglia, Tom Vitale
DEADLIEST CATCH (Discovery Channel)
Producers: Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, John Gray, Sheila McCormack, Ethan Prochnik, Bill Pruitt, Matt Renner
UNDERCOVER BOSS (CBS)
Producers: Chris Carlson, Susan Hoenig, Eli Holzman, Sandi Johnson, Stephen Lambert, Allison Schermerhorn
ANDERSON COOPER 360º (CNN)
BBC WORLD NEWS AMERICA (BBC)
NBC NEWS WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS (NBC)
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW (MSNBC)
60 MINUTES (CBS)
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (ESPN)
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL (HBO)
SPORTS CENTER (ESPN)
30 FOR 30 (ESPN)
2010 FIFA WORLD CUP (ABC / ESPN / ESPN2)
U.S. OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP (CBS / ESPN2 / Tennis Channel)
DORA THE EXPLORER (Nickelodeon)
PHINEAS AND FERB (Disney Channel)
SESAME STREET (PBS)
SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (Nickelodeon)
ASK A NINJA (blip.tv)
THE GUILD (WatchTheGuild.com)
PARKS AND RECREATION PRESENTS: "APRIL AND ANDY'S ROAD TRIP" (NBC.com)
30 ROCK PRESENTS JACK DONAGHY, EXECUTIVE SUPERHERO (NBC.com)
WEB THERAPY (LStudio.com)
*These programs were not vetted for producer eligibility this year but winners in these categories will be announced at the official ceremony on January 21st.
Source: Producer's Guild
Screenwriter Jamie Linden has been blessed with an extraordinary cast for his directorial debut, the ensemble drama Ten Year. In fact, he seems to be picking prime talent from his past cinematic endeavors. Starting with just Channing Tatum (who also will produce the picture) and wife Jenna Dewan, the cast has grown to include a slew of young stars, including Chris Pine, Anna Faris, Brian Geraghty, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, Chris Pratt, Justin Long and Scott Porter (Mackie, Mara, Porter, Tatum and Geraghty all appeared in either Dear John or We Are Marshall, both which Linden penned).
Now The Hollywood Reporter says that Rosario Dawson and Lynn Collins have signed up to work on the film as well, rounding out the cast as it prepares to shoot early next year. The story focuses on a group of friends who reunite ten years after their high-school graduation. Sounds a bit like The Big Chill, which can't hurt it's potential to succeed, but I'd like to know a little bit more about where the plot will go before I sing any praises.
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill are producing along with Tatum and his 33andOut Prods. partner Reid Carolin. The film shoots in New Mexico and all parties are eying a late 2011 release, so keep an eye out for this one.
The former The Sopranos star will host the premiere of My Dog: An Unconditional Love Story at the Guild Hall in the Hamptons, New York on 23 August (10).
The movie explores the relationship between people and their pets through candid interviews with celebrity dog lovers, including actors Richard Belzer and Richard Gere, actress Glenn Close and fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi.
The film also features one of the last big screen appearances by late actress Lynn Redgrave, whose pooch Viola has lived with Redgrave's daughter, Annabel, since the star's May (10) death.
David Angell, co-creator and writer for NBC's Frasier, will be posthumously honored Saturday by the Writers Guild of America at its annual awards dinner, the Associated Press reports.
Angell will receive the Valentine Davies Award (named for the writer of Miracle on 34th Street) in recognition of the "dignity" and "honor" Angell brought to the profession of writing.
Angell--who died on Sept. 11 with his wife, Lynn, aboard the hijacked American Airlines flight 11 from Boston--wrote for Frasier and Cheers and won eight Emmy Awards between the two series.
His award will be accepted by Peter Casey and David Lee, former partners and creators of Frasier and Wings.
Hollywood found lots of life on "Mars" this weekend as Buena Vista/Touchstone's "Mission to Mars" blasted off to about $23 million. "Mars" landed in 3,054 theaters with an out-of-this-world estimated $23.10 million ($7,559 per theater).
Its per-theater average was the highest for any film playing in wide release this weekend.
It was a victory as well for studio tracking studies, which had predicted a first-place finish in the mid $20 millions. For the previous three weeks, however, Hollywood pollsters had been overly optimistic about the openings of "Hanging Up," "Reindeer Games" and "The Next Best Thing."
"Our marketing guys (under Marketing President Geoffrey Ammer) did such a fabulous job getting it open," Buena Vista Distribution President Chuck Viane said Sunday morning. "We were sitting here talking this morning, saying, 'How often does a picture do more business in one night ($7.85 million Friday) than any other film in the marketplace does for the [entire] weekend?' That's unusual. We represent an unbelievably high percentage of the Top 10. We're like 38% of the Top 10.
On the record-setting front, Viane said, "If my statisticians are right, this will be the third-highest March opening ever. The first two being 'Liar Liar' and the original 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' So, not too shabby!"
Demographically, he said, "We have 57 percent male, 43 percent female. Couples represent the vast majority -- like 57 percent. Teens are about 25 percent, and families make up the balance."
The film's ultra-wide release, he added, fit well with its PG rating: "We decided that the beauty of this rating (is that) you're more accessible to the general audience. If you have an R-rated film, it's probably a little wiser to wait (to go that wide)."
Artisan Entertainment's R-rated thriller "The Ninth Gate" opened a distant second with a not so scary estimated $6.70 million at 1,586 theaters ($4,225 per theater).
Directed by Roman Polanski, "Gate" stars Johnny Depp.
"It's a solid opening, and we're very happy to be No. 2 in the marketplace," Artisan distribution head Steve Rothenberg said Sunday morning. "Hopefully, we'll be able to build upon this. There are only two films opening up next week, so hopefully we can keep the film in the marketplace for a while."
Will Artisan go any wider with "Gate?" "We'll probably stay where we are," Rothenberg replied. "We feel this is the right number of theaters to be in at this point."
Although he was waiting for the exit poll research to come in, Rothenberg noted, "From having gone to several theaters over the weekend, [the audience] who came is exactly who we went after -- basically, 18- to 34-year-olds. One thing that didn't occur, which could have made the gross a bit higher, is that we didn't really get too much of an over-35 crowd, Polanski's old crowd. I think the key reason for that is the reviews were pretty tepid."
Warner Bros. PG-rated family drama "My Dog Skip", from Alcon Entertainment, held on to third place in its ninth week with a still snappy estimated $6.04 million (+3%) at 2,331 theaters (theater count unchanged, $2,591 per theatre). Its total is approximately $14.1 million.
Directed by Jay Russell, "Skip" stars Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Luke Wilson and Kevin Bacon.
"It was a good weekend at the box office for us," Warner Bros. Distribution President Dan Fellman said Sunday morning, referring to both "Skip" and Warners' hit comedy "The Whole Nine Yards," which finished in fourth place.
With "Skip" now having just passed $14 million, Fellman said it looks like it could get to the area of $30 million in domestic theaters. Given its production cost of around $7 million, that would make it highly profitable for all concerned.
"It's (showing) extremely strong holding ability," he said, adding that that was how "Skip" had performed in Warners' earlier test engagements. "People really like this movie. The CinemaScores were A. All the exit interviews were sensational."
Fourth place went to Warner Bros.' "The Whole Nine Yards," the R-rated "hit" comedy from Morgan Creek and Franchise Pictures, down three slots in its fourth weekend but still showing strong legs with an estimated $5.40 million (-25%) at 2,672 theaters (-121 theaters, $2,021 per theater). Its total is approximately $45.8 million.
Directed by Jonathan Lynn, "Yards" stars Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry.
Where is "Yards" heading? "Sixty million dollars," Fellman said Sunday morning. "When you run into a picture like 'Mission,' which is the first major competition we've had, and end up down (only) 25%, you say to yourself, 'Boy, this has an audience!' It's wonderful."
DreamWorks' R-rated drama "American Beauty," a major Oscar contender with eight nominations, including Best Picture, rose four rungs to fifth place in its 26th week with a still impressive estimated $3.66 million (-9%) at 1,522 theaters (+183 theaters, $2,402 per theater). Its total is approximately $98 million.
Directed by Sam Mendes, it stars Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.
"It will probably hit $100 million Saturday," DreamWorks distribution head Jim Tharp said Sunday morning. "It could even happen Friday, but certainly no later than Saturday."
Mendes was honored Saturday night with the Directors Guild of America's top award. If "Beauty" goes on to win Best Picture, it could wind up grossing $120 million-plus in domestic theaters.
Miramax's PG-13-rated drama "The Cider House Rules," "Beauty's" principal competition in the Best Picture Oscar race, rose four notches to sixth place in its 14th week with a still-solid estimated $3.58 million (-11%) at 1,704 theaters (+208 theaters, $2,101 per theater). Its total is approximately $42 million.
Destination Films' PG-13-rated comedy "Drowning Mona" slid three pegs to seventh place in its second week with a still OK estimated $3.46 million (-40%) at 1,981 theaters (theater count unchanged, $1,749 per theater). Its total is approximately $10.8 million.
Paramount's PG-13-rated romantic comedy drama "The Next Best Thing" from Lakeshore Entertainment plunged six slots to eighth place in its second week with a slow estimated $3.35 million (-43%) at 2,034 theaters (+27 theaters, $1,647 per theater). Its total is approximately $10.6 million.
Paramount and Nickelodeon Movies' PG-rated comedy "Snow Day" fell three drifts in its fifth week to tie for ninth place with a less frozen estimated $3.10 million (-35%) at 2,672 theaters (-45 theaters, $1,160 per theater). Its total is approximately $52.9 million.
Also tied for ninth place was USA Films' R-rated sci-fi thriller "Pitch Black," last week's No. 5 film, in its fourth week with a still OK estimated $3.10 million (-39%) at 1,730 theaters (-173 theaters, $1,792 per theater). Its total is approximately $34.4 million.
This weekend also saw the arrival of Paramount Classics' R-rated suspense drama "Deterrence," placing 31st with a weak estimated $0.024 million at 7 theaters ($3,422 per theater).
Written and directed by Rod Lurie, it stars Kevin Pollak and Timothy Hutton.
This weekend saw Universal hold sneak previews of its dramatic comedy "Erin Brockovich" on Saturday night at about 797 theaters in the United States and Canada.
"They went fabulously," Universal Distribution President Nikki Rocco said Sunday morning. "We had 93 percent overall capacity. Eighty percent of the theatres were 90 percent to 100 percent filled."
As far as word of mouth, the exit polls were 98% in the Top Two boxes (excellent and very good) with an 86% definite recommend. That's overall. It's very terrific, but it's not surprising. When people see it, they absolutely love it."
BR>"Brockovich" opens Friday at 2,700-plus theaters. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it stars Julia Roberts, Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart.
Why did the film sneak so well? "No. 1 -- Julia Roberts is a superstar," Rocco replied. "I think the word has gotten out that the film is just an incredible crowd pleaser. I think the direction from Steven Soderbergh pushes it over the top. These are the three reasons why it's a success. The (director) is incredibly talented. He's got a major superstar and a story that works phenomenally."
On the expansion front, last weekend saw Artisan Entertainment go wider with its R-rated dark comedy "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai," placing 26th in its second week with a calm estimated $0.10 million (-38%) at 19 theaters (+5 theaters, $5,465 per theater). Its total is approximately $0.3 million.
USA Films PG-rated suspense drama re-issue "Rear Window" widened in its eighth week, placing 27th with a quiet estimated $0.097 million (-27%) at 27 theaters (+3 theaters, $3,594 per theater). Its total is approximately $1.2 million.
Fox Searchlight Pictures' PG-13-rated dramatic comedy "The Closer You Get" widened in its third week, placing 29th with a dull estimated $0.070 million at 30 theaters (+15 theaters, $2,333 per theater). Its total is approximately $0.2 million.
Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 for the weekend – took in approximately $80.60 million, up about 3.93% from the comparable weekend last year when key films grossed $77.55 million.
This weekend's key film gross was up about 5.34% from last weekend, when key films grossed $76.51 million.
Last year, Warner Bros.' second week of "Analyze This" was first with $15.57 million and MGM's opening week of "The Rage: Carrie 2" was second with $7.07 million. The Top Two films one year ago grossed $22.7 million. This year, the Top Two films grossed an estimated $29.8 million.
STUDIO MARKET SHARES
Based on business by key films (those grossing $500,000 or more), last weekend’s Top Six distributors were the following:
Buena Vista (Disney, Touchstone) was first with four films ("Mission to Mars," "The Tigger Movie" "The Sixth Sense" and "Fantasia 2000") grossing an estimated $27.94 million or 34.7% of the market.
Warner Bros. was second with three films ("My Dog Skip," "The Green Mile" and "The Whole Nine Yards") grossing an estimated $12.18 million or 15.1% of the market.
Paramount was third with three films ("The Next Best Thing," "Snow Day" and "Wonder Boys") grossing an estimated $9.05 million or 11.2% of the market.
Miramax (Miramax, Dimension) was fourth with three films ("Reindeer Games," "Scream 3" and "The Cider House Rules") grossing an estimated $7.91 million or 9.8% of the market.
Artisan Entertainment was fifth with one film ("The Ninth Gate"), grossing an estimated $6.70 million or 8.3% of the market.
DreamWorks was sixth with one film ("American Beauty") grossing an estimated $3.66 million or 4.5% of the market.
(11) "Reindeer Games"/Dimension Theaters: 2,113 (-91) Gross: $2.79 million (-41%) Average per theater: $1,320 Total: $19.3 million
(12) "Wonder Boys"/Paramount Theaters: 1,509 (+5) Gross: $2.6 million (-36%) Average per theater: $1,723 Total: $15 million
(13) "The Tigger Movie"/Buena Vista/Disney Theaters: 2,093 (-563) Gross: $2.4 million (-32%) Average per theater: $1,147 Total: $38.7 million
(14) "3 Strikes"/MGM Theaters: 678 (0) Gross: $1.79 million (-51%) Average per theater: $2,640 Total: $7.2 million
(15) "Hanging Up"/Columbia Theaters: 1,977 (-641) Gross: $1.7 million (-54%) Average per theater: $860 Total: $34.1 million
(16) "Scream 3"/Dimension Theaters: 1,447 (-379) Gross: $1.54 million (-47%) Average per theater: $1,064 Total: $84.5 million
(17) "What Planet Are You From?"/Columbia Theaters: 2,248 (0) Gross: $1.5 million (-50%) (tie) Average per theater: $667 Total: $5.4 million
(17) "Fantasia 2000"/BV/Disney Theaters: 54 (0) (all IMAX) Gross: $1.5 million (domestic) (even) (tie) Average per theater: $27,778 Total: $31.1 million (domestic)
(19) "Boiler Room"/New Line Theaters: 607 (-397) Gross: $0.98 million (-45%) Average per theater: $1,606 Total: $15.3 million
(20) "The Sixth Sense"/BV/Touchstone Theaters: 672 (-87) Gross: $0.94 million (-21%) Average per theater: $1,400 Total: $286.8 million
(21) "The Green Mile"/Castle Rock/Warner Bros. Theaters: 848 (-249) Gross: $0.74 million (-32%) Average per theater: $875 Total: $133.7 million
(22) "The Beach"/20th Century Fox Theaters: 728 (-756) Gross: $0.63 million (-61%) Average per theater: $865 Total: $38.1 million
(23) "Boys Don't Cry"/Fox Searchlight Theaters: 185 (+3) Gross: $0.48 million (+9%) Average per theater: $2,595 Total: $6.1 million
(24) "The Hurricane"/Universal Theaters: 404 (-185) Gross: $0.32 million (-35%) Average per theater: $800 Total: $49.5 million
(25) "Topsy-Turvy"/USA Films Theatres Theaters: 117 (-26) Gross: $0.20 million (-22%) Average per theater: $1,760 Total: $5.2 million
(26) "Ghost Dog"/Artisan (see EXPANSIONS above)
(27) "Rear Window"/USA Films (see EXPANSIONS above)
(28) "Snow Falling on Cedars"/Universal Theaters: 151 (-37) Gross: $0.080 million (-27%) Average per theater: $530 Total: $14.4 million
(29) "The Closer You Get"/Fox Searchlight (see EXPANSIONS above)
(30) "Agnes Browne"/USA Films Theaters: 14 (-7) Gross: $0.025 million (-49%) Average per theater: $1,795 Total: $0.1 million
(31) "Deterrence"/Paramount Classics (see OTHER OPENINGS above)