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Tickets for the Eagles reunion concerts in Southern California sold out in less than 90 minutes Saturday. Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday and 9,400 were sold in first two minutes, with some 85,000 purchased altogether. Concerts are scheduled May 27-31 and June 1 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, plus June 3 at Blockbuster Pavilion in San Bernardino. Tickets go on sale today for performances at Shoreline Amphitheater in San Jose for June 6 and June 8.

“Nina Takes a Lover,” the sensual Laura San Giacomo starrer that preemed to raves at Sundance, has been picked up for international distribution by Trans Atlantic Entertainment. Deal for the pic, directed by Alan Jacobs, was brokered by TAE senior veep of sales and acquisitions Rena Ronson and ICM agent Robert Newman.

Charles Osgood is stepping into Charles Kuralt’s shoes as anchor of CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” but he doesn’t expect to fill them. “Although I’m succeeding Charles Kuralt, I know that I cannot replace him. Nobody could,” Osgood said after Friday’s announcement. Osgood, known as CBS’ “poet in residence” for his occasional light verse and “The Osgood File,” his droll CBS Radio feature, takes over Sunday. He’ll continue “The Osgood File.””Charles Osgood is the ideal choice, the one we were all hoping for,” said Kuralt, whose final broadcast was Easter Sunday. He retires May 1 after 37 years with CBS News.

John Furia Jr., scripter on such hit TV skeins as “The Waltons,””Twilight Zone” and “Dr. Kildare,” has been given the Writers Guild of America Edmund H. North Award for leadership and guild service. Furia, a former prexy of the WGA, was honored for a career of service in the guild, including two terms on the board and seats on more than 40 committees over three decades. Furia is currently director of film writing at USC School of Cinema-TV.

Sprint Communications is investing more than $ 1 million into NBC’s new cable network America’s Talking. That investment will go toward providing the cable web with interactive services and advertising-promotion. After the July 4 launch of America’s Talking, Sprint will work with the network with advanced interactive telemedia services including 800 and 900 call-in numbers and polling capabilities.

The Film Advisory Board has honored Barry Manilow and producer/writer/director Don Bluth for their collaboration on “Thumbelina.” The board’s Award of Excellence was presented to Manilow, Bluth and to Warner Bros.’ Family Entertainment Division.

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