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CASH AND ‘CAREY’

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Columbia Pictures president Amy Pascal has optioned the rights to a five-book series of mystery novels by Don Winslow, for Jane Hamsher and Don Murphy of JD Prods. to produce. According to sources…

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Hermosa Beach fest to bow

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The Hermosa Beach Film Festival bows Thursday night with a special screening on the beach of Brian Gordon’s “Pie in the Sky,” starring Josh Charles, Anne Heche, Peter Riegert, Christine Lahti and…

INSIDE MOVES

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LONDON — Music giant EMI has reportedly broken off long-rumored merger talks with Seagram, whose MCA includes the Universal Music Group. According to the Brit newspaper Financial Times, EMI and…

‘SECRET’ COMING OUT

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Gotham-based Noon Pictures has picked up U.S. distribution rights to “Secret Friends,” the only film helmed by Brit scribe Dennis Potter. According to principal Chris Hoover, the indie distributor…

POLYGRAM STUMBLES

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NEW YORK — Weak film performance offset improved music results as Dutch-based international entertainment giant Polygram reported a 2% decline in net income in the first quarter. The company had net…

MPAA RATINGS

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R “Bad Day on the Block” (Louie Prods. LLC); “for violence/terror and language.” “Executive Power” (Naegele-Derrick Prods.); “for violence, sexuality and language.” “In the Company of Men” (Sony…

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