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Talented & tormented

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Groundbreaking comic Richard Pryor, who was hailed for his genius but was plagued by personal demons of drugs and alcohol, -- and had suffered from multiple sclerosis for 20 years -- died Saturday at…

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Par purchases D’Works

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Paramount Pictures has struck a deal to acquire DreamWorks SKG in a pact worth $1.5-$1.6 billion beating out rival suitor NBC Universal. Par is putting up about half the purchase price with several…

EIDC redubbed Film L.A.

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Three years after being rocked by an embezzlement scandal, the Entertainment Industry Development Corp. has renamed itself Film L.A. Inc. Announcement comes just before the entity, which promotes…

MTV Films hears Ecko

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MTV Films is high on Marc Ecko's videogame "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure." The Viacom division has made a deal for the feature film rights to the game in advance of its February release.

ABC fills dancecard

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NFL great Jerry Rice and Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal are among the celebs planning to hit the floor for the second edition of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." Besides Rice and O'Neal, the surprise…

MTV hopes pair goes pop

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After launching the career of Ashlee Simpson via her own reality show, MTV is looking to help a pair of aspiring pop stars do the same. Music net has greenlit a pair of reality skeins following…

‘Lion’ to attack B.O.

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With “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” Hollywood is hoping for a “Lord of the Rings” size opening that won’t just set records for the weekend and possibly the month…

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