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The State Of Hollywood, 2001

I don’t know if any of you have seen, but New Line has already penciled in December 20, 2002, as the official release date for the second installment of the new Lord of the Rings trilogy. This despite news reports that LotR director Peter Jackson needs to bring in outside FX houses to help complete the needed footage for the first movie, which has had its release date set in stone for almost two years now.

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Universal Goes For A "Drive"

Shot as a pilot, only to be rejected by the network. Reshot and reedited to be a feature, only to be rejected by distributors. Submitted to Cannes, only to be rewarded with a Best Director Award. Finally, someone grabbed their balls and picked up David Lynch’s latest oddball effort, Mullholland Drive.

Today’s Daily Variety reports that Universal Focus, the art house side of Universal Studios (who keep creating or buying art house arms, chucking them away and starting new ones almost immediately… see Gramercy or October Films) had acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Lynch’s film from Canal Plus.