This is the deal that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg got from Paramount when the studio decided to finance "Raiders of the Lost Ark," according to New West magazine. Read the word million after every dollar figure: Spielberg was paid $1.5 to direct and Lucas $4 to produce. If the film does $40 in rentals (and it will) Spielberg gets another 2 and Lucas gets another 7.2. If the film goes to $100 in rentals (and it might) Spielberg will have earned $12.5 and Lucas $35.8 . . .
Another example of how critical opinions change overseas. Tom Milne in the London Observer on "Raiders of the Lost Ark": "Disillusion, alas, sets in with the opening sequence . . . pure dross left over from a yawningly long line of jungle adventures . . . looks less like a Spielberg film than an uneasy compromise masterminded by George Lucas whose own conception of movie-making has resulted in epics as glitteringly efficient and as basically uninteresting as pinball machines." Milne is probably not too wild about Christmas, either.
Film Stars on Stage: Richard Dreyfuss will be at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts starting next week in the British play "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" . . . In October, Ernest Borgnine will play three roles in a solo comedy-drama, "An Offer You Can't Refuse," at the Playhouse at McCormick Place in Chicago.