It's been the biggest little hit of the year, marrying itself to $35 million in B.O. in a slow-go opening that finally reached the 600-screen level last weekend (see story, page 11) after 17 weeks in…
Peter Bart: The Backlot
Like a sinking submarine, the business of independents financing tentpoles could be plunging into dangerous depths. Intermedia's "K-19: The Widowmaker" is the latest in a series of cautionary tales.
If you want to make a Hollywood veteran misty, just start talking about a picture with legs. He'll immediately rhapsodize about the film's idiosyncratic journey: where it played, what it grossed, and…
South African producer Anant Singh ("Mr. Bones," "The Long Run") has announced the construction of a film studio in the east coast city of Durban to attract international productions.
The fates of two summer films, "Minority Report" and "Mr. Deeds," prove there's more than one way to sell a hit. To pump "Minority," Tom Cruise visited six U.S. cities, plus London for the U. K…
This summer overseas generally is generating the wrong kind of heat: sweltering weather but tepid B.O. Among the culprits: "Men in Black II" has underperformed in Japan and Australia, and the early…
The summer movie season may be characterized more by its dozens of tentpole commercial pics, but each week specialty distribs sweat like so many Muscle Beach gymnasts to jump through an array of…
Michael Helfant, who joined Dimension as senior exec VP in 1999, is ankling the company. Genre label Dimension has caught fire in recent years as a dominant producer of low-cost, high-grossing…
Scribe Sheldon Turner has signed on to adapt Alice Blanchard's thriller "The Breathtaker" for Warner Bros.-based John Wells Prods. Adaptation deal is understood to be for low against mid-six figures.
You won't catch Hollywood distribution execs talking about the dog days of August this year. Continuing the summer distribution pattern of recent years, several distribs will unleash some of their…