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August 2, 1987 | Leonard Klady
For the people who have profit shares in Disney's "Ruthless People," they may avoid the poor house yet! As Outtakes reported last week, the $17-million film is just 11 mil away from breaking even, despite amassing a worldwide gross of $90 mil. We've learned those figures (as per March 31) reflect bucks earned in such countries as England, France, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Brazil as well as the United States.
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December 11, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
As an actor, Danny DeVito compels your attention in lots of weird ways. He ignited TV shows like "Taxi" and movies like "Ruthless People" and "Tin Men" with his eye-rolling Jersey bombast and his oddball physical mix. His diminutive stature, wild hair and bulging eyes sometimes make him look like a human grenade who's just had his pin pulled. As a movie director, he has a similar explosiveness.
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November 3, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Rhea Perlman, actress ("Cheers") and wife of actor Danny DeVito ("Ruthless People" and the upcoming "Throw Mama from the Train"), has given birth to a seven-pound, 11-ounce boy, said a spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The son, named Jake Daniel Sebastian DeVito, is the couple's first boy and third child. . . . Pop singer Kenny Loggins and his wife Eva also had a recent addition, a baby girl named Isabella--a name Loggins used in a song recorded for a coming LP.
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November 3, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Rhea Perlman, actress ("Cheers") and wife of actor Danny DeVito ("Ruthless People" and the upcoming "Throw Mama from the Train"), has given birth to a seven-pound, 11-ounce boy, said a spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The son, named Jake Daniel Sebastian DeVito, is the couple's first boy and third child. . . . Pop singer Kenny Loggins and his wife Eva also had a recent addition, a baby girl named Isabella--a name Loggins used in a song recorded for a coming LP.
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August 11, 1985 | Pat H. Broeske
While Walt Disney Productions prepares to film "Ruthless People," with Madonna as a kidnaped Beverly Hills housewife whose hubby isn't eager to get her back, a project based on a 1977 Elmore Leonard novel with a near-carbon-copy plot has quietly been abandoned by 20th Century Fox. "Mickey," based on the novel "The Switch," is in turnaround (which means its up for grabs by other studios)--to the relief of Dale Launer, who scripted "Ruthless People."
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May 11, 1986
You've got to be kidding. In Jack Mathews' listing of the movies that should dominate the box office this summer (Film Clips, May 2), which distributors and exhibitors did he talk to . . . the ones in the clothing industry? Sure, "Cobra" seems like a sure thing, but "Poltergiest II," "Aliens" and "Raw Deal" next in order? Let's get serious. If you want to know which movies will be the real winners this summer, then you should have consulted a real insider of the business.
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September 14, 1986
As Jack Mathews pointed out ("Checkbook Count on Summer Films," Sept. 3), success is often measured against expectations and clearly is in the eye of the beholder (witness "Cobra" being considered a disappointment for doing only $50 million in receipts). Another definition that is clearly in the eyes of the beholder is the term "adult-themed film." Although "Legal Eagles," "About Last Night . . ." and "Heartburn" clearly have adult themes and "Ruthless People" might have an adult theme, I found it astonishing that anyone who has seen "Running Scared" would consider it an adult-themed film.
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July 26, 1987 | Leonard Klady
Your heart's gotta go out to the producers of "Ruthless People," the Bette Midler-Danny DeVito comedy that has grossed $90 million worldwide (and has been a big hit in the videocassette sales and rental bizzes). The old industry rule of thumb is that a picture's gotta do 2 1/2 times its negative cost (not figuring ad costs) before going into profit. That's what Erwin Okun, Disney's v.p. of corporate affairs, confirmed for us.
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December 11, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON
As an actor, Danny DeVito compels your attention in lots of weird ways. He ignited TV shows like "Taxi" and movies like "Ruthless People" and "Tin Men" with his eye-rolling Jersey bombast and his oddball physical mix. His diminutive stature, wild hair and bulging eyes sometimes make him look like a human grenade who's just had his pin pulled. As a movie director, he has a similar explosiveness.
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August 30, 1992 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, Patrick Goldstein is a frequent contributor to Calendar.
Every man has his price. What's yours? --Jimmy Hoffa If Danny DeVito were a rubber band, he'd be ready to snap. For two days, the director has been trying to shoot a complicated sequence in "Hoffa," which stars Jack Nicholson as Jimmy Hoffa, dark prince of the American labor movement. Nothing is going right. The sound is garbled. Extras knock over chairs. A flock of pigeons flies across the sound stage's cavernous rafters, making a racket.
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August 2, 1987 | Leonard Klady
For the people who have profit shares in Disney's "Ruthless People," they may avoid the poor house yet! As Outtakes reported last week, the $17-million film is just 11 mil away from breaking even, despite amassing a worldwide gross of $90 mil. We've learned those figures (as per March 31) reflect bucks earned in such countries as England, France, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Brazil as well as the United States.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 1987 | Leonard Klady
Your heart's gotta go out to the producers of "Ruthless People," the Bette Midler-Danny DeVito comedy that has grossed $90 million worldwide (and has been a big hit in the videocassette sales and rental bizzes). The old industry rule of thumb is that a picture's gotta do 2 1/2 times its negative cost (not figuring ad costs) before going into profit. That's what Erwin Okun, Disney's v.p. of corporate affairs, confirmed for us.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1986
As Jack Mathews pointed out ("Checkbook Count on Summer Films," Sept. 3), success is often measured against expectations and clearly is in the eye of the beholder (witness "Cobra" being considered a disappointment for doing only $50 million in receipts). Another definition that is clearly in the eyes of the beholder is the term "adult-themed film." Although "Legal Eagles," "About Last Night . . ." and "Heartburn" clearly have adult themes and "Ruthless People" might have an adult theme, I found it astonishing that anyone who has seen "Running Scared" would consider it an adult-themed film.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1986
You've got to be kidding. In Jack Mathews' listing of the movies that should dominate the box office this summer (Film Clips, May 2), which distributors and exhibitors did he talk to . . . the ones in the clothing industry? Sure, "Cobra" seems like a sure thing, but "Poltergiest II," "Aliens" and "Raw Deal" next in order? Let's get serious. If you want to know which movies will be the real winners this summer, then you should have consulted a real insider of the business.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 1985 | Pat H. Broeske
While Walt Disney Productions prepares to film "Ruthless People," with Madonna as a kidnaped Beverly Hills housewife whose hubby isn't eager to get her back, a project based on a 1977 Elmore Leonard novel with a near-carbon-copy plot has quietly been abandoned by 20th Century Fox. "Mickey," based on the novel "The Switch," is in turnaround (which means its up for grabs by other studios)--to the relief of Dale Launer, who scripted "Ruthless People."
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December 28, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS
1--"The Sacrifice" (Sweden, Andrei Tarkovsky). 2--"The Legend of Surami Fortress" (U.S.S.R., Sergei Paradjanov and David Abashidze). 3--"Kaos" (Italy, the Taviani brothers). 4--"Summer" (France, Eric Rohmer). 5--"Hannah and Her Sisters" 6--"Blue Velvet" 7--"Tracks in the Snow" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 8--"Taste of Water" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 9--"Ruthless People" (U.S., Jim Abrahams, David & Jerry Zucker). 10--"Heartbreak Ridge" (U.S., Clint Eastwood).
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