BUZZ for January 24, 2003: Park City Gossip, French Gangsters, and More
by Wendy Mitchell and Brian Brooks
INDUSTRY MOVES: Anne Hubbell has joined Kodak's Entertainment Imaging division as the account manager for indie feature films in the Northeast U.S. She will be based in Kodak's New York City office and can be reached at 212-631-3461. Hubbell previously was an independent producer/consultant for film and TV and also a producer for the Independent Film Channel.
HBO executive VP Sheila Nevins will be a visiting professor at NYUs Maurice Kanbar Insititute of Film and Television this spring. She will teach a documentary review class for second-year grad students. Featured speakers will be a who's who including Kate Davis, Al Maysles, and Jon Alpert.
GANGLAND: As part of the Pioneer Theater's cool new film series Le Gangland, Posteritati Movie Posters is showcasing a new exhibit of French movie posters, including French New Wave classics and the gangster films playing at the Pioneer. For more info on the exhibit, visit www.posteritati.com. For details on the film series, which will include "Rififi," "Pepe Le Moko," "Bob Le Flambeur" and other classics, visit www.twoboots.com/pioneer/ .
PALM AT THE GATE: Palm Pictures and Lions Gate Home Entertainment announced a new distribution deal for all of Palm's new and select live action catalog home video release to be sold and distributed through Lions Gate in the U.S. The first title under the joint venture will be Julio Medem's "Sex and Lucia," followed by Henry Bean's "The Believer." WEA will continue to distribute Palm's music and animated titles.
FAMOUS IN 15 SECONDS: The "Party Monster" party got heated as a young cutie stripped down from obscurity to find fame and glam in the buff. The 20 something boy, who was actually working the event, decided to jump up on a platform where a glittered up go go boy was dancing. Suddenly, the go go decided to go for it and stripped the boy bare, as a room full of jaws dropped to the floor and eye balls went up and down in rapid movement to take it all in. The cutie looked embarrassed for a moment as the cameras flashed, but soon recovered to continue dancing sans clothes.... that is until venue officials stepped in...
SCHOOL FOR SALE: Linklater fans take note! The Austin Film Society, a non-profit group, is auctioning off a visit to the set of Richard Linklater's "School of Rock," starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack. The visit, being hawked on eBay through January 28, includes a meal with cast and crew. The society also has other items up for grabs: members.ebay.com/aboutme/austinfilmsoc/ .
QUOTABLE: "I love it when people go on benders, get arrested, get (messed) up, hit-and-runs, as long as no one gets killed. I just think it's amazing how screwy people are. So that's definitely a big part of my story." -- Robert Downey Jr., at Sundance with "The Singing Detective," on being asked about his troubled past.