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On Monday London's Camden Parkway cinema lost its year- long struggle against eviction, despite the high-profile support of such luminaries as Daniel Day- Lewis (who pointedly staged the British premiere of Last of the Mohicans there) and the active campaigning of the manager, Jim Wallace. By Wednesday the Thirties cinema was being cleared out, after the landlords Sunley and Son refused the Parkway management's offer to buy the cinema or pay a higher rent. The vexed site is already up for sale.

Bad news for Camden cinephiles and lovers of campy architecture. Bad news, too, for Derek Jarman's Aids flick Blue, eventually to be shown on C4, but still without a distributor and now without a showcase after having had posters and sundry publicity material printed. 'We had no idea it was going to happen,' the production co-ordinator, Angela Connealy, says. 'The Camden Parkway has been supportive all the way, despite its own difficulties, and we appreciate that.'

Luckily, the production company Basilisk has arranged special late showings of the film at the Metro cinemas on 3 and 4 September and matinees at the ICA on 4 and 5 Sept as a stop-gap measure. As for a more permanent home, Connealy cautiously adds that, from 10 September, Blue 'should be running at the MGM Panton Street, though the venue could change'.

The numbers: reported payment to ex-MGM / UA chief Alan Ladd Jr to keep walking away from the studio into the west: dollars 10m. Weeks to plan The Fugitive's now famous train wreck, a scene that has had audiences whooping with amazement: 10. Time to execute stunt: 60 seconds. Cash sum offered by Turner Broadcasting System Inc for Castle Rock Entertainment: dollars 100m. Offer accepted. Amount offered by Turner Broadcasting System Inc for New Line Cinema Corp, home of Freddie, Jason and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: dollars 400m. TBS shares needed to be sold to finance the deals: 21 million. Dip in independent film production in United States over past 12 months: three per cent - 352 films, down on last year's 378 titles. Overall film production also declined from 1992's 590 to 575, the lowest volume since 1987.

He weighs three tons, costs dollars 1,000 a day to feed and can devour 198lb of chopped herring in a single session. Nope, not John Goodman but Keiko the killer whale, star of the environmentally sound surprise hit Free Willy, the weepy story of an Orcinus Orca's child-assisted release into the wild.

The picture's dreams of freedom seem doubly ironic now that the Reino Aventura amusement park has announced its willingness to 'sell, loan or donate' its top draw to any oceanographic institution or research centre that has the space (and cash) to handle him. It seems that the eight-year-old has been living in his 115 x 66ft tank too long to be safely returned to the open ocean. So much for happy endings.

Quote of the week: the author Anne Rice on the casting of Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the movie version of her Interview with a Vampire. 'It's like casting Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer - they're two peas in a pod. I was particularly stunned by the casting of Cruise, who is no more my Vampire Lestat than Edward G Robinson is Rhett Butler.'

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