Winning Script; and Raleigh Managing Manhattan Beach Studios
Compiled by Eugene Hernandez
>> Lyne's "Lolita" Acquired for Theatrical Distribution
The long-awaited domestic theatrical release of Adrian Lyne's "Lolita" came
a step closer to reality last week with the announcement that the film will
be distributed on U.S. screens through an arrangement between Showtime
and Goldwyn Films. The film will hit theaters in late September following
its August 2nd U.S. premiere on the Showtime cable television network,
company representatives confirmed. A Stephen Schiff penned adaptation
of Vladimir Nabokov's famous novel, the controversial film depicts a
relationship between a middle-aged professor and a young girl. Commenting
on the deal, Goldwyn marketing and distribution head Jeff Lipsky said, "What
has gotten lost in a mire of controversy, controversy fueled by many who
haven't yet seen 'Lolita', is the simple fact that Adrian Lyne has made his
best film yet."
>> Gardos To Write/Direct Hartley-Merrill Prize Winning Script for Seven Arts
Eva Gardos, an award-winning film editor, and the winner of the 1998
Hartley-Merrill International Prize for her screenplay "American Rhapsody"
will direct the project for Seven Arts Entertainment. The announcement was
made recently during a reception at the Writers Guild, West where Gardos
received the Hartley-Merrill prize. Set in the 1950's, the screenplay is
described as a drama "about love and redemption, family secrets, and a young
girl's survival." Among Gardos editing credits are "Mask", "Bastard Out of
Carolina", and "Barfly."
>> Raleigh Takes Over Manhattan Beach Studios
Los Angeles based Raleigh Studios has entered into an agreement to operate
and manage the new 14-stage Manhattan Beach Studios. Phase one of the
complex includes sound stages, as well as office and production support
space. Raleigh also owns and operates Raleigh Studios-Hollywood on
Melrose Avenue, the new facility is located south of West Los Angeles
and Santa Monica.