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Lensers to fete Maltin

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The American Society of Cinematographers has tapped film critic Leonard Maltin to receive an award of distinction at the 19th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards ceremonies Feb. 13 at the Hollywood and Highland complex.

Review: ‘k.d. lang’

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K.d. lang is an apt choice to kick off the L.A. Phil’s “Songbook” series at Disney Hall. Her most recent album, “Hymns of the 49th Parallel,” is a collection of songs by Canadian singer-songwriters; the album’s only fault is, as the title suggests, an overly reverential approach to the material, which flattened out some of the songs’ emotional thorniness.

Premiere IPO outlook cloudy

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Execs at Germany’s sole paybox, Premiere, and its main shareholder are sending different signals as to whether this year’s planned IPO will take place.

Nordic TV sale blurs picture

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The sale of Modern Times Group’s 15.1% stake in national commercial channel TV4 in Sweden to equity group Proventus Industrier will slow down Norwegian media giant Schibsted’s plans to increase its TV stakes in the Nordic territories.

Saban group eyeing Euvia

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Haim Saban’s ProSiebenSat 1 TV group is close to taking over lucrative interactive TV group Euvia Media, which operates call-in quiz channel Neun Live and travel web Sonnenklar.

Eye for an Eye

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CBS attempted to bury the “Memogate” scandal on Monday with a flurry of firings, a 224-page consultants’ report and a new bureaucracy designed to police the Tiffany Network on future politically charged stories.

Experts add real-life flavor

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God may be in the details, but for filmmakers, it’s easier to get a more down-to-earth expert on the set. From the oenophiles of “Sideways” to Giorgio Armani’s stylish eye in “De-Lovely” to Stella McCartney’s designs for “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” to culinary star Thomas Keller’s kitchen in “Spanglish,” consultants contributed much authenticity to this year’s Oscar contenders.

Closer

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Despite the fact that Tim Hatley had never created scenery for a film, Mike Nichols chose the accomplished theater production designer to construct “Closer.”

Golden age of design

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You’d think that legendary production designer and art director Henry Bumstead, who turns 90 in March, would by now be resting on his laurels. But he’s not.