BURBANK, Calif. -- MT Carney, President of Marketing for The Walt Disney Studios, announced today that Kevin Campbell will join the Studios as Executive Vice President of Marketing. Specifically, Campbell will oversee the marketing of DreamWorks Studios' titles which will be released under the Touchstone Pictures banner as part of the agreement signed last year. Kevin will join a small group of the Studios' marketing team who report directly to Carney and will collaborate with DreamWorks' senior marketing executives.

From 2005-2008, Campbell was the Executive Vice President of Marketing for 20th Century Fox and responsible for the management and long-term strategic vision of the nine key marketing disciplines including national publicity, promotions, synergy, brand management, digital and field marketing. He assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Marketing for Universal from 2002-2005, where he managed the marketing for movies including Meet the Fockers, A Beautiful Mind, Ray and Bruce Almighty.

 

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After stealing scenes in Tropic Thunder last summer and delivering a hilarious dance routine at the MTV Movie Awards last weekend, Les Grossman is getting his own movie.

The audience certainly seems to be there. In a recent poll conducted by Fandango, 51 percent of users voted that Grossman deserves his own movie.

Here's the tongue-in-cheek press release:

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced today that they are set to develop a movie around mega-producer Les Grossman. The announcement comes on the heels of Grossman's groundbreaking and visionary production of the soon-to-be Emmy® award-winning 2010 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night. Tom Cruise, along with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films will produce and have secured the life rights to Grossman.

Grossman, best known as a mega producer, has most recently mentored talents such as Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. In 2008, Grossman was introduced to the masses by Stiller in the comedy "Tropic Thunder" where the famed producer had a cameo playing himself. Said Ben Stiller: "Les Grossman's life story is an inspiring tale of the classic human struggle to achieve greatness against all odds. He has assured me he plans to quote, ‘F**king kill the sh*t out of this movie and make Citizen f**king Kane look like a piece of crap home movie by the time we are done.' I am honored to be working with him."

When asked what the screenplay was about Grossman responded: "To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, ‘I don't read the script, the script reads me.'"

Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President said, "Everything I learned in this business, I've learned from Les. I started out as his assistant, and from the first day he threw his desk at me when I got his lunch order wrong, I have loved him like a father. I am forever grateful to Ben and Stuart Cornfeld and their ability to secure his highly-coveted life rights,"Tom Cruise is said to be in talks to portray Grossman in the film.Michael Bacall ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") will write the script.

 

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Source: Deadline Hollywood

Tony Gilroy, the writer behind all three Jason Bourne films, will script the fourth installment: The Bourne Legacy. Unfortunately, Paul Greengrass has said he won't do a fourth film, and Matt Damon in turn said he won't work without Greengrass. Perhaps the involvement of Gilroy can persuade Greengrass and Damon to change their minds.

Since the Bourne series has always been compared to the James Bond films, perhaps Universal could simply put a new actor/director combo in place. The studio is eyeing a 2012 release.

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