They should have filmed the pitch meeting for this project: ‘Hey, guys, I found a story I bet nobody’s ever thought of making: How about a movie on the 1899 New York newsboys’ strike? Robert Duvall’s got a hole in his schedule; he could play Pulitzer.’ ‘Great! But let’s get Ann-Margret and a lot of cute kids and make a musical!’
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Joe Pesci puts in a lovable underdog turn as a hopelessly inept lawyer battling to prove himself in his first case. Tale has coarse Brooklynite Pesci called upon by family members to help his college-age cousin Bill (Ralph Macchio) out of a jam in the Deep South.
Universal’s $40 million-plus pic’s a tame look at the cultural differences that erupt from a surly Yank trying to adjust his strapping frame and bad attitude to the rigid strictures of Japanese sport and society.
Damon Wayans and his younger brother Marlon make a terrific comedy team in Mo’ Money. Loosely structured film has trouble meshing its very funny gag scenes with rough action footage, but it should earn mucho change from escapist fans.
Indian director Mira Nair’s tragicomedy is less passionate and disturbing than many US pics dealing with race relations. Mississippi Masala is handled with a light touch.
Don Becker, 83, longtime soap opera writer, died Oct. 18 in Cocoa Beach, Fla., of cancer. With Carl Bixby, Becker wrote the radio soap “Life Can Be Beautiful,” which ran for 17 years. It went off the air in 1953. Other soaps included “The Light of the World,” “As the Twig is Bent,” “We Love… Read more »
Margo J. Sylvia, 55, singer best known for her hit “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” with the 1950s group the Tune Weavers, died Oct. 25 in San Diego of a heart attack and stroke. Born April 4,1936, Sylvia started a singing duo with her older brother Gilbert Lopez in the mid ’50s in Boston. Sylvia’s then-husband,… Read more »
If Compagnie Generale des eaux buys DEFA, the aging studio will become Europe’s most modern film facility, according to CGE’s German business manager Herbert Küppers. CGE plans to set up a new film production company, with shares offered to workers at the studio and to the film community worldwide. A separate development company will deal… Read more »
After more than a year of studio execs jawboning about escalating film budgets, negative costs for the majors have declined in 1991. The average pic released this year by a major cost about $19.1 million, down 4% from the $19.8 average during the peak year, 1990. But with several big-budget features gearing up for production… Read more »
Whereas a few weeks ago the Alexander and Ilya Salkind production “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” was temporarily left without a helmer – with a switch from George Pan Cosmatos to John Glen – it now seems to be without an Admiral of the High Seas. Timothy Dalton’s London agent confirmed last week that Dalton would… Read more »