Friday, August 17, 2012

17 Aug 2012, Fri - Rush still not there

Some guy I'd never heard of had the reins - Douglas Urbanski.

From Wikipedia:

Douglas Urbanski (born February 17, 1957) is an American theater impresario, occasional film actor and film producer.

Urbanski is a business partner with actor Gary Oldman and he also runs a talent management firm, DMG.

Urbanski's film producing credits include The Contender, which received two Academy Award Nominations and starred Gary Oldman, Jeff Bridges, Joan Allen, Christian Slater, and Sam Elliott, and Nil By Mouth, written and directed by Gary Oldman for which Urbanski received the 1997 British Academy Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year, and for which Oldman received the Best Original Screenplay British Academy Award. The film received a total of 4 nominations for the 1997 BAFTA's. For 1997's Cannes Film Festival, Nil By Mouth was selected to inaugurate the Main Competition and received the 1997 Cannes Film Festival Award for actress Kathy Burke. In 1998 the film received six nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, and won three awards.

During the 1980s, Urbanski and/or his companies were active theatrical producers on Broadway and in London.

In 2010, he is featured in David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's motion picture The Social Network, playing the role of Larry Summers, for which he shared the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award from the Hollywood Film Festival along with Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. Also in 2010/11 he Executive Produced the film version of John leCarre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which stars Gary Oldman as master spy George Smiley, and also features Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and Kathy Burke and is directed by Tomas Alfredson. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy received Eleven 2012 British Academy Award Nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director; the film has also received three Oscar Nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Urbanski is married to television producer Diane Wilk (The Nanny).

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