June 17, 1999 |
Marvin Goldfarb, motion picture distributor and buyer adept at choosing box office successes from unfinished films, has died at the age of 84. Goldfarb, an entertainment executive for six decades, died Friday in Los Angeles. In early 1978, he saw a six-minute clip of an unfinished science fiction movie and decided to take a chance. He bid $35,000 for the opportunity to show it. The film was "Star Wars," and it grossed $2 million during a 53-week run at two of his Denver theaters.
July 27, 2012 |
Paul Thomas Anderson's film"The Master" -- highly anticipated in part because its story seems to have much in common with Scientology -- will debut a month earlier than originally scheduled. Weinstein Co. announced Friday that it will open the Philip Seymour Hoffman-starrer on Sept. 14 in New York and Los Angeles, with an expansion to other cities planned for the following weekend. As part of its plans, the company is shifting its Brad Pitt-starrer "Killing Them Softly," which they acquired before this year's Cannes Film Festival, from Sept.
July 28, 1996 |
At the dawn of the '90s, video distributor Tim Crawford stumbled upon some obscure but compelling documentaries about UFOs. Crawford knew--just knew--it was an encounter that would change his life. "I saw this material and I thought, 'Wow, every video store in America should have this,' " says the 36-year-old self-styled "UFOlogist." So it was that, well before Hollywood's latest space-invader obsession, Crawford divined that "this was a genre about to explode" and set about exploiting it.
July 12, 2003 |
Harry Potter and Bugs Bunny don't have to worry -- yet -- but Warner Bros. is gearing up for a big multimedia push, one that just happens to involve animated pint-sized Mexican wrestlers. Warner Bros. Animation has tapped its first-season Kids' WB! series "Mucha Lucha!" -- about the comic adventures of masked wrestlers Rikochet, Buena Girl and the Flea -- as its potential next big brand.
May 11, 1991 |
Tired of hate? Feel like a five-Kleenex movie? "Mrs. Lambert Remembers Love," with captivating performances by Ellen Burstyn and Walter Matthau, won't leave a tear-duct dry Sunday (at 9 p.m. on Channels 2 and 8). This is the kind of plot that theatrical movies won't touch. The material is even rare for a network prime-time movie. It's a character drama, and the characters are old people, plus a little kid--not exactly a high concept.