The Museum of Modern Art’s massive 100-film series “Junction and Journey: The Train in Cinema” runs June 21 to Sept. 20. Dept. of Film curator Laurence Kardish has rounded up classic features including Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes,” “Strangers On A Train” and “North By Northwest,” John Ford’s “The Iron Horse” and Jean Renoir’s “La Bete Humaine.” Rare titles, obtained from various film archives, include Niklaus Schilling’s “Das Rheingold,” Fernando de Fuentes’ “Let’s Go With Pancho Villa!” IlyaTrauberg’s “Blue Express” and Hector Olivera’s “Rebellion In Patagonia.” Mary Corliss has organized a gallery exhibition of posters and enlargements from still photos to go with the series, and a book edited by Kardish will be published by MoMA, featuring essays by William K. Everson, Donald Richie and others.
“Japanese Abroad” is the theme of a film series running May 31 to June 28 at Japan Society, opening with Masahiro Shinoda’s 1989 feature “Maihime” (The Dancer). Also on the schedule are Susum Hani’s classic “Bwana Toshi” and “Young Guy In Rio,” starring pop singer Yuzo Kayama.
New York U. holds the fifth annual City Lore Festival of Film & Video, entitled “Alternate Visions,” all day May 11 at Vanderbilt Hall. A tribute to Prof. George Stoney will include screenings of his documentaries “All My Babies,” “We Shall Overcome” and “You Are On Indian Land.” Other films to be shown include the current hit “Paris Is Burning” as well as “Monkey King Looks West,” “Coney Island,” “Painted Bride” and “Cajun Country.”
Northern Arts will release its Canadian acquisition “Termini Station” May 31 at New York’s revived Bleecker Street Cinema. Colleen Dewhurst and Megan Follows topline in Allan Winton King’s family drama.
Werner Herzogs first film to be shown in New York in several years, the 1988 documentary “Herdsmen Of The Sun,” will bow May 8 at Film Forum 1, distributed by Interama (Herzog’s previous feature, “Cobra Verde,” never achieved U.S. release). Also on the program is Allen Moore’s short film “Black Water,” released by First Run/Icarus Films.
Bruce Willis is no longer attached to Largo Entertainment’s action comedy “The Ticking Man,” a script for which Largo paid $1 million more than a year ago. Willis reportedly is being courted to star in Cinergi Prods.’ “The Color Of Night,” a Billy Ray thriller that the film company lassoed in a $750,000 transaction. “Ticking Man,” penned by Brian Helgeland and Manny Coto, revolves around a Los Angeles Police Dept. daredevil who is called on to defuse a human time bomb. Willis’ reps would not comment. Largo, which issued a no comment through a spokesman, is said to be reassessing the project.
Keith David, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert Harper and Agustin Rodriguez have joined the cast of “Final Analysis.” Warner Bros. pic is filming in San Francisco, directed by Phil Joanou, starring Richard Gere, Kim Basinger, Uma Thurman and Eric Roberts. Producers are Charles Roven, Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas.
“Man Trouble,” Jack Nicholson-Ellen Barkin pic directed by Bob Rafelson, began lensing last week on Errol Flynn Ranch Road, off Mulholland Drive. Warner Bros. theatrical production prexy Bruce Berman, one of four residents in the area, had earlier protested the locationing, based on past experiences with crews in the area, but withdrew his objections after meeting with Tom Shaw, pic’s unit production manager. Pic lenses for 12 weeks, with three more weeks at the Errol Flynn location planned for later in the shoot. A Penta picture with no distribution pickup yet, “Trouble” is produced by Bruce Gilbert and Carole Eastman from Eastman’s script.
CCH Pounder will play the leader of a rebel group in Orion’s “Robocop 3,” currently lensing in Atlanta under Fred Dekker’s direction. Produced by Patrick Crowley, the film also stars Robert Burke and Nancy Allen.
Mark Damon’s Vision Intl. has picked up foreign sales rights to John Berry’s “A Captive In The Land,” a U.S.-Soviet co-production that has been selected for the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. Produced by Malcolm Stuart and Berry, the film stars Sam Waterston and Russian actor Alexander Potopov. It was filmed at Gorky Studios in Moscow and on location in Arctic Siberia. The Gloria production was financed by executive producer Peter Gold as a tribute to his late brother, Lee Gold, who wrote the screenplay.
Ernest Harden Jr. has joined stars Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in the cast of “White Men Can’t Jump,” comedy/drama written and being directed by Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham”).
Dallas actor Steve Reed has been cast as John F. Kennedy in Oliver Stone’s “JFK.”
Tom Selleck and Don Ameche have been signed to the cast of “Folks,” Pentamerica Pictures comedy to be directed by Ted Kotcheff. Produced by Victor Drai and Malcolm Harding from a screenplay by Robert Klane, the film starts filming May 6 in Miami and Chicago.
Largo Entertainment has greenlighted its next production, “Unlawful Entry,” a thriller to be directed by Jonathan Kaplan and produced by Charles Gordon. It’s scripted by Lewis Colick.