Variety Staff

Mavens On The Move


New Line Cinema exec veep of acquisitions RUTH VITALE will replace IRA DEUTCHMAN as prexy of Fine Line Features, their specialty division. Deutchman will move into a production/development deal with…

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…

Edging Their Bets


NAMES: Sally Lapiduss and Pamela Eells DESCRIPTION: TV comedy tune-up team. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Can they give “Ellen” more RPMs? Can a couple of thirtysomething women TV writers who watch Nick at…

‘Sunrise’ Moonlighting


The most talked-about performance at the Sundance Film Festival’s opening-night screening of “Before Sunrise” wasn’t given by either of the pic’s youthful leads, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The big…

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