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Tribeca seats familiar faces as jurors

Chris Cooper, Edie Falco, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Barry Sonnenfeld, Quincy Jones and Whoopi Goldberg are among the all-star lineup of jurors at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Other industry names who will participate include John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina and Todd Wagner. The Tribeca All Access program for minority filmmakers will include Freddy Rodriguez and Kerry Washington as jurors. The Tribeca fest kicks off today and runs through May 6.

SAG Awards jump on stunt work

SAG is giving stunt performers some love. The guild will honor outstanding performances by film and television stunt ensembles at part of its next SAG Awards, set for Jan. 27 in Los Angeles. The stunt honors will be presented before the televised portion of the ceremonies and will "commend work within the stunt community (and) recognize stunt performers and coordinators," officials said.

Imax, Warners explore 'Deep Sea-quel'

TORONTO — Imax Corp. and longtime collaborator Warner Bros. Pictures are set to explore global warming in the ocean wilds with their third 3-D co-production "Deep Sea-quel." The Imax film, set for a 2009 release, will be directed by Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers and executive produced by Imax co-founder Graeme Ferguson. The same trio was behind the 2006 Imax/Warners 3-D release "Deep Sea 3D," narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. "Sea-quel" represents the first addition to Imax's 2009 film slate.

'Control' tops Fortnight at Cannes fest

PARIS — The Directors' Fortnight is taking "Control." The Anton Corbijn film starring Sam Riley and Samantha Morton will open the Festival de Cannes sidebar May 17, organizers said Tuesday. The black-and-white film centers on Ian Curtis, lead singer of '70s band Joy Division, who committed suicide at age 23. The movie, produced by Corbijn alongside Tony Wilson, Todd Eckhert and Deborah Curtis and released in France by La Fabrique du Films, hits Gallic theaters Sept. 26. The official selection for the Directors' Fortnight will be unveiled at a news conference May 3 in Paris.

Botkin researching for CBS Interactive

NEW YORK — CBS Corp. has named David Botkin, a former eBay research exec, to the new position of senior vp research and audience analytics at CBS Interactive, said Patrick Keane, executive vp and chief marketing officer of the division. In his new role, created in advance of the launch of the CBS Interactive Audience Network, Botkin will establish metrics and analytics used for audience research for the company's interactive group. He will work with David Poltrack, chief research officer of CBS and president of CBS Vision, a digital media research initiative.

Prisms shine on 'Smoking,' 'Sherrybaby'

Fox Searchlight's "Thank You for Smoking" and IFC's "Sherrybaby" were honored Tuesday with Prism Awards, presented annually by the Entertainment Industries Council for accurate depictions of drug, alcohol and tobacco use, addiction and mental health issues. NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly was presented the Larry Stewart Leadership & Inspiration Award, which honors activities that reflect "the kind of leadership that is needed for the industry to address these issues." Joan and Melissa Rivers took home the Heritage Award for their telefilm "Starting Again" and "excellence in portraying substance abuse before the advent of the Prism Awards." And HBO was bestowed the Prism President's Award for a "comprehensive, multiplatform documentary programming initiative on addiction." A complete list of winners can be found at
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