Andre Benjamin, better known as one-half of the multiplatinum group OutKast, has inked a deal for his first starring vehicle with Sam Nazarian's Element Films, with Paris Barclay attached to direct.
The Washington farewell tour has begun for Jack Valenti, even though no one can believe he's really leaving -- and no one has yet materialized to take his place.
After working with HBO Films last year on "Elephant" which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, helmer Gus Van Sant is reteaming with the cabler on pic "Last Days," to star Michael Pitt, Asia Argento and…
Arclight Films has opened a Toronto office and tapped sales executive Lina Marrone to run it. Marrone started working on a consultancy basis with Arclight at Mifed last year.
MGM has bought the spec script "Step in the Name of Love" as a vehicle for R&B singer Usher to star in and exec produce. Carl Seaton and Kenny Young wrote the script.
Motion Picture Assn. of America topper Jack Valenti and 321 Studios chief Robert Moore crossed swords at a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday over a bill that would allow consumers to make backup…
Warner Music U.K. is scrapping promotional CDs of pre-release music in favor of Internet distribution.
Usher's "Confessions" (LaFace) returned to the top of the album sales chart after being bounced for a week by the Eminem-led D12.
Lloyd Cole has been making meticulously literate music for two decades, balanced in recent years by a warmth that seldom seeped into his work with his first band, the Commotions. At this solo…
Online song store Napster has signed a worldwide distribution deal with the U.K.'s Assn. of Independent Music.
The number of counterfeit CDs seized by the RIAA soared over 200% last year, while illegal recordable CDs, or CD-R discs, stayed roughly even at about 5 million and counterfeit tape seizures declined…