Undaunted by the focus on the war against Iraq, the key GOP backer of federal anti-runaway-production legislation has pledged to keep pushing a tax credit bill aimed at productions under $10 million.
A fizzler at home and in Europe, "The Core" showed more spark in Asia over the weekend, dueling in some markets with "Tears of the Sun."
Elijah Wood will voice the lead character of Mumble the penguin in Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures' upcoming animated pic "Happy Feet" (aka "The Kingdom").
"XXX" director Rob Cohen and Distant Horizon will make the Japanese anime "Kite" take flight as a live-action feature.
Paramount has signed a deal with In Demand that will funnel the studio's current movies and some of its library titles to the video-on-demand giant.
Scribe Jeff Lowell has sold an untitled spec to Warner Bros. Pictures for low- against mid-six figures.
Seth Green has signed to star opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Matthew Lillard and Linda Cardellini in Warner Bros.' "Scooby-Doo" sequel for helmer Raja Gosnell.
New Line Cinema has paid mid-six figures to acquire pitch "The Wedding Crashers" from scribes Steve Faber and Bob Fisher.
Kevin Bisch has been hired to write MGM's remake of the Jerry Lewis comedy "The Bellboy."
Artisan Entertainment has lost its fraud case against financier Peter Hoffman and Heath Insurance Broking that stemmed from an insurance-backed film finance deal that went south.