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‘Proof’ pic’s a Jake walk

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Jake Gyllenhaal has joined Gwyneth Paltrow in advanced negotiations to star in Miramax’s feature version of “Proof,” to be directed by John Madden. Pic, based on David Auburn’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, previously saw Madden and Paltrow collaborate on the project on the London stage.

Montebello scores ‘Skin’

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Montebello Entertainment, the film and TV development company formed by Latino media veterans Steven Pena and Tom Flores to develop product for the multicultural urban audience, has optioned the feature film rights to Guy Garcia’s novel “Skin Deep.”

‘Goat’ eyes new pasture

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Edward Albee’s Tony-winning “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” looks set to bleat its way to London early in 2004, opening a limited engagement in January at north London’s Almeida Theater before a hoped-for West End transfer.

Review: ‘Big River’

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Huckleberry Finn’s sunbeam smile, which lights up the stage at regular intervals in this magical revival of the musical “Big River,” isn’t always framed by the expected climax, a soaring bit of singing. For, though he’s deaf, Tyrone Giordano’s mischievous brown eyes, his marvelously expressive face, his agile body and deft hands form their own sort of chamber orchestra, thrillingly underscoring words being spoken and sung by another actor.

Seven, Foxtel turn up TV

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Production of Australian TV drama is set to boom after a slew of projects was unveiled Thursday by the Seven Network and paybox Foxtel.

Canada’s Corus sings as black ink returns

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Net earnings at Canuck specialty broadcaster Corus Entertainment swung into the black in the third quarter thanks to strong advertising revenue growth for its adult-targeted specialty channels and improved performance at production company Nelvana.