February 14, 1989 |
A drawing showing a female praying mantis devouring her mate was tacked to a bulletin board last week at Filmation's headquarters in Woodland Hills. The cartoon factory's name was written on the unlucky male to symbolize the studio's death Feb. 3, when it was closed after being sold by its parent, Group W Productions, for about $30 million to a French television consortium.
December 6, 1988 |
In August, 1986, Jose Menendez, former chief operating officer of RCA/Ariola, was brought in to run International Video Entertainment, then in Woodland Hills, which was in the business of buying the video rights to feature films. Unfortunately IVE wasn't making a profit. Less than a year later Menendez's task was complicated when IVE bought an interest in Lieberman Enterprises, a Minneapolis outfit that delivers video and music software to big retailers.
November 19, 1989 |
Long before "Batman," before "E.T.," before "Star Wars," and even long before "Jaws," there was "The Exorcist." Buzzing with word of Linda Blair's head spinning full circles on her neck and those repulsive streams of green vomit, moviegoers lined up on the streets of 1973 America like never before, just for the chance to feel their stomachs turn flip-flops in the dark. "The Exorcist" broke house records in theaters everywhere. In some towns, fevered fans shattered glass doors to get in.