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Fine, not dandy

SEOUL — South Korea's Fair Trade Commission handed out $6.9 million in fines Sunday to five film distributors and three multiplex chains for price collusion. The FTC fined CJ CGV, Megabox and Lotte Cinema — the nation's three largest multiplex chains — as well as distributors CJ Entertainment, Showbox, Lotte Entertainment, Cinema Service and Sony Pictures Buena Vista Releasing Korea. CJ Entertainment received the largest fine — $2 million — followed by CJ CGV ($1.6 million) and Sony ($1.4 million). The companies had no comment, but local press reports said at least two — CJ Entertainment and Lotte — will not appeal.

Springtime for UFA

COLOGNE, Germany — New German film group UFA Cinema has boarded "Mein Kampf," a film adaptation of George Tabori's theatrical farce about the young Adolf Hitler, for its first production as a producer/ distributor. Tom Schilling ("Elementary Particles") will star as Hitler in the film, which features German star Goetz Georg as Hitler's Jewish roommate, Schlomo Herzl. Urs Odermatt will direct the production, which starts shooting this week in Vienna. UFA will release the film in Germany next year.

Down Mexico way

MEXICO CITY — Fox Latin American Channels has inked distribution deals to launch its 24-hour women's channel Utilisima in Mexico. The network will bow on Televisa-owned Cablevision within two weeks, said Carlos Martinez, senior vp of Fox Latin American Channels. Pay TV distributor PCTV will line up additional carriage agreements nationwide. The channel airs on pay TV systems in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Australia and various Latin American territories.