If "The Manchurian Candidate" turns out to be a hot ticket, Paramount ought to send thank-you notes to Michael Moore, George Bush and John Kerry.
The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has announced the retirements of Daniel J. Kerins, 2nd Intl. VP, and Jean Fox, 4th Intl. VP.
Paramount Pictures has bought a comedy pitch from "The Wedding Crashers" scripters Steve Faber and Bob Fisher about an ex-president writing his memoirs and set it up at Tapestry Films.
Paramount and producer Scott Rudin have preemptively purchased comedy spec "Failure to Launch" by the scripting duo of Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember in a deal worth mid-six figures.
The Hollywood Film Festival will present half a dozen awards to crafts specialists who've won nine Oscars among them at its Oct. 18 awards ceremonies.
The job market in entertainment is continuing its decline this year, and the prospect of labor unrest may accelerate the slide.
Producer Michael London has signed a three-year, first-look feature production deal with Paramount Pictures in a signal that the studio is aiming for more innovation and becoming less risk-averse.
The Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has raised more than $13,750 through its political action committee.
Arenas Entertainment has named former Artisan Pictures exec Amorette Jones president of marketing.
Robert Stitzel has been added to the list of 18 candidates for eight open seats on the WGA West board of directors, becoming the first candidate since 1996 to qualify for an election via petition.