Digest: Viewers join Warner's 'Clique'


Warner Premiere is launching a national online casting call for a role in "The Clique," a direct-to-video release pegged to bow on DVD next year that is based on the best-selling young-adult book series. Contestants can choose between two scripts and upload their auditions to Alloy Media + Marketing's SugarLoot.com. "Clique" is the first in a series of DVD releases from a collaboration between Warner Premiere and Alloy's entertainment division.

DVD crib sheet

MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment on July 24 will release the "CliffsNotes Ultimate Study Guides" DVD collection, featuring a series of films based on literary classics and their corresponding cheat sheets. Available titles include "Henry V," "Inherit the Wind," "Lord of the Flies," "Moby Dick," "Of Mice and Men," "Wuthering Heights," "Anna Karenina," "Jane Eyre" and "Les Miserables."

Classic discs bow

The National Film Preservation Foundation this fall will release its third collection of historically important films, this time focusing on movies from the early years of this century that advanced numerous social agendas. "Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934" ($90) includes 48 films, none of them previously available on DVD. Highlights include "The Godless Girl," Cecil B. DeMille's sensational reformatory expose; Lois Weber's anti-abortion drama "Where Are My Children?"; and dozens of rare newsreels, cartoons, serials, documentaries and charitable appeals, including a patriotic striptease cartoon for war bonds and a 1913 traffic-safety film. The four-DVD set comes with four postcards and a 200-page illustrated book with essays about the films and music.

NL ups Kerstine

Lynelle Kerstine has been promoted to senior vp creative services at New Line Home Entertainment. She had been vp creative advertising. In her newly expanded role, Kerstine also will be responsible for coordinating the development of materials specifically for the electronic sell-through/VOD arena.