Reuther passed away at his home in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (05Jun10) after a long battle with cancer.
He began his career working in the mail room at the William Morris talent agency, and went on to become an executive at Galactic Films, where he worked as an executive producer on Dirty Dancing.
Reuther later teamed up with his producing partner Michael Douglas, forming Douglas/Reuther Productions and working with him on several films including 1997's Face/Off starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. He served as the company's president between 1994 and 1999.
His other notable works include Nine 1/2 Weeks, Pretty Woman and The Rainmaker, while his more recent films include last year's (09) The Ugly Truth, with Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler.
Reuther's family is planning to establish a scholarship in his name at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)'s film school, according to Deadline.com.
Based on a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde "Pay It Forward" is about a boy named Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) who is inspired by his social studies teacher Mr. Simonet (Kevin Spacey) and comes up with a school project based on a simple concept: Don't wait to pay back good deeds; pay them forward three times over. One of the boy's attempts to do good includes bringing his teacher together with his alcoholic single mother Arlene (Helen Hunt).
This movie has all the makings of Oscar. Two-time Oscar winner Spacey is solid as usual and escapes into the role of Mr. Simonet whose facial and bodily burn scars hide a tragic secret. Oscar winner Hunt gets a chance to really flex her acting muscles and she does. Her scenes with young Osment are especially gripping. But the revelation in "Pay It Forward" is Osment. This boy was born to act and he improves upon his already impressive turn in "The Sixth Sense." It would be nice to see Osment win Oscar this year and Spacey and Hunt will surely receive nominations. Providing strong supporting work are Angie Dickinson Jay Mohr and James Caviezel and Jon Bon Jovi appears in a fortunately brief cameo.
Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact " "The Peacemaker") takes a break from action films and slows it down way down with "Pay It Forward." Her foray into the non-action realm is shaky. Some of the scenes are out of place and take away from the overall effectiveness of the film. One major and surprising plot point is heartbreaking unnecessary and executed in a contrived manner. And the ending is disjointed from the feel of the rest of the film. Fortunately for Leder she has an amazing cast and a strong story from author Hyde.
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At least two major films due to be released in the next few months have already been put on hold, and others may be delayed over the next few weeks--because their plot lines revolve around terrorism.
Touchstone Pictures' Big Trouble, an ensemble comedy starring Tim Allen and Rene Russo and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, has been pushed back indefinitely from its Sept. 21 release date. The film centers on a group of people trying to get their hands on a suitcase with a nuclear bomb in it; the case eventually ends up on a plane.
Touchstone has also cancelled this weekend's press junket for Trouble.
The Arnold Schwarzenegger political thriller Collateral Damage, due for release Oct. 5, has also been postponed indefinitely. In the film, Schwarzenegger's character witnesses the death of his family when a downtown skyscraper is hit by a massive bomb blast. The title of the film also refers to innocent people who lose their lives simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Warner Bros. released a statement saying they were making "an immediate and complete effort to retrieve all outdoor advertising; to pull the website and all in-theater adversting, including trailers and posters; and cancel all radio and television advertising and promotions for this film."
The statement went on further, "On behalf of director Andrew Davis, producers Steven Reuther and David Foster, the film's star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Warner Bros. Pictures, we extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in Tuesday's terrorist attacks and join the nation in focusing our hope on the continuing rescue efforts."
Another film in flux is Ed Burns' romantic comedy Sidewalks of New York. The critic screenings this week have been postponed until November with the Sept. 21 release date being pushed back for at least a few months.
Although most of the L.A.-based studios halted production Tuesday, the good news for feature films is that most new productions had not yet started, either due to an excess of films pushed into production before the potential actor and writer strikes or recent returns from summer hiatus.
The other productions that have been temporarily stalled include Sonnenfeld's Men in Black 2, which was shut down Tuesday but is scheduled to resume today. Part of the film was shot in New York.
Jackie Chan's film The Tuxedo, which also stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, did not plan to shut down production on location in Toronto.
The Toronto Film Festival, where 40 percent of sales and acquisitions are made for this year's feature films, canceled all activities on Tuesday for the first time in the 26-year-old festival's history.
"We are certainly very sensitive to security issues and are increasing security where appropriate," festival president Piers Handling told Reuters. He said a crisis team was in place to protect film stars, guests and officials.
The star-studded festival was to include appearances by Steve Martin, Danny DeVito, Helena Bonham Carter, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Denzel Washington and Anthony Hopkins.
TV programming, too, has been affected, and what would have been a violence/thriller-filled broadcast weekend will turn comic instead. ABC will change plans to air the Nicole Kidman-George Clooney thriller The Peacemaker, substituting Sandra Bullock's romantic comedy Hope Floats in its place.
Instead of airing the X-Files movie over the weekend, Fox will show the Hugh Grant comedy Nine Months. Fox will also replace a Sunday evening broadcast of Independence Day with Robin Williams's cross-dressing laugher Mrs. Doubtfire.
Warner Bros. said Wednesday that it has decided not only to postpone indefinitely the release of Collateral Damage, scheduled for Oct. 5, but also to remove all billboards for the film -- an unprecedented move. The movie concerns a fireman, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, seeking the terrorists who killed his family. "We don't want to be insensitive to a nation in mourning," producer Steven Reuther told today's Wall Street Journal.
In London, Odeon Cinemas, acting at the request of Warner Bros., pulled the movie Swordfish, starring John Travolta, from its theaters. A spokesman told the BBC: "It's been done at the distributor's request and it's a position that Odeon totally supports." Filmmakers suggested that movies with terrorist themes are likely to be put on hold for the indefinite future. Producer John Davis (Daylight, Behind Enemy Lines) told the WSJ: "Once it becomes reality and not fantasy, it ceases to be entertaining." The newspaper also commented that MGM's Nosebleed, which was to have starred Jackie Chan, definitely "won't see the light of day as originally written." Chan was to have played a window washer at the World Trade Center who becomes involved in a terrorist plot to destroy the statue of Liberty.