Brit helmer Ken Loach will receive the Japanese Praemium Imperiale award for theater and film from Prince Masahito Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Assn., Oct. 23 in Tokyo.
Digital film-finishing facility iO Film will demo post-production technology used on high-definition video as well as technology for transferring that material to 35mm film.
Sean Connery, Winona Ryder and Klaus Maria Brandauer are in negotiations to topline helmer Milos Forman's upcoming adaptation of Sandor Marai's Hungarian novel "Embers."
Bobby Newmyer and Jeff Silver of Outlaw Prods. have teamed with Bollywood producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra to make a psychological thriller revolving around a game of chess.
Tommy Mottola, who ankled his post as the head of Sony Music earlier this year, is returning to the label business with the relaunch of Casablanca Records.
SAG treasurer Kent McCord, one of the most vocal critics of SAG prexy Melissa Gilbert, has decided to challenge her for the presidency of the guild.
Thesp Blair Underwood has signed on to guest as one of the latest "Sex and the City" suitors.
"American Idol's" Simon Cowell has finally found something he likes: Fox, which has sealed a three-year deal with the cranky judge to remain on the hit reality series.
Animation helmer Kevin Lima (Disney's "Tarzan" and "102 Dalmatians") is coming aboard the long-gestating "Cat and Mouse" at 20th Century Fox.
Less than a year after its formation, management shingle Management 360 has inked a two-year, first-look overall production deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Miramax Films keeps defying the sluggish TV marketplace for theatrical movies, selling to Comedy Central three pictures that haven't even made it to theaters yet: "Scary Movie 3," "My Boss's…