''Lolita,'' ''Spring Forward,'' and ''Wishful Thinking'' made the news this week in Hollywood

Wishful Upon a Star With Jon Stewart prepping to host The Daily Show and Drew Barrymore showing off Ever After‘s $64 million glass slipper, whatever happened to their ensemble comedy Wishful Thinking? Way back in October 1995, first-time writer-director Adam Park finished shooting the New Yorkers-in-lust romp. Months passed, screenings went poorly, and Miramax never set a release date, even after several reshoots. Finally, the studio opted to send the movie straight to video next spring. Park bears no grudge against Miramax (”They made a business decision,” he says) but suggests that Barrymore’s displeasure helped trap Wishful Thinking on the island of misfit movies. ”She was just very negative,” he says. ”I don’t know how much of an impact that had on Miramax, but it couldn’t have been good, because Drew’s a very powerful person right now and they don’t want to upset her.” Indeed, the actress has publicly bad-mouthed the film, claiming she made it in exchange for a role in Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You (also released by Miramax). A studio spokesman and Barrymore’s publicist strongly deny that she quashed Wishful Thinking. People familiar with the project say it fell victim to a natural fate. ”If this was a good movie,” says one, ”it would’ve been released.”

The Youth Market Appealing to pedophiles is hardly the appropriate way to sell an already controversial movie, but Samuel Goldwyn Films seemed to do just that in an ad for Lolita that ran in Time Out New York on Oct. 15. Asked if he thought the ad might offend, Goldwyn marketing head Jeff Lipsky said: ”The ad was a satirical reference to two great films. That’s all.” Says Lolita director Adrian Lyne: ”I wasn’t aware of it. It’s not the ad I would have chosen.”
— Daniel Fierman

Seasoned Pro If a director is spending only about four weeks behind the camera, why does he need a whole year to shoot a movie? With Spring Forward — a $2 million indie that stars Liev Schreiber, Ned Beatty, and Frasier‘s Peri Gilpin — the elongated schedule makes perfect sense. The wry character study unspools over the course of four seasons, and since writer-director Tom Gilroy wants those seasons to look real, he’s filming one week in each quarter of 1998. Spring and summer segments are in the can, an autumn shoot is under way, and Gilroy will stage the snow-packed finale in a few months. ”I can’t afford to create a blizzard,” he says. ”I can’t shoot spring in some nature preserve in Santa Barbara and then whisk everybody over to Vermont for fall and then whisk everybody up to Canada for real snow.” Besides, he adds, ”on an artistic level I thought, ‘Well, no one’s ever done this. Wouldn’t it be cool if I could get away with it?”’

Lolita (TV Movie - 1997)
  • Movie
  • 137 minutes