Three Burbank facilities – the Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros, and NBC – are spearheading an effort to defeat two so-called slow growth initiatives that would restrict studio expansion and generally block development in the city. Burbank residents will vote on the twin initiatives in a special Feb. 26 election. The city’s mayor, Tom Flavin, said the measures “essentially would prohibit Disney from building any new soundstages [ on its Burbank lot] and would severely restrict NBC and Warner Bros, from building future soundstages.” Disney director of development Alan Epstein said the initiatives would kill a plan for studio modernization and expansion that has been in preparation for a year.
Billy Crystal’s next project will be “Mr. Saturday Night,” based on a character he did on tv’s “Saturday Night Live.” Project is to be made with Castle Rock Entertainment.
Robert Burke has assumed the title role in Orion Pictures’ “Robocop 3,” which began filming in Atlanta last week under director Fred Dekker. Nancy Allen also stars.
Principal photography on Universal Pictures’ “Child’s Play 3″ began last week in Boonville, Mo., at the Kemper Military School and College. The production moves to Los Angeles this week. Justin Whalin, Jeremy Sylvers, Perrey Reeves, Dean Jacobson and Travis Fine star in the pic.
Hector Elizondo and Kate Nelligan have joined the cast of Paramount’s “Frankie And Johnny,” starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer. Filming began Jan. 29 under the direction of producer Garry Marshall.
Jerry Goldsmith has been signed to compose and conduct the score of Orion Pictures’ upcoming drama “Love Field.” Pic stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Dennis Haysbert.
Matthew Modine and Jennifer Grey will star in “Wind,” an outdoor adventure set against the America’s Cup yachting race, for producers Mata Yamamoto and Tom Luddy. Filming begins at the end of the month in Australia, followed by several weeks in Newport, R.I. Carroll Ballard directs the Filmlink Intl./Zoetrope Studios production from a screenplay by Rudy Wurlitzer.
Michael Dudikoff and Dee Wallace Stone star in “Rescue Me” for producer Richard Alfieri. Filming has begun in Auburn, Calif., on the Cannon Pictures release directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman.
Omni Films has entered into a contract with a Puerto Rican industrial development company for installation of an omnivision theater for Expo ’92 in Spain. The value of the contract is $707,000, Omni said. The company said it would provide a 360-degree domed screen, 70m projection system, six-channel surround sound, theater design, installation guidance and training of operating and maintenance staff.
“Blood In The Face,” a docu about the radical right in America, debuts domestically Feb. 27 at Film Forum 1 for a two-week run. Anne Bohlen, Kevin Rafferty and James Ridgeway directed the First Run Features release.
Michael (“The Nasty Girl”) Verhoeven’s 1980 film “Sunday Children” will be shown March 26 at Third Step Theater Co. (on West 48th Street) in honor of German writer Gerlind Reinshagen, who adapted her play for Verhoeven’s film. Goethe House N.Y. is sponsoring the event as part of its “Women In The Arts” series.
The Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences salutes Italian cinema of the ’60s with eight films, screening Sunday afternoons through April 14. On tap are Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”; Luchino Visconti’s “Rocco & His Brothers” and “Sandra”; Marco Bellocchio’s “Fists In The Pocket”; Ermanno Olmi’s “The Fiances”; Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “The Gospel According To St. Matthew”; Pietro Germi’s “Seduced And Abandoned”; and Michelangelo Antonioni’s “La Notte.”
Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers on 79th Street will auction a collection of over 1,200 Argentine film posters Feb. 27. Dating from the ’30s to the present, the one sheets include many Hollywood films ranging from Disney pictures to musicals and horror films, all with different art work and mostly in Spanish text.
Louis Yansen’s feature “Misplaced,” starring John Cameron Mitchell, Elzbieta Czyzewska and Viveca Iindfors, is to bow March 1 at New York’s Quad theater from Original Cinema.
The Foundation for Independent Video & Film’s donor-advised fund will distribute $20,000 in grants from the Edelman Family Fund to five producers: Laurel Chiten for “Living With Tourette Syndrome”; Arthur Dong for “Coming Out Under Fire”; Leslie Harris for “Just Another Girl On The IRT”; Jonathan Miller and Ilan Ziv for “Palestinian Diaries”; and Pam Yates and Peter Kinoy for “Elect The Victim.” The Edelman fund previously has supported “Roger & Me,” “H-2 Worker” and “Paris Is Burning.”
Principal photography has begun on “Trancers II,” a Full Moon Entertainment film starring Tim Thomerson, Helen Hunt and Megan Ward. Pic is produced and directed by Charles Band from a screenplay by Jackson Barr.