Brian Grazer

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Tower Heist’ How They Met Blu-ray Featurette

Tower Heist is headlined by an all-star cast that includes Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Michael Peña, and Gabourey Sidibe. The comedy comes to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, February 21st. To celebrate, we have an exclusive look at the special features with "How They Met", a featurette that chronicles director Brett Ratner and producer Brian Grazer's 25 year relationship in the business. Check it out below.

When the staff of New York City's most expensive and luxurious condominium discovers that the billionaire investment advisor living in the penthouse has plundered their retirement fund, they take matters into their own hands in a "downright fun, comic caper" (Mike Scott, Times Picayune). Convinced that light-fingered Wall Street Titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) has stashed his ill-gotten millions in his apartment, building manager Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) rallies his troops and enlists the help of small-time thief Slide (Eddie Murphy) to make sure they get back what's rightfully theirs. These rookie thieves - including high-strung concierge Charlie (Casey Affleck), broke ex-Wall Streeter Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), new bellhop Dev'Reaux (Michael Peña) and feisty maid Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe) - know the building better than anyone. It turns out they've been casing the place for years...they just didn't know it.

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Anne Rice's ‘The Tale of the Body Thief’ Moves Forward

Producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are teaming up with Reliance Big Entertainment, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman to bring the Anne Rice novel The Tale of the Body Thief to the silver screen.

The story centers on the vampire Lestat, who was portrayed by Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire, and by Stuart Townsend in Queen Of The Damned. Lestat, who has grown depressed after centuries as a vampire, decides to transfer souls with a psychic for one day. The psychic, though, is invigorated by the switch and will not give Lestat his body back. Lestat must round up some friends with his new human form in order to get his vampire body back.

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Brian Grazer to Produce the ‘84th Annual Academy Awards’

Academy President Tom Sherak announced today that Academy Award-winner Brian Grazer will join Don Mischer as a producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards. This will be the first time Grazer has produced the Oscar telecast.

"I am thrilled to welcome Brian Grazer as my partner and that we will be collaborating to produce an outstanding show," echoed Mischer.

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‘The Dark Tower’ Heads to HBO Says Brian Grazer

We reported in August that Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are seeking independent financing for The Dark Tower, with hopes that a major studio will latch on after the funding is secured. Universal was both fully financing and distributing The Dark Tower movie trilogy and TV series when it was attached to the project.

The Dark Tower is in development .

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‘Tower Heist’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Director Brett Ratner released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for his upcoming comedy Tower Heist, which hits theaters nationwide on November 4. Click on the video player below which features Brett Ratner and producer Brian Grazer discussing the heist comedy on the set. Universal Pictures has also debuted a new poster for Tower Heist, which features Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Take a look at this one-sheet below the featurette.

Tower Heist was released November 4th, 2011.

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Javier Bardem Still Attached to ‘The Dark Tower’

Last month we reported that Universal Pictures pulled the plug on The Dark Tower, the massive adaptation of Stephen King's novel series which would span three movies and two TV seasons. Despite this setback, producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard are not giving up on the project.

Brian Grazer recently stated that they are, "trying to get outside financing to make it, and distribute it through a major [studio]." When the project was set up at Universal, the studio was fully financing and distributing both the movie trilogy and the TV series. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard still plan on moving forward with the TV series, although they are considering going through alternative means, perhaps even through Netflix.

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‘24’ Movie Confirmed for 2012 Says Brian Grazer!

24 is now confirmed for a theatrical release date in 2012. Producer Brian Grazer jumped onto his Tweeter today to announce to the world that he is onboard as a producer, and that he has met with star Kiefer Sutherland.

Imagine Entertainment, which is owned by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is the company behind the original 24 television series. An announcement about who will direct 24 is expected soon.

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‘The Runner’ Coming from Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures has acquired Dave Andron's screenplay The Runner, which will be produced by Brian Grazer through his Imagine Entertainment banner.

Marc Forster, who is also producing through his Forster's Apparatus Entertainment banner with Brad Simpson, may direct this sci-fi thriller about a man in 2027 who is sent back in time to stop an attack that will render the earth uninhabitable. The traveler volunteers for the job to also save the love of his life.

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