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Review: ‘Mon-Rak Transistor’

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A bittersweet story of young lovers separated by circumstance, “Mon-Rak Transistor” represents a considerable step forward in terms of ambition and control from Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s 2000 comic thriller “6ixtynin9.” A light-hearted arthouse entry for selected export dates.

Pix at a Crossroads

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Vid and commercial production company Crossroads Films has struck three pic deals, which rep United Artists-based company’s most substantial foray into the feature arena.

UPN socks away 5 pix from Miramax

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Three Jackie Chan movies, the third sequel in “The Crow” franchise and a 1998 supernatural thriller starring Ben Affleck will make their way to the UPN Network over the next 18 months as part of a five-picture deal with Miramax Films.

Muppet sale looms

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The lingering auction of kidvid giant Jim Henson Co. appears finally to be heading into the home stretch. Things are expected to heat up just after Memorial Day weekend, with new bids expected from studio parents and other suitors. A management buyout proposal also is in the mix.

Warners on sci-fi flier

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Warner Bros. has made a deal for director Wolfgang Petersen to bring Orson Scott Card’s prize-winning series of science-fiction bestsellers “Ender’s Game” and “Ender’s Shadow” to the bigscreen.

Quiz wiz will expand role

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Who is … a gameshow guru? Columbia TriStar Domestic Television plans to leverage Harry Friedman’s vast gameshow experience under a multiyear deal that calls for the exec producer for “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” — syndie’s top-rated skeins — to expand his duties.

WGAE ratifies ABC news pact

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Members of the Writers Guild of America East have ratified a three-year deal with ABC covering 180 newsroom employees in New York and Washington, D.C.