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Pic divisions back in Street’s graces

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Those Hollywood hypesters, whose Byzantine financials Wall Street loves to hate, were a bright spot in nearly every instance, from Disney to Viacom to Sony to USA, as a slow economy weighed down ad-dependent sectors like TV and radio broadcasting.

Sweden boosts regional prod’n sites

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Regional film production centers are sprouting in Sweden, following the success of Trollhattan’s Film i Vast, which will help produce 13 features, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “It’s All About Love” (which started principal photography April 23) and Lars von Trier’s upcoming “Dogville.”

NBC saying goodbye to weak sked

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Ever since “The Fresh Prince” bailed on Bel-Air about five years ago, Monday night at 8 has been one of the weakest links of an otherwise strong NBC schedule. Not anymore. Thanks in part to the tart-tongued antics of host Anne Robinson, gameshow “The Weakest Link” has attracted a substantial following in its first two Monday broadcasts, easily winning its hour both weeks.

Strong Root grows at BBC2

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Behind the success of “The Weakest Link,” British TV’s latest Stateside sensation, stand two feisty females, both bespectacled, diminutive and fond of dark, tailored suits and intimidating male colleagues.

Momentum develops under Kosse

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Momentum Pictures is on a roll. A year after Alliance Atlantis relaunched its U.K. distrib with a new name, a new partner (Germany’s Kinowelt) and new management, Momentum is emerging as one of the smartest companies navigating Blighty’s choppy indie shoals.

Disney preps PR blitzkrieg

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Michael Eisner was never comfortable with mega-budget pics like “Armageddon” in 1998, so he was in no mood to greenlight the $180 million pricetag for “Pearl Harbor” — even if it did come with the same producer (Jerry Bruckheimer) and director (Michael Bay).

Roundabout way to B’way for ‘Syracuse’

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Todd Haimes, artistic director of the Roundabout Theatre Company, confirmed that the Rodgers & Hart musical “Boys From Syracuse” would complete the company’s 2001-2002 season at its American Airlines Theatre.