Judd Apatow will produce Early Bird for Paramount Pictures. Based on Rodney Rothman's memoir, the film will track a young writer who loses his TV-writing gig and moves down to Florida to live like a retiree.
Universal has picked up a pitch called Turbulence from writer Tom Pabst. Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella will co-produce the film, about a pilot who stumbles into a conspiracy over a series of flights from L.A. to Tokyo. Pabst has written a couple of films that I've never heard of, including Indianapolis.
Disney has made $1 billion this year in the international market – but, as Dave Mcnary points out, that's more of a reflection of the number of the films they've released than each individual film's success or quality. And even Buena Vista International is downplaying the acheivement: "Hitting $1 billion is expected of us," their president, Mark Zoradi, said. "There's no question that admissions have been
down during the first three quarters, but we're pretty encouraged about
the fourth quarter because of our films."
Liz Smith thinks the Mafia killed JFK – and Marilyn Monroe was definitely involved.