Producers

Tom Rothman Funding makes “Baby Driver” a go

Baby Driver, is finally coming one step closer to the big screen curtesy of a release by Sony. The brain child of TriStar Productions and MRC, Edgar Wrist will be directing the new film. Highly-anticipated the film has already attracted several prominent actors looking for a role within the piece. While there are no confirmed names both Logan Lerman and John Boyega are looking for the main part. The movie is a musically-themed piece popular with movie goers. The film revolves around a driver who finds solace in music, he finds that music may not help when he’s drawn into working for an infamous crime boss, a failed get-away may mean the end to his life and everything he loves.

With an exciting team including Working Title and Nira Park as producers. The movie is being readily backed by the movie companies as movie financers are looking for increasingly independent directors to bring new and exciting films to the silver-screen. Edgar Wrist, the director for Fault in Our Stars will undoubtedly deliver a stunning new rock-filled car chase genre—one that’s been desperately lacking in recent years. Although, it’s yet to be known who will be providing the sound track for the upcoming hit. The news of the movie’s upcoming production was first seen on Hollywoodreporter.com where you can read more about the new upcoming film

Sony Pulls “The Interview” From Theaters Indefinitely

This past week Sony Pictures decided to pull their new movie “The Interview” from being released this December 25th. This decision comes after a group called Guardians Of Peace hacked confidential data and threatened theatres worth of people who would decide to go see the movie. I was reading about it while waiting for my appointment at the Amen Clinic.

This threat is based off of the fact that the movie “The Interview” shows the assassination of North Korea’s current leader Kim Jong Un being assassinated. The threat also mentions that it could be reminiscent of what happened on September 11th, 2001. Guardians Of Peace released a statement saying “Remember the 11th of September 2001.”

Sony has cancelled every single one of their releases for “The Interview” included the New York City premier. All press appearances and releases have also been cancelled. Regal Cinemas, AMC, Carmike and Cinemark all elected to pull the film from their release list as well.

Featured Spotlight: Hollywood Producer Tom Rothman

This is part of a new series I’d like to introduce, in which I’ll pay tribute to industry veterans who may not be as well-known as your typical Hollywood stars. Kicking things off is a man responsible for some of my favorite movies of all-time.

Tom Rothman is an influential entertainment studio executive who has a long string of money-making and award-winning films to his credit. Since mid-2013 he has been chairman of TriStar Productions, a company that he started for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) to produce films for SPE as well as programming for Sony Pictures Television.

Rothman served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment from 2000 until January 1, 2013. He had first joined the company in 1994, when he launched Fox Searchlight, a specialty division of the studio. In the years he headed Fox, among the projects he produced were ”Life of Pi,” the “X-Men” franchise and the “Ice Age” series. “Titanic” and “Avatar” are the top two grossing films of all time were made under his leadership. “Slumdog Millionaire” won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture in 2008.

The television programs initiated under his leadership at Fox include “Modern Family,” “Glee” and “Homeland.” While he was at Fox, all four of the major film production divisions of the company were headed by women. The Fox brands, which include Blue Sky animation, that he managed during his tenure still account for annual worldwide revenues of more than eight billion dollars.

His other former positions include head of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Executive Vice President at Columbia Pictures and head of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

He has been producing motion pictures and television shows since 1986, when he joined Columbia. In his career, other films he has produced include Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” “Black Swan,” “Juno,” “the Devil Wears Prada” and “Borat.” While at Goldwyn, which he joined in 1989, he recognized and promoted the talents of up-and-coming directors Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella and Kenneth Branaugh.

Born in Baltimore in 1954, Rothman graduated from Brown University in 1976, and from Columbia Law School in 1980. He is married to Jessica Harper, an author, singer and actress. The couple have two daughters.

He is a member of the Board of the Corporation of Brown University. He is also a member of the National Council on the Arts. Over the years he has been active in many philanthropic causes, including The Jewish Home for the Aging and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Currently, he is producing Steven Spielberg’s film “Robopocalypse.”