Harold Ramis is directing an untitled laffer for Sony, penning the screenplay and producing with Owen Wilson, who'll likely star. Storyline of the historical comedy is being kept under wraps.
Amnesty Intl. has latched onto a couple of Oscar contenders to raise awareness for two hot-button issues at the top of its agenda: child soldiers and the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
Tarak Ben Ammar has boarded three Dino De Laurentiis projects with budgets totaling $200 million -- the Hannibal Lecter prequel "Behind the Mask," "The Decameron" and "The Last Legion."
Indie distribution shingle Cavu Pictures has struck a deal to acquire worldwide rights to helmer Matthew Bonifacio's "Lbs.," which screened at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Paramount Pictures paid high six against low seven figures for "Jersey Dukes," a pitch for a comedy that will be scripted by Fred Wolf and produced by Lorne Michaels.
The Writers Guild of America West has tapped Emmy-winning writer-producer Cort Casady exec producer of its upcoming WGA Awards show on Feb. 19.
"Blues Clues" creator Todd Kessler and his No Hands Prods. partner Rebecca Goldstein have reacquired from Miramax the fully developed teen romantic drama "Keith."
In order to make films accessible to its voting members, IFP/Los Angeles has teamed with Netflix to create an official online viewing site for pics nominated for this year's Independent Spirit Awards.
Actor John Drew Barrymore, the father of Drew Barrymore, died Monday. He was 72. No information was released about the cause of death or where in Los Angeles he died.
After "The Merchant of Venice" Variety screening Nov. 21, producer Cary Brokaw talked about how Al Pacino's deity status in Italy aided access for the filmmakers.
Kevin Spacey received a standing ovation after the Variety screening of "Beyond the Sea," a film written, produced and directed by the thesp. Spacey also acts, dances and sings his way through the…