September 28, 1999 |
Universal Pictures is starting a division to handle specialty films, an increasingly lucrative business for studios that have found they can make sizable profits from independent movies, the Seagram Co. unit said Monday. The company named former Gramercy Pictures executive Claudia Gray and Paul Hardart, a strategic-planning executive with Universal, to run the unit. Gray was named executive vice president, Hardart senior vice president.
May 12, 1997 |
The acquisition of October Films by Universal Pictures is a savvy business step, continuing a trend that finds the most active independent distributors being absorbed by larger, wealthier studios ("Universal Says It Will Acquire October Films," Company Town, May 1). A few days earlier, MGM acquired John Kluge's Metromedia motion picture properties--Orion, Goldwyn and MCEG, a balanced library combining high-quality, specialized and lower-cost movies.
October 23, 1998 |
Warning: Although an end-title disclaimer to Trey Parker's blissfully outrageous "Orgazmo" assures us that "no actual Mormons were used or abused in the making of this film," some members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints may be offended unless they approach the picture in the spirit of zany nonsense in which it was made. What's more, when a young Mormon (Parker) comes to the critical moment of truth in his life, he regains a sense of traditional values that turns him into a hero.
October 16, 1992 |
There may be times when viewers feel like dousing the verbose Tim McCarver with ice water, but Deion Sanders actually did it--three times. The drenchings occurred in the Atlanta locker room after the Braves' pennant-clinching victory Wednesday night. The ice water left McCarver boiling, and he and his CBS superiors have asked National League President Bill White to do something about it.
December 20, 1996 |
Striking, silver-haired actor Peter White has joined Ben Kingsley and Gabriel Bryne in Larry Gelbart's HBO satire "Weapons of Mass Destruction." White's latest film is the highly anticipated Albert Brooks opus "Mother," with Debbie Reynolds. White plays Debbie's conservative but sexually imaginative beau. (The buzz on Debbie's performance is building.
January 9, 2004 |
Bingham Ray, president of the United Artists specialty films unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., is leaving the company effective immediately, MGM announced late Thursday. MGM said the decision was mutual and was made last year, but the company and Ray waited to disclose it. The New York-based Ray could not be reached for comment. The company said Ray would not be replaced. The unit will be run by Dan Rosette, executive vice president of United Artists, and Sarah Rose, senior vice president.
September 1, 1995
Peter F. Nolan has been promoted to the new position of senior vice president and general counsel for Disney Consumer Products. In addition, he continues as vice president and assistant general counsel of Walt Disney Co. Walt Disney Co. has also named Valerie A. Cohen, Edward J. Nowak and David K. Thompson to corporate senior vice presidency posts in its legal department. Each also holds the title of assistant general counsel.
February 25, 1997 |
The "Special Edition" of "Star Wars" was finally knocked off the top of the box-office chart by the "Special Edition" of its 1980 sequel. "The Empire Strikes Back" took in $22 million in its first weekend in re-release--the biggest February opener of all time. "Star Wars" placed second with $11 million. Its 24-day gross is $116 million. John Singleton's latest film, "Rosewood," came in eighth place in its opening weekend with a gross of $3.2 million.
February 24, 1998
Domestic market share and number of films in release for U.S. distributors Jan. 5-Feb. 22: Distributor: Paramount Films: 7 Market share: 29.8% * Distributor: Sony Films: 16 Market share: 14.8% * Distributor: Miramax Films: 9 Market share: 13.1% * Distributor: New Line Films: 8 Market share: 9.5% * Distributor: Warner Bros. Films: 9 Market share: 7.6% * Distributor: Universal Films: 5 market share: 4.9% * Distributor: 20th Century Fox Films: 5 Market share: 4.
September 21, 1992 |
Given the legendary trailblazing by composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, the temptation to set forth their careers in terms of historical detail must be strong. Director Elliot Caplan resisted that lure, however, in "Cage/Cunningham," opening tonight for a four-night run at the Nuart Theatre. Instead, he has made a lyrical bio-rhapsody that neatly captures the restless wonder of their lives and works in almost hagiographical fashion.