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Bill Paxton will play a used-car salesman in James Cameron’s “True Lies,” which is in production. Paxton just completed production on “Tombstone,” which is skedded for a Dec. 17 release from Buena Vista’s Touchstone division.

He also co-stars in “Boxing Helena,” opening today.

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Danny DeVito and Diane Keaton will provide voices for canines Rocks and Daphne in TriStar Pictures’ “Look Who’s Talking Now.” The comedy sequel, with John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, is set for release Nov. 5. It’s directed by Tom Ropelewski and based on a screenplay by Ropelewski and Leslie Dixon.

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BAFTA/LA presents the first public screening of John Schlesinger’s new film, “The Innocent,” Wednesday at the Pacific Design Center. Schlesinger will be present for a Q&A session immediately following the 8 p.m. screening. The drama, produced by Norma Heyman, Chris Sievernich and Wieland Schultz-Kiel, stars Anthony Hopkins, Isabella Rossellini and Campbell Scott. Pic opens in Europe in October.

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ABC will air six weekly National Hockey League games beginning March 27, marking the league’s second year on the network. The deal calls for regional carriage of three regular season and three playoff games. ESPN, 80% owned by ABC , will produce the games for the network.

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“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” and “The Maltese Falcon,” both best picture Oscar nominees directed by John Huston and starring Humphrey Bogart, will be presented at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Standard Screening at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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