September 5, 1998 |
Producer Christine Vachon is contemplating the fallout from Todd Solondz's new movie, "Happiness." Some people aren't happy about it. Not only was it dumped by its original distributor, October Films, at the behest of parent Universal Pictures, but at least one Hollywood talent agency refused to pass the script about child molestation to its below-the-line clients--as if working as a costume designer on a film as depraved as that would ruin a career.
May 2, 1999 |
Big-budget, broad-appeal summer movies attract the bulk of the media attention and earn the highest opening-week box-office figures, but the season has actually opened up for alternative fare in recent years. This has happened for a number of reasons, among them the fact that there are still people hungry for films that offer more than effects and explosions, and more theaters are willing to book those pictures.
June 28, 1999 |
The plot of the new "South Park" movie seems torn from today's headlines: Young kids sneak into an R-rated movie and become so entranced by the four-letter words they hear on screen that they can't stop using them. Their parents and eventually the government are so outraged that they take drastic action--everything from implanting a V-chip in a child to declaring war.
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January 10, 1995
A judge Monday denied a request to halt Oscar nominations until a dispute is resolved over eligibility of "The Last Seduction," a movie that first aired on the Home Box Office network. Lawyers for October Films sued the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, challenging its rule that films shown on TV before being released theatrically are ineligible for Oscars.
April 11, 2007 |
Longtime film executive Bingham Ray is joining the film production company of clothing magnate Sidney Kimmel. Ray formerly headed October Films and United Artists. He will head a new distribution arm of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
December 10, 1997
Twenty-year Universal Pictures veteran Nadia Bronson has been named president of international marketing for Universal. The position is newly created; as senior vice president of international marketing since 1994, Bronson has already been Universal's highest-ranking international marketing executive. Bronson now assumes responsibility for the marketing of co-production acquisitions, and for October Films, the independent production company acquired by Universal earlier this year.
April 8, 1999 |
USA Networks Inc., the media company headed by Barry Diller, agreed to buy some of Seagram Co.'s U.S. film assets in a deal valued by sources at $150 million. Diller has also pursued the purchase of cable channels that could make use of a film library, although sources said USA's recent $800-million offer for Bravo was rejected by Bravo's parent, Cablevision Systems Corp.
February 12, 1997
How the nomines for best picture have fared at the box office. "JERRY MAGUIRE" (TriStar) Domestic Release: 12/13/96 Domestic Gross, in millions: $121.3 Foreign Gross, in millions: 1.9 * "THE ENGLISH PATIENT" (Miramax) Domestic Release: 11/15/96 Domestic Gross, in millions: 42.0 Foreign Gross, in millions: 0 * "FARGO" (Gramercy) Domestic Release: 3/8/96 Domestic Gross, in millions: 24.1 Foreign Gross, in millions: 17.
April 13, 2000 |
Amir Malin has been promoted to co-chief executive of Artisan Entertainment, the distribution and marketing company behind last year's surprise hit "The Blair Witch Project." Malin, who has served as co-president with Bill Block since 1997, will now share the CEO post with Mark A. Curcio. Block, who oversees production and is headquartered in Santa Monica, remains president. Malin, responsible for the company's acquisitions and its distribution operation, will continue to be based in New York.