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Tribeca panels, special screenings set

NEW YORK — The Tribeca Film Festival unveiled several high-wattage Tribeca Talks panels featuring Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Eva Mendes, Julia Stiles, Julie Delpy, Rosario Dawson and entertainment industry veterans. The fest also unveiled plans for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival's Sports Saturday, a Tribeca Drive-in 20th anniversary screening of "Dirty Dancing" and a luau and screening for Sony Pictures' "Surf's Up." Among the notable panels, "Bringing Home the Bacon" will feature Mary Stuart Masterson, Dawson, Mendes, Stiles and Delpy discussing their transition from acting to filmmaking.

Verizon goes for the local in first FiOS

WASHINGTON — Verizon thinks that deploying "hyper-local" programming will set its own local channel FiOS1 apart from traditional rivals in cable and broadcast TV. The channel is the first of a series in major markets on which the phone company is attempting to develop its own programming. Verizon executives plan to focus on hometown traffic, weather and sports that are ignored by most outlets, as well as on attracting programming from viewers.

Campbell set for Fox dad duty

"According to Jim" co-star Larry Joe Campbell has been tapped to co-star in Fox's untitled Victor Fresco comedy pilot. The project, from 20th Century Fox Television, centers on a 10-year-old who tries to navigate life in his high-achieving family with the unorthodox help of his slightly crazy grandfather, Nate (Tom Conti). Campbell will play the boy's dad. For Campbell, the project is in second position to "Jim."

Bands board 'Spider-Man 3' soundtrack

Snow Patrol, the Flaming Lips, the Killers, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Jet are among the acts contributing tracks to the "Spider-Man 3" soundtrack, due May 1 via Record Collection. Snow Patrol's "Signal Fire" is the set's first single and can be streamed from the soundtrack's Web site. "Spider-Man 3" opens May 4 in U.S. theaters.

'Prom Queen' has her day on MySpace

NEW YORK — News Corp.'s MySpace said Thursday that it will debut "Prom Queen," a scripted serialized mystery from former Disney CEO Michael Eisner's Vuguru production company, exclusively on their site Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT. "Prom Queen" is a series of 80 videos, each 90 seconds in length, focusing on the final two months of high school.

NAMIC nods to 'Cell,' 'Levees,' 'Underwood'

Showtime's "Sleeper Cell" was named best drama, BET's "Comic View With Sheryl Underwood" was chosen best comedy and HBO's "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" was hailed as best documentary at the 13th annual NAMIC Vision Awards, held Tuesday at the Beverly Wilshire. Presented by the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications in conjunction with NAMIC-Southern California, the NAMIC Vision Awards celebrate diversity in original cable programming.