Todd Garner judges Big Break script competition for

SCRIPT: What are you looking for in a winning script?

TODD GARNER: The idea is king. If you can’t distill your movie into 30 seconds or less, no matter what the artist feels or how interesting it is to him or her, the story is too complicated. I may love and I may do everything I can to get it made, but ultimately you have to convince the people who are going to come and see your movie in 30 seconds or less, to come and see your movie. Movies are a huge expense, and they require the work of a great marketing team to sell them. The easier it is to summarize the story, the easier it will be to sell it. After that, it’s up to your talents as a writer to make that idea as great as you possibly can.

Full Q&A here.


The Stars of Knight and Day

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Tom Cruise & Cameron Diaz on set the of ‘Knight & Day’

Tom Cruise teaches Cameron Diaz some stunt magic on set of their new movieĀ Knight and Day.

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Talking Movies With ‘Knight And Day’ Producer Todd Garner

Read the Frobes Q & A with Todd Garner here.

Kevin James bringing the ‘Boom

Sony is making it clear it wants to be in the Kevin James business, with Columbia Pictures wrapping up a pact to move forward with “Here Comes the Boom,” an action comedy that the thesp will star in and produce with comedy collaborator Adam Sandler and producer Todd Garner.

Via Variety.

Sony to distribute ‘Zookeeper’

MGM agreed to have Sony handle the global theatrical distribution for “Zookeeper”. “Zookeeper” is directed by Frank Coraci and co-produced by MGM and Sony, Happy Madison and Broken Road Prods.

Via Variety.

Adam Sandler to play both Jack and Jill in Columbia film

The actor will next star in the romantic comedy “Jack and Jill” and produce via his Happy Madison shingle. Sandler will play Jack as well as twin sister Jill.

Project was brought to Happy Madison by Todd Garner (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”), who will also produce alongside Sandler’s partner Jack Giarraputo. Steve Koren, whose relationship with Sandler dates back to their “Saturday Night Live” days, penned the screenplay along with Sandler and Robert Smigel.

“Jack and Jill” is scheduled to begin lensing early next year and will be released by Sony in early 2011.

Via Variety.