August 13, 2012 |
As it celebrates its 100th birthday, Paramount Pictures is enjoying a lazy summer. The Hollywood studio famous for its giant gates on Melrose Avenue and such pictures as "Sunset Boulevard,""The Godfather"and"Transformers"is in the midst of a three-month-plus period during which it has no new releases, the longest such lull for any major studio in the last decade. And with no self-produced tentpoles this year, it's virtually certain to end up No. 7 in the box-office rankings, an embarrassing outcome for a studio regularly grouped among Hollywood's "big six. " The precipitous drop from No. 1 in 2011 has been caused in part by the delay of three planned 2012 releases to next year.
August 26, 1993 |
"Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen's beloved 19th-Century novel about relationships in middle-class English society, is about to get competing sequels--180 years after the original story was published. "Presumption," due out in October, was written by Santa Monica-based art writer Julia Braun Kessler and British novelist Gabrielle Donnelly, who also is living in Southern California. The pair wrote under one pen name, Julia Barrett, "since it's more British-sounding," Kessler said.
April 19, 1996 |
The always tenuous business of arranging financing for films is getting tougher for producer Michael Meltzer, veteran of "The Hidden," "The Hidden II" and "Dead Heat." He can no longer count on the direct-to-video market, the traditional safety net of film financing. "The video stream is a way to get movies made and that stream is dwindling," said Meltzer, who recently completed "Sometimes They Come Back . . .
December 12, 1998
The Times reports how disappointing "Psycho's" opening weekend was ("Reaction Tepid to 'Psycho,' " by Richard Natale, Dec. 7). A mere $10.5 million. But when "John Carpenter's Vampires" brought in about the same amount, and was No. 1 of that particular box-office weekend, it was called a hit. I'm getting sick of everybody making a big deal about this movie. Where was everybody when they were cranking out those bad "Psycho" sequels? Nobody was crying sacrilege then. Or what about that TV movie?
April 28, 2001
Re "A Strike? The Script Is Out of Their Hands" (by Rachel Abramowitz, April 20): Topper Lilien hit the nail on the head with his comment, "Maybe it's time to read a book." The movie industry is pathetic. It exists simply because of the insatiable desire of Americans to be entertained, often badly. In a world in which new technologies are emerging, Hollywood continues to bring us unoriginality, retread plots, boring sequels and totally predictable premises. Hopefully, there will be a strike or, in true Hollywood fashion, a sequel to the 1988 work stoppage.
August 26, 1991 |
With the hype-driven success of "Scarlett," can "Huck Finn's Excellent Adventure" be far behind? Just think: If Rhett can come back, maybe Shane can too. To prepare for the day that Huck and Jim open a dude ranch in Wyoming, we present this unexpurgated look at likely sequels to some of the great works of literature.
April 17, 1999 |
When we last saw passionate lovers Owen and Anna at the conclusion of "Reckless," "Masterpiece Theatre's" surprisingly contemporary romance in three chapters, the couple had thrown caution to the wind and run off together, much to the chagrin of Anna's jealous, but terribly unfaithful, husband Richard. "Reckless, the Sequel," which premieres on PBS Sunday night, picks up the thread of that passion, which fortunately burns as hot as ever.
August 12, 2007 |
The lesson of "High School Musical 2" is a poignant but familiar one to readers of Romantic poetry -- how quickly the bud of youthful innocence is gone! One minute you're wide-eyed and helplessly bursting out in song; the next you're eyeing your BlackBerry and ready to throttle your agent for low-bidding your next gig. Not that the gang from East High School has entered the big time. The setup of the sequel merely has the kids working at the ritzy local country club.
August 24, 2004 |
Peter Pan was the boy who would never grow old, but even the magical powers of Neverland can't stop time from running out on his copyright. So a British children's hospital that owns the rights to the story of Peter, Tinkerbell and the evil Captain Hook is searching for an author to write a sequel, to keep the money flowing when the copyright to the evergreen classic runs out. In 1929, author J.M. Barrie donated the copyright to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital.