As Alan Rickman’s icy Emma Thompson starrer “The Winter Guest” and Paul Schrader’s wintry Nick Nolte drama “Affliction” unspooled Thursday night on the Lido, a steamy Venetian heat contributed to a languid mood for industryites as the Venice Intl. Film Festival moved into its second day.
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As part of its strategic expansion abroad, Sony Pictures Entertainment has taken a 25% stake in Super TV, one of Taiwan’s leading cable programmers.
George H. Newi, former president of the ABC Television Network, died July 22 of a heart attack while on vacation in Norway. Newi, who resided in Bonita Spring, Fla., was 62.
The increase in midseason repeats is accelerating steady ratings erosion by the major broadcast networks, according to a new study from BJK&E Media Group, which documents the repeats’ impact.
British sitcoms have traditionally translated well to Americanized versions for the U.S. TV-viewing market.
In a small symbol of things to come, MTV Online — the Internet arm of the music video giant — will deliver its first-ever computer-borne “cybercast” concert, a 30-minute performance by Capitol Records recording artist Meredith Brooks that will precede next month’s 1997 MTV Video Music Awards program.
Bruce Abbott, a TV thesp making the jump to features, will go into a “Trance,” an indie production from Apex Films.
For the syndication world, fall 1997 is shaping up to be the calm before a storm.
Exceedingly raw, imaginative, daring and energized, this rare straight genre exercise by Oliver Stone is loaded with twisted motives, brazen amorality, double dealing, incestuous relationships, subversive intent and hilariously surreal asides.
A piercing portrait of a middle-age, small-town man becoming unhinged, “Affliction” represents an unusually felicitous match-up of director and material. More emotionally direct and less artistically precious than this year’s other adaptation of a Russell Banks novel, Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter.”