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Tom Clancy , the military novelist who died Tuesday, was such a prolific author that one would imagine Hollywood was eager to adapt the majority of his many books into films. Particularly because on the few occasions Clancy’s novels were turned into movies, both the commercial and critical response was pretty strong. And yet the release of Paramount Pictures’ Chris Pine -led “Jack Ryan: Shadow One” this Christmas will mark only the fifth time one of the author’s books has gotten the big screen treatment (as well as the fifth time a Ryan movie will come to the screen). Chinua Achebe, author of ‘Things Fall Apart,’ dies at 82 All of the previous four films centered on the fast-rising CIA officer and the various global threats he helped fend off involving nuclear weaponry, drug-smuggling conspiracies and assorted forms of villainy, often depicting in some detail the military technology Clancy was famous for. The first movie in that series is arguably the author’s best-known adaptation — 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October,” based on Clancy’s first published work. The film starring Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin was a blockbuster, grossing over $200 million worldwide and even winning an Oscar for its sound effects. (Baldwin, the first actor to ever portray Jack Ryan, tweeted early Wednesday that Clancy was a”real gentleman of the old school.”) PHOTOS: Celebrities react on Twitter to Tom Clancy’s death Harrison Ford would go on to take over the role in 1992’s “Patriot Games” and 1994’s “Clear and Present Danger,” each of which also did massive business. It was nearly a decade before Jack Ryan turned up at the multiplex again — this time, played by Ben Affleck in 2002’s “The Sum of All Fears,” the least well-reviewed of any of Clancy’s adaptations, but no less popular with moviegoers. Despite these successful collaborations with the movie business, Clancy was openly hesitant about about the film industry. “Giving your book to Hollywood is like turning your daughter over to a pimp,” went one of his more famous quotes. Clancy disliked the slow pace at which movies were made, questioning why it took so long for screenwriters to pen a 120-page script when he could churn out a 1,200-page manuscript in five months.
Here’s what you need to know about The Hollywood Stuntz… 1. More Videos Have Surfaced Online of the Group’s Actions on September 29 Live Leak who were the first to leak the helmet cam of the heinous attack have since leaked more videos of the gang on September 29. A total of 200 people complained to the NYPD about the bikers’ activities on Sunday, according to NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Not to mention another attack perpetrated by member of the group on a Toyota Prius in 2011: 2. The Riders Were in New York For an Annual Ride The gang’s activities on Sunday centered around their annual New York ride, which takes them from Brooklyn to Times Square. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told CBS New York : This is a major stunt event where motorcyclists from various locations come together. Quite frankly it wasn’t on anybody’s radar screen last year. We were aware of it this year. 3. Cops Busted a Bunch of Them The NYPD were alert to the Hollywood Stunz’s plans to ride to Times Square. The NYPD are reported to have confiscated 55 motorcycles from the gang in addition to 15 arrests that were made. But the police are still seeking more members of the group in relation to Sunday’s attack. 4.
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our editor recommends PHOTOS: Obama, Oprah Stump for Civil Rights in March on Washington “Oprah is an inspiration to us all,” The Hollywood Reporter editorial director Janice Min said. “She has wielded her tremendous influence to empower women both here in Hollywood and around the world, and motivated countless individuals to contribute to causes that better their communities. She is the embodiment of this award.” Adds Sherry Lansing: “When I learned that Oprah had agreed to accept the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, I was both thrilled and humbled. No one exemplifies leadership and professional distinction more than Oprah.Her transformative work as a media entrepreneur and as a philanthropist has set the bar extremely high for generations to come.The Hollywood Reporter could not have chosen to honor a more deserving individual than Oprah.” PHOTOS: Hollywood’s Private Jets, From Oprah Winfrey to Tom Cruise The breakfast, presented by Lifetime and sponsored by Gucci, Samsung Galaxy, Audi, Roberto Coin, City National Bank and Loyola Marymount University, coincides with the publication of The Hollywood Reporters annual Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment list, on which Winfrey has been featured numerous times. Also during the breakfast, the 2013 Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program, which pairs ambitious inner-city girls with leading women executives from media and entertainment, will be presented. The 2013 mentees will spend an afternoon with their mentor every two weeks for a year learning the ins and outs of developing a career in media and entertainment. Past mentors have included Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair of Disney Media Networks; A+E Networks chairman Abbe Raven; 20th Century Fox chairman Dana Walden; and Universal Pictures co-chairman Donna Langley. STORY: Oprah ‘Sorry’ for Media Frenzy Over ‘Racist’ Incident in Switzerland Winfrey, who spent 25 years as host of TV’s top-rated talk show, is receiving critical acclaim for her portrayal of Gloria Gaines in the awards contender and box office hit Lee Daniels The Butler. She also serves as CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in addition to overseeing a media empire that includes O, The Oprah Magazine and a SiriusXM channel. She also is active in social media, more than 21 million Twitter followers and nearly 9 million followers on Facebook. Her other accomplishments include her philanthropic work through her private charity, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation. In this role, she has created The Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program, which gives scholarships to students determined to use their education to give back to their communities in the United States and abroad, and has established The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has contributed more than $100 million toward the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls — South Africa, which opened in January 2007. VIDEO: Oprah Gives Away Car on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ Additionally, in 1998, she founded the public charity, Oprah’s Angel Network, which raised more than $80 million, with 100 percent of the donations funding charitable projects and grants across the globe, helping to establish 60 schools in 13 countries, create scholarships, support women’s shelters and build youth centers and homes.
When the Hollywood Christmas Parade marches down Hollywood Boulevard on Dec. 1, the focus will be on an area organizers say will feature the largest red carpet in history. This years event will be very special for parade attendees as we will be presenting all of the musical performances on the red carpet area in front of the grandstands, said Jim Romanovich, president of worldwide media at Associated Television International, which is producing the telecast. The organizers plan to submit the size of the red carpet to Guinness World Records. They also claim that the parade will have more celebrities than any other. The hosts again this year are Erik Estrada (Worlds Funniest Moments, CHiPS) and Laura McKenzie (Worlds Funniest Moments, Laura McKenzies Traveler). Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Ripleys Believe It or Not!) and Montel Williams (The Montel Williams Show) will again this year be featured hosts. The 82nd annual Hollywood Christmas Parade this year takes an international approach with bands from Canada, Australia and Guatemala. The grand parade that loops from Hollywood Boulevard to Sunset Boulevard is being held closer to holiday season than usual. In past years, it has typically been in late November, right after Thanksgiving. According to Romanovich, the ATI telecast will be shown on the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel and will be distributed in syndication worldwide. It will also be shown on the American Forces Network and online. This year, as in the past several years, the parade will be produced in association with the City of Los Angeles (Mayor Eric Garcetti).
Britney Spears has issues with small stage size for her Las Vegas shows at Planet Hollywood
27, and will (hopefully) complete 48 concerts per year for a $15 million payday. But the Toxic singer is already having issues with the venue, specifically the stages size and shape. She says its too small for her and is demanding to know where the pyrotechnics will be, our source says. Victor Chavez/WireImage Rumors are still swirling that Spears will lip-sync her songs during herLas Vegas residency. The singer, whos used to selling out arenas, has been assigned to perform in the old Peepshow quarters, once home to Holly Madison and rapper Ice-Ts wife, Coco Austin. But the same tiny stage is reportedly still in place and is clearly meant for a much smaller production. When Celine Dion came to Vegas, they built her the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and that was a production just for her, says our source. When Britney was announced, they barely touched the stage. Shell be on the same stage as Holly was with a pole. Producers think Britney can make do with two balloons and a feather boa. Our source adds that Spears is especially disappointed with the lack of theatrics, mostly because shes worried that the simple set will draw attention to any possible lip-synching. Spears spokesperson has denied shell just be moving her pretty lips and says shes been in vocal training for months. There is a new set, but they have not gone all out, says our tipster, who has been in touch with Spears this week.