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Mehta's 'maru' lead

Deepa Mehta has cast Bollywood's Akshay Kumar ("Singh Is Kinng") to play the lead in "Komagata Maru," her feature film about the true-life voyage of an ill-fated passenger ship from India to Vancouver in 1914. Toronto-based Mehta originally intended Amitabh Bachchan to top-line the $30 million drama, but had to back down since Canadian government financing requires a local lead.

Chimes at 'midnight'

Hong Kong and Los Angeles-based Bigfoot Entertainment is making its first foray into the U.S. theatrical distribution market with a pre-Halloween limited release of horror feature "Midnight Movie" on Oct. 17.
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