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'MADAGASCAR' CASTINGS

The original cast from "Madagascar" will be joined by new names in DreamWorks Animation and Paramount's "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." They include Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin and Will.i.am, who also serves as a co-composer alongside Hans Zimmer. The film bows Nov. 7.

A 'MISUNDERSTANDING'

Oscar-winning film producer Vittorio Cecchi Gori told Italian journalists Wednesday from Rome's Regina Coeli Minimum Security Prison that his arrest on charges of €25 million ($39.5 million) in debt and financial insolvency was a "misunderstanding."

'Haunting' halloween

"The Haunting of Molly Hartley," a suspense thriller starring Chace Crawford, has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Freestyle Releasing. Freestyle plans a 2,000-screen Halloween release for the film, which centers on a new kid in town who discovers that her troubled past might be a prelude to a more disturbing future. ICM repped the film and brokered the deal with Freestyle co-president Susan Jackson.
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