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Fox puts its ‘Heart’ into Intermedia deal

Portman to star in teen pic

CANNES — Twentieth Century Fox and Intermedia Films have pacted to partner on Wind Dancer Production Group’s “Where the Heart Is,” starring Natalie Portman.

Fox will distribute the pic, which is being directed by Matt Williams, in the U.S. and all other English-lingo territories. Intermedia will handle sales in the rest of the world.

The parties have been in negotiations for the past month, and the deal was wrapped up Friday in Cannes, sources said.

“Heart,” scripted by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel (“EdTV”), is about a teen-age girl who is left pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend in an Oklahoma shopping mall, which subsequently becomes her home.

Wind Dancer’s Williams, David McFadzean and Susan Cartsonis will produce the pic. It’s Wind Dancer’s third collaboration with Intermedia, following “Firelight” and “Company Man.”

Williams created and exec produced TV shows such as “Roseanne” and “Home Improvement.” “Heart” will be his feature helming debut.

CAA brokered the deal between Wind Dancer, Intermedia and Fox.