August 29, 1998 |
If the adage is true that the ultimate Hollywood art form is the deal, then the maneuvering to get "Spider-Man" to the big screen will never hang in the Louvre. As the biggest superhero character left unfilmed since the blockbuster "Batman" made the genre popular again, "Spider-Man" has been widely touted as moviedom's hottest property.
March 19, 1998 |
Producer Peter Hoffman's criminal tax fraud case ended with a whimper Wednesday when the executive pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor federal charge of sending a false tax return to the Internal Revenue Service that understated his 1989 taxable income by about $33,000. The plea, which includes no promise to cooperate with other federal tax investigations, ends a case in which Hoffman had originally faced four felony tax fraud charges.
October 1, 1997 |
A federal jury in Los Angeles is scheduled to start deliberations today on whether former Carolco Pictures Chief Executive Peter Hoffman misrepresented his income and signed false returns to avoid taxes. Government prosecutors allege that Hoffman improperly tapped into more than $1 million in deferred compensation accumulated at Carolco, while his lawyers contend that the payments were loans he paid back.
September 23, 1997 |
A safe rule of thumb in any business dealing is never assume anything. Bucking that rule can prove embarrassing, if not frightfully expensive--as Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Bill Mechanic is finding out. For months, sources said, Mechanic has been negotiating deals with Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron to bring "Terminator 3" to the big screen. No matter that Fox didn't have the necessary underlying rights to the "Terminator" franchise.
September 17, 1997 |
Half-ownership of the rights to a potential "Terminator 3" film were tentatively sold this week for $7.5 million to producer Andrew Vajna as part of the liquidation of defunct producer Carolco Pictures, lawyers involved in the case said Tuesday. Carolco is liquidating via bankruptcy proceedings, and the money is expected to go into a trust, after which it is scheduled to be distributed to creditors, said Richard Wynne, a bankruptcy lawyer working on the Carolco case.
September 9, 1997 |
When it comes to Hollywood on trial, it's not unusual for some court cases to get the kind of advance billing and hype reserved for a movie opening. Former Walt Disney Co. studios chief Jeffrey Katzenberg's upcoming $250-million lawsuit against his old employer for money he claims he's owed is the latest case in point. Which is why the United States of America vs. Peter Miles Hoffman is a bit unusual.