USA inks for 7 pix with MGM

Deal estimated at $22 million

NEW YORK — USA Network has landed the first web window to seven MGM theatrical movies, including “Man in the Iron Mask,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and “Hoodlum” with Andy Garcia.

USA will pay about $22 million to get multiyear runs of the movies, starting with “Hoodlum,” which grossed $23 million in U.S. theaters, and becomes available to the network in April.

“Iron Mask,” which did better than any of the other seven pictures domestically ($57 million), is available to USA in November.

The five other movies get to USA in 2001. Two of these five, “The Rage: Carrie 2” and the teen horror movie “Disturbing Behavior” (with Katie Holmes), will also get extensive play on USA’s sister network, the Sci-Fi Channel.

Also included in the MGM package are “At First Sight” (Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino), “Mod Squad” (Claire Danes) and “Dirty Work” (Norm Macdonald).

Bond elusive

Not available to USA in the deal was the new James Bond movie “The World Is Not Enough” (Pierce Brosnan), which must be sold to a network for a first window on its own, and not in a package with other movies.

USA is one of the networks that has put in a bid to MGM for the first 11 James Bond movies, which become available late next year when their contract expires with TBS.

TBS hasn’t ruled out renewing the 11 Bonds, but MGM is hoping to create a bidding war for the pictures, which automatically score solid ratings when TBS reruns them every eight months or so.

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