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LFF tunes in for 'Frost/Nixon'

A journalist and a U.S. president will provide the opening-night drama at this year's BFI London Film Festival as "Frost/Nixon" kick-starts the event. Organizers will roll out the red carpet for Ron Howard's big-screen adaptation of Peter Morgan's stage play Oct. 15. Michael Sheen and Frank Langella reprise their West End and Broadway roles as journalist David Frost and President Nixon, respectively, in the film that LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron described as a "fascinating study of a unique moment in cultural and political life." The film centers on the 1977 Frost-Nixon interviews. Howard and producer Brian Grazer, with Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, are expected to be on hand at the movie's world premiere in London. Universal bows the film in December in the U.S. in limited release and in January in the U.K. The LFF is set for Oct. 15-30.

'Wife' takes Wicki prize

"The Anarchist's Wife," Peter Sehr and Marie Noelle's period drama starring Maria Valverde and Juan Diego Botto, has won the Munich Film Festival's Bernhard Wicki Prize. The award comes with a grant of €10,000 ($15,600). "Wife" is the story of a couple torn apart by the Spanish civil war. The prize will be presented tonight at a ceremony in Munich. The fest runs through Saturday.

CoplEy cuts UCLA check

Newspaper publisher and philanthropist David C. Copley has made a $6 million donation to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, which will be used to endow a chair for the study of costume design and a new center devoted to the study of the craft. The first of its kind in the world, the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design will further scholarship in the field through research, coursework and a program to bring in professionals as visiting faculty.

Schrader upped at DTG

David Schrader has been promoted to exec vp of the Disney Theatrical Group. He will oversee areas of DTG pertaining to Disney on Broadway, national touring, merchandising and international co-productions and licenses in the new position while continuing to oversee the Disney Live Family Entertainment business.

E1 posts loss

Canadian filmed entertainment distributor Entertainment One on Wednesday reported a loss for its first year of operation. E1 reported a pro forma loss of $16.8 million on pro forma revenue of $571 million for the period from Jan. 11, 2007, to March 31. The loss was attributed to one-off items including $11.4 million in share-option payments.

Streetlights on

The Endeavor Foundation has paired Endeavor's agent-trainees with Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization Streetlights, which provides free job training in physical production for film and TV. Over the summer, trainees will place Streetlights grads onto TV and film sets.
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