Jerry Bruckheimer Will Pull Out the Stops for his American Cinematheque Ball

Jerry Bruckheimer Will Pull Out the Stops for his American Cinematheque Ball

The American Cinematheque’s 27th gala honoree will be producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who will be guaranteed to pack the Beverly Hilton Hotel with his cronies on December 12.

This will be an opportunity for Bruckheimer, one of the most powerful and popular producers in Hollywood, to demonstrate his clout after recently parting ways with Disney, with whom he has had a first-look deal since the 1990s. He netted $3.4 billion for Disney during their lucrative partnership, but went out on a series of flops, from “Prince of Persia” and “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” to “The Lone Ranger.” The studio insists that that film’s performance had nothing to do with their separation. 

Over the course of his 40-year career Bruckheimer has overseen mega-hits “Top Gun,” “Armageddon,” “The Rock,” “Con Air,” “Beverly Hills Cop” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. But he will also want to remind tout Hollywood of best efforts, from “Remember the Titans,” “American Gigolo” and “Enemy of the State” to “Thief,” “Crimson Tide” and “Black Hawk Down.” 

You can be sure that Bruckheimer will call in every chit, even though some of the stars he helped to launch are past their career peaks. Look out for Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Cruise, Nic Cage, Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom, Bill Nighy, Ben Affleck, Eddie Murphy and such filmmakers as Gore Verbinski, Michael Bay, Robert Towne, and Ridley Scott. Alas his late brother Tony, a Bruckheimer favorite, will only be there in spirit. 

Funds raised for the gala benefit the Cinematheque’s year-round programming.

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Comments

CRAIG

JERRY I JUST WANT TO ASK IF YOU AND COLUMBIA PICTURES COULD PLEASE MAKE BAD BOYS 3.GET WITH WILL AND MARTIN PLEASE,TRY TO GET THIS MOVIE ROLLIN'.I ABSOLUTELY LOVED BAD BOYS 2,THAT IS ONE OF MY TOP 3 FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL-TIME.MICHAEL BAY DID A FANTASTIC JOB MAKING THAT MOVIE,THE SCENE WHEN THEY WERE ON THE CAUSEWAY WITH THE CARS FLIPPING WAS JUST MAGNIFICENT,I LOVED IT TO THE MAXX.THE WHOLE BAD BOYS 2 MOVIE WAS SO AWESOME IT SHOULD RANK IN THE TOP 5 OF BEST MOVIES OF ALL-TIMES.DO THIS FOR ME,JERRY.PLEASE MAKE BAD BOYS 3.TALK TO WILL AND MARTIN.PLEASE JERRY.

Rapunzel

The way Jerry's been treated is further proof of what a shallow, immoral, disloyal & filthy place Hollywood is. I'll take Blackhawk Down, Remember the Titans, Pirates of the Caribbean, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, Con Air & even The Lone Ranger (which was good but sadly couldn't survive the year-long unprofessional campaign against it prior to its release) over Star Wars 7 and all the superhero tripe.

Brian

I liked a couple of early Bruckheimer efforts–THE CULPEPPER CATTLE CO. (1972) and FAREWELL MY LOVELY (1975), and maybe THIEF (1981)–but since then the only films of his that impressed me in any way are PEARL HARBOR (2001), and TRANSFORMERS 1 & 3.
(For some reason, the TRANSFORMERS films seem to have disappeared from his IMDB filmography.) Too many of his films are big-budget effects extravaganzas with absolutely no weight or substance to them.

Susan Pile

Hi, Anne…

If you're going to mention Tony Scott as present "only in spirit," what about Don Simpson, Jerry's friend, producing partner and eternal counsel?

Other than such an innocent omission, you are doing a super job with your column.

Thank you.

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