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Generation Crois-X

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This year, instead of mainstream Hollywood luminaries of the Arnold-Sly variety setting the paparazzi’s flashbulbs popping, an edgier wrecking crew of thespians will be hitting Cannes. Johnny Depp…

Rough start, but Showcase OK

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Alliance Communications Corp. waded cautiously into the byzantine world of Canadian broadcasting recently, and almost immediately suffered a nasty fright. Within days of the launch of Showcase…

SHORT SONGS

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Usually, when advertisers work with established singing stars, they pattern ad campaigns around well-known hits. But a company called Music By Design, with offices in Burbank, the U.K. and, shortly…

LUKE LOCKED UP

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While Aaron Spelling resigned “Beverly Hills, 90210″ star Jason Priestly for a huge raise and made him a producer for two more seasons, co-star Luke Perry has plenty of motivation to play his…

EQUICAP: FUN WITH FINANCE

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When Robert Lantos set out 20 years ago to finance his first major feature film, “In Praise of Older Women,” his bank wouldn’t accept the $1 million in letters of credit he presented as collateral on…

Le Monde focus on genre pix

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Good stories are a central component in the success of Alliance International’s newest division – Le Monde Entertainment. At least, that’s the view of John Fremes, managing director of Le Monde. The…

BEST FEST FETE QUEST

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On the crowded Croisette, entertaining the industry can be as risky as opening a film. Every morning festgoers give the previous evening’s parties a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down, as if revelry were…

Les Parents Terribles

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Parents were really taking it on the chin last week, at least on New York stages. They even got their own play, whose title leads this column, though on the marquee of the Barrymore Theater it says…

MYSTERY CLEARS

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While everyone wonders why Sean Penn’s “The Crossing Guard” got crossed out of Cannes, sources say it was accepted to the Directors Fortnight, but that it was pulled back by Miramax and rerouted to…

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