October 18, 1999 |
For consumers seeking video treats this Halloween, the release of the sleeper hit "The Blair Witch Project" a mere 60 days after the height of its theatrical run is perhaps more shocking than whatever it was those three ill-fated student filmmakers found in the woods. The average time it takes for a film to go from theater to video is about six months.
April 3, 1992 |
A completion bond company that assumed control of "Malcolm X" after director Spike Lee's film climbed $5 million over budget is refusing to pay to finish the film and has complained that Lee's production office may have deliberately withheld notification that the film's editors were being laid off as of last Friday. In a sternly worded letter to Lee's New York lawyer dated March 26, an attorney for Completion Bond Co.
May 6, 1990 |
Giancarlo Parretti, the fast-rising Hollywood movie mogul who has admitted that he rarely watches films himself, underscored the point at the Cannes Film Festival a couple of years ago. Encountering actor-director Clint Eastwood and his agent at a party, Parretti said: "Mr. Eastwood, I've always admired your work." The problem was that he was speaking to the agent. Those types of blunders have helped shape Parretti's reputation as a consummate outsider.
December 2, 1996 |
The conniving Cruella outmaneuvered the brutal Borg to catapult "101 Dalmatians" to the top--and potentially record-breaking--spot at the box office over the holiday weekend. The spotted pups brought in a projected all-time Thanksgiving weekend high of $46 million, edging out the most successful installment of the "Star Trek" series.
March 3, 1999 |
There's a new player in feature films these days, a production company that is attracting big-name actors and directors, tackling difficult material and, with the three Oscar nominations nailed by "Gods and Monsters" earlier this month, even winning academy recognition. The new force in the movie business? An old stalwart in the television business: Showtime.
June 19, 1991 |
The name Credit Lyonnais frequently showed up in the 1980s as credits rolled at the end of films. Once, a lending officer of the French government-owned bank was thanked by a producer accepting the Academy Award for best picture. Bank officers could approve film scripts and casting decisions on pictures, a rare right for a lender.
October 5, 1999
The report is based on projections of total U.S. box-office gross from a consensus of industry sources and studio financial models. The U.S. returns represent only 20% of a film's final revenue, which includes income from video, TV and overseas theatrical. The industry marketing average of $30 million per film is factored into these profit equations, as is the relative strength of specific film genres in foreign markets. Results for the weekend of Oct.
March 5, 1999 |
When Bruce Berman was head of production at Warner Bros., little did he know that some of the very projects he bought back then--including today's release "Analyze This"--would become movies he would help get financed in his new job. The economic environment of Hollywood has shifted since Berman was booted out after six years as Warner's movie chief in March 1996 and 18 months later was named chairman of Village Roadshow Pictures.
May 16, 1994 |
With a story-line involving supernatural powers and undying romance, a rock 'n' roll score and a cast headed by Brandon Lee, who was accidentally killed while making the film, "The Crow" emerged on Sunday as the clear leader at the nation's box offices. The movie's distributor, Miramax Films, and its subsidiary, Dimension Films, estimated that "The Crow" would do about $11.7 million at the box office in its first Friday-to-Sunday period.
October 4, 1994 |
Cash-strapped Carolco Pictures is trying to sell its interest in the big-budget film "Showgirls" to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer so it can fund another big-budget film, "Cutthroat Island," documents filed Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission show. The documents reveal that Carolco's cash situation is precarious and that several steps to ease its liquidity crunch must occur if the company is to have sufficient money for "Cutthroat Island."