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Sandler new NARAS veep

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Adam Sandler has been tapped veep of communications and director of special projects for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, effective immediately.

Dollars & ‘Sense’

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Thrills and spills dominated cinemas overseas in a lucrative weekend, as “The Sixth Sense” enthralled Japan, Mexico and Italy, “The Blair Witch Project” wowed the U.K. and “Deep Blue Sea” surfaced in six territories with fairly potent results.

TenPercenteries

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The tides of change continue to crash upon the agency front, with several moves highlighting the Halloween weekend. The Endeavor agency has signed actor Mark Wahlberg (“Boogie Nights,” “Three Kings”), writer-director Paul Schrader (“Bringing Out the Dead,” “Affliction”) and writer Ann Biderman (“Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” “Primal Fear”). Wahlberg, who’s lensing “The Perfect Storm” for… Read more »

Miller ankling WB for Bel-Air

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President of Warner Bros. worldwide theatrical business operations Jim Miller will settle out the remainder of his two-year contract with the studio, and is expected to assume an exclusive advisory role with studio-based Bel-Air Entertainment.

Four bows fail to boost buggy B’way

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Broadway dropped nearly half a million dollars in total receipts, to $9,752,342, despite the appearance of four new shows in previews: “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Marie Christine,” “The Price” and “Putting It Together.”

Consumer segs get test drive by ABC News

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ABC News and Consumers Union have entered into an agreement to produce product-testing and evaluation segments for ABC News’ “20/20” and “Good Morning America,” the entities announced Monday.

Review: ‘Finian’s Rainbow’

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The 1947 musical morality fable “Finian’s Rainbow” gets a generally sunny, musically upbeat reworking at the Coconut Grove Playhouse before heading to Cleveland and a planned Broadway transfer early in 2000. Peter Stone’s new libretto moves quickly and confidently through a bramble of subplots, streamlining the original without changing its overall appearance or magically romantic spirit.

BSkyB goal: more soccer

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Satcaster BSkyB is reportedly offering almost £1 billion ($1.65 billion) for the rights to broadcast English Premier League soccer for the next three years.