Variety Staff

Sundance Sneak


Not every worthwhile Sundance pic is in the brochure, or even skedded to be shown during the day. Sources said Miramax was hatching plans to show a work-in-progress this week of its recent…

David Barison


David Barison, an agent with New York-based Lionel Lamer Ltd. in New York, died Jan. 1 of complications from AIDS at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. He was 30. After graduating from Skidmore…

Nancy Kelly


Actress Nancy Kelly, who received an Oscar nomination for her starring role in the film, “The Bad Seed,” died Jan. 2 from apparent complications from diabetes in Bel Air, Calif. She was 73. Kelly’s…


State Of The State


New York State film commissioner Bruce Feinberg is getting a lot of grassroots support to continue in his post, even though his former employer, Democrat Mario Cuomo, has been supplanted by…

Seasonal Chill Sets In


Receipts fell off sharply during Week 32 (Jan. 2-8), sliding from the hefty $11 million take of the previous holiday week. With five fewer productions than the previous week, the slim 18-show slate…

Euro Presence Is On The Rise


With talks of a four-channel commercial network currently the buzz of the Dutch media scene, and Veronica – the largest and wealthiest of Holland’s state broadcasters – set to relaunch as a…

Woody Strode


Woody Strode, 80, muscular character actor who appeared in many action films and several John Ford pictures, died in his sleep Dec. 31 in Los Angeles. He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago. Born in…

Nora Dunfee


Actress and vocal coach Nora Dunfee, who played the Southern lady at the bus stop who sympathetically advised Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump,” died Dec. 23 in Manhattan after a brief illness. She was 78…

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