Todd McCarthy: Deep Focus
Josh Hartnett has been tapped to present at the 74th Academy Awards.
Studios and Hollywood unions have rescheduled for next week a first-ever meeting to discuss ways of putting the brakes on runaway production, including perhaps agreeing to contract concessions.
Spain's Official Credit Institute (ICO) has committed 39 million euros ($34 million) in low-interest credit for feature film production in 2002, but it won't solve a sudden crisis in local production.
Australian exhib Greater Union is starting to see blue sky from its investment in Germany, a tough market for most cinema operators.
Germany's media market has taken another hit: production association Producers AG (PAG) shelved IPO plans Thursday as CEO Friedrich-Carl Wachs and a slew of partners quit the firm.
Hollywood's newest star premieres tonight: the Grove, a $160 million retail and entertainment complex adjacent to historic Farmers Market and CBS Television City.
Army Archerd: Just for Variety
The Walt Disney Co. has snatched up an untitled pitch from scribe David Collard ("Out of Time").
Michael Fleming: Dish
Pacific Theaters will charge $14 for tickets at its all-reservation ArcLight multiplex adjacent to Hollywood's historic Cinerama Dome -- a price exceeding even the costliest tickets at the recently…