December 1, 2009 |
Paramount Pictures is betting it has the next "Paranormal Activity" on its hands. After weeks of spirited negotiations, the Viacom Inc.-owned studio acquired domestic distribution rights to "Area 51," the next low-budget scare story from "Paranormal Activity" filmmaker Oren Peli. Paramount announced the deal over the weekend, paying an estimated $7.5 million to close the pact, all without seeing any footage from the production. Other bidders included Lionsgate Films, Summit Entertainment and DreamWorks, now a part of Walt Disney Co. DreamWorks bought "Paranormal Activity," which then-partner Paramount released Sept.
November 2, 2006 |
ENTERTAINMENT A record 433 companies from 36 countries converged on Santa Monica for the opening of the American Film Market, the nation's biggest film bazaar. About 592 films are scheduled to be screened, a record for the event, which is produced by Los Angeles-based Independent Film & Television Alliance. Attendance is projected at more than 8,400 people. AFM runs through Nov. 8.
November 9, 2005 |
Last year, Ngo Thi Bich Hanh visited Los Angeles to meet with CBS executives to arrange the launch of a Vietnamese version of the game show "The Price Is Right." This week, Ngo was back in Southern California to explore whether the price was right for nearly a dozen Vietnamese feature films she was offering buyers at Santa Monica's annual American Film Market.
July 14, 2004
* The Los Angeles-based American Film Marketing Assn. trade group is changing its name to the Independent Film and Television Alliance. The group represents 150 companies worldwide that make, market, distribute and finance independent films and TV shows. It also organizes the annual American Film Market in Santa Monica.
June 18, 2003 |
Combining the art of film with the commerce of the movie business, AFI Fest Los Angeles and the American Film Market are joining forces. The American Film Market, at which independent films and TV productions are packaged, bought and sold, will move to November in 2004 to overlap with the AFI L.A. International Film Festival.
November 14, 2001 |
Japanese director Takashi Miike was in Los Angeles for just two days to talk about his controversial film "Audition." One of those days was Sept. 11. Maybe that's why he seemed uncomfortable discussing the graphic violence featured in the movie's climax. "Many people in many countries talk about the violence" in his films, Miike observes, speaking through an interpreter at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre. "I don't think violence should be hidden. It's ordinary, happening every day.