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Inside Moves

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Shepherd orbits ‘Venus’ as Rhea, Leykis yak NEW ORLEANS — Cybill Shepherd, who recently published an autobiographical tell-all, was negotiating Friday to replace Eleanor Mondale as host of Columbia TriStar Television Distribution’s upcoming strip “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” A replacement for Mondale was expected (Daily Variety, April 14). A CTTD spokesman… Read more »

U closes down Myers’ ‘Dieter’

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Universal Pictures has pulled the plug on “Dieter,” closing down pre-production and pink-slipping 25 employees two weeks after Mike Myers ditched the comedy.

World Briefs

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LATAM MTV Latam has upped Jose Tillan to VP of music and artists relations, a newly restructured department. Company said it is merging its music programming department with talent and artist relations. Tillan was formerly talent and artist relations executive director for the Spanish-lingo channel. In this new position, Tillan will oversee the channel’s general… Read more »

Bollywood’s B4U targets $120 mil

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Bollywood movie channel B4U, backed by steel baron Laxmi Mittal, plans to raise $120 million for its expansion plans in India. The digital movie channel hopes to launch in India by August. It currently telecasts Hindi movies in Europe, the U.S. and western Asia.

Pressure turned tide, Russ mogul sez

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Russian media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky, who was jailed then freed after being charged with embezzlement, said international and domestic pressure led to his unexpected release on Friday. “I am grateful to all the people who came to my support,” Gusinsky said in an interview with Newsweek released on Sunday.

‘Ten to One’ good odds for Spyglass

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Beating out several other interested parties, Spyglass Entertainment has snatched up Jon Zack’s spec script “Ten to One,” with Lauren Shuler Donner, Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum on board to produce and an October start date planned.

SAG taking on strikebreakers

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The Screen Actors Guild, targeting strikebreakers as its work stoppage against advertisers enters its eighth week, will soon launch fast-track disciplinary proceedings against members who cross picket lines.

Zide, Perry at New Line

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In a decade’s time, Warren Zide and Craig Perry have gone from mailroom interns to producers at New Line, striking a one-year, first-look deal at the mini-major. Zide and Perry produced the recent New Line frightener “Final Destination” and U’s hit 1999 teen sex comedy “American Pie.”

Telco at Castle door

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With Universal Pictures’ co-financing deal with the Warner Bros. Pictures-owned Castle Rock Entertainment expiring by year’s end, Warners is in advanced talks with Spanish powerhouse telco Telefonica Media to take a stake in the production label. No deal is in place, however.

Vivendi deal nearly done

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French communications company Vivendi and its Canal Plus TV unit on Sunday edged closer to their acquisition of Seagram for about $33 billion in stock. The companies said in a joint statement they hoped to formally announce a deal as soon as Tuesday.