Thursday, February 28, 2008
RIP New Line
The studio that brought you the early films of an eclectic roster of moviemakers from John Waters to Paul Thomas Anderson, plus the Lord of the Rings, the Rush Hours, Austin Powers-es, etc., is no more, absorbed by patron company Warner Bros. after a string of duds. It amassed quite a history in its 40 years, and will continue in some hazy fashion or another. But as good as the Rings films are money changes everything, and its inability to prime the corporate pump year in year out cost it in the long run. But we'll always have Freddy, its unofficial mascot and horror hitmaker before it went legit.