Variety Staff

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Financial Briefs


Standard & Poor's yesterday downgraded Carolco Pictures ratings on two debt issues, $ 34 million of 14% senior unsecured notes due 1993 and $ 16 million worth of 13% senior subordinated notes due…

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Cable Briefs


Request Television will start offering Paramount Pictures' "Patriot Games" and Tri-Star's "Hook" on pay per view in January with Spanish audio tracks. To promote the Spanish-language versions, the…

  • Film

Short Takes


Longbow Prods. has acquired movie rights to the story of Jeannine Durand, the missing woman whose children's search for her ultimately led to their father's conviction for murder after 24 years…

Reporter lays off five


At least five people were laid off at the Hollywood Reporter Wednesday, as the company reorganized its special issues department and consolidated the maintenance department.

Robert F. Simon


Actor Robert F. Simon, 83, died of a massive heart attack in Tarzana Nov. 29. Simon began his career at the Cleveland Playhouse in the 1930s, and made his Broadway debut in Clifford Odets' "Clash By…

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