Jon Avnet has come aboard to direct Al Pacino starrer "88 Minutes." Drama, a co-production of Avi Lerner's Millennium Films and Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla Films, is set for an…
Paramount's getting the blues, acquiring film rights to vintage cartoon characters the Smurfs and setting up development of a 3-D CGI feature with producer Jordan Kerner and Nickelodeon Movies.
Michael Smellie's announcement that he's leaving Sony BMG Music Entertainment leaves the conglom with a U.S. management team top-heavy with Sony Music execs.
In a major change for the 56-year-old family-owned boutique, the Gersh Agency will break ground next year on its Wilshire Boulevard HQ, which will open its doors in early 2007. And for the first…
Variety has named Michaela Boland and Paul Chai as its reporters covering the entertainment scene in Australia. Boland will focus on film and theater, and Chai will concentrate on the TV biz.
Sunday's "Stealth" premiere was payback time for Sony and the Navy: As a means of saying thanks for filmmaking cooperation, pic preemed at the Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif.
Hollywood studios and producers have agreed to a pair of class-action settlements of lawsuits -- one for $5.35 million for late payments to discharged employees and one for $1 million for disputed…