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NOT PASSING ON BUCK

HBO Sports is drawing on Emmy-winning Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck to replace Bob Costas at the network. Buck will host a quarterly talk show for HBO Sports beginning in May. It will replace "Costas Now," which the NBC sportscaster did at HBO for much of the past seven years. Costas left HBO Sports this week for the MLB Network.

'Faber' to Magnolia

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to director John Hindman's romantic dramedy "Arlen Faber," which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival. The film, starring Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham, will be released in the summer.

MEET more 'browns'

TBS has ordered 70 more episodes of Tyler Perry's sitcom "Meet the Browns." The "House of Payne" spinoff received the large order after only 10 episodes on the network; since its debut last month, "Browns" has become ad-supported cable's highest- rated comedy. Perry and co-producer Debmar-Mercury negotiated a similar deal for "Payne."

'Slumdog' scores

Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" scooped up three prizes Wednesday at the London Film Critics' Circle Awards, taking best British film, British director and screenwriter of the year for Simon Beaufoy. "The Wrestler" was film of the year, with Mickey Rourke best actor. Kate Winslet secured the actress nod for "The Reader" and "Revolutionary Road."
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