June 28, 2007 |
The money keeps flowing into Hollywood. Independent film executives Mark Gill and Neil Sacker said Wednesday that they raised $200 million to form the Film Department, a production company for modestly budgeted movies. "There's a perfect storm of favorable conditions for our new business," said Gill, former president of Warner Independent Pictures and Miramax Film.
September 20, 2006 |
Walt Disney Co. has sold 125,000 digital copies of its movies in less than a week via Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes store, generating $1 million, Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger said. Disney expects revenue of $50 million in the first year from its iTunes partnership, Iger said at an investment conference in New York sponsored by Goldman Sachs.
March 20, 2005 |
Having first bounded onto the international filmmaking scene with the twisted money-mystery "Shallow Grave" and the drug-soaked excitement of the epoch-defining "Trainspotting," British director Danny Boyle has subsequently continued to leap from genre to genre, style to style. As a follow-up to his terrifyingly scabby, digital-video horror film "28 Days Later," a surprise hit, he has reemerged with the sweetly endearing, kid-friendly "Millions."
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January 11, 2004 |
A decade after a new movie theater was proposed as the centerpiece of a downtown Oxnard revival, a 14-screen complex is finally moving forward as demolition began last week on an old bank building on the theater site. "I've been to three different [theater] ribbon cuttings," said Gloria Stuart, owner of BG's Coffee Shop, across A Street from the planned theater. "But I think it's really going to happen this time."
September 16, 1998 |
In one of Hollywood's biggest book auctions ever, Universal Pictures has agreed to pay as much as $9 million for the rights to two of Dr. Seuss' classics: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and "Oh, the Places You'll Go." The company negotiated the deal with the widow of Theodor Geisel--otherwise known as Dr. Seuss--on behalf of Imagine Films, Universal's biggest product supplier, which plans to produce full-length, live-action movie versions of each of the books.
May 26, 1998 |
"Godzilla," with a $44.5 million Friday-Sunday gross, jumped into the record books as the eighth-highest three-day weekend debut of all time. All told, "Godzilla" raked in an estimated $55.5 million for the four-day Memorial Day weekend, and $74 million in its first six days, including Tuesday night previews. The monster film established a pattern closer to the $180-million grosser "Mission: Impossible" than $230-million "The Lost World."