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Thomas Langmann: 'Crazy' risk pays off for 'The Artist' producer

January 23, 2012 |  1:28 pm

Thomas Langmann at the Producers Guild Awards

Thomas Langmann, producer of "The Artist" and winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck Award at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, said he took a risk on a silent movie in the hopes of being part of a unique and unconventional film.

Certainly no pressure at all for the film's writer and director, Michel Hazanavicius.

"People called me crazy, or insane, but I knew if Michel succeeded, the film would be different -- it would be special," Langmann said Saturday night. "I put a lot of pressure on Michel's shoulders, but the film turned out to be beyond our expectations."

PHOTOS: The scene at the Producers Guild Awards

The Zanuck Award honors the outstanding producer of a theatrical motion picture. Langmann, who plans to continue working with Hazanavicius on his future projects, said he wanted "The Artist" to serve as a "love letter to American cinema" and a tribute to Hollywood.

And, he said, he and Michel enjoyed every single moment of filmmaking along the way.

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Photo: Thomas Langmann accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award during the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Producers Guild Awards: 'The Artist' takes home top honors

January 21, 2012 | 10:20 pm

The Artist

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The Producers Guild of America gave its top prize to "The Artist" Saturday night, confirming the black-and-white film's status as an Oscar front-runner heading into the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards Tuesday morning. The PGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have agreed on best picture winners the last four years.

Producer Thomas Langmann, the son of acclaimed French actor, writer and director Claude Barri, accepted the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures for "The Artist," which took home the Golden Globe for best motion picture, comedy or musical, earlier this month.

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, the film is a love letter to Hollywood's Golden Age, telling the story of the intersecting fates of silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) and plucky song-and-dance gal Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) at the dawn of the talkies. Since making its debut at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the movie has been collecting accolades and acclaim.

PHOTOS: The scene at the Producers Guild Awards

"When Michel and I dreamed of making 'The Artist,' we dreamed of writing a love letter to American cinema," Langmann said. "We just didn't know that we would get a taste of the American dream."

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'The Artist,' 'Bridesmaids' among Producers Guild award nominees

January 3, 2012 | 10:14 am

  Hollywood's complicated movie awards season didn't get any clearer Tuesday morning as the Producers Guild of America announced its 10 nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award in theatrical motion pictures
Hollywood's complicated movie awards season didn't get any clearer Tuesday morning as the Producers Guild of America announced its 10 nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck producer of the year award in theatrical motion pictures.

Some of the nominees were expected, including "The Artist," "The Descendants," "Hugo," "Moneyball" and "War Horse," but there were some mild surprises in the mix, such as "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Ides of March" and "Bridesmaids."

Rounding out the nominees were "The Help" and "Midnight in Paris."  

The PGA award is seen as a bellwether for the best picture Academy Award. The last time the two didn't see eye to eye was five years ago when "Little Miss Sunshine" won the PGA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose "The Departed" as best film.

Nominated for the producer of the year award in animated theatrical motion pictures are "The Adventures of Tintin," "Cars 2," "Kung Fu Panda 2," "Puss in Boots" and "Rango."

Vying for the David L. Wolper producer of the year award in long-form TV are "Cinema Verite," "Downton Abby," "The Kennedys," "Mildred Pierce" and "Too Big to Fail."

In contention for producer of the year in documentary theatrical motion pictures are "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest," "Bill Cunningham New York," "Project Nim," "Senna" and "The Union."

Nominated for the Danny Thomas award for outstanding producer of episodic television, comedy, are "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation."

The nominees for the Norman Felton Award for outstanding producer of episodic TV, drama, are "Boardwalk Empire," "Dexter," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men."

Nominated for the award for outstanding producer of live entertainment and talk television are "The Colbert Report," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Real Time With Bill Maher," "Saturday Night Live" and "The 64th Annual Tony Awards."

The nominees for the outstanding producer of competition television are "The Amazing Race," "American Idol," "Dancing With the Stars," "Project Runaway" and "Top Chef."

The PGA Awards will be handed out Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For a full list of the nominees, as provided by the PGA, click ahead.

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Producers Guild announces documentary nominations

December 2, 2011 | 10:53 am

A Tribe Called Quest
The Producers Guild of America announced Friday morning the documentary theatrical motion picture nominees that have advanced in the voting process for the 23rd annual Producers Guild of America Awards.

The nominated films are "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest," Michael Rapaport's documentary on the seminal New York hip-hop group; "Bill Cunningham New York," Richard Press' portrait of the New York Times photographer; "Project Nim," James Marsh's chronicle of a chimp taken from his mother at birth and raised like a human in New York City in the 1970s; "Senna," Asif Kapadia's documentary on the late Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna; and "The Union," Cameron Crowe's look at Elton John and Leon Russell's album "The Union."

TV series nominations for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards will be announced Dec. 7. All other nominations for the PGA Awards will take place Jan. 3. The winners will be announced Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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Photo: Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, featured in "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest." Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times


Producers Guild of America honors Stan Lee

November 9, 2011 | 12:01 pm

Stan
The Producers Guild of America announced Wednesday that Marvel Comics' Stan Lee, whose co-creations include "Spider-Man," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Iron Man," will receive the 2012 Vanguard Award at the 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Lee, 88, has also executive produced such films as those of the "Spider-Man" franchise, the "Iron Man" films, "Thor" and "The X-Men" franchise.

The Vanguard Award recognizes achievements in new media and technology.

"Stan Lee's creative vision and imagination has produced some of the most beloved and visually stunning characters and adventures in history," said PGA Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim in a statement Wednesday.

Previous recipients include George Lucas, John Lasseter and YouTube founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Will Wright.

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Photo: Stan Lee. Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images


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