It was once said that only a handful of people actually bought Velvet Underground records when that band was in existence, but all of them ultimately started bands. The same could easily be said of Mission of Burma, a comparatively short-lived, undeniably obscure Boston-based band that had a profound impact on the state of post-modern music during its initial run.
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The AARP Foundation has joined as co-counsel in a class-action age-bias lawsuit by TV scribes over 40 against nets, studios and agencies.
The curious cinema of Nick Broomfield is increasingly best read as a one-man comedy showcase. His fish-out-of-water antics are entertaining but troubling, in that these movies purport to be serious inquiries into real-life subjects. Latest case in point is “Biggie and Tupac,” which looks into the still-unsolved murders of rival rap superstars.
Here’s a helpful hint for economizing at “Cabaret,” which is weathering its third winter this season: Cut the makeup budget in half. Judging from the grisly pageant of living dead parading across the stage at Studio 54, that should reduce the show’s running costs by at least a couple of thousand a week.
It’s a wrap for CBS movies and minis topper Sunta Izzicupo. After six years as senior VP of the Eye’s longform department, Izzicupo is leaving to pursue other interests. Her contract was set to expire shortly.
On the heels of its Sundance pic “Narc,” from writer-director Joe Carnahan, Ray Liotta’s 18-month-old production company Tiara Blu Films is gearing up a slate of projects for production.
Emerging Pictures, a Gotham-based digital production, management and exhibition company, has formed an alliance with Parseghian Planco, the shingle of former William Morris agents Johnnie Planco and Gene Parseghian.
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Blockbuster chairman-CEO John Antioco has agreed to a new five-year contract to continue heading the video retail giant through 2006, the company said Wednesday. Antioco’s prior contract was scheduled to expire in June.