Director Luis Berlanga maintained that Spain under Franco was such an outlandish country that any realistic Spanish film would move toward surreal comedy. So it proved.
Peter Bart: The Backlot
It may not yet be the Gallic equivalent of George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, but Duran Duboi's new special effects complex tucked away in a leafy Parisian suburb is a state-of-the-art experience, and an…
Good Machine had a final fling June 19, celebrating 11 years of producing independent films and a new alliance with Universal Studios via Focus.
In 1998, only two of America's 50 highest-grossing films were based on a comic book. Last year, there were none, in a list dominated by remakes, sequels and book-based properties. The most successful…
Michael Madsen, best known as Mr. Blonde in "Reservoir Dogs," is tapping British investors to raise £8 million ($11.6 million) for a crime pic set in London.
U.K. cinema admissions are up 25% in 2002 to date, after May proved another buoyant month for ticket sales.
Spain's most ambitious film producer Andres Vicente Gomez and its biggest company Telefonica have jointly agreed to subscribe a €18 million ($15.8 million) funding increase for co-owned LolaFilms.
Spain has another niche pic distrib, Bilbao-based Festival Films.
Army Archerd: Just for Variety
Halle Berry is not just wanted, but needed. A deal is imminent for Berry, who made history last Oscarcast when taking home the best actress trophy, to topline in "Need," a thriller penned by Chloe…