Twentieth Century Fox has set Keanu Reeves to star in "The Day the Earth Stood Still," its re-imagining of the 1951 Robert Wise-directed sci-fi classic.
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Overture Films has set up a pair of thrillers, "Skypath" and "Outside," with Lawrence Bender Prods. ("An Inconvenient Truth").
Film-centric cabler ReelzChannel has launched a major programming push timed to the upcoming awards season.
American Eagle Outfitters has launched 77E, an entertainment production arm as well as a destination on its website that the clothing retailer plans to use to court young consumers.
Tourists are flocking to the U.K. locations that were used for films such as the "Harry Potter" series, "The Da Vinci Code," "Pride & Prejudice" and "Gosford Park," according to a new report.
As Roger Ebert recovers from cancer surgery, a contract dispute between the critic and Disney ABC-Domestic Television has gone public.
Jason Bourne shot to the top slot overseas, with "The Bourne Ultimatum" leading a cooling foreign box office with $14.4 million at 2,100 playdates in 25 markets.
Fred Kramer has been upped to prexy of Withoutabox, while Trina Wyatt has been tapped chief operating officer of the online resource for independent filmmakers.
HBO has no plans to conduct its U.S. Comedy Arts Festival next year in Santa Barbara, where it had been widely speculated to land.
"Control," the feature debut of Dutch-born photog Anton Corbijn, scooped both top awards at the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival, which closed Sunday.
Aaron Russo, who managed Bette Midler and went on to produce such films as "Trading Places," died Friday in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 64.