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Royal mandate

BANGKOK — Thai Prince Chatrichalerm Yukol is collaborating with "Ong Bak" star Tony Jaa on his next film. Earlier this year, the prince's first two installments of the "King Naresuan" trilogy broke records at the Thai boxoffice (HR 2/27). The second "Naresuan" installment is the official Thai submission in the foreign-language category for the upcoming Academy Awards. Yukol said Jaa will appear in a supporting role as a slave character in the third "Naresuan" movie.

For the waters?

TORONTO — Shares in Imax Corp. rose sharply Monday after the giant-screen exhibitor said Moroccan retail developer Al Amine Investissement has agreed to install a super-sized screen in early 2009 at its giant Morocco Mall complex in Casablanca. The deal, the first for Imax in Morocco, sent shares in the company up CAN$0.37 ($0.36), or nearly 9%, to CAN$4.54 ($4.45) on the Toronto Stock Exchange during mid-morning trading.

Down Mexico way

MEXICO CITY — Columbia Pictures Producciones Mexico, the local production arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, on Monday said that Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer will score the music for its comedy "Casi Divas" (Road to Fame). While budget limitations make it next to impossible for Mexican productions to land Hollywood composers of Zimmer's stature, Zimmer said he sees the project as "an opportunity to work with a new young filmmaker with innovative vision." "Fame" was written and directed by Issa Lopez.