HANDS OUT: The LA movie industry
has gathered 40,000 signatures in three months on a petition
to California governor Gray Davis asking for tax credits for
the movie business. Credits will help keep more movie productions
from leaving LA, backers say. Variety
PLAYING AROUND: EToys, the online toy retailer sued Etoy,
the European conceptual artist group to get the latter to stop
using its name. Even though the artists got to cyberspace first.
Now EToys offers to drop its trademark infringement suit. New
York Times 12/30/99 (one-time
registration required for entry)
OVER YET: EToy artists not ready to accept terms. Wired
OVERBUILDING: It's been a record year for movie admissions.
Yet theater owners are bleeding red ink after a binge of theater-building.
The 24-screen mega-plexes have led to the over-screening of
CINEMA: The world's first high definition portable movie
projector gets a formal debut tonight in a concert by the Winnipeg
Symphony Orchestra. CBC
MANIA: "Record box office receipts, the best attendance
in four decades and one of the most diverse lineups in a long
time. Even that prescient kid from The Sixth Sense could not
have foreseen the year Hollywood had." (AP)
Detroit News 12/28/99
ARMY: Universal gives $100,000 to hard-core fans of Andy
Kaufman to run their own rogue marketing campaign to promote
movie about the comedian's life. Washington
SHEEP AND DOGS: Millions of Brits will tune in this week
to a throwback of a kinder gentler BBC program. "Strangely,
it's not boring," said Paul Latham, spokesman for the Countryside
Alliance, speaking fondly of a show in which spectacularly taciturn
shepherds compete to see whose dog can most neatly herd some
sheep into a pen.
IS LONGER THAN YOURS: Movies are getting longer in the belief
that longer is weightier. It's a sign of the growing clout of
directors. USA Today
- SWEET AND LOWDOWN: Woody
Allen's portrait of the Jazz Age.
FRENCH FILM: As Hollywood's shadow keeps getting darker
and longer, the question `What is cinema?' becomes more and
more insistent. "The real fight is over taste, over affirming
strange, original and singular films versus routine films."
Village Voice 12/22/99
COSTS for making film and professional quality video have
plummeted to the point that that they're now within reach of
those without studio budgets. A new business model is needed.
Financial Times 12/22/99
REVENUES up a robust 34 percent annual rate, fueled by acquisition
mania; film revenues up 19 percent. Variety
FILM CENSORS ban "Anna and the King," deeming
it disrespectful to the country's royal family. BBC
SUCH THING AS FREE: Contrary to popular belief, American
television has never been free. The question is: when will broadcasters
start paying us for the use of public airwaves? *spark-online
TV NETWORKS avoid NAACP boycott on diversity after meeting.
Los Angeles Times 12/20/99
DIGITAL: From shooting to editing to promoting, 1999 is
likely to go down as the year that digital took over every aspect
of the movie business. Next: goodbye celluloid. BBC
Toronto man rebroadcasts every TV station available in Toronto
over the internet on Icravetv.com, and networks have a fit.
"It's all perfectly legal,'' he claims. Wired
IT ON MOZART: Anatomy of a classical music radio station.
LA's KKGO turns ten-years-old. Los
Angeles Times 12/16/99
- MOVIES AND MEXICO: And
the censors. New York
Times 12/16/99 (one-time
registration required for entry)
- ALL ARTS RADIO CLOSES:
Atlanta's quirky alternative all-arts station WGKA-AM will go
off the air after three years of "the city's most diverse
and unpredictable programming." Atlanta
Journal-Constitution 12/15/99 (moved
CABLE CHANNEL offers international news from Beijing to
Belfast. Variety 12/15/99
AMERICAN MOVIES: French film has survived the Americans
but is increasingly threatened. Is the dirty little secret that
the French prefer American? Are French movie makers spoiled?
What to do, what to do...New
York Times 12/14/99 (one-time
registration required for entry)
DIVE: Disney lost $1 billion on its web operations this
year. Variety 12/13/99
US TO YOUR LEADER: PBS begins the search for a new president.
Los Angeles Times
THE MANTLE: It's your moment - whatever you're going to
do, do it now. A new generation of directors comes of age in
Hollywood. Los Angeles
IRVING'S NOT PARTICULARLY A MOVIE FAN but he had some very
particular ideas how he wanted his "Cider House" treated
on the big screen. National
A new study by the Directors Guild of America says that women
and minorities are severely underemployed and the situation
is getting worse. Women directors work only 10 percent of the
days of a typical Director's Guild member. Black directors work
only 8.4 percent and Hispanics 2.3 percent. NAACP calls the
numbers "shameful." Variety
ENTREPRENEUR begins rebroadcasting every TV channel available
in Toronto live on the web. The picture quality ain't great,
but networks have a fit. They're suing to prevent Icravetv.com
from continuing the service.
REDUX: Musical hackers have been mining recordings to digitally
remix music of all sorts and re-release it. Latest object of
their affection - world music. Says one: "It is from such
encounters that the most beautiful projects are born."
WRITE: Collaborating over the web is redefining artistic
partnerships. These screenplay writers collaborated on a script
and never met until the first day of shooting. Wired
AMERICAN: American movies have been shot in Canada for some
time. But Canadian actors have been frustrated in not getting
roles because of their up-north accents. So some of them have
hired a coach. Toronto
Globe and Mail 12/7/99
DAZE: It's been a good year and times are good for the radio
industry. But, warns a consultant, total audience has shrunk
since 1990 and proliferation of ads (1980's average: 10-12 per
hour; Now: 20) could help chase away more.
Chicago Tribune 12/7/99
MARKUP: "Slowly, with inevitable exceptions, 1999 has
emerged a landmark year for good movies. Maybe it's millennial,
maybe not, but we're seeing more vitality, more inventiveness,
more intellectual enterprise than at any other time since the
1970s." San Francisco
OUR OWN IMAGE: The century's dominant art form? The movies
of course, though sprockets and celluloid are on the fast track
to extinction. Boston
THE PUBLIC: Government-subsidized broadcasting is under
attack everywhere - in the US, in Canada and in the UK. A commercial
broadcaster tells British MPs that the BBC should be privatized.
THE TOP TEN: India's Bollywood film industry is ready for
international prime time. It's become big business in England.
And Hollywood's big players are now casting greedy eyes on India's
hottest export. The