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?
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.
March 22, 1992 |
If it's kind of a remake and kind of a sequel, maybe that makes it a requel. . . . Anyway, if you can't get enough of those terrifying giant pods in the 1956 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and the 1978 remake, don't worry. Version No. 3, titled just "Body Snatchers," is currently filming in Selma, Ala. According to co-screenwriter Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator"), it's more of a remake than a sequel.
June 30, 1993 |
"Where you from?" "France. From France." --From the coming movie "Coneheads." "Are they from another planet?" "If not, we should nuke France right away." --From "Coneheads." "Marty," "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and "Days of Wine and Roses" were excellent television dramas of the 1950s that were later turned into theatrical movies. But they were the exception in making the jump from small screen to large. For years, snooty movie people looked down their noses at television.