Movie news for the week of May 4 |


Movie news for the week of May 4

Movie news for the week of May 4

French Twist
Touchstone Pictures, which adapted French director Coline Serreau’s 3 Men and a Cradle into the smash hit Three Men and a Baby (directed by Leonard Nimoy), has picked up the rights to her latest film, Mama, There’s a Man in Your Bed. This time Serreau is going to direct the American version, tentatively titled Randall and Juliette, starring Richard Dreyfuss as the harried CEO who falls in love with a (as yet uncast) business-minded Caribbean cleaning woman.

Recycling Movies
Movies recycled as adventure rides and live-action attractions are a major feature of the new Universal Studios Florida theme park, scheduled to open in late May in Orlando. The E.T., King Kong, and Ghostbusters based extravaganzas are expected to become crowd-pleasers.

Clint at Cannes
Clint Eastwood’s White Hunter, Black Heart, scheduled for release in the U.S. this fall, is entered in the competition for the Golden Palm award, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, which gets underway on May 10. Eastwood directs and stars in the fictionalized behind-the-scenes story of John Huston on location shooting The African Queen.

Here Comes the New Judge
Driving Miss Daisy’s Morgan Freeman has replaced Alan Arkin as the crusty old Bronx judge in Bonfire of the Vanities, now shooting in New York City.

Subtracting Ads
Warner Bros. will soon join Walt Disney Pictures in prohibiting on-screen ads prior to the showing of its feature films. Theater owners aren’t happy and the FTC is looking into whether the studios’ policy constitutes restraint of trade.