and Lions Gate Goes with "God"
Compiled by Aaron Krach
>>"Opposite of Sex" On Top
"The Opposite of Sex" (Sony Pictures Classics) topped Variety's
"exclusives" box office list over the weekend, the Hollywood trade
reported yesterday. The film earned $68,265 on six screens in NYC and
LA. The re-release of "Gone With The Wind" (New Line) came in second with
$63,546 on eight screens, and "Smoke Signals" (Miramax) was in third for
the weekend with $49,073 on five screens.
>>IFP Picks Gotham Chair
The Independent Feature Project has chosen Tom Rothman, President of
Twentieth Century Fox Film Production, to chair the Eight Annual IFP Gotham
Awards, September 23. Meanwhile, David Picker, President of Worldwide
Production at Hallmark Entertainment will be the recipient of the 1998
IFP Gotham Producer Award. The IFP Gotham Awards ceremony is an annual
fundraising even for the Independent Feature Project.
>>Academy Supports Archivists
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences renewed its support of the
Association of Moving Image Archivists with a grant of $50,000. The money
will go towards funding an administrative coordinator and other AMIA costs
for the next fiscal year. AMIA was established in 1991 to promote archiving
and represents over 500 archivists in the US, Canada and abroad.
>>"Gods and Monsters" at the Gate
Regent Entertainment Inc., Showtime Networks Inc. and Lions Gate Releasing
are joining forces to theatrically distribute Bill Condon's "Gods and
Monsters." The film stars Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser and is about
James Whale, the director of the classic, "Frankenstein." After premiering
at Sundance, Condon was recently named Best Director at the Seattle Film