Sunday, April 21, 2024

411 Shorts: Invision Snaps Away; Haggis Casting Neeson, Wilde


Invision is the newest boutique celebrity photo agency, designed to take on WireImage and Getty Images. It’s also the first time the Associated Press has hunkered down to compete with all the star picture takers. Well known and respected fotog Dan Becker is running the joint operation out of Los Angeles, and he’s already got a dream team including Matt Sayles, Jordan Strauss, John Shearer, Jon Furniss, Evan Agostini, Casey Rodgers, Todd Williamson, and Chris Pizzello. The red carpet will never be the same. You can read more about Becker’s project at and on the Associated Press website…With the AP’s reach, Invision is going to mix things up, that’s for sure…

“Crash” director Paul Haggis starts shooting his new film, “Third Person,” in Italy very shortly, with Liam Neeson heading up an all star cast for three interlocking love stories. Olivia Wilde has been cast as Neeson’s romantic interest, and there’s talk of James Franco and Ed Burns possibly being in the mix. Naomi Watts has also been mentioned…

Sending best wishes to famed agent/manager Johnnie Planco, one of our all time favorite people. A sudden bout of meningitis almost knocked him out this winter, but Johnnie and his beautiful wife Lois showed up at the Woody Allen premiere last night. Johnnie has bounced back after some serious rehab, and is in fighting form once again. He’s also sporting a rakish patch over one eye, giving Johnny Depp a run for his money. Johnnie and partner Gene Parseghian are still going strong with a formidable list of clients (Judi Dench, Daniel Day Lewis, Lauren Bacall etc). New York seems back in balance now that Johnnie Planco’s on the scene once again!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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