EmptyLAWRENCE SET ON CAA
Martin Lawrence has landed in the arms of CAA, signing with the agency for representation in all areas. The actor-comedian exited UTA this month, ending a 15-year relationship. He continues to be repped by the Collective and attorney Lawrence Rose of Gang Tyre Ramer & Brown.
GREENLIGHT FOR CORBIS
Corbis, best known for managing the rights to images of such iconic figures as Steve McQueen and the Wright Brothers, is changing its name and adding talent negotiation to its list of services. Corbis has been a competitor to Getty Images. The talent negotiation division will be called GreenLight and, eventually, the Corbis name will be dropped and the company will adopt GreenLight as its moniker.
Moscow ready to roll
Japanese actor-director Takeshi "Beat" Kitano will receive a lifetime achievement award today as part of the opening ceremony at the 30th annual Moscow International Film Festival, which kicks off with the world premiere of Peter Berg's "Hancock." The festival will screen about 200 movies during its 10-day run. The MIFF jury, headed by actress-director Liv Ullmann, comprises writer-director Michael Glawogger, actress Irina Rozanova, film critic Derek Malcolm and director Sebastian Alarcon.
Yoo woos lohan
Aaron Yoo has joined the cast of the now-filming "Labor Pains," starring Lindsay Lohan, playing Lohan's boyfriend. The actor, repped by Gersh and Blue Ridge Entertainment, also has roles in the upcoming "The Good Guy" and "The Wackness."
Pair join 'Magic' act
Robert Davi and Bai Ling have been added to the cast of Russian action star/producer Alexander Nevsky's thriller "Magic Man." The U.S.-Russia co-production, which begins shooting this month in Las Vegas, stars Billy Zane as a magician suspected of being a serial killer.
don't cross the family
The estate of author Mario Puzo has filed suit against Paramount Pictures, claiming the studio owes it at least $1 million in revenues from the series of video games based on the Oscar-winning film "The Godfather."
Schrader big in Italy
Writer-director Paul Schrader received the Taormina Arte honor Wednesday at the Taormina Film Festival, which also presented the world premiere of his restored 1985 film "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters."
'Doormat' picked up
Blowtorch Entertainment has purchased "Doormat," a comedy by Todd Carr. It is Carr's first feature screenplay sale. Last year, Touchstone acquired his spec television pilot "Shoes."