Viacom's Canadian exhibitor Famous Players Ltd. finally broke ground Wednesday for its future flagship megaplex in Toronto after the development cleared regulatory hurdles at City Hall.
"The first four days were absolute chaos," admitted Felice Laudadio, director of the Venice Intl. Film Festival in an interview with Daily Variety.
A tribute here to slain anti-apartheid crusader Steve Biko is getting an injection of showbiz.
Italy pubcaster RAI said it will invest $60 million in Italian- and European-produced films overall in 1997 and 1998.
Looking for a bigger home to accommodate its expansion plans, indie pic and television producer PM Entertainment plans to more than double its production facilities in Sun Valley.
If a big Hollywood production approached the newly formed Rome Film Commission and asked to set up cameras in the Colosseum, would they be laughed out of town?
Final figures Tuesday confirmed a final summer '97 tally of $2.23 billion, exceeding the prior seasonal record set last year by a modest 2%. Also in line with Variety projections, admissions dipped…
Spurred by the success of "Shine," Oz's Film Finance Corp. (FFC) has greenlit another piano pic for production --- "Passion," from "Breaker Morant" producer Matt Carroll.
Anne Heche will star opposite Vince Vaughn in the romantic drama "Force Majeure," which Joseph Ruben ("Money Train") will helm for Propaganda Films.
Controlled, sensitive performances and easy chemistry between leads Robin Tunney and Henry Thomas make "Niagara Niagara" a reasonably satisfying addition to the extensive canon of melancholy dramas…