"Over There" (Aan Ja), detailing the green card dilemmas of an Iranian man, has nabbed top prize at Thessaloniki Film Festival, South-east Europe's leading sprocket opera.
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Steven Seagal can now add "reality TV lead" to his resume, as A&E is in production on nonfiction skein "Steven Seagal: Lawman" in New Orleans.
Michael Jackson has reached an out-of-court settlement with Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain's son, who was suing him in the U.K. courts for breach of contract.
"Welcome to digital," wrote producer Frank Marshall in a morning-after email following Thursday night's aborted unveiling of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
Anand Tucker ("Shopgirl") will direct romantic comedy "Leap Year," starring Amy Adams. Spyglass Entertainment and Benderspink produce.
Qatar is joining the Middle East film gold rush. Execs from the Qatar Museums Authority, the org dedicated to developing cultural initiatives in the country, have inked a deal with Tribeca fest…
Vera Farmiga is taking to the skies. The "Departed" thesp will star opposite George Clooney in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air" for Paramount Pictures and Montecito.
French helmer Pascal Laugier ("Martyrs") will direct Paramount Vantage horror thriller "Details" from his own script for Blumhouse Prods.
Lionsgate is working on a plan to book more dates for the "Mad Men" musical revue that played the El Rey Theater in L.A. last month as a benefit for the L.A. chapter of the Recording Academy.
Fox is getting into the infomercial business. In an unprecedented move, Fox will program two hours of longform commercials on Saturday mornings starting in January.
USA Network has upped Alexandra Shapiro to senior VP of brand marketing and digital, expanding her role in an effort to streamline the functions of digital, strategic and consumer marketing under one…