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The inaugural Red Carpet ’05 weeklong celebration at the Pacific Design Center kicks off Feb. 21 with a celebrity fashion show. The event will provide VIPs and industryites with luxury products and services under one roof. The Miramax pre-Oscar party on Feb. 26 will mark the event’s close.

Additional events occurring during Red Carpet ’05 will be announced in upcoming weeks.

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Citing an ongoing union boycott, the NAACP has moved its post-show gala for the Image Awards from the Westin Bonaventure to the Renaissance Hotel.

Ceremony will tape at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion March 19, with the gala to follow. Show will air March 25 on Fox.

“At this time, we feel it is appropriate to show consideration for this labor dispute as the likelihood of a resolution seems far from coming,” said Clayola Brown, chair of the NAACP Image Awards Committee.

The Unite Here hotel workers called in November for the boycott of nine luxury hotels in Los Angeles due to stalled contract negotiations. That move prompted the DGA, PGA, WGA West and American Society of Cinematographers to move their awards ceremonies away from the Century Plaza.

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Writer-director William Butler will helm Ventana Media Group’s feature “Dead Grrl.”

Pic, written by Bruce Sakow, is about a group of teens who throw an impromptu party while babysitting a pampered pageant child, who turns out to be a killer.

James R. Rosenthal is set to produce for executive producers Michael Hom and Alexandra Taylor.

Pic is scheduled to begin production this spring.

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Mount Film Co. has optioned and commissioned a rewrite of scribe Gregg Moscoe’s original screenplay “Man, Woman, Car.”

Deal for Moscoe is mid- to high-six figures.

“Man, Woman, Car” is inspired by a true story concerning a battle between sports-car manufacturer Enzo Ferrari and one of his early customers, a wealthy American woman.

Set in Italy and Pebble Beach, principal photography is tentatively scheduled to begin in summer 2005.

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Here Films has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Julien Hernandez’s comedy “Sex, Politics & Cocktails” and set an April 1 release date.

Here bought “Sex, Politics & Cocktails” from Kuba Pictures. Hernandez wrote, directed, produced and stars along with Marisa Petroro, Paul Lekakis, Don Max, Seth Macari and Alex Douglas.

“Sex, Politics & Cocktails” centers on a Cuban filmmaker who’s been unable to fall in love and turns to a friend who introduces him to her gay cohorts and the adventure of his life.

Here has also acquired over the past 1½ years the Spanish-language film “Unconscious,” as well as “Beautiful Boxer,” “Callas Forever” and “Merci Docteur Rey.”

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On Feb. 24 the MPAA will hold its 12th annual Oscar Week Scholarship luncheon to honor young filmmakers at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Each year student filmmakers who demonstrate vision and technical talent are selected to receive monetary awards that can be used toward their tuition and for financing their projects. The 2004 scholarship recipients include Colleen Yorke, June Park, Shashwata Chaterjee, Henry Dhuy, Renee McClellan, Gregers Heering, Adam Schlacther, Sandra M. Valde and Cecelia Parker.

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The Intl. Channel has announced plans to rebrand and reprogram. Move will focus channel exclusively on the Asian American audience and is intended to attract new advertisers. All programming in European and Middle Eastern languages will be removed by the start of the second quarter.

Overhaul will see an expansion of English-accessible, Asian-themed programming.

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Film and Music Entertainment has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to “Waking up Dead,” which will go out domestically through subsid Celebration Pictures.

The feature length docu helmed by Fabio Jafet over a four-year period follows the life of Phil Varone, former drummer for rock bands Saigon Kick and Skid Row.

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Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro has been named as the second recipient of the Coolidge Award. It will be presented at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, Mass., in April. The prize, instituted last year when it was given to director Zhang Yimou, comes with an unrestricted $10,000 stipend.

(To submit short takes, contact Addie Morfoot at (323) 965-5394 or Katherine.Morfoot@reedbusiness. com.)

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