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HONG KONG MYSTERY

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HONG KONG – With the colony reverting to Chinese rule next July 1, American media companies that base their Asian operations here are betting heavily that the handover will be more of an opportunity…

'DAYLIGHT' IN MONEY O'SEAS

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:”William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet” looks set to be another star performer overseas for Fox if its foreign preems over the weekend are anything to go by. The post-modern interpretation of the…

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REEL LIFE

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ON NOV. 27, THE BACKLOT COLUMN centered on unintentionally humorous phone conversations that reporters had taken part in during the past year. Anita M. Busch and other Daily Variety journalists…

Hoyts sets Mass. megaplex

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Hoyts Cinemas Corp. will open a 16-screen megaplex in Stoughton, Mass. next November, the company said Monday. The project, which the company said would be its U.S. flagship cinema complex, will be…

ANIMAL EATS WWOR

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NEW YORK – Discovery's new Animal Planet cable network has alienated some cable operators and may have overplayed its hand in buying out the satellite slot occupied by WWOR. Latter officially ends…

CORREX

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The correct number for information about the Pan African Film Festival is (213) 896-8221. Incorrect information was supplied to Daily Variety for Friday's story.

'PEOPLE' TOPS B.O.

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NEW YORK – Sony Pictures' “The People vs. Larry Flynt” strutted its way into the No. 1 position on the exclusives roster in its first weekend. Helmed by Milos Forman, the biopic about the founder of…

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