Carl Reiner, the writer, producer, director and actor who was part of Sid Caesar’s legendary team and went on to create “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and direct several hit films, has died. He was 98.
With one of the most impressive resumes in Hollywood, Carl Reiner touch audiences young and old. You have to check out his IMDB page just to get a glimpse of how many films and television show’s he was involved with. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005348
Reiner, the father of filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner, was the winner of nine Emmy awards, including five for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” His most popular films as a director included “Oh God,” starring George Burns, in 1977; “The Jerk,” with Steve Martin, in 1979; and “All of Me,” with Martin and Lily Tomlin, in 1984.
Carl Reiner, a force in Hollywood that will be sorely missed.
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Robert De Niro Family Comedy: The War With Grandpa Out 9/18
Posted on June 30, 2020, 9:00 am
101 Studios has announced that they will domestically distribute The War With Grandpa on September 18, 2020 in partnership with financier Brookdale Studios. The film was directed by Tim Hill (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run) and produced by Marro Media Company. Grandpa is based on the hugely popular children’s fiction novel of the same name by Robert Kimmel Smith.
The War With Grandpa follows Peter (Oakes Fegley) and his Grandpa Jack (Robert De Niro). The two used to be very close but when Grandpa Jack moves in with the family, Peter is forced to give up his most prized possession: his bedroom. Peter will stop at nothing to get his room back, scheming with friends to devise a series of pranks to drive him out. But Grandpa doesn’t give up easily, and it turns into an all-out war between the two.
“The War With Grandpa is a labor of love because the book was read and pitched to me by my then eight year old son, Tre. This film is a true family affair,” said Rosa Peart, Producer and Co-Founder of Marro Media Company. “We wanted to make a film where everyone of all ages can watch and enjoy. We are very excited, to introduce the next generation of kids to a once in a generation actor…Mr. De Niro.”
Marro Media Company financed the production The War With Grandpa. Ingenious and Joe Gelchion of Tri-G provided additional financing and serve as the picture’s executive producers.
The War With Grandpa was written by Matt Ember and Tom Astle (Home, Epic, Get Smart) and features the original song “Point of War” by cast member Laura Marano (Disney’s Austin & Ally).
“Brookdale is thrilled that our inaugural release is The War with Grandpa,” said Marvin Peart, CEO of Brookdale Studios. “With laughs from start to finish and a remarkable cast led by Robert De Niro, this film is the ultimate family film that we can’t wait for audiences everywhere to see.”
“As theaters are coming back online, we are very excited to release a film that the whole family can attend,” said David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios. “In fact, what drew us in most to the project is the universal family themes. The film chronicles the always tumultuous, but loving family dynamics—themes that will resonate with everyone.”
The deal for Marro and Brookdale Studios was handled by Schuyler Moore of Greenberg Glusker. Leif Cervantes de Reinstein from Sheppard Mullin handled the deal on behalf of 101 Studios.
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Movies Coming out at the End of June
Posted on June 29, 2020, 9:00 am
Force of Nature – R – Action, Adventure, Thriller
As disgraced cop Cardillo (Emile Hirsch) races to evacuate an apartment building, he comes across Dr. Troy (Kate Bosworth) and her retired detective father, Ray (Mel Gibson). When a murderous gang of thieves arrives to rob a wealthy tennant, they must join forces to battle the criminals and escape with thier lives before the entire city is deep underwater.
Tyler Jon Olson, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Kate Bosworth, Emile Hirsch, Michael Polish, Mel Gibson, David Zayas
Four Kids and It – PG – Adventure, Family
On a seaside holiday, four kids from a mixed family visit the beach, where they discover a floppy-eared creature that grants their wishes. But there’s a catch: the kid’s adventures in rock-climbing, pop stardom, and flying end promptly at sunset — leaving them in danger each time. Can they learn to control the magic before something dreadful happens?
Matthew Goode, Billy Jenkins, Paula Patton, Russell Brand, Simon Lewis, Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen, Pippa Haywood, Caroline Sheen
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Shaquille O’Neal Announces $2 million contribution to Covid-19 campaign
Posted on June 26, 2020, 9:00 am
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has announced a $2 million donation to people struggling financially because of Covid-19. O’Neal made the announcement at the 30,000-attendee online conference Collision from Home, produced by the team behind Web Summit – the world’s largest tech conference.
O’Neal has teamed up with Steady – a platform that helps users find jobs, seek financial advice and save money – and joined CEO Adam Roseman to speak about why the company is making the $2 million donation.
“We, as Steady, are giving away $2 million in emergency cash grants for those people that we’ve identified that have had losses due to Covid-19. Even though as a business we’re not where we want to be, our aim is still to help people make income. Looking at the stats – 40 million people out of work – that saddens me,” said O’Neal.
O’Neal explained why he got involved with Steady, remembering the financial hardship his family experienced.
“I had to go back to my childhood, and you know what, my mom and dad needed something like this. Because I used to see them struggle, going through newspapers, borrowing money from people, trying to go to the bank. I thought this is the right thing to do,” said O’Neal.
Using data that users have uploaded to the app, Steady has been able to see how Covid-19 has disproportionately affected African-Americans in the US.
“What’s unbelievably shocking is that over 70 percent of these individuals have stated that they’ve had to skip meals as a result of the income loss they’ve suffered. What’s equally as shocking, relevant to everything that’s going on around us right now, is that roughly 50 percent of these individuals are African-American,” said CEO Adam Roseman.
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Karamo is Slated to Host Charitable Lunch W/ LGBTQ+ Creators On TikTok
Posted on June 25, 2020, 9:00 am
Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced that in celebration of Pride month, it is teaming up with activist, TV personality and brand superfan Karamo to host a Lunch & Listen session on Chipotle’s official TikTok channel. The session will take place on Friday, June 26 at 2pm ET featuring TikTok creators Isabella Avila (@OnlyJayus), Eva Gutowski (@mylifeaseva) and Collins O. (@thatboycollins) in discussion with Karamo about their experiences being prominent voices in the LGBTQ+ community.
For every viewer that tunes into the Lunch & Listen session, Chipotle will donate $1, up to $50,000, to The Center for Black Equity, the national leader in connecting members of the Black LGBTQ+ community with information and resources to educate, engage and empower their fight for equity and access. The brand will also give away a total of 10,000 free burrito codes throughout the stream to encourage its fans to have their own Lunch & Listen sessions with members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community.
“We wanted to transform our TikTok platform into a resource that both celebrates and educates people about Pride,” said Chris Brandt, Chief Marketing Officer. “Authenticity and inclusion are values that guide much of our decision making as a purpose-driven organization.”
On Instagram and Twitter, Chipotle’s employee-driven ‘Love What Makes You Real’ campaign will share individual stories of hope, courage and connection. The campaign celebrates the people who are essential to the business and the values that are essential to them. Chipotle’s P.R.I.D.E. (People Respecting Inclusivity, Diversity and Education) employee resource group, which helps represent and further support the LGBTQ+ community, identified the team members that will be showcased in the campaign.
“The environment you’re surrounded by often dictates your comfort and openness with sharing who you really are,” said Andrew Harris, General Manager of the Chipotle restaurant in Aurora, Colorado. “I’ve never worried about how I identified at Chipotle, or about my transgender career path. I know that I have just as fair an option to succeed as anybody else.”