Sony Pictures Entertainment is in talks with Steve Reuther's Warner Bros.-based Bel-Air Entertainment to co-finance "The Ugly Truth." If the deal concludes, Columbia Pictures would likely serve as…
An appellate court has dismissed Francis Ford Coppola's suit against author Carl Sagan and Warner Bros. for a share of the profits on the book and 1997 motion picture "Contact."
The battle for the name "Marlene" is likely to continue, despite a court decision barring Teutonic merchandising house Trebitsch Produktion Intl. from using the moniker of late screen icon Marlene…
North Carolina is mounting its own defense against the loss of film business to Canada as state legislators this summer will introduce a bill that would give producers a 15% rebate on wages paid to…
After weeks of speculation, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth have been confirmed to co-star in "Bridget Jones' Diary," alongside Renee Zellweger (Daily Variety, April 11).
Jay Stern, who supervised development and production of New Line's hit "Rush Hour," has been promoted to executive veep at the studio.
In a move to expand and consolidate its acquisitions and co-production departments, USA Films senior veep Steven Raphael has relocated to Gotham from Los Angeles, while Peter Kalmbach and Amanda…
Casey Silver's Gone Fishin' Prods. has signed scribe Sheldon Turner to a two-picture deal worth as much as mid-six figures.
Artisan Entertainment's Amir Malin has been promoted to co-CEO, joining current CEO Mark A. Curcio as the highest officers of the entertainment conglom.
The Karlovy Vary fest screening of "American Psycho" could prove the hottest ticket of the July film event. Local distrib Falcon notified Columbia TriStar Intl. that it won't play the film in the…