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  1. La opera H'wood

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    It has been a long libretto and lots of operas, high notes and low notes since superstar tenor Placido Domingo took over the Los Angeles Opera in 2001. But one accomplishment the risk-taking artistic director points to with special pride is that "many of my dreams about using the talent in Hollywood are coming true."Read more

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  2. It's gonna be a green Muppets Christmas

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    NBC is getting into the holiday spirit with "Letters to Santa — A Muppets Christmas."Read more

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  3. Syndication back from vacation

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    Today marks a big day in first-run syndication this season, with no fewer than five new shows entering the competition for eyeballs.Read more

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  4. Another 'Inside' job

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    A sequel to Spike Lee's "Inside Man" is moving forward at Universal, with Terry George in negotiations to write the screenplay and Lee coming back to direct the Brian Grazer-produced film.Read more

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  5. Two more Spideys are on the way

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    Tobey Maguire and Sam Raimi are looking to spin more webs for Sony's Columbia Pictures. The actor and helmer are close to locking in a deal to return for the fourth and fifth installments of the studio's top-grossing "Spider-Man" franchise, with Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad producing.Read more

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  6. Till takes control of Icon Group for int'l distribution

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    Stewart Till, the former CEO of United International Pictures and current U.K. Film Council chairman, has made his first major move toward an international distribution empire, snapping up Icon Group's international sales arm and distribution companies as well as its Majestic Film and Television library.Read more

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  7. Toronto's film buyers see the light

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    The Toronto International Film Festival has lightened up this year.Read more

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  8. It's clear summer's over at boxoffice

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    Is that any way to christen a new boxoffice season? Lionsgate's "Bangkok Dangerous" always seemed a safe bet for the No. 1 spot in domestic rankings for the weekend, as the Nicolas Cage starrer represented the session's sole wide opener. But its estimated $7.8 million in chart-topping grosses fell below even the lower end of most forecasts for the critically brutalized action film.Read more

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  9. 'Wrestler' pins Lido's Golden Lion

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," which set the Venice Lido abuzz after its world premiere Friday, gave the 65th Venice Film Festival the strong finish it needed when it won the festival's top prize a day later.Read more

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  10. Red-hot 'Mamma' rules overseas b.o.

    5:00 am 9/8/2008

    Universal's "Mamma Mia!" grabbed the No. 1 spot on the overseas circuit for the first time, grossing an estimated $15 million during the weekend from 3,493 screens in 39 markets to best Warner Bros.' "The Dark Knight" by about $3.2 million.Read more

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