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February 19, 2002 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Nick Des Barres is a 23-year-old aspiring actor and ex-video game magazine designer who can normally be found at any hour--the later, the better--playing Rez, Final Fantasy 10 and Metal Gear Solid 2. Now he has something to add to his resume: He's designed the movie poster for "Resident Evil," an action horror film that's being released by Screen Gems next month. Under normal circumstances, an untutored fan like Des Barres wouldn't have a prayer of even getting in the door. Known in the business as one-sheets, posters are the product of a sophisticated, tightly controlled marketing process by which print advertising firms submit dozens of poster concepts to studios, which decide on a final image only after running contenders past a gantlet of market research focus groups.
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February 19, 2002 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Nick Des Barres is a 23-year-old aspiring actor and ex-video game magazine designer who can normally be found at any hour--the later, the better--playing Rez, Final Fantasy 10 and Metal Gear Solid 2. Now he has something to add to his resume: He's designed the movie poster for "Resident Evil," an action horror film that's being released by Screen Gems next month. Under normal circumstances, an untutored fan like Des Barres wouldn't have a prayer of even getting in the door. Known in the business as one-sheets, posters are the product of a sophisticated, tightly controlled marketing process by which print advertising firms submit dozens of poster concepts to studios, which decide on a final image only after running contenders past a gantlet of market research focus groups.
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2007 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
"All You Need Is Love" may be an abiding principle in the gospel of the Beatles. But the Fab Four-inspired romantic musical "Across the Universe" -- in which winsome young actors and assorted rock stars sing 35 classic Beatles songs vividly re-imagined by acclaimed opera and theater director Julie Taymor -- needed a lot more than that after an uninspiring opening last month. Then help arrived in the form of an audience whose parents were their age when the first wave of Beatlemania hit.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2005 | Claudia Eller
Sony Pictures has named Valerie Van Galder as president of domestic marketing for its Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. She replaces Geoffrey Ammer, who was ousted this month amid the studio's prolonged box-office slump with such costly flops as "The Legend of Zorro," "Zathura," "Bewitched" and "Stealth." Van Galder, who since last year has been serving as president of Sony's TriStar Pictures movie label, will not be responsible for international marketing as Ammer was.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2003 | Patrick Goldstein
One reason "Freddy vs. Jason" has been so successful is that the film is benefiting from pent-up demand; the pickings have been slim for horror movies this year. But the drought is over. Beginning with MGM's "Jeepers Creepers 2," which debuted at No. 1 this past weekend, there's a new horror film coming nearly every week into October. This Friday, Twentieth Century Fox releases "The Order," an occult thriller about an ancient coven of rogue priests who surface in modern-day Rome. On Sept.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2005 | Claudia Eller, Times Staff Writer
Sony Pictures Entertainment, suffering a prolonged box-office slump with such costly misses as "Zathura," "Stealth" and "Bewitched," has ousted Geoffrey Ammer, its president of marketing. In a statement released late Monday, the studio acknowledged that Ammer was stepping down and that a successor would be named shortly. Industry sources speculated that Valerie Van Galder, who is president of Sony's recently revived TriStar Pictures movie label, would replace Ammer.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1995
Brad Globe, longtime head of marketing for director Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, is joining DreamWorks SKG as head of consumer products. Globe will oversee merchandising, licensing and promotions for DreamWorks, the new studio venture formed by Spielberg, former Walt Disney Studios Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and music mogul David Geffen. Globe will head a new unit called DreamWorks Consumer Products. * James L. Dolan, 40, son of Cablevision Systems Corp. founder Charles F.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2001 | From Associated Press
The hip-hop film "Save the Last Dance" keeps grooving along at the box office, finishing in the top spot for the second week in a row while easily fending off two new movies featuring a pair of Hollywood's biggest stars. "Save the Last Dance," starring Julia Stiles as a fallen ballerina who recaptures her passion for dancing, grossed $16 million over the weekend, in its second week of release, according to studio estimates released Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2004 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
Her name is Alice and she's still got game. That's pretty much all the intended audience needed to know about Milla Jovovich's character, who again battles virus-infected zombies in "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," which topped the weekend box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1998 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it box-office gold. Now that the Oscar race is officially underway, Hollywood studios whose films received Academy Award nominations earlier this week are hoping to cash in on the prestige and the massive free publicity generated by the nominations. If history is any guide, an Oscar-nominated film can see a significant boost at the box office between the time it is nominated and when the Academy Awards are handed out.
NEWS
October 12, 1992 | ANN CONWAY
Ask film producer Keith Barish the urgent questions that have been swirling around the Oct. 23 launching of Planet Hollywood at South Coast Plaza Village (What celebs are attending? Who's invited? What's the party agenda?) and you get a thoughtful, measured response. The New Yorker who is Planet Hollywood's chairman wants to make sure Orange County gets a perfectly calm first impression. No hype allowed.
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