April 15, 2007 |
ON an old studio lot outside London, a production crew began work on the movie "Sahara" in November 2003 by staging the crash of a vintage airplane. But when the film opened in theaters in April 2005, the sequence had been deleted. "In the context of the movie, it didn't work," said director Breck Eisner. The cost of the 46-second clip: more than $2 million. This kind of spending, according to accounting records, helped turn "Sahara" into one of the biggest financial flops in Hollywood history.
June 20, 1999
While Harrison Ford is undeniably a reliable box-office heavyweight, it was not he who made Mace Neufeld's "The Hunt for Red October," in which he did not appear, an off-season mega-hit ("Unconventional War of Nerves," by Robert W. Welkos, June 13). That credit goes to a stellar Alec Baldwin, with indispensable teamwork from Sean Connery, James Earl Jones and Sam Neill. SUE DUQUETTE Torrance
February 7, 1996
Martin Scorsese, Robert Zemeckis, Mace Neufeld, Jack Valenti and Irwin Winkler are among the show-biz participants scheduled to take part in the 1996 Artists Rights Digital Technology Symposium, Feb. 15-16, at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood.
April 22, 1990
Alec Baldwin--oh so hot, including a spread in the current Newsweek--is in "discussions" with Paramount about stepping back into the shoes of author Tom Clancy's fictional hero Jack Ryan for the studio's adaptation of Clancy's "Clear and Present Danger." If a deal can be set, Baldwin will continue the role of the fictional CIA analyst he plays in "The Hunt for Red October."
November 6, 1988 |
The book was released, unheralded, several weeks before the Oct. 13 presidential debate in which the 20th Amendment was an issue. That's the amendment dealing with who becomes President on Inauguration Day should the President-elect be incapacitated/ailing/absent. With the media buzzing about the issue, and Dan Quayle hovering as the Republican veep candidate, "Oath of Office"--about the kidnaping of the President-elect--suddenly became a hot paperback novel. And now, Hollywood's come calling.