MIXED MEDIA.Dark is hot: "Leaving Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. ," a dark portrait of self-destruction that has emerged as the critics' favorite film for 1995, garnered six nominations, including best picture, for the 11th annual Independent Spirit Awards.
"Little Odessa," another grim and gritty drama, earned five nominations. "Georgia" and "Safe" - which also offered somewhat depressing depictions of the human condition - picked up four each. The awards will be presented March 23 at a tent on the beach in Santa Monica Santa Monica (săn`tə mŏn`ĭkə), city (1990 pop. 86,905), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1886. Tourism and retailing are important, and the city has motion-picture, biotechnology, and software industries. . Portions of the awards show and interviews with winners will be televised on Bravo as an Independent Film Channel production March 25 during the Academy Awards commercial breakaways.
"Monkeys" shine: Bruce Willis' "12 Monkeys" earned $11.2 million during the holiday weekend, finishing first for the third straight weekend, according to according to
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"12 Monkeys" was followed by the new spoof "Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood," which made an estimated $9.8 million during the four-day weekend. "Eye for an Eye," a new vigilante vigilante n. someone who takes the law into his/her own hands by trying and/or punishing another person without any legal authority. In the 1800s groups of vigilantes dispensed "frontier justice" by holding trials of accused horse-thieves, rustlers and shooters, and movie with Sally Field Sally Margaret Field (born November 6, 1946) is a two-time Academy Award winning American actress. She is also a three-time Emmy Award-winning and two-time Golden Globe Award winner who became a household name at age 20 as Sister Bertrille in the 1960s sitcom , took in $8.2 million for third.
The figures are based on estimated ticket sales Friday through Monday. Final figures for the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend are due out Tuesday.
Under investigation: Andrew J. Vajna, one of Hollywood's more flamboyant producers, is under investigation by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. that is examining his tax returns, his production company, Cinergi Pictures Cinergi Pictures Entertainment Inc. was a small independent production company that was formed in 1992 by Andrew G. Vajna. Vajna had previously sold his interest in his first production company, Carolco International Pictures in 1989, which he had started with his partner Mario Entertainment Inc., disclosed Friday night.
Vajna is best known for producing the "Die Hard" action-movie series. Recently Cinergi helped finance a number of high-profile flops, including "Judge Dredd" and "The Scarlet Letter." Vajna also produced Oliver Stone's newest film, "Nixon," starring Anthony Hopkins as the former president, which has been commercially disappointing. His company has a distribution deal with the Walt Disney Co.
The Duchovny file:"The X-Files" star David Duchovny is close to signing for the role of drug-addled TV writer Jerry Stahl in a screen version of "Permanent Midnight," a bio based on the writer's life.
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Used as a disparaging term for a person, especially a laborer, from east-central Europe. intelligence as Oxford-educated FBI agent Fox Mulder on the "The X-Files," is also currently slated to star in "Playing God," with talk that he might schedule the two film projects during his hiatus this summer. Also in the works is the possibility of an "X-Files" movie.
"Midnight," published by Warner Books in 1995, charts the ups, downs and addictions of Los Angeles-based writer Stahl, who was a writer on "thirtysomething," "Moonlighting," "Alf" and "Twin Peaks."