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WORKING OVERTIME

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Theater owners have always made noise about only being able to use their theaters for a tiny part of the day – that is, when a show is running – and now they're doing something about it. Maybe it's a…

Carving a Quebec niche

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Alliance Releasing always has been active in the French Quebec market as a distributor and financial backer of home-grown projects, and the Montreal office also plays a major role in the distribution…

MEL SKIPS 'SAINT'

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Though Paramount has romanced him for the role forever, Mel Gibson shocked the studio by taking a pass on playing the title role in “The Saint,” the studio's remake of the TV series, with Phillip…

Marketplace

Old pals form a new venture

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15-year association between Alliance Communication Corp. chairman Robert Lantos and MDP Worldwide founder Mark Damon led to the companies forming a joint venture in March to acquire and license…

PETERS' MODEL DEAL

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Warner Bros, and producer Jon Peters have optioned feature rights to “A Creation of Monsters,” Paul Fisher's chronicle of founding It Models, which he started eight years ago with $10,000; agency now…

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…

GENEROUS GRANT

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Though Hugh Grant became a star with Gramercy's “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” Miramax execs are glad he hasn't started acting like one. They think he's being too generous. After the movie…

LETTER

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Editor, Variety: Lewis Lazare is entitled to his negative opinion of “Three Sisters,” (Variety, April 17-23) or any other Goodman Theater production. But his generalizations about Robert Falls'…

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