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Morgan is Guys' guy for Spike awards

Tracy Morgan has been tapped to host Spike TV's inaugural Guys Choice awards show, set to air at 10 p.m. June 13. The awards, decided on by viewers, honor "the things guys love most" in the worlds of sports, music, film, TV and the Internet. The two-hour show, set to tape June 9 at CBS Radford in Los Angeles, also will feature tributes to veteran entertainers and rockers and include stand-up comedy and musical performances. Nominees include Will Ferrell vs. Sacha Baron Cohen for "funniest M.F."

Italy OKs conflict-of-interest law

ROME — The Italian parliament on Friday passed conflict-of-interest legislation, nearly six years after it was first proposed as a way to limit the influence of billionaire media tycoon and then-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Although the law does not mention Berlusconi by name, it clearly would have an impact on the 70-year-old leader if he decided to seek political office again. The law requires any figure with more than €15 million ($20.4 million) in assets in any one company to divest those shares or place them in a blind trust within 20 days of taking high political office. The law does not affect any current members of the government's ruling coalition.

Lime animates 'green' living

Multiplatform and "green" living multimedia brand Lime launched its first animated webisode series today on the brand's broadband channel. Produced by animator Frank Chindamo of Fun Little Movies, the series features the voice of Victoria Jackson ("Saturday Night Live") as Ms. Rabble and takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to green living. The series will roll out on additional digital platforms during the coming months.

A-films gets Wild in Benelux

PARIS — Independent distributor A-Film signed a new deal with Wild Bunch for exclusive theatrical distribution rights to the French sales company's titles in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, the companies said. The Netherlands-based A-Film also will handle TV and video sales for Wild Bunch's titles in the territory.

Supergirl line to benefit Girls club

NEW YORK — Warner Bros. Consumer Products is launching a Supergirl fashion collection based on the S-shield that will debut at Los Angeles-based specialty boutique Intuition with a kickoff party Thursday. The collection of clothes and accessories will be available for purchase exclusively at Intuition and For the launch, Supergirl has joined forces with Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be "strong, smart and bold."

Bleiberg gets 'Quiet' for Cannes sales

NEW YORK — Bleiberg Entertainment has acquired international rights to the comedy drama "He Was a Quiet Man," starring Christian Slater, William H. Macy and Elisha Cuthbert, for international sales at this month's Festival de Cannes. Writer-director Frank A. Cappello's film, which debuted in March at the South by Southwest Film Festival, centers on an isolated office worker (Slater) who saves the life of a co-worker (Cuthbert). Macy plays his company's boss. The project was produced by Michael Leahy. The deal was negotiated by Bleiberg chairman Ehud Bleiberg and senior vp Shannon Banal with the film's reps, Ronna Wallace and attorney Shelly Surpin.
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