January 22, 1989 |
Call Sheet No. 19 has an ominous instruction for the cast and crew of "Mountains of the Moon": "The lions are still wild animals and should be treated with respect." It also specifies that there should be a complete caravan train, 63 bearers, the two principal actors, plus vultures and "a carcass to attract the vultures"--not to mention three lions, specially flown in from Zimbabwe, to attack the actors as they march through the jungle. Shooting in the bush is clearly no picnic.
May 27, 1990 |
If it sometimes seems that all of Hollywood's filmmaking community is scrambling from power breakfasts to pitch meetings to deal lunches to rewrite sessions, with lots of call-waiting jockey time in between, there's a reason. Timing. It's the key to getting studio features into production--placing the right script in the right hands at the right moment. And when major stars become involved--as they so often do with summer's high-concept, big-budget productions--timing becomes crucial.
September 3, 2001
Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz" will be shown at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 as part of the Academy Standards series. Scheduled participants in a post-screening panel discussion include Albert Wolsky, who won an Oscar for the 1979 film's costume design; Tony Walton and Philip Rosenberg, who won Oscars for art direction; and Daniel Melnick, the film's executive producer. Information: (310) 247-3600.
July 7, 1990
In reference to Chris Willman's July 4 article about director Renny Harlin ("Renny Harlin Finds Plenty of Action in Hollywood"): Let's give credit where credit is due. (The coming movie) "Gale Force" is an original screenplay written not by me but by David Chappe. It is the product of Mr. Chappe's imagination and creativity.
April 11, 1995 |
Television: Television and film producer IndieProd Co. said it reached agreement with state-owned Vietnam Television to provide U.S. theatrical and TV production to the network for broadcast. The Los Angeles-based company said Daniel Melnick, IndieProd co-chairman, is in Vietnam to discuss programming. The company, which produced such films as "The Quick and the Dead" and "Roxanne," recently merged with television producer Konigsberg Co.
October 8, 1989 |
Air America (Carolco). Shooting in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. star as unconventional fliers in this action adventure spotlighting the aviation antics at "Air America," the world's most secret airline. Executive producers Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna. Producer Daniel Melnick. Director Roger Spottiswoode. Screenwriters John Eskow and Richard Rush. Distributor Tri-Star (U.S.), Carolco (foreign). Summer release. Back Stab (Allegro/Westwind). Shooting in Montreal.