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'Conversation' talks end

‘Conversation’ talks end

Talks that would have placed Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s “Criminal Conversation” have collapsed.

Execs at both Par and the Par-based C/W Prods., which is producing the film, say they have rescinded their offer to Wahlberg. Iain Softley, however, remains attached to helm the pic.

Having drawn acclaim for starring in “Boogie Nights,” Wahlberg has since toplined 1999’s “Three Kings,” with George Clooney and will reteam with him in the Warner Bros. actioner, “The Perfect Storm,” which bows June 30.

— Claude Brodesser

‘Gromit’s’ bark at DreamWorks?

DreamWorks said it is in discussions with Aardman Animations for the British stop-motion animation house to follow its 2002 picture “The Tortoise and the Hare” with a feature-length version of its famous “Wallace & Gromit” shorts. Aardman, which made the DreamWorks pic “Chicken Run” opening this week, has a deal to make four more pictures over the next several years for DreamWorks.

Nick Park, co-director and producer of “Chicken Run,” has won three Oscars for animated shorts, two of them featuring Wallace, a wacky inventor, and his faithful dog Gromit — “The Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave.” If the “Wallace & Gromit” feature goes forward, it probably wouldn’t hit screens until 2004.

— Paul F. Duke

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