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BOOKING’S A TOUGH JOB

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While U.S. pictures in Australia often perform in line with their domestic results, there are exceptions which can surprise even those who book films for a living. The surprises work both ways. Some…

NO-LAWYER DEAL DOING OK

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A handshake deal between two men 35 years ago has grown into a formidable and highly lucrative showbiz partnership. There were no lawyers or bankers present when Roc Kirby and Sir Norman Rydge teamed…

SHOWBIZ MORPHED BY MERGERS

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If Time Warner can pull off its $8 billion-plus proposal to buy Turner Broadcasting System, the corporate infighting that has been standard operating procedure at the media giant may end up looking…

THE SOUND OF ‘MUSIC

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There’s been brisk box office, as well, for the Royal National Theater revival of “A Little Night Music,” with 60% of the first booking period sold and previews still two weeks away. (The actual box…

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