July 29, 2005
Bowing to pressure from angry military veterans, New Line Cinema said it would delete one feature of its "Wedding Crashers" website that allowed users to print out a fake medal, the New York Daily News reported. In one scene in the comedy hit, Owen Wilson's and Vince Vaughn's characters pretend to be Purple Heart recipients as a way of wooing bridesmaids. Veterans were especially incensed by the weddingcrashersmovie.
May 14, 2005 |
Time Warner Inc.'s New Line Cinema and HBO Films unveiled the name -- Picturehouse -- of a company they formed in March to make and market low-budget films for art house and independent cinema. Picturehouse will be based in New York and expects to release eight to 10 films a year in a variety of genres, President Bob Berney said.
March 24, 2005 |
The film distributor who helped turn Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" from a risky bet into a box-office smash was hired Wednesday by two Time Warner Inc. units looking to form a specialty films group. HBO Films and New Line Cinema will buy for an undisclosed price Newmarket Films, the distribution arm of producer Newmarket Entertainment Group, and hire its well-regarded president, Bob Berney.
March 3, 2005 |
Time Warner Inc.'s New Line Cinema was sued by director Peter Jackson's production company over claims that New Line failed to properly distribute profit from the first movie in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Jackson's Wingnut Films Ltd.
January 10, 2005 |
New Line Cinema Corp.'s bet on its screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy hit big, amassing close to $3 billion at the box office worldwide. The final installment won a slew of Oscars, including best picture and best director. Now the studio is ready to roll the dice on another trilogy, the far less well-known "His Dark Materials," by British author Philip Pullman.
October 27, 2004 |
New Line Cinema doesn't mind taking risks, and the studio has prospered through its wagers on everything from "The Lord of the Rings" to "About Schmidt." But rarely does New Line take the kind of flier its new film "Birth" represents. The reincarnation drama, about a woman, played by Nicole Kidman, who comes to believe that her late husband has been reincarnated as a 10-year-old boy, was hardly expensive, but its artistic ambitions were unusually difficult to fulfill.
September 2, 2003 |
It must've been ages ago -- OK, maybe it was 1999 -- when I was at New Line, watching a pair of perky young screenwriters pitch then-New Line production chief Michael De Luca on their idea for a smack-talking showdown between horror moviedom's two titans of evil, Freddy Krueger from "Nightmare on Elm Street" and Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th."
February 26, 2003 |
Mark Ordesky was promoted to the new post of executive vice president and chief operating officer of New Line Productions, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the film company's production staff. The promotion is a reward for Ordesky's championing of the lucrative "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, which has grossed $1.7 billion worldwide. The final installment is set to be released this year. Ordesky was the executive producer for all three films.
December 9, 2002 |
Alexander Payne is a final-cut director, which means that when he showed New Line Cinema his new Jack Nicholson film, "About Schmidt," it was essentially the movie he wanted released. But rather than defer to the Oscar-nominated "Election" filmmaker, New Line invoked a rarely exercised contract clause that allowed the studio to enter the editing room, re-cut the film and test its own version on an audience.
April 9, 2002 |
After weeks of bitter squabbling and name-calling, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are on the verge of an accord that would allow New Line to resume the use of the title "Austin Powers in Goldmember" on this summer's third installment of the popular James Bond parody. The negotiations were continuing Monday, and sources from both studios say an agreement could be reached in the next day or two. The terms being discussed have not been released.