Investors are starting to warm to Village Roadshow again after giving the company the big chill for the past few years.
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Those Hollywood hypesters, whose Byzantine financials Wall Street loves to hate, were a bright spot in nearly every instance, from Disney to Viacom to Sony to USA, as a slow economy weighed down ad-dependent sectors like TV and radio broadcasting.
Distribution deals for Oz pics have become more elusive, even for filmmakers with a track record. Just ask John Brousek, producer of the second-highest-grossing Oz pic last year.
A quartet of foreign-educated Indonesian filmmakers are among a group of directors spearheading a resurgence in production in their home country.
Regional film production centers are sprouting in Sweden, following the success of Trollhattan’s Film i Vast, which will help produce 13 features, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “It’s All About Love” (which started principal photography April 23) and Lars von Trier’s upcoming “Dogville.”
Ever since “The Fresh Prince” bailed on Bel-Air about five years ago, Monday night at 8 has been one of the weakest links of an otherwise strong NBC schedule. Not anymore. Thanks in part to the tart-tongued antics of host Anne Robinson, gameshow “The Weakest Link” has attracted a substantial following in its first two Monday broadcasts, easily winning its hour both weeks.
Behind the success of “The Weakest Link,” British TV’s latest Stateside sensation, stand two feisty females, both bespectacled, diminutive and fond of dark, tailored suits and intimidating male colleagues.
Momentum Pictures is on a roll. A year after Alliance Atlantis relaunched its U.K. distrib with a new name, a new partner (Germany’s Kinowelt) and new management, Momentum is emerging as one of the smartest companies navigating Blighty’s choppy indie shoals.
Michael Eisner was never comfortable with mega-budget pics like “Armageddon” in 1998, so he was in no mood to greenlight the $180 million pricetag for “Pearl Harbor” — even if it did come with the same producer (Jerry Bruckheimer) and director (Michael Bay).
Gotham critics org the Drama Desk announced nearly 150 noms in its recognition of Broadway and Off Broadway theater for the 2000-01 legit season.
So many honored, so few left out.
Todd Haimes, artistic director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, confirmed that the Rodgers & Hart musical “Boys From Syracuse” would complete the company’s 2001-2002 season at its American Airlines Theatre.