Beth Laski



“Waterworld” helmer Kevin Reynolds screened his first cut of the film, which weighed in at 2 hours and 34 minutes, to MCA/Universal brass and the movie’s producers last week. Comprising the audience…

Pressing Problems


Will “Waterworld’s” bad press hurt its box office? Probably not, most sources suggest. The list of pictures that have been mired in logistical problems, cost overruns and bad press is not difficult…

No MCA Breakthrough


MCA Inc. chairman Lew Wasserman and president Sidney Sheinberg met in Osaka last week with their Japanese bosses, but the contentious issue of greater autonomy for the Hollywood management team was…

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Jacobson Reups At Fox


Tom Jacobson, president of worldwide production at 20th Century Fox, has renewed his contract with the studio for three more years. The new deal comes one year before Jacobson’s pact with the studio…

Degeneres Deal


Ellen DeGeneres will make her feature film debut in “Mr. Wrong” for Touchstone Pictures, slated to begin shooting in April. The star of ABC’s “Ellen,” for which she was recently nominated for a…

Imaginary Ink


There’s a lot of script writing going on at Imagine Entertainment, where Steve Oedekerk (an uncredited writer on “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”) and director Tom Shadyac are polishing Larry Gelbart’s…

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