Museum of Modern Art is screening March 4 and 5 “Ju Dou” and “Journey Of Hope,” the two nominees for the best foreign-language film of 1990 Oscar that have not yet opened here theatrically.
Japan Society has scheduled a film series tagged “Young Japanese Cinema” for March 22 to May 10. To be screened are Go Riju’s “Zazie,” Shunichi Nagasaki’s “The Enchantment,” Hitoshi Yazaki’s “Afternoon Breezes” and several films by Naoto Yamakawa and Sogo Ishii.
Millennium Film Workshop celebrates its 25th anniversary March 8 with a party and special screening of three hours of avant-garde films, new and old, including rarely shown works.
Author and Columbia U. professor Annette Insdorf will moderate a New York Women in Film panel March 13 titled “Images of Women: On Screen and Off.” Event, to be held at Delta 88 in Chelsea, will feature five panelists: writer-producer Alice Arlen, writer Julia Cameron, director Lenore DeKoven, actress Nora Dunn and production exec Pat Fili.
The Foundation for Independent Video & Film hosts a seminar March 12 titled “Finding and Working With a Fiscal Sponsor.” Panelists at the event, to be held at Downtown Community Television, include Christine Vachon of Apparatus Prods., producer Donna Olsen and attorney Robert Seigel.
Publicist Howard Rubenstein is trying to assemble fellow entertainment industry alums of Brooklyn’s Midwood High School for the school’s 50th anniversary, to be held this May at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Grads include Woody Allen, Mathilda Cuomo, Eric Segal and CBS honcho Jay Kriegel. Those interested should call (718) 377-6133.
David Byrne, Matt Dillon, Susan Sontag, Fran Lebowitz, and John Waters will host the N.Y. premiere of “Paris Is Burning” March 12 at Limelight. The pic is about voguing and drag balls in Harlem, and the stars will strut their stuff at a post-screening party. The pic opens at Film Forum the following day.
Last month, Anthology Film Archives presented a series of recent Stan Brakhage works. Now the American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, is offering an extensive retrospective of the avant-garde filmmaker’s work, beginning with his first short films, made in 1952. Series is running through March 31.
F.W. Murnau and Robert Flaherty’s 1931 classic, “Tabu,” will be revived April 5 at Film Forum 2 in a restored version, distributed by Milestone Film & Video. Also to be screened is Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack’s 1927 “Chang,” followed by other films on explorers ranging from Flaherty’s “Nanook Of The North,” “Moana” and “Man Of Aran” to W.S. Van Dyke’s “White Shadows In The South Seas,” “Eskimo” and “Trader Horn.”
Monty Ross, co-producer of Spike Lee’s films, will hold a seminar March 9 at Film/Video Arts to take participants step by step through the production process using his recent short film “900-DATE-LUCY” as a case study.
Nick Zedd’s sci-fi film “War Is Menstrual Envy – Part One,” starring Annie Sprinkle, will be screened March 22 to 24 at Anthology Film Archives, on a bill with two short films by the Gotham director, “Police State” and “Whoregasm.”
Two recent Israeli films – “Because Of That War,” directed by Orna Ben-Dor Niv, and “Berlin/Jerusalem,” helmed by Amos Gitai – have their U.S. theatrical preems beginning March 8 at Joseph Papp’s Film at the Public.
Director Alan J. Pakula and Touchstone Pictures have parted creative ways on “Significant Other,” a film to star Tom Hanks and Debra Winger and slated to begin production in less than seven weeks. Sources say Touchstone has shelved the project until it can secure another director. Pakula’s public relations representative, Harry Clein, confirmed the director walked off the project (the first time he’s done so) over “creative differences, but everything is amicable.” Sources say Pakula and Winger in particular differed on the film’s direction. “Significant Other,” an original script by Ron Bass and Al Franklin that was rewritten by Pakula, is a love story about a husband who discovers his wife is an alcoholic.
Michael Keaton will reprise his lead role in the “Batman” sequel and Danny DeVito will play archvillain the Penguin. Film goes before the cameras for Warner Bros. this August. Tim Burton again will direct, and Burton’s partner, Denise Di Novi, will produce the followup to the 1989 blockbuster, which became WB’s biggest hit. Script is by Dan Waters. Exec producers will be Columbia toppers Jon Peters and Peter Guber, who produced the 1989 picture, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan, who were exec producers of the original. Notably missing from WB’s announcement is any mention of Kim Basinger, whose character, reporter Vicki Vale, is not in the sequel script, according to sources. WB plans a worldwide release in 1992.
Alfre Woodard will star as Danny Glover’s love interest in Lawrence Kasdan’s comedy-drama for 20th Century Fox, “Grand Canyon,” which also stars Kevin Kline, Steve Martin and Mary McDonnell. The production, slated to go before the cameras March 11 in Los Angeles, marks the reteaming of Woodard and Glover, who starred together in the 1988 HBO telefilm “Mandela.”
Director Renny Harlin has signed Paul Schrader to adapt for the big screen Thomas Burdick and Charlene Mitchell’s book “Blue Thunder: How The Mafia Owned And Finally Murdered The Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronow.” Harlin, who has a first-look deal with Carolco Pictures and will produce the film under his own Midnight Sun Pictures banner, plans to direct “Blue Thunder” early next year. Expect a title change, since “Blue Thunder” was the name of the 1983 Roy Scheider hit helmed by John Badham.
Paramount Pictures has optioned Jon Cohen’s novel “The Man In The Window” for Scott Rudin to produce as a feature film under his studio-based indie company. Rudin currently is producing “The Addams Family,” one of the films shopped to major distributors by the financially strapped Orion Pictures.
Principal photography has begun in Park City, Utah, on “A Midnight Clear,” an A&M Films production for Tamrose Pictures. Film stars Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Arye Gross, Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise and Frank Whaley. Exec producers are Army Bernstein, Tom Rosenberg and Marc Abraham; producers are Dale Pollock and Bill Borden. Keith Gordon directs.
“Neon City,” the Kodiak Films’ action-adventure film starring Michael Ironside, Vanity and Lyle Alzado, has completed principal photography in Salt Lake City. Story is about eight people trapped together in an armored transport.
Chelsea Field will star opposite Bruce Willis in “The Last Boy Scout,” to be directed by Tony Scott. David Geffen and Joel Silver will produce for Warner Bros. Field also is starring in “Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man” (Pathe), Dale Launer’s “Love Potion” (Fox) and George Romero’s “The Dark Half (Orion).
First-time director Rachel Talalay completed principal photography on New Line Cinema’s “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare,” slated for October release. Talalay produced John Waters’ “Hairspray” and “Cry-Baby,” plus the third and fourth installments of the “Elm Street” series. The film will feature cameo appearances by Johnny Depp, Roseanne Barr and Alice Cooper.
Marvin Hamlisch has been signed to score “Missing Pieces,” a slapstick comedy to be released through Orion.
Columbia Pictures Entertainment, already bursting at the seams at Culver City Studios, has found breathing room by leasing two floors of the Filmland office building across the street, where MGM/Pathe is headquartered. Filmland office space is being leased short-term to provide interim offices for Columbia Pictures and Tri-Star personnel while renovations continue on the lot.
Warner Bros. has given the historic Formosa Cafe a reprieve – for at least 90 days. A week before it was to be closed for eventual demolition, the restaurant, located adjacent to the Warner-Hollywood lot in West Hollywood, had its lease extended for 90 days by Warners in order to “further provide the opportunity for a meaningful dialog concerning the cafe’s future.” The restaurant-bar, with its celebrity-memorabilia-covered walls, is a storied gathering spot, better known for its ambience and clientele than its Chinese and American food.