News

Dec. 21, 1997

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Billy Crystal has been confirmed as host of the 70th Academy Awards show (Daily Variety, Dec. 18). Event’s producer Gil Cates made the announcement Friday. It will mark the comedian’s sixth stint as…

Browser beef brews

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The ongoing court wranglings between the U.S. Dept. of Justice and software giant Microsoft Corp. took something of a left turn Friday, when the federal judge hearing the Justice Dept. antitrust…

  • Film

Fonda has ‘A Simple Plan’

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Bridget Fonda, hot off “Jackie Brown” for Miramax, has signed to star opposite Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton in “A Simple Plan” for Paramount Pictures, sources said Friday. Fonda will play…

Marketplace

The season of anomalies

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The 1997 holiday season is proving that the rules the industry lives by may no longer apply. Take a quick glance at the scoreboard this week, and you realize anew that this has been a season of…

  • Film

Xmas party o-seas

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'Tis the season to be jolly at cinemas overseas, and this one is shaping up as one of the most bountiful in years, as exhibs and audiences feast on a smorgasbord of action-adventures, comedies and…

  • Biz

Inside Moves

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Rich Cronin, the former chief at Nick at Nite and its nostalgic spinoff TV Land who was ousted from his post after telling his bosses he had signed a contract to become prexy and CEO for the Fox…

  • TV

Ordering the court

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“Judge Joe Brown,” the new syndie court show from the creators of “Judge Judy,” is racking up TV station clearances for a fall 1998 bow. To date, the half-hour strip from Big Ticket Television has…

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