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Robert Zemeckis

 
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Robert Zemeckis won an Academy Award©, a Golden Globe and a Director’s Guild of American Award for Best Director for the hugely successful and popular Forrest Gump. The film’s numerous honours also included Oscars for Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Picture. Zemeckis re-teamed with Hanks on the ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Robert Zemeckis won an Academy Award©, a Golden Globe and a Director’s Guild of American Award for Best Director for the hugely successful and popular Forrest Gump. The film’s numerous honours also included Oscars for Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Picture. Zemeckis re-teamed with Hanks on the ... (read complete bio)

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Robert Zemeckis Biography

Robert Zemeckis won an Academy Award©, a Golden Globe and a Director’s Guild of American Award for Best Director for the hugely successful and popular Forrest Gump. The film’s numerous honours also included Oscars for Best Actor (Tom Hanks) and Best Picture. Zemeckis re-teamed with Hanks on the contemporary drama Cast Away, the filming of which was split into two sections, book-ending production on his film What Lies Beneath. Zemeckis and Hanks served as producers on Cast Away, along with Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke.

Earlier in his career, Zemeckis co-wrote with Bob Gale and directed Back to the Future, which was the top-grossing release of 1985, and for which Zemeckis shared Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Screenplay. He then went on to helm Back to the Future, Part II and Part III, completing one of the most successful film franchises in Motion Picture history.

In addition, he directed and produced Contact, starring Jodie Foster, based on the best-selling novel by Carl Sagan; and the macabre comedy hit Death Becomes Her, starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis. He also wrote and directed the box office smash Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, cleverly blending live action and animation; directed the romantic adventure hit Romancing the Stone, pairing Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner; and co-wrote with Gale and directed the comedies Used Cars and I Wanna Hold Your Hand.

Zemeckis also produced House on Haunted Hill, and executive produced such films as The Frighteners, The Public Eye, and Trespass, which he also co-wrote with Gale. He and Gale previously wrote 1914, which began Zemeckis’ association with Steven Spielberg.

For the small screen, Zemeckis has directed several projects, including the Showtime feature-length documentary The Pursuit of Happiness, which explored the effect of drugs and alcohol on 20th century society. His additional television credits include episodes of Spielberg’s Amazing Stores and HBO’s Tales From the Crypt.

In 1998, Zemeckis, Starkey and Rapke partnered to form the film and television production company ImageMovers. What Lies Beneath was the first film to be released under the ImageMovers banner, followed by Cast Away, which opened to critical and audience acclaim in the Fall of 2000, and Matchstick Men.

In March 2001, the USC School of Cinema-Television celebrated the opening of the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts. This state-of-the-art center is the country’s first and only fully digital training center and houses the latest in non-linear production and post-production equipment as well as stages, a fity-seat screening room and USC student-run television station, Trojan Vision.

In 2004, Zemeckis produced and directed the motion capture film The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks. He also brought the true-life story of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson to the big screen. In addition, he served as executive producer on both Monster House, and the Queen Latifah comedy Last Holiday.

Zemeckis produced and directed his second motion capture film, Beowulf which was also produced by Rapke and Starkey. The feature starred Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie and was based on one of the oldest surviving pieces of Anglo-Saxon literature, written sometime before the 10th Century A.D.

Zemeckis released another advanced motion-capture film: A Christmas Carol, based on the celebrated and beloved classic story by Charles Dickens. Rapke and Starkey also produced the film which was released by The Disney Studios in 2009.

Zemeckis returned to live action direction with the critically-acclaimed dramatic feature film Flight, for Paramount Pictures starring Denzel Washington. Under the direction of Zemeckis, Washington received an Academy Award nomination for the role.

Zemeckis directed Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ben Kinglsey in The Walk, the story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. He then directed the romantic thriller Allied starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. The film tells the compelling story of the relationship between a Canadian Intelligence Officer and a French Resistance Fighter against the backdrop of WWII in North Africa in 1942.

Recently, Zemeckis co-wrote with Caroline Thompson the screenplay for Welcome to Marwen. The project, for Universal Pictures, starred Steve Carell as artist Mark Hogencamp who created a miniature WWII-era village as a way to recover from a violent assault. Leslie Mann also stars in the film which was released in 2018.

For Television, Zemeckis will serve as Executive Producer on Medal of Honor, a new series for Netflix and will also Executive Produce on Blue Book for the History Channel and will Executive Produce on Manifest for NBC and WB Studios Zemeckis is currently in production on The Witches for Warner Bros, studios.




Robert Zemeckis News

Celebrate The Holidays With Your Charlotte Symphony At HOLIDAY POPS  Photo Celebrate The Holidays With Your Charlotte Symphony At HOLIDAY POPS 
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 1, 2022

The Charlotte Symphony's 2022 holiday season presents  beloved annual traditions, seasonal hallmarks, electrifying new performances, and a family friendly Christmas movie with its unforgettable score performed live to the complete film.  

Cory English Will Play 'Doctor Emmett Brown' in BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL For 6  Photo Cory English Will Play 'Doctor Emmett Brown' in BACK TO THE FUTURE THE MUSICAL For 6 Weeks Only
by Stephi Wild - Nov 1, 2022

Celebrated theatre actor, Cory English, will join the cast of BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical at the Adelphi Theatre, playing the role of 'Doctor Emmett Brown' from 23 November 2022.

BACK TO THE FUTURE Will Open on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in Summer 2023 Photo BACK TO THE FUTURE Will Open on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in Summer 2023
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 21, 2022

BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Musical begins performances Friday, June 30, 2023 and officially opens Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre. Learn about how the iconic film is coming to the stage.

VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo & Kelly Clarkson Duet on 'When You Wish Upon A Star' From PINOCC Photo VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo & Kelly Clarkson Duet on 'When You Wish Upon A Star' From PINOCCHIO
by Michael Major - Sep 23, 2022

Cynthia Erivo joined Kelly Clarkson for a special rendition of 'When You Wish Upon A Star' on the recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. The cover was featured during the 'Kellyoke' segment, which has previously showcased 'Losing My Mind' from Follies here and 'She Used to Be Mine' from Waitress. Watch the video performance now!

VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo Perform 'When You Wish Upon A Star' in PINOCCHIO Photo VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo Perform 'When You Wish Upon A Star' in PINOCCHIO
by Michael Major - Sep 16, 2022

Disney+ has shared a clip of Cynthia Erivo performing 'When You Wish Upon a Star' in the new live action film adaption of Pinocchio. The new film also features Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, and more. Watch the new video clip and listen to the complete track on the film's soundtrack now!

BACK TO THE FUTURE Extends Booking to 23 July Photo BACK TO THE FUTURE Extends Booking to 23 July
by Stephi Wild - Sep 14, 2022

Due to overwhelming demand, lead producer Colin Ingram, together with Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, the creators of the Back To The Future film trilogy, are delighted to announce that BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical’s performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End will extend to 23 July 2023 as it celebrates its first Birthday.

Photos: Cynthia Erivo, Tom Hanks & More Hit the PINOCCHIO Red Carpet Photo Photos: Cynthia Erivo, Tom Hanks & More Hit the PINOCCHIO Red Carpet
by Michael Major - Sep 8, 2022

Among those in attendance at the event, sponsored in part by Verizon, were stars Tom Hanks, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Cynthia Erivo and Luke Evans, along with Director/Writer/Producer Robert Zemeckis, Composers Alan Silvestri (Score and Original Songs) and Glen Ballard (Original Songs), and more. Check out photos from the red carpet now!

Video: Tom Hanks Reveals His Go-To Showtune and More on the PINOCCHIO Red Carpet Photo Video: Tom Hanks Reveals His Go-To Showtune and More on the PINOCCHIO Red Carpet
by Stephi Wild - Sep 8, 2022

On the red carpet for Pinocchio, Tom Hanks talked about his go-to showtune, Luke Evans revealed that he wants to perform on stage, and more. Watch the video clips here!

TV: Chanel Terrero interpreta 'La Estrella Azul' en la nueva versiĂłn de PINOCHO Photo TV: Chanel Terrero interpreta 'La Estrella Azul' en la nueva versiĂłn de PINOCHO
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Sep 8, 2022

La nueva pelĂ­cula de acciĂłn real se estrena hoy en Disney+ coincidiendo con el DISNEY+ DAY.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Tessa Thompson Lead Sci-Fi Thriller ASH Photo Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Tessa Thompson Lead Sci-Fi Thriller ASH
by Michael Major - Aug 30, 2022

Tessa Thompson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are attached to star in the new sci-fi thriller ASH, directed by Flying Lotus and based on an original screenplay written by Jonni Remmler. XYZ Films and GFC Films are to produce, with Neill Blomkamp (DISTRICT 9) and Echo Lake onboard as exec producers.

Robert Zemeckis Videos

BACK TO THE FUTURE Will Open on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in Summer 2023 Videoplay
BACK TO THE FUTURE Will Open on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in Summer 2023

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 21, 2022

BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Musical begins performances Friday, June 30, 2023 and officially opens Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre. Learn about how the iconic film is coming to the stage.

VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo & Kelly Clarkson Duet on 'When You Wish Upon A Star' From PINOCC Videoplay
VIDEO: Cynthia Erivo & Kelly Clarkson Duet on 'When You Wish Upon A Star' From PINOCCHIO

by Michael Major - Sep 23, 2022

Cynthia Erivo joined Kelly Clarkson for a special rendition of 'When You Wish Upon A Star' on the recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. The cover was featured during the 'Kellyoke' segment, which has previously showcased 'Losing My Mind' from Follies here and 'She Used to Be Mine' from Waitress. Watch the video performance now!

VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo Perform 'When You Wish Upon A Star' in PINOCCHIO Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Cynthia Erivo Perform 'When You Wish Upon A Star' in PINOCCHIO

by Michael Major - Sep 16, 2022

Disney+ has shared a clip of Cynthia Erivo performing 'When You Wish Upon a Star' in the new live action film adaption of Pinocchio. The new film also features Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, and more. Watch the new video clip and listen to the complete track on the film's soundtrack now!

VIDEO: Disney+ Debuts New PINOCCHIO Live Action Trailer With Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evan Videoplay
VIDEO: Disney+ Debuts New PINOCCHIO Live Action Trailer With Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evans & More

by Michael Major - Aug 24, 2022

The film stars Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, Lorraine Bracco, with Cynthia Erivo and Luke Evans. In addition to the original film's songs, including “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Cynthia Erivo, the film features new music by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard (“The Polar Express”). Watch the new video trailer now!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BACK TO THE FUTURE Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Cast of BACK TO THE FUTURE Perform on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT

by Stephi Wild - Jun 1, 2022

The cast of Back to the Future The Musical led by Roger Bart took the stage last night on Britain's Got Talent! Check out the full performance video here!

VIDEO: First Look at Cynthia Erivo in Disney's Live Action PINOCCHIO Teaser Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at Cynthia Erivo in Disney's Live Action PINOCCHIO Teaser

by Michael Major - May 31, 2022

Disney has shared a first look at Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy in the upcoming live-action film remake of Pinocchio. The flim is also set to star Tom Hanks, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Keegan-Michael Key, Lorraine Bracco and Luke Evans. Erivo can also be heard singing the film's iconic 'When You Wish Upon A Star' song.

BWW TV: Watch Kristin Chenoweth Surprise WICKED Fans on GREATEST #ATHOMEVIDEOS Videoplay
BWW TV: Watch Kristin Chenoweth Surprise WICKED Fans on GREATEST #ATHOMEVIDEOS

by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 14, 2020

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth stops by in the latest episode of Greatest #AtHomeVideos to help series host Cedric the Entertainer plan a surprise video conference for a group of theater fans who perform Broadway musicals in peoplea??s driveways. 

Season Two of PROJECT BLUE BOOK Premieres on History Channel This January Videoplay
Season Two of PROJECT BLUE BOOK Premieres on History Channel This January

by Kaitlin Milligan - Nov 19, 2019

HISTORY's hit drama series 'Project Blue Book' from A+E Studios and executive produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe(R) winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Contact) returns for season two on Tuesday, January 21 at 10PM ET/PT.

VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth & Cobie Smulders Discuss Their New York Beginnings on THE LA Videoplay
VIDEO: Kristin Chenoweth & Cobie Smulders Discuss Their New York Beginnings on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN

by Stage Tube - Oct 4, 2019

James asks his guests Kristin Chenoweth and Cobie Smulders about their beginnings in New York City - pointing out their first apartments were both were strangers, sleeping on a bunk bed. And Kristin makes sure James understand her apartment had the Clapper - the light switch device - and not another version of the clap.

VIDEO: Netflix Releases Trailer for WHAT/IF Starring Renee Zellweger Videoplay
VIDEO: Netflix Releases Trailer for WHAT/IF Starring Renee Zellweger

by Stage Tube - May 13, 2019

Neo-noir social thriller WHAT/IF explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The first season of the Netflix original series focuses on a mysterious woman's lucrative, but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds. All 10 episodes of WHAT/IF will become available to Netflix members worldwide on May 24, 2019.