“For [chairman Brad] Grey, anxious to put his own stamp on Paramount and to deliver on his promise to quickly redefine the once-cautious studio as a bold, filmmaker-driven place, World Trade Center was the perfect fast-track project. It came prepackaged with a script, director, star and budget, and gave Paramount a prestige movie for the summer of 2006.” — Claudia Eller on how World Trade Center came together, largely due to the tenacity of producer Debra Hill, who died last year from cancer at age 54. (A sad break. I first met Hill during a Manhattan press gathering for Escape From New York in 1979, and the last time was three or four years ago at one of Jonathan Kaufer‘s DVD parties. A tough pro and a good person. Too bad she didn’t make it this far.)