Why is the president of the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. using EIDC funds to buy $350 bottles of wine and donate $5,000 to his children's high school?
Eurotrack - Steven Gaydos
Hollywood has always had mixed feelings about tracking studies, those ubiquitous research efforts aimed at gauging moviegoers' awareness of future movies and their likelihood of seeing them. This is…
The film that wasn't there made quite a splash at the recently wrapped Toronto Film Festival. Universal claimed its Eminem starrer "8 Mile" was a "work in progress" and couldn't be reviewed, but…
Theo Angelopoulos sits on the terrace of the Hotel des Bains, sipping a cappuccino and checking his arm for blotches. "I have psychosomatic problems," he tells Variety, in perfect French. "Between…
On the brisk and quiet morning of Sept. 11, roughly fifty Toronto Intl. Film Festival attendees stood solemnly for a moment of silence in the lobby of the Sutton Place Hotel, where many of fest's…
Peter Bart: The Backlot
This time last year, Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's film "Kandahar" was one of the few points of reference for politicians and public alike seeking insight into Afghanistan.
The Zorba-like dance of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" past the $100 million mark at the domestic B.O. puts it in elite company. The $5 million comedy is among the indie pics made for a price and…
As the 50th San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival bows Sept. 19, the most obvious innovation under director Mikel Olaciregui, now in his second year, has been a Films in Progress section presenting…
Don't look for a pattern in the summer B.O. overseas. There was none, due to uneven results for some major U.S. pics (and, in some cases, staggered releases) as well as fluctuations in the fortunes…