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Rock & Weitzes ‘Made’ for Par pic

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Fresh from kneading “American Pie” into dough for Universal, helmers Chris and Paul Weitz are now attached to direct their script “I Was Made to Love Her” for Paramount Pictures.

Sogecable edges out of red

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Sogecable’s third-quarter results suggest that Spain’s biggest film and TV conglom is edging ever nearer to the break-even point, powered principally by increases in subscribers for its digital platform, CanalSatellite Digital (CSD).

Trimark marks earnings boost

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Trimark Holdings reported a 6% boost in first-quarter revenues to $20.6 million, while net earnings rose to $3.2 million compared with $713,000 a year ago. Results were fueled by increases in homevid, cable TV and theatrical sales.

Net Tokyo B’casting in satcast deal

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Japanese network Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) said Monday it will set up a satellite broadcasting company in December that will provide data communications and interactive services.

‘Stargate’ fences in Fox

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A cold November has proven to be a hot month for MGM’s sci-fi action hour “Stargate SG-1.” First the weekly landed as the top firstrun action hour during the opening days of November sweeps, and now distributor MGM has inked a two-year double-run deal with the Fox O&Os to air the show.

Review: ‘Black and Blue’

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Many have tried, but no telepic since 1984’s “The Burning Bed” has been able to detail the horrors of domestic violence with brutal honesty. CBS’ “Black and Blue” puts an end to that drought, boldly fusing a theme of empowerment with the very unfortunate realities of abuse.

‘Aida’ previews continue after weekend accident

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Walt Disney Theatricals’ “Aida” is expected to resume preview performances in Chicago Wednesday night after a technical calamity over the weekend resulted in slight injuries to the lead actors in this production of the Elton John-Tim Rice musical and the cancellation of Sunday’s performances.

West pursues ‘Prisoner'; Spielberg scribbles

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Director Simon West moved from the video/commercial world to studio features and responded with two hits in “Con Air” and “The General’s Daughter,” which each grossed $100 million domestically. Now, he hopes to bank on that track record to make two films he has dreamed of directing for 30 years.