OF HEARING: Representatives from TV networks walk out of
NAACP hearings on diversity Monday. Washington
FILM FIASCO: It's been the worst of years for homegrown
French films. Now a proposal to censor movie reviews because
they hurt domestic movies has directors up in arms.
Sydney Morning Herald 11/29/99
LITTLE BUZZ WITH THAT TURKEY? "Toy Story" sequel
busts box office records taking in a record $81 million over
the Thanksgiving weekend. Variety
RUSTBELT? On the eve of next week's World Trade Organization
meetings in Seattle, Los Angeles' film industry loudly
sounds warning bells about shipping its jobs out of country.
LA Weekly 11/26/99
THE WORLD WATCHES: The US sells 70 percent of the world's
TV programming. Next is Britain, with 12 percent and a big drop
after that to the rest, says a new report.
And then there's the one about... The art of pitching movie/TV
projects. San Francisco
KEATON'S PANTS, Charlie Chaplin's overalls. Trove of some
15,000 items of movie memorabilia found in LA after being in
storage 70 years.
Australian-made movies only account for four percent of movies
on commercial movie screens. Yet Australians figure prominently
in American movie projects. What's the bias against home-grown?
Sydney Morning Herald 11/22/99
BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME: Here's an international list, with
nods to each decade and many countries. Chicago
FILMING: "See this?" asks one director. "It's
a new, state-of-the-art digital camera. Costs about $3,000."
In case you had any doubts that digital cameras and production
would change the artistic world of making movies...New
York Times 11/19/99
HOW OLD ARE THESE JUDGES? Associated Press film reviewers
pick 25 best movies of the century. The most recent to make
the list was 1977's "Star Wars." The
THIS SIDE, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS:
On the other - basement radio geeks. Debating the FCC's proposal
to allow thousands of low-watt radio stations. On paper, the
NAB ought to be able to squash this quixotic, power-to-the-people
issue like a bug...
New York Press 11/19/99
ME STAGNANT? Movie theaters are on track to rack up 1.6
billion admissions this year, the most since 1959. Variety
BOOKS MEET MOVIES: Two years - that's about the time it
takes to get a movie made. "Literary material into
movies usually only happens after there's a disaster for the
studios at Oscar night." Thus a new crop of movies based
on literature hits the screens.
New York Times 11/18/99
FILM PROMOTION: Global competition for movie production
is heating up. Hollywood wants tax credits, Australia just built
a movie production megaplex. And Britain has...made a DVD promoting
the British industry.
MEAGER RESULTS": Last month's Net-Aid concert is said
to have attracted huge global TV ratings, 2.3 million web hits.
But show only "netted" about $1 million in contributions
from those watching/listening. Washington
BUYER: Young Broadcasting came out of nowhere to pay record
$823 million for San Francisco NBC affiliate. Now it has a big
rock to push uphill to make it work.
San Francisco Chronicle 11/17/99
REALLY BIG SHOE: Sixty international broadcasters assembled
in London to organize the BBC’s year-end, 28-hour TV millennial
bash “2000 Today.” Messages from the Pope, UN Secretary are
a given, but "seven virgins go into a cave and ..."?
Pokemon movie racks up biggest opening-week box office ever
for movie released outside of summer. Variety
FEVER: For the first time since 1983, the NBC Thursday-night
lock on TV ratings was broken. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"
is hot. Variety 11/15/99
FILMMAKING MEGAPLEX opens in Sydney Australia. With six
sound stages, a "backlot" of movie-associated attractions,
shopping village, cinema complex, and a "creative campus",
Fox Studios Australia is a serious new studio. Is Hollywood
worried? London Sunday
TO VIDEO: Just being dreadful isn't the only reason some
movies pass by the theaters and straight to the video racks.
Sometimes it's a niche thing.
San Francisco Chronicle 11/14/99
by Catholics and Christian fundamentalists draw attention to
"Dogma," a movie about vengeful angels. It's a "freewheeling,
irreverent, disorderly and, above all, juvenile comic fantasy
so sloppy, so silly and so puerile that it would have died quickly
on the vine had it not become a stimulus for religious and political
mouthpieces,'' writes one critic. Detroit
Movie is a "celebratory
leap of faith." Salon
LEAGUE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: Top universities explore online
learning - but first they have to learn themselves what learning
works best. Wired
SHIP WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN: No simple filmmaker. A conversation
with Werner Herzog. New
York Press 11/12/99
CONGRESS decides not to offer tax credits to Hollywood movies.
Industry had wanted breaks to encourage productions not to leave
the US. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11/10/99
Dead websites drift in cyberspace like so much internet debris.
A lost culture, a navigational hazard.
LA Weekly 11/9/99
Hollywood is going digital at breakneck speed. What the revolution
means to you.
LA Weekly 11/9/99
CLUB" opens in Britain, but not until after censors
cut two scenes. BBC
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD PRESIDENT played voice of Hasselhoff's
car. Promises more aggressive negotiations for 99,000-member
union. Variety 11/8/99
FILM wins at Canadian Emmys. CBC
A MOVIE without a script or film. First all-digital
movie has actors improvising the action within an outline.
Los Angeles Times 11/8/99
OFFERS RECORD AMOUNT FOR LOCAL AFFILIATE: Preemptive offer
of $700 million for San Francisco's KRON is most ever for
a single station.
San Francisco Examiner 11/5/99
MARKETING: Independent films with small budgets take to
the internet, campuses, as alternative to mass-media campaign.
Hey, it worked big time for "Blair Witch."
Orange County Register 11/5/99
The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to consider setting
up a loan fund for the TV and movie industry - an attempt
to stem the exodus of projects leaving town for the cheaper
climes of Canada. Backstage 11/5/99
FILM FESTIVAL opens with American Civil War epic. BBC
FOR SALE: Leading US broadcasters set up $1 billion investment
fund to encourage minority entry into broadcasting. Some critics
charge move is attempt to buy off impending regulatory restrictions.
TEAM: Blockbuster Video and net giant America Online form
alliance to rent videos over the net.
Movement or philosophy? Budget or an aesthetic? Digital or
analog? Very small room or an expanded state of mind? The
micro-cinema movement has grown into a national trend. Baltimore
FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T SEE/HEAR: New technology in theaters
allows closed captioning in your seat, descriptions in your
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 11/3/99
FILM BY...In Hollywood, a dispute between directors and
screenwriters about who gets to take credit for some films.
NPR 11/2/99 [Real Audio clip]
NEWS GETS A "D:" Enterprise reporting declining on TV
- nine of ten stories originate off the police scanner or
from planned events, says the Project for Journalistic Excellence.
Los Angeles Times 11/2/99
French TV reflects "the total failure of racial integration
in France." Los Angeles Times 11/2/99
THERE STILL A PLACE for PBS in the vast cable spectrum?
Philadelphia Inquirer 11/2/99
ITSELF SHORT. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
THE GOOD THINGS. Detroit News
AND REVILED: PBS is 30 years old and from right and left
everybody dumps on it. It will be a quiet anniversary. Dallas
Morning News 10/31/99
PBS AT 30: Public broadcaster is at a crossroads - what's
the mission in a 500-channel world. (AP)
DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS: The Harlem elementary school depicted
in the Meryl Streep film "Music of the Heart" protests film's
portrayal of the school neighborhood in the film. CBC
THAT Hollywood may finally be discovering Latin-themed
Los Angeles Times 11/1/99
AND: Nickelodeon plans
to debut Latino series. New
York Times 11/1/99 (registration
required for access)
DISNEY OF JAPAN: Hayao Miyazaki is the king of Japanese
animation. His "Princess Mononoke'' grossed $150 million in
Japan, second only to "Titanic." This week his "semi-epic
on acid" debuts in general release in the US.
San Francisco Chronicle 11/1/99