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It's a Brit world

The entertainment industry will play a major role as the British Consul General celebrates a 50-year residency in Los Angeles at the end of the month. Dubbed BritWeek 2008, the series of events — which actually stretches from April 24 to May 10 — encompasses a BAFTA/LA British Comedy Festival, a David Lean 100th birthday retrospective and a Michael York-hosted event titled "The British in Hollywood from Chaplin to Present Day." Other scheduled events include a Duran Duran concert and a British celebrity soccer match. The event kicks off April 24 with an invitation-only party at the Consul General's Residence.



Swedish slash

COLOGNE, Germany — Swedish public broadcaster SVT has announced plans to cut up to 400 staffers in an effort to slash some $40 million from its budget over the next two years. In a press conference Thursday, SVT head Eva Hamilton justified the cuts, pointing to rising operation costs that are not being covered by revenue from SVT's license fee. An internal SVT memo published in the Swedish press estimated that the public broadcaster was losing about $13 million a year.



'Vincere' leads

ROME — Roberto Faenza's "I Vincere" dominated the nominations for the Cinecitta Holding Awards for Film Excellence, which were announced Thursday. The historical drama made a modest splash at the boxoffice last year but it was considered something of a surprise that it was nominated in nine of 13 categories for the annual awards given by the storied Rome studios. Antonio Grimaldi's "Caos Calmo" (Quiet Chaos) — which stars and was co-written by Nanni Moretti — garnered five noms for the prizes, which will be handed out April 28.
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