Netflix Wins ‘Tunga,’ Animated Musical From Zimbabwe-Born Newcomer Godwin Jabangwe; First Deal Out Of Talent Hatchery Imagine Impact 1

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‘Pavarotti’ Documentary From Ron Howard Debuts Teaser During 61st Grammy Awards

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A first look at Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard’s new documentary on Luciano Pavarotti, considered one of the most beloved opera singers of all time, has been released tonight in conjunction with the 61st Grammy Awards.
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Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade Teams With Ron Howard’s Imagine for Doc About NBA Career

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Before he retires at the end of this season, NBA star Dwyane Wade will be the subject of a new documentary based on his life as a pro athlete.

Imagine Documentaries is partnering with the three-time NBA champion for a film chronicling his basketball career and life off the court, the company’s president Justin Wilkes announced Wednesday.

The film will be directed by Bob Metelus, who is also producing alongside Wilkes, and Imagine Documentaries EVP Sara Bernstein. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will serve as executive producers alongside Wade’s production company 59th & Prairie Entertainment.

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Metelus is Wade’s long-time cinematographer, and he had behind-the-scenes access to Wade’s life, shooting the film over the course of 10 years and focusing on his “Last Dance,” or his final year in the league. Wade announced he intends to retire after the 2018-2019 NBA season.

“I’m looking forward to sharing this very personal documentary that peels back the layers of my emotional sixteen season journey with all of its twists and turns, and peaks and valleys,” Wade said in a statement. “It has been a roller coaster ride and the never-before seen footage will show my fans how I’ve made my own way throughout this incredible adventure.”

Wade was born in Chicago and spent the bulk of his career playing alongside LeBron James and Chris Bosh for the Miami Heat, where he won three NBA championships in 2006, 2012 and 2013. He won the NBA MVP in 2006 and is a 13-time all-star.

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“The opportunity to tell a high-stakes personal story that spans a decade using purely verité material is a documentarian’s dream,” Wilkes said in a statement. “The fact that the story belongs to one of the greatest athletes of all time is cinematic kismet.  We’re honored to be working with Dwyane and Bob on creating a film that will entertain and inspire.”

Imagine Documentaries slate includes the Bryce Dallas Howard documentary “Dads,” the Ron Howard directed “Rebuilding Paradise” for National Geographic Documentary Films and the docuseries “She The People” with Sarah Jones. The division recently teamed up with Apple to produce a slate of feature documentaries and docuseries, under an exclusive, first-look deal.

Imagine Entertainment and 59th & Prairie Entertainment are both represented by CAA.

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Netflix to Finance ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ With Director Ron Howard

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Netflix Swoops On Ron Howard’s Film Version Of ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ In Whopping $45M Deal

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Ron Howard to Direct Paradise Wildfire Documentary for National Geographic

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National Geographic Documentary Films have commissioned Ron Howard to direct a documentary about the Camp wildfire that ravaged Paradise, California, back in November, the company announced Thursday.

Howard will direct “Rebuilding Paradise,” which will track the effort to restore the community of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills following the fire that killed at least 48 people, scorching 153,000 acres, demolishing over 14,000 homes and displacing over 50,000 people and was the worst wildfire to hit the state in over a century. The film will follow over the course of a full year the refugees who were displaced, the first responders and the volunteers leading the restoration.

Brian Grazer is producing on behalf of Imagine Documentaries.

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Howard originally discussed the idea of the documentary back in December 2018 shortly after he visited Paradise, where his mother-in-law previously lived 20 years earlier.

“It’s everything that I thought it would be. Nonetheless, you have to see it to really believe it,” he said in an interview with the Paradise Post. “And you have to talk to the people to really feel the level of both the inspiration and, also, the struggle.”

“The people of Paradise lost everything in the blink of an eye,” Howard in a statement. “The way in which the citizens are coming together to rebuild is beautiful and hopeful — but no one should have to live through this. Theirs is a cautionary tale about the impending effects of climate change and what it takes to restore the communities ravaged by it. Paradise could be any of us.”

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Nat Geo Documentary Films is behind the Oscar nominated “Free Solo,” about mountain climber Alex Honnold. Howard is also at work on a documentary on the life of opera singer Luciano Pavarotti.

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Whistle Acquires New Form, Whose Backers Include Ron Howard And Discovery

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Imagine Entertainment Launches Kids & Family Division; Stephanie Sperber To Run

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Ron Howard’s ‘Pavarotti’ Documentary Acquired by CBS Films

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CBS Films is in final negotiations to acquire the North American rights to Ron Howard’s “Pavarotti” documentary, the distributor announced Tuesday.

Mark Monroe wrote the film, while Nigel Sinclair, Brian Grazer, Howard, Michael Rosenberg and Jeanne Elfant Festa are serving as producers. David Blackman and Dickon Stainer are serving as executive producers.

“Luciano Pavarotti’s exuberant personality, astounding voice and charm earned him world acclaim in his lifetime. He upended the world of classical music and, most importantly, brought opera back to the people. It’s hard to believe ten years have passed since Luciano left the world; however, through the making of this film, we have been fortunate enough to rediscover Pavarotti’s magic and humanity,” Howard said. “I’m thrilled to bring that same power and emotion to audiences and screens around the world.”

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Pavarotti remains one of the bestselling recording artists in history, with over 100 million records sold.

“Luciano Pavarotti remains a talent and entertainer whose unique gifts made him a cultural icon that touched millions of people across generations,” Terry Press, president of CBS Films, added.

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“Pavarotti” was fully financed by Universal Music Group’s Polygram Entertainment and is a production of Polygram Entertainment, Decca Records, Imagine Entertainment and White Horse Pictures. Scott Shooman and Jack Bleck are negotiating the deal on behalf of CBS Films, while CAA and White Horse are negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.

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‘Happy Days’ Cast Remembers Penny Marshall: “Her Talent And Inspiration Is Evergreen”

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RIP William Goldman: Robert Redford, Cary Elwes, Ben Stiller and More Pay Their Respects

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Hollywood is paying their respects to Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist William Goldman, who died Friday at age 87.

The influential writer behind “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men” and the novel “The Princess Bride” left a mark on Hollywood’s crop of modern writers and directors, who today took to Twitter to celebrate his work and the impact he left on them.

“His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt starstruck seeing him at Knicks games,” actor and director Ben Stiller said in a tweet.

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“We had a long earlier history and I’m sorry to hear of his passing,” Robert Redford said in a quote to TheWrap.

“I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend,” said Ron Howard in a tweet. “Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world.”

“Today we lost a National treasure. I give thanks not only for the immense talent of #BillGoldman but for the life and career he gave me by allowing me to portray Westley and giving me those three magical words to say: ‘As You Wish,’” Cary Ewles, star of “The Princess Bride” wrote on Instagram.

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Several other Hollywood professionals not only shared quotes, photos or GIFs from some of his most famous films, but also mentioned how his book “Adventures in Screen Trade” shaped their career and writing.

“Bill was a consummate storyteller whose tales touched millions and will endure as pinnacles of the art form. Having worked with him for many years, I can attest that his brilliant and inventive work seemed to defy his own suggestion that “nobody knows anything” in movies. He was a true original and a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn in a statement. Horn worked with Goldman during their days at Embassy Pictures and at Castle Rock Entertainment.

Goldman is a two-time Oscar winner for both “Butch Cassidy” and “All the President’s Men” and also wrote films such as “Marathon Man,” “Misery,” “Chaplin” and many more. He died in his home in Manhattan Friday from complications of colon cancer and pneumonia.

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Read some of the tweets celebrating his life below:

RIP #WilliamGoldman. One of the greatest most successful screenwriters ever. I was lucky as hell to count Bill as a mentor and a friend. Check his credits & see a William Goldman movie or read a Goldman book over the holiday & give thanks that we had his voice in our world. https://t.co/RWRdCoO1Cm

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 16, 2018

William Goldman was huge part Of creating some of the seminal movies of the 70’s and beyond. His book on screenwriting was a touchstone for me and I always felt star struck and intimidated seeing him at Knicks games. #RESPECT https://t.co/ED9HUJc50R

— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 16, 2018

It’s no small feat to be a smart, witty writer and smart and witty about writing. RIP the legendary adventurer in screenwriting, William Goldman. https://t.co/oqSyQaRq2R

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 16, 2018

Legendary William Goldman, has died. He gave us ‘The Princess Bride’, ( book even better than the film) ‘Butch Cassidy-’ screenplay of “All the President’s Men’ and best book on show biz, ‘Adventures in the Screen Trade’. He was also a true friend. Thank you dear Bill pic.twitter.com/dcwfYPd3ue

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 16, 2018

William Goldman. What can one do in the face of such a legacy but bow our heads in gratitude?

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 16, 2018

A great writer and a wonderful man…R.I.P. https://t.co/oDRTkjiL2m

— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) November 16, 2018

“Nobody knows anything” is a liberating concept. It means don’t take no for an answer, be bold, try something new. Yes, the fall will probably kill ya… but listen to your inner voice. R.I.P. the great screenwriter William Goldman. pic.twitter.com/MmLLmsxQtt

— Larry Karaszewski (@Karaszewski) November 16, 2018

RIP to William Goldman, the fantastic novelist turned screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, Misery, All the President’s Men, and much more – including The Princess Bride, one of the best and most quotable movies ever, adapted from his own book. pic.twitter.com/3M2ilUnTQH

— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) November 16, 2018

William Goldman’s All the President’s Men is one of the best screenplays ever–a miracle of thoughtful adaptation. His most famous aphorism about Hollywood was “Nobody knows anything.” I don’t think he believed it for a minute. RIP.

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) November 16, 2018

William Goldman, Norman Mailer and Paddy Chayefsky at the 1977 Academy Awards. Goldman won best adapted screenplay (for ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN) the same year Chayefsky won best original screenplay (for NETWORK). pic.twitter.com/GGI1TCCGyh

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 16, 2018

RIP to William Goldman. If you are even thinking about being a writer then read Adventures in the Screen Trade and Which Lie Did I Tell? ASAP https://t.co/FIIum3uYLc

— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 16, 2018

William Goldman wrote brilliant novels, screenplays and razor-sharp takes on filmmaking. He was also a very nice man. RIP.

— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) November 16, 2018

RIP William Goldman, the bard of Hollywood scripts and the screen trade — and someone who tried so hard to be a Great American Novelist but ended up in a better spot. https://t.co/auZ2IRmgGJ

— Sarah Weinman (@sarahw) November 16, 2018

William Goldman was an amazing guy. I need some time to gather my thoughts on this one. This hurts.

— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) November 16, 2018

RIP “William Goldman” The un work I did on Crocodile Dundee 2 was my tribute to you. Witty streetwise “Kevin” leading Paul Hogan around New York would’ve taken the sequel to new heights.

— Colin Quinn (@iamcolinquinn) November 16, 2018

RIP William Goldman – a man who seemed to see the screen so clearly & wrote for it wonderfully. Defying genre as he did – compare & contrast Butch, Princess Bride, Presidents & Misery. Devoured his films, devoured his books, nobody knows everything but he had SO MUCH to share.

— Jack Thorne (@jackthorne) November 16, 2018

“No one knows anything”. The very accurate advice of the great William Goldman.

— Al Jean (@AlJean) November 16, 2018

One less giant….

William Goldman Dies; Oscar Winning Writer Of ‘Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid’ Was 87 – Deadline https://t.co/ipARwOdkNs

– Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) November 16, 2018

This guy was the best ever.
William Goldman Dies; Oscar Winning Writer Of ‘Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid’ Was 87 – Deadline https://t.co/tvrYG2KamM

– Vincent D’Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) November 16, 2018

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