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Remstar takes controversial pic

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Montreal-based distrib Remstar Distribution has acquired U.S. rights to the controversial French-language film “Baise-moi” (“Rape Me”). Remstar handled the film’s Quebecois release in September.

NBCi prexy ankles

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NBCi Prexy and COO Edmond Sanctis resigned Friday, two days after the Peacock’s online arm reached its all-time trading low on the stock market.

Corrections

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“Hardball” will be distributed by Paramount Pictures. Information was incorrect in Thursday’s paper. * * * HollywoodTicket.com laid off four people in its marketing and business development divisions. Eight still remain with the Netco. Information was incorrect in Wednesday’s paper. * * * Elektra Records’ newly appointed executive VP Josh Deutsch will not oversee marketing… Read more »

Canton embraces new ‘Rappaccini’

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Scripter Anne Chirkis has sold an updated version of “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” based on an 18th century short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, to Warner Bros. Pictures-based Canton Co. in a low- against mid-six-figure deal. Present-day take will be a romantic thriller in which a young couple falls in love only to learn that they are pawns in a centuries-old feud.

Acad foundation prepares fest grants

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Gearing up for the 2001 film festival circuit, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Academy Foundation will bestow grants totaling $250,000 upon 14 U.S. film fests. Grants were distributed in $30,000, $25,000, $20,000 and $10,000 increments. The Sundance Film Festival and Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival will each receive $30,000, and San Jose’s Cinequest and the Cleveland Intl. Film Festival each garnered $25,000.

Rogers reaps coin as Videotron consolation

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Rogers may have lost the Videotron takeover battle, but the Toronto-based cabler’s consolation prize, a C$241 million ($159.2 million) breakup fee, has helped put the company into the black for the quarter.

AFI’s melodious bow

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George Clooney’s singing career was the talk of the preem for “O Brother Where Art Thou” on Thursday. The Buena Vista pic, probably one of the few pics in history to have Homer credited as a scribe, unspooled at El Capitan to kick off the American Film Institute’s 15th annual fest.

Global TV names exex

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Canuck network Global Television Thursday announced the appointment of several general managers around the country.

Mac attack strikes Fox

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Fox Broadcasting has snagged one of the “Kings of Comedy,” signing veteran standup Bernie Mac to star in a family comedy for fall 2001.