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SUMMER FILMS eye Q4 DVD bows

At least seven theatrical films grossing $150 million-plus are all but certain to be released on disc in the final three months of the year, including Paramount's "Iron Man" — at $309.2 million the year's No. 1 movie — and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," close behind at $300 million. Other likely Q4 releases include "Kung Fu Panda," "Sex and the City" and "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!"

Discs still popular

Even tech-savvy young downloaders still like their DVD, according to a new study from Knowledge Networks. The online poll found that 37% of consumers ages 13-29 download video content from the Web, compared with 18% of consumers 30-43 and 11% of consumers 44-54. But 67% of these same Gen Y downloaders still buy and rent DVDs on a monthly basis, about the same as Gen X (71% buy, 65% rent) and significantly more than boomers (55% buy, 44% rent).

Chucky's back. Again.

MGM is planning a gala 20th anniversary "Birthday Edition" of the horror film "Child's Play," with a new commentary, behind-the-scenes footage and four featurettes. The spruced-up "Child's Play" hits stores Sept. 9.

PAR ups Bell

Michelle Bell has been promoted to senior vp worldwide creative services at Paramount Home Entertainment. Bell will add international to her existing domestic responsibilities.
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