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What happens at CineVegas? 4 to be lauded

Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley and Char-lize Theron and Oscar-nominated director Mike Newell will be spotlighted June 15 at the CineVegas Film Festival Honorees Reception at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Festival artistic director Trevor Groth announced the presentation of several awards to the group: the Marquee Award for Hopkins, the Vanguard Actor Award for Kingsley, the Half-Life Award for Theron and the Vanguard Director Award for Newell. The festival, now in its ninth year, runs June 6-16.

Woodbury new boss at Uni Creative

Universal Parks & Resorts veteran Mark Woodbury on Tuesday was named president of Universal Creative, the theme park division's creative and development unit. Woodbury, who joined UPR in 1988, will continue to lead all creative activities in Uni's domestic theme park resorts and international licensing initiatives. A senior vp and chief creative officer at UPR before the promotion, he will report to UPR chairman and CEO Thomas Williams.

Dukakis set for honor at L.A. Greek fest

The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival will honor Oscar winner Olympia Dukakis with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. journalist Yani Begakis with the Honorary Orpheus Award during the four-day event, which begins June 14 at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. Udayan Prasad's "Opa!" is set to open the festival, which will highlight a total of 24 feature films and shorts. The event will wrap June 17 at the Writers Guild Theater with a screening of Kimon Tsakiris' "Sugartown: The Bridegrooms."

Dish lands MGM pics for VOD, PPV

Dish Network has inked a deal with MGM that allows the satellite TV provider to carry the studio's titles on its Dish on Demand platform and through its pay-per-view services. Dish on Demand allows customers to watch movies and programs at any time using such DVR features as pause live TV, fast forward and rewind.

Film Sales Co. 'Crazy' with rights deals

The Film Sales Co. has closed international sales on Dan Klores and Fisher Stevens' "Crazy Love," which premiered at January's Sundance Film Festival. The documentary, which follows the five-decade roller-coaster relationship between Linda Riss and Burt Pugach that landed the pair's saga on the cover of newspapers and magazines, will be released in the fall by Tartan Films in the U.K., Palace Films in Australia and Shani Films in Israel. "Crazy" hits U.S. theaters Friday via Magnolia Pictures.

Hunt lands at Five as head of programs

LONDON — The RTL-owned Five channel has tapped BBC daytime head Jay Hunt as director of programs. She replaces Dan Chambers, who quit the broadcaster in the fall. Hunt, who takes the post this year, will report to Five managing director of content Lisa Opie. A former editor of the BBC's "One O'Clock News" and "Six O'Clock News," Hunt became controller of daytime in 2005 and in March added early peak-time programming responsibilities.