WHAT MAKES HOLLYWOOD AGENTS TICK? EZEKIEL EMANUEL DISHES ON RAHM, ARI EMANUEL’S UPBRINGING & HUMOR IN NEW MEMOIR 2013
“Ari really could not help but be annoying,” Ezekiel writes. To provoke their father, he would scan the menu at every restaurant to identify the most expensive things and order them all, a habit Ezekiel attributes to his dyslexia. “He had trouble reading menus, and he found it easier just to look for the higher prices, which he anticipated were associated with the better dishes… As Ari grew older [he] learned the ﬁne art of persistent and intentional irritation.”
–what makes persistent agents tick?
words: Ezekiel Emanuel (more…)
Love the Williams-Chen movie pitch. Beau as Williams?
–Dr. S. Kap. (more…)
movie development: It’s on: Entourage: The Movie is in the works. Nice one.
photo: adrian grenier.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.1.13~
JESSICA SIMPSON 47th MOST VOTED STAR 2012 – WORKING MOTHER, FASHION MERCHANT DISTRIBUTOR, CELEBRITY MC, WALKING REALITY TV SHOW, OCCASIONAL TEXAN-CALIFORNIA SINGER
Jessica Simpson is the 47th most voted star of 2012. Once a reverend’s daughter, her father became manager moving her family from Texas to California. The Simpson’s cartoon show was a big hit, so the family had everything to gain from the move.
A career as a singer got Jess’ vivacious talent noticed, before reality TV shows (and coasting off Britney Spears‘ star template too) allowed Jess to gain a profile in the US that few other people in music can claim as their own. Her art of being marketed as a product, taught her how to market merchandise well across the 50 States of the USA. (more…)
Movers & Shakers: Chris Hemsworth gets justice. Talent agency shake ups.
~Posted by Horiwodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.10.12~
Good to see Aussies doing well as entertainers in the USA.
Chris‘ latest news:
CASTING TALENT AGENCY & AGENT SHAKE UPS: Nikki Finke‘s Hollywood website writes: “Chris Hemsworth is proving to be a go-to young guy for big ticket Hollywood fare. Particularly after Marvel’s Thor and The Avengers and also Universal’s Snow White And The Huntsman.
Chris is starring in Thor 2 and will lead DreamWorks/Fox’s Steven Spielberg-directed Robopocalypse and receive $10 million from CBS Films to play a terrorist hunter in American Assassin. So which agency will represent Hollywood’s hottest new action hunk is big news. I can now tell you it is CAA with Jack Wigham and Bryan Lourd.”
ON LOCATION IN ICELAND: Chris has landed in Iceland to film the Thor sequel movie. Scenes for the sequel, Thor: The Dark World will use Iceland’s stunning backdrops to add the film’s ancient Nordic world feel.
Iceland Review notes how up to 300 people will come from the U.S. to work on the shooting in addition to the almost 200 Icelanders who will also be involved in the project. The film crew is serviced by Icelandic film production company True North. It is the most significant film project to ever happen in Iceland so far.
Sounds good. So busy.
[Photo montage: Just Jared, Iceland, Celebrities Exercise & CAA].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aoteoaroa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.10.12~
His life was spent in the shoes of someone else, who walked swifty nifty before, creating his star template of a Hollywood agent, who always travelled in an Entourage...
[Meeting Adrian Grenier in a show about Ari's life, a block from my Hollywood apartment, California. Life was a lot more surreal real in those times, quite naturally without even thinking much about it. People are people, so it was no big deal].
Adrian has wrapped Goodbye World, a new comedy drama movie with Gabby Hoffman in the lead role. A fun cast of quircke new stars.
Photo – My own.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.10.12~
3D CHAORI ACTION MOVIE CINEMA – GETTING A $1 BILLION A YEAR EARNING, MAORI & CHINESE ACTION FUSION INDUSTRY MOVING
He was a Maori Prince, a Viking of The Sun. She, a Chinese Princess from the Ming Dynasty. In a new horizon, in a mythical land on a new frontier, they were cast in an epic war to fight for their love.
What the world needs to see is 3D mythological cinema of this nature in New Zealand.
3D Chaori Cinema (Asian-friendly Maori action movie cinema) is a $1 billion a year generating industry waiting to happen in NZ. In my mind’s eye I see it growing in New Zealand. It supports the already well established 3D cinema of NZ. It just makes movies a lot quicker for the growing Asian movie market of the world.
It needs a development fund to get started. Russell Crowe the first person in the world of Maori descent to win an Oscar and Hollywood’s Lucy Liu are giving a similar concept a go in the film, Man with Iron Fists. We need to move more into 3D with Chaori cinema texts in and from New Zealand. Cliff Curtis, a Maori actor has also been a success starring in Asian nations in an Asian action star mythological film.
We have enough trial models on display in aspects of this genre to really go for it and develop it further. Chaori cinema is another strand of cinema to be developed in New Zealand to sit alongside what Sir Peter Jackson, John Barnett and newcomers like James Cameron have already achieved from New Zealand.
It is a brand new cinema strand though, that can only make the overall package more attractive when perceiving New Zealand as a stand out filmmaking nation location. It makes sense to develop Chaori cinema and Maori cinema that is Asian-markets friendly, more.
It’s an authentic visual expression of New Zealand for the wider world’s markets.
[Photos: Spin Off and Business Insider online].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific 8.10.12~
Ari Emanuel is a Hollywood executive who always rates on a Hollywood website. A talented entertainment entrepreneur in Hollywood, who sits on boards furthering innovative media entertainment platforms.
He is the man, whose family helped spin President Obama into his first term of Office.
Maybe we should invite Ari to New Zealand.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.10.12~
Ari Emanuel has joined the The Museum of Contemporary Arts Board.
LA Times reports: “MOCA’s announcement said that over the last two years Emanuel has been “instrumental” in helping the museum forge a relationship with Google that led to Monday’s launch of the MOCAtv channel on Google-owned YouTube.”
For more artsy fun, jet here.
[Photo: Vince Bucci - Getty Images].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand
Like in fifteen years time… What’s in it for New Zealand man and Cali’s kids?
Just kidding :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.10.12~
There is nothing more powerful than ideas whose time has come, filmed on landscapes that are resources rich. ImagiNATIVE writers are the world's first architects of a future new world and new frontier.
–The way of global film sales marketing patterns observed over a few years now.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
–Winston Churchill as a writer, storyteller, peace maker and boozy warrior leader.
Developing a sustainable film industry in New Zealand really comes down to investing in New Zealand writers more and fostering relationships with the world’s best screenwriters too. It is vital that New Zealand encourages writers, as writers become the billionaires after all the effort has gone into producing successful film franchises. We need some Maori billionaires in New Zealand. Maybe some could write their way into the history books invisaging a cinematic light to project the new way.
We must write films from New Zealand, as if we don’t other people’s written ideas of the South Pacific, will be written about our territory. So, it makes sense to always be writing our own version of the world and attaching our definitions and meanings of landscape of the South Pacific to our own words and ideas in our films. We can write futuristic films, yet the messages in them attached to our landscapes have a resonance all over the world for the good.
We have the locations and enough filmmaking capability now in New Zealand. We just need better scripts, film franchise ideas created in New Zealand and a belief in fast tracking screen-writers to a global level of writing ability. Film crews travel (actors included) to where whoever has the best ideas - to collaborate on – film projects of significance.
New Zealand is soon to become that place even more so, then we have been already on some major film projects.
So what kinds of writers could happen in New Zealand? As a precursor to Mitt Romney‘s rise in politics as a star figure for the US, novelist Stephenie Meyer was a Mormon housewife of Arizona, who mimicked the UK’s JK Rowlings star template as a novelist.
Meyer’s story as a humble writer is one of a stand out success for relativiely new billionaires. Meyer’s novel ideas, even created a brand new studio to make her novels into films. It was then aquired by Lionsgate to import a strong youth audience following into Lionsgate’s entertainment brand.
The young actors cast in Meyer’s films now lead California’s box office (Kristen Stewart being one). JK of course, mimicked Brit authors like C.S Lewis and JRR Tolkien to find her own voice as a single parent writer. Magic was JK’s theme of children learning at school. Meyer’s was a voice of fantasy, romance, angst – youth under threat. Meyer’s creative literary bent, was a huge hit.
What this tells us: Perhaps we need to invest in single parents and-or Kiwi housewives more. (more…)
Reese Witherspoon’s whanau grows - news: Entertainment reporter Julie Jordan reports:
“Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today,” the rep says. “Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled.”
How sweet. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.9.12~
Ari Emanuel has his fans today, post Emmys. Check him.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.9.12~
GLOBAL SHOWBIZ BRIEFS: IN HOT DEMAND, AUSTRALIAN & KIWI ACTORS – BCE PLANS ONLINE MOVIE SERVICE, LEGEND 3D & DIGITAL DOMAIN
Hollywood Agents are headhunting South Pacific actors right now:
“Aussie Actors Win a Share of North American Revenues. Australian actors who work in Hollywod feature films will get a 3.6% royalty from North American distributors’ gross receipts four years after films are first exploited in that market under a new Actors Feature Film Agreement (AFFA).
The budget of Australian films in which one or more SAG members are employed also has been raised from $A15 million ($15.5 million) to $22.5 million under the deal negotiated between Equity and representatives of the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA). The new agreement, backdated to January 2012, gives Aussie actors a 17.5% wage increase over 5 years. Read on@NikkeFinke‘s Industry website.
In case you’re wondering, apart from Bret McKenzie and Cliff Curtis most of the USA has yet to learn that there’s a difference between an Aussie actor and a Kiwi actor yet. Hot demand for South Pacific talent in the US.
My advice: If you do go, take mace. Just kidding. . . kinda.
[Actor selection: Luke Hemsworth, a relative newbie to the Los Angeles movie casting set - September 2012].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.9.12~
Nikki Finke writes of Australian actor Chris Hemsworth:
“He is Hollywood’s hottest new action movie star. Now Chris Hemsworth has quit his agency IFA Talent.
“He is not taking meetings for now but maybe in a few months,” an insider told Deadline Hollywood. The leading box office helmer is the star of Thor, Snow White And The Huntsman, The Avengers film franchise. Steven Spielberg has also eyed Chris for the upcoming Robopocalypse. In addition, Marvel’s action movies Thor 2 and The Avengers 2 will keep young Chris tres busy.
Signed with IFA talent president Ilene Feldman for about 4 years, Chris has moved on. It does happen. When a star gets as big as Chris at the box office, within an agency an agent often drops their name and gets all of their rising talent signed to movie roles. Directors and producers sign the talent at the star’s agency recommend in the hope the new star could be the next Hemsworth. That’s all good and all a part of star-making the next wave of acting talent. A leading light is happy to loan their name to younger talent, in this way.
Yet, when the agent then forgets to negotiate strong deals the star’s way sharing bonus profits the agent has carved off the star’s back and parlayed across the unknown talent it does become an issue. Especially when the talent agent is more on the side of the studios than acted like an agent and inked suitable contracts for the leading star (now, the ‘gig’ of the agency) with the studios the actor was side to. That latter being the agents no.1 job to ensure. In such a case, a star is quite right to assume something is up.
Having lived in Hollywood, I would say the story in Chris Hemsworth’s case verges on being one of racism. The Aussie is the draw to the box office, and thus to the agency. All of Hollywood win when he shines. Yet behind the scenes, the agent is treating him like a non-American citizen within America. Fair? Not fair? Is it just the price of ‘immigration’ in Hollywood or the USA as a super heavy tax immigrants should endure? Or, is the star within their rights to just say, see you later? As Chris decided to do.
And so the love-hate relationship with newcomers continues in Tinsel Town with Hemsworth’s case. (more…)
The duo exchanged vows at Reese’s ranch on Saturday (March 26) in Ojai, Calif. According to Us Weekly, Reese wore a custom-designed Monique Lhuillier gown today. Borat’s wife Isla Fisher was a guest. The couple started dating last December.
Congrats to Cali’s new star couple on their special Ojai day.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.26.11~
Reese and Tim nipped out for a quick bite in Brentwood last night.
It must be love if this new star couple are dining in family oriented cosy Brentwood. Cute.
Reese must have a lot on her plate, because Tim looks like he’s enjoying his increased spotlight with his colgate American smile all shiny for the cameras while the lovely Reese just looks, well… totally shagged really!
It happens. Must have been the camera angle, on this one pic.
[Photo courtesy of Splash]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.3.11~
“I’m very happy for both Reese and Jim.”I wish nothing but the best for the mother of my children.”–Ryan Phillipe congratulates Reese Witherspoon on her decision to marry her agent Jim Roth –New York Daily News.
All I can say is–Jim must be a better agent then we all thought in the H-Wood hood. Congrats. A nice switch up for Reese in getting ready for Natalie Portman and Annette Benning‘s potential Oscars face-off in 2011. If the nod goes Benning’s way–Jerry Brown, Governor-elect of Cali and his camp of backers will be more than stoked. If it goes Portman’s way (and you always need a strong contender to create a strong newly annointed Queen as in Annette putting her face forward for Nat’s Oscar’s bid)–than Portman is our newly anointed Angelina Jolie Queen-Peer of Tinsel Town. As there can only ever be one unique individual as Jolie is.
Either way, Reese and her camp and ensuring they’re looking the part. Engaged and preferably preggers is the Oscars trend for 2011 as Portman is in both situations right now as Hollywood’s rising star Queen engaged to African-born ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied. America needs to breed and get married again. That all sort of stopped the last two or three years. Economic stress is a total romance buzz killer. Whoever thought that up – should show their faces I reckon!
Isn’t Ryan Phillipe such a gentleman. That’s the spirit. Reese’s long time agent, Steve Dontanville is going to be stoked at Reese’s future husband’s occupation. Steve had signed Reese as a child actor. American stars getting married again aligns with the uber-trend of event of the year next year that being the wedding of Prince William Windsor to Kate Middleton. Huge, global romances as a trend, coming up! It appears that Portman and Millepied have been given the nod to give Wills and Kate a reflected run for their wedding money. Nice one! Portman’s mom and agent Shelley Stevens is believed to be ecstatic. But really this blog post is about Reese and Jim’s engagement joy per se. As these two live in Hollywood, a Jewish show biz town, I’m sure they won’t mind some scotch and a Rabbi having a world on this ‘big royal romance’ trend. :)
Writes Rabbi Jason Blog: “While Cyberspace is buzzing about whether Natalie Portman’s beau is a “Member of the Tribe” or not (ABC News reports his faith is unknown), New York City-based writer Marla Garfield is working the conspiracy theory angle. She wrote on Facebook: “I doubt that Millepied is even that guy’s real last name. In French, it means ‘a thousand feet,’ and the dude plays a dancer in ‘Black Swan.’ That’s just too ridiculous to be real. I bet his last name is Schwartzenbergerfeldowitz or something.” Lol!
To celebrate the moment, I guess this would call for some Doublewood Scotch Whiskey of The Balvenie Distillery of Scottish fame. The Doublewood is described as: “The Balvenie DoubleWood is a 12 year old single malt which gains its distinctive character from being matured in two woods. Over its period of maturation it is transferred from a traditional oak whisky cask to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Each stage lends different qualities to the resulting single malt ~ the traditional casks soften and add character, whilst the sherry wood brings depth and fullness of flavour.”
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.12.30.10~