The Hollywood Minute
Director Cameron makes 'Titanic' sacrifice
May 7, 1997
Web posted at: 5:27 p.m. EDT (2127 GMT)
From Correspondent Dennis Michael
Filmmaker James Cameron is making a major sacrifice for his
latest movie, "Titanic." In a letter to the Los Angeles
Times yesterday, the filmmaker announced he's going to waive
his producing and directing fees and all personal profits
from the movie to reduce the "Titanic's financial impact on
20th Century Fox. The movie is reported to cost well over
Angela Bassett will be flying high in her next film. The
actress will star in "Wings Against the Wind," playing Bessie
Coleman, the first African-American female pilot. Daily
Variety reports Danny Glover and Gerard Depardieu will also
be in the film.
Robert Downey Jr. is the latest to be drawn to the sequel to
"The Fugitive." Daily Variety reports the actor is set to
play a major role in "U.S. Marshals." The film will bring
back Tommy Lee Jones' "Sam Gerard" character for yet another
"Sleepers" is now the top-rented movie in the country,
according to the Billboard Home Video rental charts. The
drama moved up from second place last week. Following
"Sleepers" on the chart is "The Long Kiss Goodnight," "The
First Wives Club," "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet"
and "The Chamber."
The "force" is still conquering international markets.
"Return of the Jedi" was the top box office draw both in the
United Kingdom and in Germany. "The Saint" was tops in
Australia; "Metro" brought in crowds in Brazil; "Fierce
Creatures" is the champ in Sweden; and in Italy, audiences
are lining up for "Liar, Liar."
Is Mel Gibson the busiest man in Hollywood? The Hollywood
studios are certainly trying to help him earn that title.
Daily Variety reports the actor is working on a script for a
new version of "Fahrenheit 451," in which Gibson will star
and direct. However, Paramount is attempting to convince him
to do a spy drama called "Pathfinder" before filming that
movie and Tristar has a script called "Endurance," about an
Antarctic expedition, for Mel.
A sequel to "Angels in the Outfield" has begun shooting in
Vancouver. "Angels in the Endzone," a TV movie to air on
"The Wonderful World of Disney" next season. Christopher
Lloyd will return as the character Al the Angel, who doesn't
let his position as a supernatural being get in the way of
being a sports fan.
The "Star Wars Trilogy" is traveling the world and the next
stop is ... Japan. "Star Wars" will open there on the last
day of May and run for five weeks. Both "Empire" and "Jedi"
will run for three weeks. Fox will spend $17 million
advertising The Force" to Japan.
"Liar, Liar" holds onto the record for the biggest film of
1997 so far. Figures released by the Hollywood Reporter
indicate the comedy has taken in $151 million in just six
weeks, beating "Jerry Maguire" which earned its $150 million
dollars in just over 20 weeks of release.
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