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Comedy crew joins 'Who'

Joining Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in the voice cast of 20th Century Fox Animation's "Horton Hears a Who" are Carol Burnett and as well as Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Dane Cook, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler, Isla Fisher, Jonah Hill and Jaime Pressly. Burnett will voice the always-skeptical Kangaroo, who doesn't believe Horton's claims about life existing on a speck of dust. The movie, from Blue Sky Studios, is scheduled for release March 14, 2008.

Starbucks eyes record label, McCartney

Having already proven that it can sell other companies' music, coffee giant Starbucks is planning to launch its own record label and is close to a deal for the next album from Paul McCartney to be its first release, according to sources familiar with the plans. The formation of Starbucks Records, as the unit is expected to be called, could be announced as soon as this week, according to the sources. Starbucks Records is expected sign, record and produce its own artists rather than licensing songs from other labels.

Dis units take digital stage for 'D*Concert'

Disney Online, the Disney Channel and Walt Disney Records are collaborating on the launch of "D*Concert: Disney Channel Concert Series," a virtual concert series premiering in the customizable social networking experience Disney Xtreme Digital. The three-month series beginning today will feature Hannah Montana, the Cheetah Girls and the cast of "High School Musical: The Concert" and allows fans who log on to to chat with other fans and participate in online games.

'Fox' in Picturehouse's den in U.S.

Picturehouse has acquired for U.S. distribution "The Fox & the Child," Luc Jacquet's follow-up to his hit documentary "March of the Penguins." Jacquet's fable combines narrative storytelling with docu footage to tell the story of a girl who follows a fox into the woods outside her home. The filmmakers hope to finish the feature in time for the Festival de Cannes in May, with an end-of-year overseas release and a likely spring 2008 domestic bow.

'Road' leads to top nods at Miami fest

NEW YORK — Andrea Arnold's Scottish thriller "Red Road" took home the World Cinema features $25,000 prize and the International Federation of Film Critics prize at the 24th annual Miami International Film Festival. The awards were announced Saturday along with the news that departing fest director Nicole Guillemet will be succeeded by former 20th Century Fox Theatrical marketing director Patrick de Bokay. For more Miami fest winners, go to

Advisers against Clear Channel buyout

Shareholder advisory firm Glass Lewis on Monday recommended that investors vote against a planned $19 billion buyout of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, arguing that the company has better options to boost shareholder value. The comment is the latest blow to Clear Channel's planned going-private deal with private-equity firms Bain Capital Partners and Thomas H. Lee Partners after opposition from several large investors. Thomas H. Lee is part of a consortium that owns the Nielsen Co., corporate parent of The Hollywood Reporter.