With the industry buzzing over rumors that Disney and Pixar are this close to
announcing their remarriage, the animation factory's stock is rising like crazy. After, at one point, rising more
than 10%, it closed yesterday at $56/share – that's $3 more than it's price at the opening of this week. At this
point, acquisition buzz is being downplayed in favor of a re-up of the current Disney/Pixar agreement.
With three schlocky premieres this weekend, the focus is on expanding prestige holdovers.Match
Point made a phenomenal $850,000 on eight screens last weekend, so Dreamworks is taking the
logical step of rushing Woody Allen's latest masterpiece onto over 300 screens. Casanova, Brokeback,
and The New World are also expanding.
Speaking of schlock, John Anderson parcels out a sobering
thought on Hostel: "Hostel may become something of a classic among
Fangoria magazine's readership, acolytes of George Romero and audiences who thought Saw II was for