Variety Staff


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…

Cantonese Take Out


It was bad enough when “Jurassic Park’s” dinosaurs trampled over Hong Kong stalwarts to become the all-time box office champ of the territory in 1993. But when Keanu Reeves outdistanced Jackie Chan…

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