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  1. Toronto critics bow to 'Queen'

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    The Toronto Film Critics Assn. on Tuesday chose Stephen Frears' "The Queen" its best picture of 2006.Read more

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  2. the pulse

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    If we have learned anything from what went down in Hollywood in 2006 — besides the fact that celebrities will name their kids pretty much anything that happens to pop into their heads — it's that one group has emerged triumphant against all odds. Its members are at their best when things turn frigid and demanding, rendering them impervious to the typical forces that might hold others at bay: penguins.Read more

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  3. DirecTV dialogue

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    The prospect of News Corp. giving its share of DirecTV to Liberty Media had shares of DirecTV running up for several weeks in anticipation of the event that was finally announced Friday. Wall Street's immediate reaction, of course, was to sell the news, so DirecTV shares shed 1.8% to $24.55.Read more

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  4. apple corps

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    Hollywood is dead, or at least in a coma. The talent agencies and virtually every studio are officially closed between Christmas and New Year's. It's a time when the industry gets to catch its breath during awards season and right before Sundance. Hypothetically.Read more

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  5. '06 rebound for Canada's exhibitor biz

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    Hollywood hits fared better than homegrown movies at the local Canadian multiplex this year as Captain Jack Sparrow and his band of pirates helped domestic exhibitors get the boxoffice monkey off their back after a dismal 2005 (HR 12/20).Read more

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  6. 'Pirates' takes most U.K. booty

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    The No. 1 box-		office draw in the U.K. for 2006 looks set to be Buena Vista International's release of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which swashbuckled its way to a whopping £52.5 million ($102.9 million).Read more

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  7. Cowell, ITV in 'Grease' star search

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    Pop impresario 		Simon Cowell is turning his attention to the West End stage and promising "the biggest casting call the U.K. has ever seen" as part of a new ITV series that will find two unknowns to play Sandy and Danny in a new theater production of "Grease" (HR 12/21).Read more

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  8. Nicoli new nonexec Vue chair

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    U.K. exhibition company Vue Entertainment has appointed EMI Group chairman Eric Nicoli as its new non-executive chairman (HR 12/22).Read more

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  9. Princes rule: BBC will get Diana concert

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    Britain's princes 	William and Harry have chosen the BBC to be the U.K. broadcast partner for the official Concert for Diana, to celebrate what would have been her 46th birthday (HR 12/22).Read more

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  10. No language barrier

    4:00 am 12/27/2006

    Alex de la Iglesia has chiseled out a name for himself with colorful Spanish-language films laced with dark humor and biting satire. After reaping commercial and critical success, notably with "Ferpect Crime," de la Iglesia is poised to break away from the pack of young Spanish directors who made their names abroad in the '90s. His next pair of films, both shot in English, take him into new territory.Read more

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