March 27, 2001 |
Shares of some companies whose studios won Oscars traded higher Monday, although analysts downplayed the impact of the awards. The biggest winner, the epic "Gladiator," which won Oscars for best picture and best actor for star Russell Crowe, was produced by DreamWorks SKG and Universal Pictures, a unit of Vivendi Universal (V). Universal also released "Erin Brockovich," for which Julia Roberts won best actress. The French utility and media group's American depositary receipts gained $1.
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.
December 25, 2000
Watch this week to see if Tina Turner's farewell concert tour will be simply the best of 2000. As the year draws to a close, the music industry is turning its eye to the bottom-line winners and losers, and one of the key yardsticks is the annual Pollstar magazine ranking of top-grossing concert tours.
August 1, 1993 |
"Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair" promises to be controversial. It's the first TV movie (but not the last) to deal with the alleged clandestine relationship between the country's No. 1 sex symbol and the nation's attorney general. Keyed to premiere Wednesday on the 31st anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death, the $3.2-million movie is the most ambitious the USA network has released. It's not intended as a docudrama or, heaven forbid, the truth. Just the possibility of the truth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1986 |
When a Japanese producer of television commercials wanted to show that Kirin Beer is popular among Americans from San Francisco to the Mississippi River, he simply came to San Diego--and photographed the steep incline of B Street at 20th, and then filmed the paddle boat Showboat with Point Loma in the background.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2012 |
Nothing says easy, breezy Southern California like a palm tree - but in Fillmore, the Southern California icon has been unfronded. Eager for an infusion of Hollywood cash, the Ventura County agricultural town has taken down 26 queen palms, a tree that has lined downtown streets since 1940. Officials wanted to give film and TV producers a generic, small-town setting that could stand in for Iowa, Indiana or anywhere else in palm-free America. So one July night, a landscaper revved up his chain saws in the heart of the city's quaint downtown and, soon after, the Fillmore Film Commission - its slogan is "Film More in Fillmore" - announced the move in an email blast to location scouts.