Shares of 'Sweethearts,' 'Animal' to go to charity fund
HOLLYWOOD — Joining the growing list of showbizzers offering aid to victims of the recent attacks, Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios will re-release “America’s Sweethearts” and “The Animal” Friday and donate its share of the profits to the Sept. 11th Fund.
Revolution and Sony had previously planned to re-bow “America’s Sweethearts” in 1,000 theaters.
After the attacks, the studio decided to add “The Animal” to the bill and give its share to the charity fund established by the United Way and the New York Community Trust to help with the immediate and longer-term needs of victims, families and communities affected by the recent trage-dies.
“We decided to put another comedy in the marketplace and, at the same time, raise money for the relief fund,” Revolution partner Tom Sherak said.
The double bill is currently slated to play in 650 theaters nationwide. In theaters unable to accommodate the recent addition of “The Animal,” Revolution will donate its share from the solo presentation of “Sweethearts.”
The studio said it will continue to offer financial support from the re-releases as long as the theaters will play the pics.
To date, donations to the Sept. 11th Fund have surpassed $89 million, with the support of companies such as Vivendi Universal, Microsoft and Blockbuster.