week in review digest
EmptyDiana concert to air in 140 territories
NBC and VH1 are set to air the "Concert for Diana," Grand Entertainment, which is selling TV rights to the event around the world, said last week (HR 4/4). The concert, which will feature such performers as Elton John and Duran Duran, is being billed as a "celebration of the life of the Princess of Wales" and is taking place on Princess Diana's birthday July 1 at the U.K.'s Wembley Stadium. Grand Entertainment said it has sold the show in 140 territories. Other broadcasters set to air concert include RTL2 in Germany, Canal Satellite Digital in Spain, Sky Italia in Italy, Televisa in Mexico and CTV in Canada. In the U.K., the concert will be broadcast on BBC1 and Radio 2.
EC: iTunes violates fair competition
BRUSSELS — The European Commission has accused Apple Inc. and the four major record companies of a possible violation of competition rules via Apple's iTunes online music store (HR 4/4). European consumers are able to download music from the iTunes site only in their country of residence, and prices differ from country to country within the 27-nation European Union. Customers can buy songs only in the country where their credit card is registered. EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes is thought to see this as a possible violation of the EU's rules against restrictive business practices.
Head of the class in Cannes
PARIS — Oscar winner Martin Scorsese will present a "masterclass" at the 60th annual Festival de Cannes, organizers said Wednesday (HR 4/5). The director, winner of the Palme d'Or in 1976 for "Taxi Driver" and jury president in 1998, will return to Cannes to teach the class on May 24, following in the footsteps of Stephen Frears, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar Wai and Sydney Pollack. Scorsese, who took home the best director and film nods at the Oscars in February for "The Departed," also will present the Camera d'Or award during the closing ceremony.
O'Toole puts Kinkade film on his palette
Peter O'Toole is in final negotiations to star in Lionsgate's "The Christmas Cottage," a feature based on the Thomas Kinkade painting (HR 4/6). The film will be directed by Michael Campus, and production is scheduled to begin this month in Vancouver and Whistler. "Cottage" is said to be partly biographical and based on events that led American painter Kinkade to become an artist. O'Toole will play a painter named Glen Wessler, based on one of Kinkade's mentors.
'Metal Men' forged at Warners
Mining for new projects, Warner Bros. Pictures is hoping to strike gold with the robotic superhero team "Metal Men," setting up the project with producer Lauren Shuler Donner (HR 4/6). Eric Champnella has been brought on board to write. Based on a DC Comics hero created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in 1962, "Metal" revolves around a brilliant scientist, William Magnus, and his creations: six highly advanced robots who have powers associated with their respective metals — gold, iron, lead, tin, mercury and platinum. Instead of having to be programmed, the Metal Men can think for themselves, which is both their genius and their biggest flaw.