. . . Screen International reports that Columbia will open "Ishtar" on Jan. 15 in Japan, where there are "hopes that the peculiar Japanese market will be more receptive to it than other audiences." Like sushi, some movies are an acquired taste.
. . . We had to repeat this classic exchange of Hollywoodese--as blurbed in a recent Publisher's Weekly. It happened when Joseph Koenig was told by his agent that his upcoming crime thriller, "Little Odessa" (about a Russian-born topless dancer working in Brooklyn) had been purchased by Tri-Star as a property for Demi Moore. Koenig: "Demi who?" Agent: "Demi Moore. They're grooming her." Koenig: "How much?" Agent: "A hundred thousand option against five hundred thousand." Koenig's response: "She's perfect for the part!"
. . . In its recent huge double ad for "Wall Street," Fox quotes the Her-Ex's Peter Rainer ("Raucously enjoyable . . . Michael Douglas has never been as entertaining as he is here") and the NY Times Vincent Canby ("Mr. Douglas, in the funniest, canniest performance of his career"). Please note that Canby called the movie itself "a muddle" that "crashes in a heap of platitudes . . ." and Rainer dubbed it "the sort of bad movie that's more entertaining than some good ones."