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.
September 7, 1998 |
Looking to expand the market for fledgling DVD technology, New Line Home Video plans to release in October a digital versatile disc that for the first time takes advantage of the format's PC capabilities. New Line hopes to start a new category for DVD with "Lost in Space," which is designed to appeal to those who own a PC with a DVD-ROM drive. The movie, which works both on a DVD-ROM and on a DVD player, will be available Oct. 6 for $24.98.
August 24, 1998 |
New Line Cinema has committed upward of $130 million to make the most ambitious and costly film project in its history, a trilogy of films based on "The Lord of the Rings," J.R.R. Tolkien's classic series of fantasy novels. The three films will be shot simultaneously over the course of a year by Peter Jackson, a New Zealand film director best known for "Heavenly Creatures," the 1994 Kate Winslet-starring thriller, and "The Frighteners," a 1996 special-effects comedy with Michael J. Fox.
July 7, 1998 |
What's wrong with "Gone With the Wind"? That's what disgruntled filmgoers want to know after encountering disturbing image and sound problems in the newest reissue of the beloved 1939 Technicolor classic. There have been reports of problems locally, including several letters received by The Times, at the Mann Glendale Exchange Theater, AMC Century City, the United Artists Warner Center, the AMC Santa Monica and Pacific Winnetka All Stadium 20.
January 29, 1998 |
Is New Line Cinema attempting to capitalize on the troubles at the White House to promote its political satire "Wag the Dog"? As the crisis has intensified over allegations that President Clinton had an affair with a former intern, an advertisement for the film seems to draw comparisons to the real-life drama unfolding in Washington.
January 13, 1998
Fine Line, the specialty film unit of New Line Cinema, said Mark Ordesky will replace Ruth Vitale as president, with Brian D. Caldwell and Marian Koltai-Levine named co-senior vice presidents of marketing. Marketing Executive Vice President Liz Manne is leaving the company. Fine Line released such acclaimed films as "Shine" and the current releases "Deconstructing Harry" and "The Sweet Hereafter."
December 17, 1997 |
"We put the movies at your fingertips," reads a current newspaper ad for Moviefone. But if the movie your fingers wanted to find on Friday morning was Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry," just released by Fine Line Features, you were out of luck. It was the latest example of what studio marketers and exhibitors contend has been a pattern by Moviefone of excluding in its listing those films from companies that don't pay Moviefone thousands of dollars in advertising money.