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Irish ayes for film

BRUSSELS — The Irish are Europe's keenest cinemagoers, hitting the theater 4.2 times a year on average, compared with the European Union average of 1.9. The figures from EU agency Eurostat, published Monday, reveal that other eager cinemagoers included the French (3), the Spanish (2.8) and Luxembourgers (2.7), while the least frequent attendees were the Romanians (0.1), Bulgarians (0.3) and Slovakians (0.6). In the past year, 51% of EU citizens said they had been to the cinema at least once, with just 19% of those surveyed having seen a foreign-language film or television program.

Korea in L.A.

The Korean Film Council, in partnership with the Korean Cinematheque, will host the inaugural Korean Film Festival in Los Angeles. The event will kick off Nov. 15 with the L.A. premiere of Kim Tai-sik's road movie "Driving With My Wife's Lover." Closing the festival on Nov. 17 will be the L.A. premiere of Han Jae-rim's gangster film "A Show Must Go On." Both helmers will be in attendance. Sponsored by the Korea Times and The Hollywood Reporter, KOFFLA will take place at the Fairfax 3 Theaters and screen more than 15 films.

Crime time

Fox International Channels has launched Fox Crime, a channel dedicated to crime, investigation and mystery, in the Baltics and Russia. The new service is available to viewers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The channel will broadcast in English and Russian and offer Lithuanian and Estonian viewers subtitles in primetime. Series on offer include "Dexter," "Brotherhood," "Monk," "JAG" and "Kojak" as well as a wide range of factual series including "Body of Evidence" and "Video Justice."