William Castle Jr. was the master of hyping and promoting films into becoming unlikely hits. Though he died more than two decades ago, his marketing and promotional spirit lives on. When I first…
Markets & Festivals
Coming soon to a polling place near you: Election 2004! Political campaigns are being waged like tentpole-movie ad blitzes. Democrats and Republicans want their contenders to be four-quadrant…
Tuning In: Occasionally I write about myself in this space when knowing a little about my biases or background is helpful in understanding how I've reached a conclusion. But does anybody really want…
Viacom is still standing by its main man, Howard Stern. Company prexy Mel Karmazin defended his decision not to pull the shock-jock superstar.
Playwright Nilo Cruz ("Anna in the Tropics") has used Cuban poet Maria Elena Cruz Varela as the fictionalized centerpiece of his play about a revered writer under house arrest in Castro's repressive…
Veteran New Line Cinema publicity exec Nicole Kalish has been elevated to VP, national publicity.
British playwright Alan Ayckbourn has taken on an ambitious task: writing eight plays with the same characters and providing two possible endings for each. The idea is to demonstrate how similar…
Nancy Meyers, who helmed Sony's recent laffer "Something's Gotta Give," has been named director of the year for ShoWest 2004.
Starz Encore's position as the last pay network devoted exclusively to theatrical movies is looking increasingly precarious. Parent company Liberty Media disclosed this week that the cost of film…