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LIT PICKS

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Knopf bites for Beatty After an auction in which Scribners seemed the initial front-runner, Knopf snatched the pub rights to poet Paul Beatty's untitled follow-up to his debut novel, “The White Boy…

B.O. highlights

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New releases: “The Saint” (Par) moneychanged $16.1 million in second, good for $6,979 on 2,307. “That Old Feeling” (U) rekindled $5.2 million in fourth place, yielding a per-screen average of $3,302…

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INSIDE MOVES

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Don't look for Michael Douglas and Sean Connery to join together for Paramount Pictures' actioner “Pathfinder” any time soon. Both have taken a look-see at the Mace Neufeld/Robert Rehme project and…

NUMBERS

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Walt Disney Co. agreed Friday to sell ABC's four daily newspapers to Knight-Ridder Inc., completing the first and biggest chunk of Disney's publishing divestment. See story, page 10.

Sacker upped at Miramax

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NEW YORK — Miramax Films has promoted Neil Sacker to executive vice president of business and legal affairs. Sacker, formerly senior VP, replaces John Logigian, who ankled to join Jean Doumanian…

B.O. GIVES 'DEVIL' ITS DUE

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The Easter break was a veritable feast for many moviegoers overseas as “The Devil's Own” rolled out in 28 territories, a second wave of “Star Wars” releases began and its nine Academy Awards…

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