ROBERTS BEING SENT TO FIGHT `MENACE'.Byline: Dave McNary Daily News Staff Writer
Universal Studios announced Monday it will counter-program against the Force, slotting its key Julia Roberts comedy nine days after the May 19 opening of ``Star Wars Episode 1: Phantom Menace MENACE. A threat; a declaration of an intention to cause evil to happen to another.
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Universal had originally planned to open teen-ensemble comedy ``American Pie'' on May 28 and Roberts' ``Notting Hill'' on June 18, but decided to move ``American Pie'' back to July 9 and ``Notting Hill'' forward by three weeks.
The move shows the studio has considerable confidence in Roberts' box office power. Studios have generally been keeping their top-tier product away from the ``Star Wars'' prequel pre·quel
A literary, dramatic, or cinematic work whose narrative takes place before that of a preexisting work or a sequel.
[pre- + (se)quel.] due to the expectation that it will completely dominate moviegoing for several weeks.
``Notting Hill,'' which also stars Hugh Grant, was acquired by Universal last year as part of its $10 billion buyout Buyout
The purchase of a company or a controlling interest of a corporation's shares.
A leveraged buyout is accomplished with borrowed money or by issuing more stock. of PolyGram NV. The film, in which Roberts' movie star character becomes involved with a bookstore owner played by Grant, has reportedly posted high test scores in preview screenings.
The move will also distance ``Notting Hill'' from Paramount's ``Runaway Bride This article is about meanings of Runaway bride. For other uses of the word Runaway, see Runaway.
A runaway bride is a bride who runs away from the wedding chapel, usually shortly before the ceremony, often due to so-called cold feet. ,'' another romantic comedy starring Roberts due out July 30.
Universal Pictures Chairman Ron Meyer Ron Meyer (born February 17, 1941) is a former college and professional football coach. He is best known for being the head coach of the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts.
Meyer's head coaching career began at UNLV, where he coached from 1971 to 1975. said in a statement, ``We believe that the romantic star power of Julia Roberts with Hugh Grant will make `Notting Hill' a very strong destination for the adult moviegoing audience, most especially with females.''
Studios are generally leaving the field open for ``Phantom Menace,'' however. Two films with solid potential - Paramount's ``The General's Daughter'' with John Travolta and New Line's ``Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged shag 1
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