Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally opened, and once the unprecedented hype and opening weekend passes, we will begin to focus on the Star Wars legacy and how closely JJ Abrams came to infusing moviegoers back to the love and wonder they felt when they saw George Lucas ’s original 1977 game-changing blockbuster. How profound was that first film? I asked directors Peter Jackson , Ridley Scott , Guillermo del Toro , Ron Howard and Luc Besson to remember. I chose them because they are all great directors who’ve pushed the envelope themselves and span countries all over the world. Turns out that experience nearly 40 years ago was similar to seminal events like when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, where everybody remembers where they were when it happened. Every director recalls exactly the moment they saw the film and cinema changed forever. Related Story 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Shatters Preview Night B.O. Record With $57M, On Pace For $215M+ … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’ Legacy I: Five Iconic Directors Recall When George Lucas Changed Everything
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Behind many a classic Hollywood film franchise is a story of someone who gambled and won, and someone else who lost. The most extreme example of that is Star Wars . Depending on which side of the table you were on 40 years ago, the negotiations on those original pictures resulted in the greatest, or worst, deal in Hollywood history as George Lucas ended up with both the sequel and later the merchandising rights. Disney’s Bob Iger would not have been able to purchase Lucasfilm for $4 billion if not for that deal, and who knows if the JJ Abrams franchise relaunch Star Wars: The Force Awakens would have ever happened. Lucas certainly would not have become one of the richest directors in history from his films, had things gone down differently. Related Story 'Star Wars' Legacy I: Five Iconic Directors Recall When George Lucas Changed Everything Tom Pollock, the former Universal Pictures chairman who currently partners with Ivan Reitman in Montecito, was … [Read more...] about ‘Star Wars’ Legacy II: An Architect Of Hollywood’s Greatest Deal Recalls How George Lucas Won Sequel Rights
When John Kerry was a kid, his mother took him for walks in the Massachusetts woods, where they often stopped and stood among the trees. “Just listen,” she told her son. Whatever he heard, it stuck with him. Kerry, who is 77, has been on the front lines of the war for a habitable planet since the first Earth Day in 1970, when he was just back from Vietnam, carrying shrapnel in his leg and a Silver Star for bravery in combat. Over the past 30 years, Kerry has been a central player in virtually every climate conference and U.N. climate meeting (he first got to know his wife, Teresa, at the Rio Summit in 1992). He has talked about the climate crisis when it would have been politically astute to keep his mouth shut. He backed cap-and-trade legislation to limit carbon pollution when other politicians were running for cover. As President Obama’s secretary of state, he spent months brokering a complex deal with China that cleared the way for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, in which … [Read more...] about Will America Finally Lead on Climate?
EXCLUSIVE : Mammoth Screen, the British producer behind series including The Serpent and Poldark , is developing a television drama based on the 18th Century slave uprising in Haiti. The story will be told through the eyes of Toussaint Louverture — who helped turn the tide against slavery internationally through his actions in Haiti — after Mammoth optioned Sudhir Hazareesingh ’s biography Black Spartacus : The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture . The Baillie Gifford Prize longlisted book is a comprehensive look at the life of Louverture, a former slave, who became the leader of the colony’s black population, the commander of its republican army, and eventually its governor until he was seized by Napoléon Bonaparte’s invading army in 1802. Related Story ITV Studios Takes Control Of Denmark's Apple Tree Productions Hazareesingh describes Louverture as a warrior, philosopher, nation-builder, and founding father of Haiti, characterizing him in the book as … [Read more...] about ‘The Serpent’ Producer Mammoth Screen Develops Slave Uprising TV Series Based On Sudhir Hazareesingh’s ‘Black Spartacus’
Taking risks as a business leader can have a significant positive impact on your company if things turn out well, but it can also set you back if you haven’t fully thought through every pro and con. The practice of calculated risk-taking, however, is essential for business growth. To help, members of Rolling Stone Culture Council shared 10 tips to encourage fellow culture leaders to take more calculated risks and explained why doing so is vital to business success. Empower Your Team to Fail Fast Fail fast. Yes, do the research, understand the audience need you are addressing and plan how it will be executed, but also empower your team (or yourself!) to fail. And if you do fail, review, learn, iterate and execute again. It fosters a culture of creative courage and it’s great learning. – Michael Klein , Miraculo Inc. Related Working With an Influencer? Get Alignment With These Eight Strategies Failure Celebrate First Three Albums With Live … [Read more...] about 10 Tips to Take More Calculated Risks as a Business Leader