January/February 1990

Michael Douglas interviewed, Neil Jordan interviewed, the public domain, special midsection on ’80s movie moguls, the 1989 movie revue, Ed Zwick interviewed, Oscar predix, William Gibson and Clive Barker venture into filmmaking, festival coverage

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HIS ROYAL HYPHENATE
Michael Douglas interviewed by David Thomson
Michael Douglas, son of Kirk, did it his way and paid his dues. As actor-producer he is both Hollywood Prince and Team Player. An interview with the kid who gave us Cuckoo’s Nest and Greed is Good about the sweet smell of success.

LUCK OF THE IRISH
Neil Jordan interviewed by Marlaine Glicksman
Novelist turned writer-director Neil Jordan is the man behind such small Brit films as Company of Wolves and Mona Lisa. Fresh from the Hollywood bigtime of We’re No Angels, he talks about myth, fairy tales, and Irishness.

COPYRIGHT AND WRONG
By Irwin Karp
What do It’s a Wonderful Life, 400 Blows, and Night of the Living Dead have in common? Answer: they’re all in the public domain. Why? And what does it mean?

MIDSECTION: WHO’S IN CHARGE
As the bottom line looms ever larger and the art of the deal overtakes the state of the art, we peer into the heads of some ’80s movie moguls.
Thomas Chatz surveys the Industry landscape and tries to find a genius to this system.
Well, there’s always Guber-Peters, Sony’s choice to head Columbia Pictures: they run the studio and get to be its biggest suppliers. Sweet deal or what? Gregg Kilday considers
Howard A. Rodman pays tribute to that much-maligned breed, the Agent, especially “publicity shy” de facto studio head and man of letters Michael Ovitz, head of CAA
Sadly, what goes up must come down—ask Dawn Steel. Karen Jaehne regrets her passing
RIP also, Garth Drabinsky—he made Cineplex Odeon the revered institution it is today and then got shown through the door. Suzan Ayscough and K.J. Lathan chart his rise and fall.

HISTORY LESSON
Ed Zwick interviewed by Armond White
A potent brew of historical revisionism and myth-making, Glory crept up on unsuspecting audiences

THE 1989 MOVIE REVUE
A fond farewell to the ’80s and All That by Richard Corliss and Stephen Harvey
Plus: Richard Jameson’s best newcomers of ’89

OSCAR PREDIX
Be the Envy of Friends—be the first on your block with the 1990 Oscar predictions via Anne Thompson and Richard Corliss

DARKLANDS HERE WE COME
By Maitland McDonagh
The great white hopes of horror and sci-fi fiction, Clive Barker and William Gibson, test the filmmaking waters

FESTIVALS
By Marlaine Glicksman
Reports on London and Puerto Rico