4 items from 2009
Director: Beeban Kidron
Summary: Follows the love story of Oz editor Richard Neville and Louise Ferrier. Neville and his cohorts launch the London edition of Oz amidst the 1960s counterculture and are subsequently put on trial for distributing a sexually explicit issue.
Analysis: One of the most troubled productions in Working Title's history, 'Hippie' began development back in 1998 but failed to get beyond script stage both in 1999 and in 2002 when "Elizabeth" helmer Shekhar Kapur was attached to direct. Filming finally got underway late 2007 with director Beeban Kidron in charge and shooting seemed to proceed without issue aside from feminist author Germaine Greer being vehemently unhappy about being depicted on film.
Actually the film scored quite a bit of free press for a skinny dipping scene where full-frontal shots of actress Sienna Miller shooting the sequence »
- Garth Franklin
Toronto -- Lionsgate has set a new 3 1/2-year, $110 million movie slate financing pact with a banking consortium led by JPMorgan Chase.
In an 8K regulatory filing Tuesday, Vancouver-based Lionsgate said $110 million has already been committed from lenders, who include Union Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, with the facility possibly to grow to $200 million as new lenders come on board the syndicate or existing lenders increase their commitments.
The revolver, to cover an unspecified number of films, will have an interest rate equal to Libor plus 325 basis points on borrowings, with a facility fee equal to 0.75%, payable on the outstanding commitments.
The new film financing facility is separate from a five-year, $340 million credit facility that Lionsgate already has in place with JPMorgan Chase, its main banker, and which is used for general corporate purposes.
The new facility also helps replace Lionsgate's now-terminated Price Pictures financing arrangement.
Lionsgate is also funding films on its own, »
- By Etan Vlessing
Lionsgate film releasing president Steve Rothenberg, a film distribution veteran known for energetic work habits and broad knowledge of his field, died Thursday in Burbank after a months-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 50.
The New York native was a 28-year industry vet, who began his career working for filmmaker Roger Corman. During more than 10 years at Lionsgate, Rothenberg guided the release of films with a combined boxoffice of almost $2 billion, featuring a diverse array of successful films such as Michael Moore's political documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," western "3:10 to Yuma," the "Saw" horror pics and Tyler Perry comedies.
Rothenberg previously served as distribution president at Artisan Entertainment, where he created and implemented a distribution strategy for the indie horror phenomenon "The Blair Witch Project" and many other theatrical releases.
Rothenberg is remembered both for his tireless work ethic and unflagging loyalty to family and friends. He is survived by his »
- By Carl DiOrio
Actress Gretchen Mol is forever in awe of Katie Holmes - because the Batman Begins star and her daughter Suri always look stylish when they're caught on camera.The Hollywood mum admits she struggles to even think about style choices - and her one-year-old son Ptolemy often looks a mess.
The 3:10 To Yuma star tells Cookie magazine, "How can Katie Holmes find time to be conscious of her style? How does Suri always look so good? My kid goes through three T-shirts in a day, and that’s if I bother to change them.
"I’ll never be the mother who makes parenting look effortless. But I wouldn’t trade my life, either." »
4 items from 2009
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