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Fox challenges 'Married' fine

WASHINGTON — The Fox network has refused to pay the federal government a $91,000 fine for indecent exposure during an episode of the defunct reality program "Married to America" in which possibly offending body parts were pixelated. In papers filed at the FCC on Monday, the company told the commission that it wasn't going to pay the fine and asked it to review the decision.

Disney fills out 'HSM3' class

After conducting an international casting search, Disney has found three actors for Wildcat roles in "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." On board are Matt Prokop, who has appeared on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" and NBC's "The Office"; Justin Martin ("A Raisin in the Sun"), who appeared on Broadway as Young Simba in "The Lion King"; and Jemma McKenzie-Brown, who hails from London and has TV credits including a supporting role in the BBC production of "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard."

Brolin's 'X' marks HollyShorts opener

The Josh Brolin-directed short film "X" will have its Hollywood premiere Aug. 7 as the opening film of the fourth annual HollyShorts Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. "X" follows an inmate who escapes from prison to reunite with his daughter and search for her murdered mother's body in order to give her a proper burial. The film stars Vincent Riverside and Brolin's two daughters: Eden Brolin and stepdaughter Eleanor Lambert. HollyShorts runs Aug. 7-10.

Jurors set for Tribeca All Access

NEW YORK — Jesse L. Martin, Damon Dash, Adam Beach and Joy Bryant are among 10 jurors who will participate in the fifth annual Tribeca All Access program. New minority filmmakers behind a record 37 selected narrative and documentary works will participate in workshops and meetings with more than 100 potential investors, development executives, producers and agents. They also will compete for $44,500 in prizes at the 2008 Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards, set for April 25 during the Tribeca Film Festival.

Turner goes ape for 'King Kong's' 75th

Turner Broadcasting cable networks TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies are teaming to celebrate the 75th anniversary of "King Kong." TCM will air the original 1933 film at 8 p.m. EDT April 7, while TNT and TBS will simulcast Peter Jackson's 2005 remake at 8 p.m. EDT/PDT April 11.

Study: HD adding households

SNL Kagan said Monday that its most recent study estimates that cable and satellite HD subscribers will penetrate 65.7% of U.S. multichannel households by 2012, up from 18.8% in 2007. More than a third of homes now have HDTV sets, with that number growing each year, so "cable networks will face increasing pressure to offer more HD content," SNL Kagan said. The form noted that 74 HD networks have launched since 2003.