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Regent hot for Hilton romantic comedy

Regent Releasing has picked up all North American rights to Tom Putnam's romantic comedy "The Hottie and the Nottie," starring Paris Hilton, and has set a Feb. 8 release date in 10 major markets nationwide. Regent also secured distribution for Central America, the Caribbean and Greenland, and Regent Worldwide Sales will sell select international rights at this week's American Film Market. Purple Pictures produced the film, written by Heidi Ferrer. Myles Nestel, Victoria Nevinny and Neal Ramer are the producers; Hilton and Hans Syz are executive producers.

Sci Fi's 'Razor' cuts into theaters

Sci Fi Channel's two-hour "Battlestar Galactica: Razor" will screen Nov. 12 in movie theaters in eight cities nationwide before airing Nov. 24 on Sci Fi. The screening, managed by National Cinemedia, is sponsored by Xbox 360, Zune and the RPG space adventure game "Mass Effect." Written by Michael Taylor and directed by Felix Alcala, "Razor" recounts the first mission of the Battlestar Pegasus.

Duo among honorees at 50@50

ICM's Iris Grossman and producer Judith James will be honored for their contributions to Hollywood at the 50@50+ LA Award Event on Nov. 13 at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles. The luncheon is organized by Big Thinking Woman, a national organization created by psychotherapist Tessa Albert Warschaw to encourage networking among older women.

Bardem to get S.B. fest award

Javier Bardem will be honored with the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The prize, which recognizes a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances, will be presented Jan. 28 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.

N.Y. comedy fest goes long

The New York Comedy Festival has added to its lineup "The Longest Sketch Show Ever," a 24-hour marathon production with more than 30 sketch troupes from throughout the country. The show is set for 10 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Among the groups performing are Kasper Hauser (San Francisco), Fried Green Durbins (Chicago), America's Best Comic (Los Angeles) and Harvard Sailing Team (New York). The NYCF runs Nov. 6-11.

Feldman lands Firstenberg prize

AFI presented its inaugural Jean Picker Firstenberg Award to its Directing Workshop for Women participant Rebecca Feldman. Initiated by DWW alumna Nancy Malone, the award is a tribute to AFI's outgoing CEO and president who has served AFI for more than 27 years. Feldman was selected by a committee based on the quality of her final project, a short film titled "My First Time Driving." AFI's DWW is accepting applications for its 2008 cycle. It will hold an informational open house Nov. 12.