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'Bad' girls

PARIS — Catherine Breillat is writing the script for a film based on her recently published novel "Bad Love." Starring supermodel Naomi Campbell, the film is set to start shooting during the first half of 2008, first in Toronto, then moving to Paris for the rest of production. The movie is produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit's Flach Film, the company behind "An Old Mistress," Breillat's controversial period drama that screened In Competition at the Festival de Cannes in May.

Promising nod

COLOGNE, Germany — David Cronenberg will be honored with this year's Douglas Sirk Award at the 15th annual Hamburg International Film Festival, organizers said Monday. The lifetime achievement award, given to "personalities who have rendered outstanding services within the film industry," will be presented Sept. 28 before the German premiere of the Canadian director's latest film, underworld thriller "Eastern Promises." The festival opens Sept. 27 with "Odette Toulemonde," the directorial debut of French author Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, and runs through Oct. 4.

'24' on move

COLOGNE, Germany — Leading German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired the rights for Season 6 of Fox Television drama series "24," replacing competitor RTL 2, which aired the first five seasons of the show in Germany to middling ratings. The sixth season of "24" will air on the Munich-based Pro7 network, home to such U.S. shows as "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy," where it is believed the channel hopes to attract a stronger male demographic.