April 16, 2000 |
One of the first big-budget Hollywood films to confront the Vietnam War, "The Deer Hunter," showed captive American soldiers tortured and forced to engage in a grisly game of Russian roulette. The film's grim depiction of young Americans' loss of innocence stirred raw emotion in audiences in 1978, three years after the war's end. Ned Tanen, then the president of Universal Pictures, felt the intensity at a preview showing in Detroit. "The screening was a blood bath," Tanen said.
June 27, 1993 |
TriStar Pictures is insisting that Jersey Films co-chairmen Danny DeVito and Michael Shamberg shouldn't be paranoid or take it personally that the studio isn't going to make yet another of their planned movies, writer-director Quentin Tarantino's new dark comedy "Pulp Fiction." Earlier this year, the studio pulled the plug on the company's comedy "Reality Bites," which DeVito and Shamberg are now shooting thanks to a new distribution deal with Universal Pictures.
January 27, 1992 |
"Hook," the movie that was ignored by critics' awards, chastised by some for an extravagant $60-million-plus budget, and opened Dec. 11 to less-than-boffo box office, has sailed beyond the $100-million mark at the U.S. box office, according to its distributors. The magical box-office number wasn't achieved as rapidly as last summer's "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," which sold $100 million in tickets in just over two weeks. But "Hook" got there faster than any other picture since--in six weeks.
September 5, 1991 |
Woody Allen will make his next movie at TriStar Pictures rather than at financially troubled Orion, both studios announced Wednesday. Allen, who has made his last 11 films at Orion, will return to the studio for three more pictures after finishing his untitled TriStar project. Shooting is scheduled to begin in November; Allen will write, direct and star in the movie.
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August 2, 1990 |
African Americans should not rely on Hollywood film studios to advance the image and economic status of blacks, TV producer Keenan Ivory Wayans told a gathering of journalists in the opening session Wednesday of the 15th annual convention of the National Assn. of Black Journalists at the Century Plaza Hotel. "We need to build our economic base through black corporate America," said Wayans, producer and star of the irreverent Fox TV program "In Living Color."
February 28, 1990 |
Sony Corp.'s Columbia Pictures Entertainment unit has named Mike Medavoy chairman of its Tri-Star Pictures division and also appointed him to the Columbia board. David Matalon, a Columbia executive vice president, previously headed Tri-Star but didn't have the chairman's title. Matalon is expected to remain at Columbia with duties in all areas of the company, according to Alan J. Levine, president of Columbia's film group.
March 23, 2007 |
Marlon Brando's heirs are suing a Canadian furniture company after making the company an offer it refused. The late actor's family has been trying for months to get Palliser Furniture Ltd. to stop marketing a line of plush home theater chairs dubbed the Brando without a licensing agreement. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages but claims sales of the chair "exceed several million dollars on a worldwide basis."
January 13, 2011 |
Producer Ryan Kavanaugh has lost his final appeal for producing credit on "The Fighter," denying one of Hollywood's biggest financiers a shot at his first Oscar. Kavanaugh, chief executive of movie production company Relativity Media, presented his case to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday and was turned down, according to people familiar with the situation. The denial came despite letters of support from director David O. Russell and other producers involved in the film.