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Empty'Ring' gets the Works
LONDON — U.K. and Irish rights to Richard Attenborough's "Closing the Ring" have been snapped up by the Works U.K. Distribution, the company said Monday. The Works struck the deal for an undisclosed amount with ContentFilm International and plans to roll out the film in theaters here Dec. 28. The Works also said that it has appointed Mervyn Andrews to head its Irish distribution ambitions, with "Ring" set to be the first release for the outfit.
Forman a foreman
PARIS — Oscar-winning director Milos Forman will head the jury of the seventh Marrakech International Film Festival, organizers said Monday. "(Forman) is one of a handful of foreign directors to achieve international success without being pigeonholed by genre or nationality," organizers said. "His films celebrate individualism and concentrate on individual human behavior." The eight-day fest, which kicks off Dec. 7, also will honor Egypt with a tribute as the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of its cinema.
'Star Daily' finished
TORONTO — Canadian media group CTVglobemedia on Monday said that it has axed the flagship celebrity news show "Star Daily" on its newly acquired Chum broadcast network, resulting in the loss of 22 jobs. The move clears the way for "eTalk Daily," a rival entertainment news show on CTVglobemedia's CTV network, to compete head-to-head with "Entertainment Tonight Canada," a Canadianized version of "Entertainment Tonight" from domestic broadcaster CanWest MediaWorks and Paramount Domestic Television.