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FREEMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER CAR CRASH

Morgan Freeman was hospitalized in serious condition Monday after the car he was driving left a rural road in the Mississippi Delta and flipped several times. Freeman, 71, was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis about 90 miles north of the crash in rural Tallahatchie County. Hospital spokeswoman Kathy Stringer said he was in serious condition but declined to discuss his injuries. Bill Luckett, Freeman's business partner in a blues club, told the Commercial Appeal in Memphis that the actor suffered a broken arm and had other injuries.

STASSEN likes 'HORROR'

Ben Stassen, the Belgium-based director behind Summit's 3-D computer-animated release "Fly Me to the Moon," said he is beginning preproduction on a steroscopic live-action film titled "Horror Tour." He expects to shoot next spring or summer. Additionally, through Illuminata Pictures and his nWave Pictures, he also is helming a 3-D computer-animated feature titled "Around the World in 50 Years," which tells the story of a sea turtle. "Moon" opens Aug. 15.

MONTREAL LIKES 'PARIS'

French director Christophe Barratier is set to open the Montreal World Film Festival with his musical drama "Paris 36." The Pathe International film about three Parisian dance hall veterans who stage a musical as France's Popular Front comes to power in 1936 is Barratier's first feature since his 2004 success "The Chorus." The Montreal fest runs Aug. 21-Sept. 1.

LOCARNO LIKES MORETTI

Ken Loach's "Riff-Raff" and Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rain People" are among the films handpicked by Italian auteur Nanni Moretti for a sidebar at this month's Locarno Film Festival. Organizers of the event, which rusn Wednesday through Aug. 16, gave Moretti a free hand in selecting two sections. The first section will feature the director's favorite films shown at Rome's Nuovo Sacher, the cinema he owns; the second will highlight films from the 1960s, when he was growing up.
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