The drama is supposed to be onscreen. But the awkward convergence of Italian politics and cinema this year is setting up a dramatic conflict over the future of the Venice Film Festival.
MTV just got punk'd. Ashton Kutcher, creator and star of the net's hidden camera show "Punk'd," has thrown in the towel, effectively calling off the series' upcoming third season.
The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. will jumpstart the 2004 Critics' Choice Awards with its newly conceived 10 Best Fest, a week of film screenings devoted to the critics' best picture nominees.
Call it "The Real (Little) World."
Brett Ratner has committed to direct "Josiah's Canon" for 20th Century Fox.
Heartened by the growth spurt at ABC News' "Good Morning America," Alphabet affils on Thursday endorsed the return of the ayem show to the weekends.
"The Lord of the Rings" head man Peter Jackson will receive this year's Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.
Warner Bros. has optioned "The Food of Love," a novel by Jess Blake, for producer Denise Di Novi.
HBO has renewed "Carnivale," ordering a 13-episode second season. Creator Daniel Knauf and Howard Klein are on board to exec produce.
E! Networks has greenlit production on a comedy pilot based on the long-running Los Angeles stage production of Eugene Pack's "In Their Own Words: Celebrity Autobiographies," featuring comedic…