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Whoopi cushion: Pop top

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The official religion in America is the Cult of the Celebrity, and movie stars are the high priests. In its second poll, the People magazine/Yankelovich Pop Monitor Profiles quizzed the man in the…

Live confirms talk of sale

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NEW YORK — Live Entertainment Inc. reported Friday a $3.4 million loss in 1996 after a $7.1 million reserve for back taxes, and confirmed it had been approached about the possible “sale of the entire…

Oscar pack looks to turn

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How Oscar affects box office changes dramatically from year to year. In 1996, three best picture nominees — including the eventual winner “Braveheart” — had grossed more than $150 million worldwide…

FINANCIAL BRIEFS

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Ballantyne of Omaha Inc. acquired North Hollywood-based Xenotech, a manufacturer of searchlights and lighting systems, for an undisclosed price. Ballantyne, a major supplier of projection equipment…

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