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Can the American Film Market put Mifed out of business? Maybe, if the AFM shifts its dates from February to November, a long-held fantasy that's now gaining traction among indie buyers and sellers…
The planned Cape Town mega film studio will come another step closer to reality in mid-August when the Western Cape provincial government announces its preferred private sector partner for the…
Hong Kong is still in the grip of the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus -- but the health scare did not deter folks from flocking to the territory's cinemas during the Easter break.
The Easter vacation overseas was predictably good for comedies and family fare -- but there were a few surprises, not all of them pleasant for distribs.
The independent film biz may be in a sorry financial state -- but you'd never guess it in France, where pre-sales are now a bigger deal than a Prix du Jury.
Eleven years after "Unforgiven" supposedly revitalized the Western genre, Hollywood is suddenly very much at home on the range. In fact, despite the tepid B.O. reception for such recent Western…
Almost every Hollywood studio has its uber-producers -- the Brian Grazers and Joel Silvers whose phone calls are quickly returned and whose tentpoles keep the B.O. booming.
It hasn't taken long for people to step up to the plate for "Bull Durham." The Brooklyn Academy of Music is the latest to offer to stage the 15th-anni tribute nixed this month by the baseball Hall of…
Here's a surprising plot twist for Hollywood. At a time when the motion picture business is showing new signs of life -- with box office achieving boffo heights and with DVD and foreign markets…
No matter how "X-Men" sequel "X2" performs after its May 2 opening, it's already set one record. 20th Century Fox has staked a claim to the biggest-ever day-and-date release, opening simultaneously…