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Landmark serves up NetJets match

NEW YORK — Landmark Theatres will present a live high-definition simulcast of the NetJets Showdown tennis match between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras. Federer, the world's top-ranked player, will battle retired legend Sampras today in New York. The $20 screenings will be held at select Landmark venues in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Indianapolis.

Auteuil, Croze joined in bonds of 'Loved'

PARIS — Daniel Auteuil and Marie-Jose Croze are teaming for director Zabou Breitman's adaptation of the Anna Gavalda novel "Someone I Loved," producer Babe Films said Friday. The dramatic comedy will be the second of Gavalda's novels adapted for the big screen following Claude Berri's "Hunting & Gathering." Breitman co-wrote the script with Agnes De Sacy. It will remain "very loyal" to the original book, Babe Films said. The shoot starts April 22 in Hong Kong, heads to Montreal for a week, and wraps in Paris.

Sci Fi's Swartz transported to Cartoon Net

Sci Fi Channel executive Robert Swartz is moving to Cartoon Network as vp original series. In related news, Cartoon Network's current series department is set to relocate from Atlanta to Burbank, consolidating development and current under one roof at Cartoon Network Studios. The move could involve as many as seven employees. Swartz will lead the development and current teams, overseeing the development of all animated, live-action and alternative series. Swartz, who starts his new post March 17, will report to chief content officer Robert Sorcher.

Paramount clips Facebook messages

Paramount will become the first major studio to make clips from thousands of its movies available for use on the Internet by teaming with Los Angeles-based developer FanRocket to launch the VooZoo application today on Facebook. The service gives Facebook users access to footage from movies ranging from "The Ten Commandments" to "Forrest Gump" to send to others on the social networking site. The studio will market DVDs of the movies through a button that appears after each clip is played. It eventually wants to use the application to virally market upcoming releases.

Comcast puts cash into Giant Realm

SAN DIEGO — Comcast Interactive Capital will invest in Giant Realm, the rapidly growing affiliate network of video game/entertainment sites targeting men ages 16-34. The venture-capital arm of the cable giant will lead a new round of financing totaling $3.5 million. Giant Realm also is backed by Edison Ventures Fund and WMA, which founded and previously funded the company. Giant Realm CEO James Green said the cash infusion will fuel expansion of its staff, enhancement of the Giant Realm destination site and enable further development of its online publisher group.

SAG sets dates for 15th awards

SAG has set key dates for its 15th annual SAG Awards, which will take place Jan. 25 at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Submissions open July 14 and close Oct. 29. Nominations will be announced Dec. 18. Final ballots will be mailed Dec. 26 and must be returned by noon PST on Jan. 23.