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Spiegel ankles MP3.com spot

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Tom Spiegel, executive vice president of MP3.com Inc., resigned Friday to “pursue other business interests,” although he will remain with the company as a consultant for the rest of this year.

Sony, Toyota, Cable in Internet deal

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Sony is launching a joint venture along with Toyota and a Japanese cable company to prepare for broadband content transmission via cable to home PCs.

Williams joins Odyssey mag

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Odyssey Network, the joint cable venture between Hallmark Entertainment and the Jim Henson Co., has retooled its weekly news mag, tapping former CNN and NBC news anchor Mary Alice Williams its executive editor and host.

Latin tunes take Germany

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Germany’s recording industry presented its highest awards in Hamburg on Thursday, with prizes going to local swing sensation Lou Bega and to Cuban Latin jazz band Buena Vista Social Club, made famous by Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated documentary of the same name.
Hometown tribute.

‘American’ travels

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Giving some luster to an otherwise dull frame, “American Beauty” last week became the third hit to blast past $100 million overseas this year, while “Toy Story 2” and “Three Kings” energized the U.K., and “The Green Mile” had solid bows in five territories.

Sc-Fi labs ‘Lexx’ for 13

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The Sci-Fi Channel has snapped up 13 additional episodes of the hourlong skein “Lexx,” from co-producers Canuck-based Salter Street Films and Germany’s TiMe Film und TV Produktion.

Tenpercenteries

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Two-time Oscar nominee Nick Nolte (“Affliction” and “The Prince of Tides”) and his production company Kingsgate Films have signed with the William Morris Agency for representation in all areas. Nolte recently completed work on the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of Henry James’ “The Golden Bowl,” slated for a fall release from Miramax. * * * Lolita Davidovich,… Read more »

Review: ‘Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd Quartet’

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The idea of a piano-free homage to jazz giant Thelonious Monk might sound as unlikely as a mime tribute to Ethel Merman — but both on disc and in live performance, this concept takes flight with amazing elegance, thanks to the clever, intuitive nature of co-leaders Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd.

Drawing battle lines

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The Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner skirted a public-relations disaster for the second time this month when both sides agreed to postpone a Friday deadline that would’ve deprived 650,000 Houston cable subscribers of KTRK, the local ABC-owned TV station. The new deadline is March 31.

Teens power ‘God’ to win in timeslot

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NBC’s controversial animated laffer “God, the Devil and Bob” won its half-hour in a special Thursday preview, although it lost a sizable chunk of its hefty lead-in.