“The tragic loss of this great legend, this warrior, is too shocking for words. He was family. He was the first producer that I ever experienced actually producing. He would shield the filmmaker from all unnecessary distractions and delicately build an actor’s confidence on a daily basis. An incredibly strong and vital force on and off set, with a genuine kindness toward everyone, regardless of their position. He was the last of a breed. My condolences to his dear wife, Lili, whom he adored, and to his family, who meant the world to him. You will forever be in our thoughts, Dear Richard.” - Johnny Depp

“I’m in shock and heartbroken at the news of Richard Zanuck’s passing. He was like family to me - a mentor, friend and father figure. Richard was a completely unique and amazing individual and there will never be anyone else like him. I’m too sad to speak more about it right now and need some time to mourn.” - Tim Burton

RIP Richard Zanuck (1934-2012)

When one looks at Frank, one can’t help but see the truth about oneself mirrored in the expression on his face. He knows where you’re at, where he’s at, and where it’s all at–and this of course makes life around Frank rather tense most of the time, primarily because we are not conditioned to face ourselves down–something that Frank insisted upon and mastered a long time ago. -Richard Zanuck

Exclusive: First Look Queen Latifah as Blues Icon Bessie Smith In 2015 HBO Film

The multi-hyphenate celeb will be making her return to the small screen in 2015 for HBO’s new film BESSIE. In the film—which is executive produced by Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone, and Randi Michel—Queen will star as the iconic blues singer, Bessie Smith, during her transition from humble beginnings to “The Empress of the Blues.”

BESSIE is directed by filmmaker Dee Rees from a screenplay by Rees, Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gilois. The film is also rounded out by a star-studded cast including Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, with Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique.


CINÉ-CLUB (1) : Peregrin Took & Meriadoc Brandybuck, en choeur : “Le Chien des Baskerville est notre film de chien de chevet. Avec une préférence pour la première version en noir et blanc, produite par Darryl F. Zanuck et réalisée par Sidney Lanfield d’après le roman de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”

After portraying Nova in Planet of the Apes and Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the lovely Linda Harrison (producer Richard Zanuck’s wife) was slated to play Ellen Brody in Jaws. The role eventually went to Lorraine Gary (Universal President Sid Sheinberg’s wife) instead. On the bright side for Ms. Harrison, she didn’t have to star in  Jaws: The Revenge. 

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the late Richard Zanuck on a producer’s intuition.

RIP Richard Darryl Zanuck (December 13, 1934 – July 13, 2012) was an American film producer.


Steven Spielberg has issued a statement following the death of Richard Zanuck, who produced The Sugarland Express and Jaws.

“In 1974, Dick Zanuck and I sat in a boat off Martha’s Vineyard and watched the mechanical shark sink to the bottom of the sea. Dick turned to me and smiled. ‘Gee, I sure hope that’s not a sign.’ That moment forged a bond between us that lasted nearly 40 years. He taught me everything I know about producing. He was one of the most honorable and loyal men of our profession and he fought tooth and nail for his directors. Dick Zanuck was a cornerstone of our industry, both in name and in deed.”

Zanuck died of a heart attack on Friday 13th July. He was 77.