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March 14, 2013
Our latest podcast conversation with Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond is here. Today, Pete and I talked about the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame dinner earlier this week; its long-delayed recognition of Philo T. Farnsworth as one of the creators of TV; likely competitors in this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and the week’s notable films.
"He is sort of the first person we have been able to monitor in captivity on camera through every phase of his life. He is one of those people who is able to transition from one phase into the next and of course I am referring to transitioning from Ron Howard hair to Ron Howard hat."
Will Arnett, likening Ron Howard to a panda as the child actor turned adult director was inducted this week into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame.
"In a climate of fear and remakes–is Sony Pictures actually remaking “Jumanji,” a film that came out less than 20 years ago?–it would be grand to see Warner Bros have the stones to take the kind of daring risk that seems only to be taken by the likes of HBO, Showtime, AMC and other pay and cable TV networks. It’s that risk taking that has put those networks in a position of being at the center what will eventually be viewed as a golden age for daring quality TV series."
With a major casting shift from one Oscar winner to another, a script on the way from an Oscar-winning screenwriter for an Oscar-winning director and producer, this project has all kinds of high-end DNA attached. Now comes the hard part, bankrolling a massive investment, perhaps the biggest since “The Lord of the Rings” hit a moon shot, for about the cost of going to the moon.
Read more here: http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/warner-bros-has-dark-tower-decision-looming-and-russell-crowe-is-in-the-mix/
"His love of creating, the joy he took in it whether it was drama or comedy or his music, was inspiring to grow up around. The spirit he created on the set of The Andy Griffith Show was joyful and professional all at once."
Deadline’s Nikki Finke reports on the death at 86 of legendary film and TV star Andy Griffith, who played the beloved father/authority figure in a series of successful shows and spinoffs that helped shape TV for decades.
Former co-star and prominent director Ron Howard tells Nikki of Griffith’s impact on his own successful Hollywood career.