Saturday, March 01, 2008

The End of the New

Am I the last to know that New Line Cinema is officially, as of Thursday, no longer a freestanding entity? Check out A.O. Scott's eulogy at the New York Times, and think a fond thought for the studio behind the Nightmares on Elm Street, the John Waters Hairspray, The Rapture, My Own Private Idaho, Menace II Society, Blink, Se7en, Boogie Nights, Wag the Dog, Dark City, Living Out Loud, American History X, The Astronaut's Wife, Magnolia, The Cell, Bamboozled, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Birth, The New World, the musical Hairspray, and some movies about some blingy elves. Plus, via its late subdivision Fine Line Features, some production or distribution money for An Angel at My Table, Edward II, The Player, The Ballad of Little Jo, Spanking the Monkey, Short Cuts, Hoop Dreams, Once Were Warriors, Barcelona, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Double Happiness, Death and the Maiden, Crash, Gummo, The Sweet Hereafter, The Winter Guest, Passion in the Desert, Hurlyburly, Besieged, Tumbleweeds, Before Night Falls, Dancer in the Dark, The Anniversary Party, The Holy Girl, Vera Drake, Last Days, and Maria Full of Grace. That's a lot to be thankful for.

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Blogger Brooke Cloudbuster said...

I never knew that New Line had done so much for international cinema. It's really a sad day and I hope that other production companies pick up the slack where these kinds of films are concerned.

12:56 AM, March 02, 2008  
Blogger Catherine said...

New Line was the first production company that I ever recognised. It started way back when the first LOTR film opened and I saw it in the cinema six times. The New Line logo came to represent something special, familiar and almost magical to me and from then on, I always got a tiny shiver of pleasure when it came up on screen, even if the following film isn't half as good as LOTR.

5:47 AM, March 02, 2008  

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