Movie Crazy On Wall Street

Investors are lining up to pay first and get paid last

Like Sandra Bullock's disaster-prone character in Speed 2, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. has spent the summer bouncing from one mishap to another. The studio, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., released a pair of big-budget moneylosers in Volcano and Speed 2. To make matters worse, Titanic, with a budget approaching $300 million, has been delayed from July 2 to around Christmas. Despite the flops, there's an eerie calm on the Fox lot. "We're not pushing any alarm bells around here," says one studio exec.

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