December 11, 2001 |
Bob Shaye didn't know it at the time, but when he met with director Peter Jackson to discuss making "Lord of the Rings," the New Line Cinema founder was the filmmaker's last hope. For several years, the quirky New Zealand writer-director had been working on the project of a lifetime, trying to find a way to turn the wondrously mythic saga of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" into a two-part series of films.
January 30, 2001 |
Oh, the irony: When I drove up to Michael De Luca's house high in the Hollywood Hills the other day, a motorcycle cop was in his driveway, directing traffic past a scrum of equipment trucks and a honey wagon--someone was making a movie next door. After spending his entire 16-year movie-business career at New Line Cinema, it's De Luca who's now just a spectator.
May 31, 2000 |
Nearly everyone works long hours in the movie business, but the lights really burn late at night at New Line Cinema, which has quietly become Hollywood's in-house film school. It's almost impossible to walk through the studio's Robertson Boulevard offices without bumping into someone who has sold a movie while moonlighting from his or her day job.
April 7, 2000 |
New Line Cinema's recent boxing drama "Price of Glory" suffered a TKO the minute it stepped into the ring last Friday. In its first weekend, the $12-million picture took in only $1.5 million at the box office, finishing out of the Top 10. With such a weak opening, it is unlikely the movie will survive in wide release much longer. Its apparent failure is disappointing because the film initially showed promise.
March 16, 2000 |
High school students are blown out of a burning airplane. A young man's head rolls--and not as the result of corporate downsizing. A woman displays an alarming lack of care with her kitchen cutlery. "Final Destination," opening Friday, delivers a frightening variety of mechanical and visual effects--many quite realistic and unsettling--without the movie costing an arm and a leg.
June 18, 1999 |
Mike Myers won't make a George Lucas-sized killing on his hot summer movie, but he stands to shag $20 million or more from his "Austin Powers" blockbuster sequel. And because the movie is such a phenomenal hit after just one week in release, Myers will almost assuredly make that kind of money as an upfront fee on the franchise's next installment. That would put him in the company of Hollywood's highest-paid stars, among them Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Will Smith.
April 23, 1999 |
New Line Cinema has come a long way, baby, since its founding 32 years ago by Greenwich Village renegade Robert Shaye and its first release, the reissue of the 1936 film "Reefer Madness," became a cult classic on college campuses. Unlike many independent movie companies that blew themselves up in the 1980s by overextending and overspending, New Line has survived by holding down costs, minimizing risk and making movies that don't depend on big stars and big budgets.
February 23, 1999 |
When the Motion Picture Assn. of America announced last year that Latinos had surpassed African Americans as the second largest group of movie ticket-buyers in the U.S., it gave Latino filmmakers added leverage in their ongoing efforts to have Hollywood make more films aimed at the burgeoning audience. And now there is an initial indication that the strategy is paying off.
October 30, 1998 |
For sure, New Line Cinema doesn't shy away from controversial, hard-to-market movies, as again evidenced by its latest release, "American History X." Just as the maverick company's 1997 release "Boogie Nights" dealt with a taboo subject--pornography--"American History X" delves into another commercially risky area, in-your-face racism and hate crimes.
September 22, 1998 |
Maybe New Line Cinema got it wrong--maybe "Rush Hour" should have been called "Money Talks." The junior film division of Time Warner played in the big leagues over the weekend, hitting a Sammy Sosa-like line drive over the back wall with the Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan action comedy, which exceeded weekend estimates to gross a staggering $33 million.