just seen the first influx of defecting soldiers from recently-conquered Dreamworks: the latter's distrbution chief, Jim Tharp, has replaced Wayne Lewellen at Paramount. Lewellen was one of the last
remaining members of Paramount's "old guard", and he's said to have bickered with the new establishment, led
by Brad Grey.
The Florida critics circle is all about Brokeback
Mountain. The circle of 14 critics gave Ang Lee's film four awards, including best picture, director, screenplay and cinematography. Acting prizes went to Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Capote), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Amy Adams (Junebug) and Paul Giamatti
(Cinderella Man). The Pauline Kael Breakout Award (?!?!?) went to Terrence
Howard for his dual successes in Hustle & Flow and Crash.
Two historic Los Angeles movie theaters - the Egyptian and the Aero, both owned by the American
Cinematheque – are moving into
digital ticket sales. Through a new deal with Fandango, they hope to "limit lines
and staff costs for the exhibby allowing moviegoers to buy tickets in advance."