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Film Has an Alternative Ending

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Film Has an Alternative Ending

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For anyone who thinks the corporate takeover of alternative weeklies is a recent phenomenon, I'm here to tell you it ain't exactly so. And I have my one Hollywood film credit to prove it.

Way back in 1977, director Joan Micklin Silver prepared a low-budget film called Between the Lines, set in Boston at a fictitious alt- weekly, the Back Bay Mainline. The paper was obviously modeled on the two Boston papers then in a fight to the death, the Phoenix and The Real Paper. The movie would star a group of near- unknowns: John Heard, Jeff Goldblum (as a scuzzy rock critic), Lindsay Crouse, Jill Eikenberry, and Bruno Kirby, plus the inevitable Michael J. Pollard (as a hawker).

But the director had a problem. The film's script had the owners of the Mainline contemplating selling out to a corporate chain, an idea condemned by most of the funky (though rather short-haired) staffers. …

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