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The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, January 21, 1984 Page 11 - sril JMUk4M 'SSk-,S-fcfci " 1 Some of the faces who made Hollywood richer and their owners more famous last year. Olivia Newton-John (left) starred in Two of a Kind, ..' Roger Moore (centre) with friends in the James Bond adventure Octopussy and Christopher Reeve' as Superman ffl. Mollywoods winners, lemons ;By AUEAN HARMETZ. oi um New totk i imes HOLLYWOOD, Friday. Winners and losers in Hollywood are determined as much by expectations as by results. Superman III was widely felt within the movie industry to be a failure, although it was the fifth mud cnrrfiil movie of the vear and earned Warner Bros $36 million in film rentals. A lightweight comedy called Mr Mom, in ninth 'place with $32 million in film rentals, was considered a major success. Mr Mom, which starred Michael Keaton as a husband who stays home with the kids, was not given much chance of survival, even by its distributor, 20th Century-Fox. Superman II had earned more than $65,,. million in film rentals and Warner Bros hoped for as much from its sequel In the end, Mr Mom, which cost about $8 million, was considerably more profitable than Superman III, which cost more than $35 million. One of the biggest surprises of the year was Paramount's Flash-dance, which reached theatres last April and was still selling tickets even after video cassettes of the film were released in September. Flashdance cost only $9 million, less than the average of $11 million. It has already earned $30 million in film rentals at theatres in the US and Canada. Paramount estimates that money from pay cable, video cassettes, network and syndicated television, merchandising and the soundtrack album will come to another $27 million. The Return Of The Jedi was, as expected, the most successful movie of 1983. Aliens in various shapes and colours have been the top box-office winners in Hollywood in four of the last five years Superman in 1979, The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, and E.T. in 1982. Return Of The Jedi made $165 million in film rentals for its distributor, 20th Century-Fox. Steven Spielberg's E.T., the most successful movie of all time, has earned more than $209 million in film rentals for Universal. Between them, Spielberg and George Lucas account for the top six money-making movies in Hollywood history. Spielberg directed E.T., Jaws and Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Lucas directed Star Wars and his Lucas Film Company produced Raiders Of The Lost Ark and the Star Wars trilogy, including The Empire Strikes Back and The Return Of The Jedi. The second biggest box-office success of 1983 was Dustin Hoffman playing a female soap opera star in Tootsie. The film earned Columbia $94 million in film rentals. Tootsie was followed by Trading Places, Wargames, Superman III, Flashdance, Stayin' Alive, Octopussy, Mr Mom and 48 Hours. Among the few serious movies high on the list, The Verdict, starring Paul Newman as an alcoholic lawyer, was number 12 for the year and Gandhi, named Best Picture of 1982, was in 17th place. One disappointment was Two of a Kind, which re-teamed John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, who starred in Grease, seventh on the all-time box-office success list. Among other commercial failures were Woody Allen's Zelig, and Brainstorm, a movie which was not quite finished when its star, Natalie Wood, drowned in 1981. It reached theatres after a bitter fight among MGM-UA, two insurance companies and the direc tor, Douglas TrumbulL about whether it would be throwing money away to finish the movie. Brainstorm ended up costing more than $16 million and brought MGM-UA only $3 million in film rentals. Other big-budget movies which did poorly were Martin Scorsese's King of Comedy and the $27 million history of the US astronauts. The Right Stuff, which has appeared on almost every critic's 10 best list. The Right Stuff has earned only $6 million in film rentals so far and is playing at less than 100 theatres. Its makers hope that the Oscar nominations the movie is almost certain to get will finally bring it an audience. In the battle of the Bonds, both James Bond movies did well, with Roger Moore in Octopussy outpointing Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again. The studios mount up for last video stand From IAN BRODiE Herald Correspondent Hollywood film and television producers, dismayed by this week's US Supreme Court ruling that home' taping Is legal, are now turning to Congress in a last-ditch battle to seek copyright protection from video recorders. Their hope Is for a law that would impose a royalty on the sales of new recorders and cas settes, with the money going to the studios. Suggested royalties are up to iuu on recorders and 1 on each cassette. Aitnougn Hollywood nas a powerful lobby in Washington, it may face a losing fieht in this elec tion year to get legislation that would amount to a tax on con sumers. The Supreme Court decision held that manufacturers cannot be held liable under copyright law when their recorders are used to tape television programs for view ing at home at a more convenient hour, a procedure known as "time- shifting.'' . Taping programs for sale would clearly be unfair, the court added. The ruling brought cries of out rage from the studios, which al ready reap more than $1 billion a year from leasing to television and the home video market after films finish their cinema runs. Watching almost from the sidelines is the sound recording industry, which believes the royaltv idea should be extended to audio tape recorders. Mine safety criticised TOKYO, Friday. Japanese police and safety experts today started investigating the cause of the coal 'mine fire which killed 83 men, as criticism of the mine's safety procedures mounted. They said the Mitsui Coal Mining Company, which owns the undersea Miike mine in the southern island of Kyushu, did not tell them about the fire for several hours, delaying full-scale rescue efforts which could have reduced casualties. Reuter. Uruguay protest grows j. MONTEVIDEO, Friday. Soldiers stormed a factory yesterday and scattered 600 workers staging a sit-in as the conflict between Uruguay's military Government and organised labour escalated sharply. The , Government, admitting that Wednesday's . 24-hour general strike was effective in stopping work across the country, banned the union confederation . that organised the strike and threatened to close any. news organisation reporting on the stoppage. Reuter. , Morning-after pill safe r "LONDON, Friday. The "moming-after" contraceptive pill was safe, but should be used only in emergencies, the Committee on the Safety of Medicines said yesterday. The committee investi-' gated the four available hormonal methods of after-sex contraception but gave an all-clear to only one the progestogen and oestrogen combi-' nation pill which is the method most widely - prescribed by doctors and clinics. PA. 'Doubt' over killing MANILA, Friday. The chairman of a special inquiry into the murder of opposition politician Mr Benigno Aquino said today there was evidence to doubt that the officially named killer committed the crime. Police said Mr Aquino was murdered by a notorious criminal and communist guerilla, Rolando Galman, himself shot dead moments later. But the commission chairman, Mr Corazon Agrava, told an unusual open-forum session of the inquiry: "There is now evidence that puts into doubt that Galman is the killer." Investigators said todav they intended to question First Lady Mrs Imelda Marcos about the assassination. AP-Reuter. Sakharov appeal . STOCKHOLM, Friday. The Soviet Nobel .. Peace Prize winner, Dr Andrei Sakharov, appealed today to delegates at the European Disarmament Conference to help get his sick wife out of the Soviet Union, saying that otherwise she would die. - "Only a journey abroad to get treatment can save her and thereby also save me. since her death would - also be mine," the dissident physicist, 62, said in a letter smuggled out of the Soviet Union and published in the Stockholm Daily Expressen. Reuter. Harrods bomb arrests LONDON. Friday. Police investigating the "pre-'Qiristmas bombing outside Harrods department store which killed six people, arrested an Irish -couple yesterday in Abergele, a small seaside resort in North Wales. Scotland Yard said a husband and wife were being held for questioning under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Reuter. Malaysia censures US WASHINGTON, Friday. Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir yesterday sharply criticised US policy toward Palestinians and said Washington's sale of surplus tin had threatened to undermine Malaysian security. Dr Mahathir, in Washington .or talks with President Reagan and other leaders, 'Compared the suffering of Palestinians to that of 1he Jews during World War II and said the refusal j( the US to acknowledge the basic rights of Palestinians undermined its credibility. Reuter. Administration Manager $35,000 Car The company is a major European multinational with a high reputa tion for product development which operates throughout Australia. It has completed plans for expansion of its existing activities, and the immediate project is a review of its administrative and service functions to ensure that these meet future production, marketing and sales plans. This new position requires a senior manager with the capacity to develop with the company. Initially the appointee will have responsibility for: distribution and purchasing, national branch administration, head office service functions, and fleet management. The initial task is to review existing policy, systems and procedures in these areas, to recommend and then implement agreed changes. Applicants, 35-45 years, will hold tertiary qualifications and preferably have worked in a divisionalised multinational environment Effective written expression and the maturity to present factsclearlyand persuasively are essential. Analytical ability, a knowledge of online systems and, most importantly, the maturity to act as a change agent in a professional commercial business are further required skills. Written applications and enquiries to Liz Fitzsimmons, Artnur voung services, Management Consultants, GPO Box 2646. Sydney 2001. telephone 233 696S quoting reference No. CS1386 (SMH). Financial (kmtroller NSW Operations $23-25,000 This is an attractive, career opportunity with the $20 million Australian member of one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive products. Based in the Western Suburbs and reporting to the State General Manager, the Financial Controller will manage a small staff, and be responsible for monthly reporting, budgeting, cash management, payroll supervision and branch auditing. Candidates, probably aged over 24 years, must be qualified to MIAA or AASA level, while some experience in multi-branch operations would be an advantage. : . Written applications and enquiries to Michael Haas, Arthur Young Services, Management Consultants, GPO Box 2646, Sydney 2001. Telephone 233-6966 quoting reference No. CS1387 (SMH). Divisional Manager from $35,000 car (Petroleum & Petrochemicals) SSI A highly successful world wide service organisation is seeking a Divisional Manager to manage and expand its already substantial Australian and New Zealand activities. The person sought will report to the Managing Director and be responsible for a group of highly skilled people throughout Australia. Considerable interstate & overseas travel will , be involved. Candidates should have a record of achievement in marketing and sales plus significant managerial experience reflecting an acute awareness of the profit motive. The ideal background would be in the petrochemical or related fields but this is not mandatory, although a technical orientation is necessary. A degree would be helpful but is not essential. Age range probably between 30 and 40 years. An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated according to experience and qualifications to ensure the appointment of a top person. You are assured of complete confidentiality. Please write giving details of age, experience, qualifications and telephone numbers. Preliminary enquiries are most welcome to Colin Bray on 439 4866 during office hours or on 522 9536 -afterhours. - ,,,. . - (REF:0144) A BRIAN SEALY ft ASSOCIATES COMPANY 2ND FLOOR.156 PACIFIC HIGHWAY. (CNR. GREENWICH ROAO) GREENWICH N.S.W. 2065 Director of Personnel $50,000 PER ANNUM NEGOTIABLE SYDNEY Our client, the Australasian subsidiaries of a multi-national manufacturing and marketing company is seeking an experienced personnel executive to head up the personnel function in Australia and New Zealand. Reporting to the Managing Director, the successful applicant will be responsible for all personnel management development and motivation, career and succession planning, all personnel training, industrial relations, recruitment, irt-house communications, salary and wage administration (including surveys). A competent staff supports this position. Some overseas travel to both New Zealand and the overseas parent US company is involved. Requirements are for a personnel professional aged 40-50 years, who is currently responsible for the overall personnel function in a medium to large manufacturing and marketing operation. Tertiary qualifications whilst highly desirable are not essential. However the ability to work with a high calibre mature management team and to contribute to the further development of the company is a pre-requisite. A remuneration package around $50,000 per annum is envisaged, including a fully maintained vehicle and other benefits. Superannuation is available on joining. Complete confidentiality is assured. Initial telephone enquiries may be made to I J Nicholson or R S Bozek on (02) 238 1668. Written applications quoting file no. 8374 should be forwarded to: box 191 royalexchange Sydney nsw 2000 nee aterhouse Associates. MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS Accountant $30,000 P.A. PLUS BENEFITS SYDNEY Europe's leading manufacturer of earthmoving machinery and equipment is establishing a wholly owned subsidiary in Australia. They are therefore seeking the services of an experienced and qualified accountant Reporting directly to the General Manager and the Company's head office in Europe, the successful applicant will be responsible for the establishment and maintenance of accounting controls, preparation of management reports and budgets, as well as all administrative matters. The appointee wiM be ideally aged 28-35 years, qualified AASAACA with appropriate commercial experience. Overall, the position calls for a mature, stable and incisive person with a strong aptitude for administration. A salary of $30,000 per annum is envisaged with attractive benefits that include superannuation and allowances. Complete confidentiality is assured. Initial telephone enquiries may be made to AC Orf anos on (02) 238 1666. Written applications quoting file no. 8364 should be forwarded to: box 1 91 royal exchange Sydney nsw 2000 nee raterliouse Associates MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS Manager Pricing Services SYDNEY Our client, a major international supplier of computer hardware and software, requires a Pricing Services Manager to be responsible for the performance of the pricing function for all company products and services. The incumbent will have direct responsibility for the management and control of pneing policies and procedures. Major responsibilities will embrace competitive market analysis, costbenefit analysis and development of marketproduct strategies in conjunction with senior management The person appointed should preferably have an MBA and approximately two years of related business experience. A knowledge of pricing and planning methodologies and a good understanding of finance and marketing are desirable. Knowledge of EDP products and some marketing experience would be useful. The incumbent must have an excellent analytical aptitude and be capable of interacting directly with other senior management Salary package and benefits will be discussed at personal interviews. Applications will be treated in strict confidence and should include all details of past experience. Please supply a telephone number for daytime contact ana designate file No QM, box 191 roval exchange Sydney nsw .2000 ; r nee ratertiouse Associates pty WANAOEMENT CONSULTANTS If PROPERTY MANAGER If you ore a person who thrives on challenge end can point to at' ' least 3 years sound and successful experience as a Manager of Commercial Properties - our client has an interest in you. ; They are particularly keen to appoint a career oriented Property Specialist in this area who possesses enthusiasm ond a desire to Achieve (both career-wise and financially). This will match then4 goals-cs they are both a leading Australian and expanding Real Estate Partnership. For a confidential discussion, please telephone 233 8522 or write quoting Ref. No. S2 1 658, to pT) PROFILE T If II II Vlmt V Ik-1 I CONSULTANTS SS r m&b Level 17 Barclays House 25 Blign St.. GPO Box 1 259 Sydney 2001 roone(oz)Z39B5Zz location South Coast NSW is sought by our client. They ore a leading company in the resources field who, as a result of recent internal promotions now require an Assistant Manager at one of their Coal Mines in their Coal Mining. Division. This is a newly created position and it will have special appeal to the career oriented person who holds a Degree in Mining hngineer-ing, coupled with the necessary First Class Certificate of Competency. It is also preferred that the individual can point to some experience in mine, planning activities. Furthermore, the new appointee could act as Relief Manager at any of our clients collieries and will be involved in the planning in all of those collieries. This is a challenging appointment with genuine prospects for promotion within the group at a later date. Naturally for the right person our client will negotiate an attractive salary, including company car, house, superannuation and any necessary removal expenses. Interested? Then telephone in complete confidence on (02) 233 8522, or write quoting Ref. No. SI 1657, to F) PROFILE III l 1 WLHILI1I CONSULTANTS Level 17 Barclays House 25 Bligh St. GPO Box 1259 Sydney 2001 rnone (uz, icsi tttttz 777? MANAGER CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT MAJOR AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC COMPANY MELBOURNE Our client, a large diversified mining group wishes to appoint a senior executive to enhance their corporate development unit The Manager will report to the Managing Director and will ba supported by a small team of analysts. The Manager will have responsibility for identifying, evaluating and making recommendations on a wide range of strategic opportunities primarily in the mining industry. He will be required to negotiate at a senior level with Government and other statutory bodies and will liaise with operational staff, as necessary. The candidate should have at least five years senior line management experience or senior consulting experience preferably in the mining sector and should be a graduate in a technical discipline preferably with a degree in mining engineering, metallurgy or geology. The candidate must be familiar with mining and metallurgical processes and must have the capacity to work in an unstructured environment The position offers scope for a creative individual to play a major role in the future development of the Group. The position is ideally suited to an experienced highly regarded individual in the mining industry who is now seeking to apply and develop skills in corporate areas. A remuneration package commensurate with the seniority of this position will be negotiated with the successful candidate. APPLICATIONS Please telephone Dr. F.M. Wolf on (02) 238 0288 or write in confidence quoting Ref. No. SMH3360 to: DrRM. Wolf TOUCHE ROSS SER VICES PTY Management Consultants G.P.O. Box 14 Sydney. N.S.W. 2001 MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT OUTSTANDING CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY ALEXANDRIA NEGOTIABLE $30-$35,000 CAR Our client, a major division of a large diversified public company whose annual turnover currently exceeds $400 million, seeks to appoint a Management Accountant who will act as an internal consultant The candidate will report to the Regional Manager and advise him on management accounting issues and at the same time assist the Division's Finance Manager. REQUIREMENTS Candidates will be involved in a wide range of tasks and as a result should have an understanding of: Costing in a manufacturing environment Systems Development The analysis of monthly management reports Debtors management Inventory management Budgetary analysis The evaluation of capital projects The conduct of cost containment studies APPLICANTS This position is ideally suited to highly motivated applicants aged between 30-35 years who have formal accounting qualifications. Applicants should have strong verbal and written communication skills and be creative yet practical in their problem solving capabilities. Work experience could have been gained in industry or the profession. Applications should be directed in the first instance to Dr F. M. Wolf by telephoning (02) 2380288. Written applications in confidence should be forwarded quoting Ref. No. SMH3370 to: DrRM. Wolf TOUCHE ROSS SERVICES PTY Management Consultants G.P.O. Box 14 Sydney, N&W. 2001 77? r tar

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