November 21, 1996 |
In July, Universal fired first in the battle of the dueling volcano movies, taking out a splashy ad in Variety heralding the March 7, 1997, release date of "Dante's Peak." Since then, 20th Century Fox has leapfrogged its competitor, indicating that its "Volcano" would surface seven days before. Both are locked in a furious post-production schedule, and though industry insiders expect one to blink, the studios are standing firm.
April 29, 1997 |
Box office was up for the 14th weekend in a row, hoisting this year's attendance figures nearly 20% over last year. "Volcano," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche, led the pack. But the opening was less impressive than some had anticipated. "Relative to the cost of the picture and the enormous marketing campaign, the numbers weren't terrific," said John Krier, president of Exhibitor Relations, a firm that monitors box office. " 'Dante's Peak,' a volcano movie that opened to $18.
March 3, 1997 |
The Mammoth Mountain Ski Area says it successfully objected to plans to use Mammoth Lakes as the name of the locale in the recent TV movie "Volcano: Fire on the Mountain" after finding the script "offensive and exaggerated." After discussions between representatives of the ski area and producers at Davis Entertainment Co. of Century City, the name of the setting for the ABC film was changed to Angel Lakes, both parties confirmed.
January 1, 1997 |
By all accounts, the tourism industry in the Southern end of the state enjoyed a stellar year in 1996. With no natural or man-made disasters to deter them, visitors streamed into the region and spent freely. Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood boasted record attendance. Hotel occupancy was more than healthy. Conventions were booked in unheard-of volumes, particularly in Los Angeles. And 1997 will be a strong year as well, industry observers say, although maybe not as strong as 1996.
February 17, 1997 |
Remember how you felt about Darth Vader the first time you encountered him? Scared and awed by his all-encompassing power? That's probably how folks at rival studios feel about 20th Century Fox right about now. Since Fox re-released "Star Wars" on Jan. 31, George Lucas' 1977 space epic has vaporized the competition and passed "E.T." to become the highest-grossing film of all time ($400 million-plus in North America alone). And the juggernaut rolls on.