Reaching for the Starz


John Malone has started the push to turn his Starz pay TV operation into a full-fledged media company, with Chris McGurk in line to run the film side. The newly named Starz Media plans to produce up…

Firm gets ‘Story’


Firm Films has teamed with Davids Canton Prods. to option “The Other Side of the Story,” the Marian Keyes novel that topped the bestseller lists in London in 2004. Tale looks at three women and their…

Fuse ignites films


The inaugural “Fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards” unveiled such macabre categories as creepiest kid, highest body count, sickest f/x and killer video. “Hostel” landed the most nominations with six…

Janney joins ‘Hairspray’


Looking for a change of pace after a long run on “The West Wing,” Allison Janney has joined the cast of the New Line musical “Hairspray” and made a deal to develop a sitcom at CBS. Janney, who won…

Fox lands ‘Engineer’


Twentieth Century Fox has landed “The Engineer,” a pitch to be developed as a star vehicle for Ashton Kutcher. Script by Finch, who most recently wrote “Adrenaline” for Intermedia, covers 24 frantic…

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