Compiled by Eugene Hernandez
>> LaBute, Anderson and Imamura Films New At Box-Office
Neil LaBute's "Your Friends and Neighbors" (Gramercy) opened on 32
screens this weekend and earned $340,288 for a per screen average of
$10,634, according to Variety, while Brad Anderson's "Next Stop
Wonderland" (Miramax) opened on 8 screens and brought in $123,055 for
a per screen average of $15,382. The Hollywood trade reporterd that
Cannes Palme d'Ore winner "The Eel" (New Yorker) by Shohei Imamura
earned $29,879 on 3 screens for a $9,960 average.
"Smoke Signals" (Miramax) was off only 2% this weekend, despite
dropping 9 screens -- it made $314,954 for a 59 day total of $3,991,464.
After 45 days, "Pi," (Artisan) has earned $1,769,778 -- it gained 6
screens and lost 10%, making $228,572 for the weekend. "Slums of
Beverly Hills" earned $101,718 in its second weekend, a 19% drop on
8 screens, for a total of $290,520, while "Nights of Cabiria" (Rialto)
gained 9% on 6 screens, earning $34,277 for a total of $513,988.
"Gadjo Dilo" (Lions Gate) gained 3% on 8 screens, making $31,680
for a total of $187,586.
>> Arizona Commission Announce Finalists
Six finalists have been named in the Arizona Film Commission's second
annual "Film in Arizona Screenwriting Competition," they are: Craig
Clyde, Martin Etchart, Edward Gardnier, Philip Harrison, Paul Lazarus,
and Ron Newcomer. Eligible feature length scripts must have 85
percent of the screenplay set in Arizona. 125 entries were received
and the winner will be announced in Hollywood at an event that will
feature a keynote address by former AMPAS President Fay Kanin.
[For more information, contact the Arizona Film Commission
>> SVA Announces the Arrival of Two New Faculty
The Film, Video and Animation Department of New York's School of
Visual Arts (SVA) has named two new members to its faculty.
Joie Susannah Lee will teach "Acting in Film," while Robert Lovett
will teach "AVID Editing." Lee is known for her appearances in
Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," as well as "A Kiss Before Dying."
Lovett received an Oscar nomination for his work on "The Cotton
Club," and has also worked on "A Bronx Tale," and "The Taking of