Director-producer Barbet Schroeder, whose counterculture opus "More" was presented at the 1969 Cannes' Intl. Critics Week, will be "godfather" to the 41st edition of the fest's oldest sidebar.
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"Blue Vinyl," a "rollicking, toxic comedy" from director Judith Helfand, will open this year's Hot Docs Canadian Intl. Documentary Festival on April 26 in Toronto.
Potent international preems by "Panic Room" plus strong national entries in France and the U.K. helped revive the flagging foreign B.O. last weekend.
"Teletubbies" producer Ragdoll has sold 105 new episodes of the series to Discovery Kids Latin America. The Latin American net aired 260 episodes in 1999. New licensing agreement runs to 2006.
Lillian Hellman called it "scoundrel time," the era of the communist witch hunts that serve as the backdrop to Lionel Chetwynd's new docu, "Darkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents."
Producer Jordan Kerner, via his Kerner Entertainment Co. shingle, has struck a four-year, first-look pact with Paramount Pictures.
Mip bits: A sample of product offerings at the confab
Iain Softley is set to direct "Shanghai," an epic WWII drama scripted by Hossein Amini, for Miramax Films.
MTV has picked up a telepic from "Real World" producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jon Murray that parodies the very franchise they created.
The center square is now vacant: King World and Whoopi Goldberg did not reach a "Square" deal.
A Star is shorn. Darren Star -- creator of "Sex and the City," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place" -- has discharged Artists Management Group.