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Scorsese shines

ROME — The RomaCinemaFest's star-studded Extra sidebar added a little more glitter Monday as organizers announced that Martin Scorsese will attend the event to present the refurbished edition of Sergio Leone's 1968 Western classic "Once Upon a Time in the West." As he did in 2006, the Oscar-winning director will participate in a discussion about film as part of the Extra sidebar, joining such names as Francis Ford Coppola, Sophia Loren, Terrence Malick, Jane Fonda, Gerard Depardieu and Bernardo Bertolucci. "Once Upon a Time" will screen Oct. 24.



Going south

MEXICO CITY — Cinepolis, Latin America's biggest exhibitor, will make its first foray into South America this May with a multiplex opening in the Colombian capital of Bogota. The theater chain also will enter Honduras next year with a new complex, said Alejandro Ramirez, CEO of Morelia, Mexico-based Cinepolis. The exhibitor now has nearly 1,700 screens in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador and Costa Rica, the bulk of which are in Mexico.



Banded together

PARIS — France's top Internet and mobile companies have joined forces to create the Federation Francaise des Telecommunications et des Communications Electroniques. SFR president and CEO Frank Esser will head the new organization, which comprises Internet access providers association the AFA, mobile operator group the AFOM, telecoms operators organization AFORST and operators Bouygues Telecom, COLT, France Telecom, Iliad, Neuf Cegetel, Numericable and SFR. The group's aim is to organize structured dialogues to increase quality of service and monitor the evolution of the industry.
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