May 20, 2006 |
In the world of specialty films, success often comes in pairs. Harvey and Bob Weinstein built Miramax into an indie powerhouse. Sony Pictures Classics, which puts more foreign films into theaters than any other distributor, is run by Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. Then there are James Schamus and David Linde, whose four years at the helm of Focus Features, Universal Pictures' specialized film label, culminated with the 2005 hit "Brokeback Mountain."
January 15, 2009 |
Universal Pictures said it was combining its international production group with its specialty film label, Focus Features, to create a single entity overseen by Focus Chief Executive James Schamus and Christian Grass, who heads Universal Pictures International Production in London. The studio said the consolidation was intended to extend Focus' brand, known for such films as "Milk" and "Brokeback Mountain," and make it easier for filmmakers to finance, produce and distribute movies in local and foreign markets.
May 3, 2002 |
As part of a reorganization of its specialty film business, Universal Studios said Thursday that it will acquire Good Machine, a highly successful producer of independent films, including Ang Lee's hit "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Good Machine principals David Linde and James Schamus, based in New York, would manage the new specialty film unit, to be called Focus, reporting to Universal Pictures chief Stacey Snider.
May 5, 2006 |
"Brokeback Mountain" co-star Randy Quaid has dropped a lawsuit over his compensation for the Academy Award-winning film. Quaid had sued Focus Features and producers David Linde and James Schamus in March, claiming he was fleeced into working cheaply by the filmmakers' assertion that "Brokeback Mountain" was "a low-budget, art-house film, with no prospect of making any money."
January 18, 2004
Michael Cieply and James Bates made passing reference to a New Yorker article on the "Hulk" screenplay credit arbitration ("Legal Clash Over 'Samurai' Credit," Jan. 6). The article repeats James Schamus' contention that he was responsible for everything in the final script that wasn't drawn from the comic book source but wound up sharing credit with myself and Michael France, who had written earlier drafts. This is a misapprehension of the facts. It also implies that the "Hulk" arbitration was somehow analogous to the "Samurai" dispute.
August 24, 2007 |
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's erotic espionage thriller, "Lust, Caution," has been given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, signaling to parents that the film may be inappropriate for audiences 17 and under, and restricting admission to only those 18 and older. The film earned the MPAA's strict rating because of "some explicit sexuality."