Pacifica Film Development has promoted Linda Benjamin and Chris Dubrow to the posts of co-president. The IMF-backed company is a wholly owned subsid of Internationalmedia and Intermedia.
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With more than a thousand perfs under its dance belt, “Fosse” looks set to close Sept. 1. The revue of Bob Fosse’s choreography opened Jan. 14, 1999, at the Broadhurst Theater and won the Tony Award for best musical that spring.
Record buyers reached for the hard stuff once again this week, as metal act Staind unseated fellow hard rockers Tool and came within a hair’s breadth of setting a year-to-date sales record.
Audiences around the world plunged back to the past last weekend as Aussies embraced the Paris of 1900 as romanticized in “Moulin Rouge” and folks in 31 territories dug the 1930s-set “The Mummy Returns.”
If the hot pre-Memorial Day box office returns of “The Mummy II” are the prologue, then summer 2001 will be a smashing ride for this year’s iteration of big, f/x-driven tentpole pics. With nearly $120 million in “Mummy’s” first 10 days of domestic release, auds are signaling they’re ready to spend some coin on big-bang films — recession-talk, mixed reviews and 10-buck ducats notwithstanding.
What impact will the defection of Russell Schwartz have on USA Films? The affable prexy of USA decided to jump to New Line Cinema last week because, he tells Variety, he wanted to work on bigger films, like the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
The metaphorical elephant represents the imminent sale of Fox Family by parent company News Corp. to a media biggie such as AOL Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Sony, NBC, MGM or Comcast, all of which are expected to study carefully the nuts and bolts of Rupert Murdoch’s offering.
The legit biz may be abuzz about that little musical starring Messrs. Bialystock and Bloom, but Broadway has even more good news to celebrate this week: The 2000-2001 season, which ended Sunday, set a new box office record.
If you’re watching the Japanese version of Disney’s “Pearl Harbor,” or catch the film anywhere overseas, expect to find a more culturally sensitive version.Instead of hearing Kate Beckinsale say “World War II changed America forever,” listen for “World War II changed America and the world forever.”
When HBO cut two episodes of “Arliss” from its sked recently, it appeared the cabler was lowering the boom on the oft on-the-bubble skein. But the cut was no knock on the show, which stars Robert Wuhl as a schmoozing sports agent, says HBO original programming prexy Chris Albrecht.