Sony Corp., Sharp Corp. and Philips Electronics N.V. have developed a test 42-inch-wide, flat-panel PALC (plasma addressed liquid crystal display). The displays are thinner than conventional monitors.
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Regent Properties confirmed Tuesday that it plans to finance and develop the Westwood Marketplace, a 120,000-square-foot pedestrian-oriented retail and entertainment complex, anchored by a Mann Theatres multiplex (Daily Variety, Sept. 10).
A surprise B.O. smash in France, Thomas Gilou’s latest ensembler treads a minefield of potentially offensive caricature to deliver a feel-good male-bonding comedy set among the Sephardic Jews of the Sentier, Paris’ garment district.
David Roberson gives a marvelous portrayal of the life and times of Muhammad Ali in a production marred only by sections of flat, repetitive writing.
The original “Fame” (the film and the subsequent TV series) chronicled the lives of a group of aspiring teenage performers who all attended a fictionalized version of New York’s High School of Performing Arts. “Fame L.A.” could be the reality check that shows what happens to these youngsters and others from around the world when they come to Hollywood in pursuit of their dreams.
Conceived and co-exec produced by Richard Barton Lewis and directed by Kenny Ortega, the three-part premiere episode is at its best when its talented ensemble display their considerable wares in performance, in rehearsal, auditioning, etc. The plot and the character interplay become decidedly less convincing and self-conscious when focusing on the melodramatic personal lives and relationships of these superstar wannabes.
Revenues and profits increased substantially at Endemol Entertainment in the fiscal year 1996-97, a year in which the Dutch-based company went public and began expanding its entertainment interests outside of Holland.
After writing checks totaling $83.4 million to the U.S. Treasury, CD Radio Inc. has been cleared by the Federal Communications Commission to launch a new satellite-delivered nationwide radio service.
Brian Bloom has won roles in two feature films: Richard Pepin’s “The Protector” and “The Extra-Marital,” in which he’ll star opposite Tracy Lords.
Desiree Gruber has been promoted to vice president of entertainment at Rogers & Cowan, a major public relations agency in entertainment and other businesses. In the post, she is responsible for various publicity and marketing activities for agency accounts within the entertainment, fashion and beauty industries.
Cable’s Sci-Fi Channel on Nov. 2 will participate in what it is calling the first-ever live drama simulcast on both national TV and the Internet when it airs an adaptation of the H.G. Wells tale “First Men in the Moon.”
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) awarded its 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award to Victor J. Kemper, whose career spans 27 years and includes 52 feature films.