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3 items from 2005


Three feted at opening of Amnesty fest

25 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sidney Lumet, Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson were presented with Artists for Amnesty Awards at the opening-night ceremonies of the fourth annual Amnesty International Film Festival, which kicked off its six-day run Tuesday at the DGA in Los Angeles. Strip Search -- which Lumet directed, Fontana wrote and Levinson executive produced -- inaugurated a program of 27 human-rights documentaries, shorts and feature films from 18 countries. Glenn Close and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in Strip Search, which had a one-time airing on HBO a year ago. The Amnesty festival, co-presented by the city of West Hollywood, also screens annually in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh and Asheville, N.C., and is starting an annual unspooling in Washington in the fall in association with National Geographic. »

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Seville sells 'La Peau,' inks vid deal

3 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Canadian independent distributor Seville Pictures on Monday said U.S. producers Barry Levinson and Frederic Golchan had acquired the remake rights to La Peau blanche (White Skin), Quebec filmmaker Daniel Roby's debut feature. Montreal-based Seville also said it has signed a deal with Warner Home Video Canada to distribute its catalogue and new movie releases to the Canadian home video and DVD markets. Seville said Levinson and Golchan screened the French-language psychological thriller at the Gerardmer Fantasy Film Festival, before successfully negotiating a deal with Seville co-President David Reckziegel and Roby for the U.S. remake rights. Seville said Levinson and Golchan will adapt La Peau Blanche, a drama about two young men facing violence and sexual obsession in Montreal, and will shop the script in Los Angeles. Based on novel by Joel Champetier, who penned the original screenplay with Roby, La Peau Blanche has had a successful run on the international festival circuit. »

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Levinson puts weight behind '3 Lbs.' at CBS

14 February 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar winner Barry Levinson has come on board to direct CBS' drama pilot 3 Lbs. In pilot pickup news, UPN has given the green light to two Touchstone TV comedies: Friends in the AM, exec produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette, and 20 Things to Do Before You're 30, based on the British series of the same name. Meanwhile, CBS and ABC have ordered additional episodes of Numbers and 8 Simple Rules, respectively. 3 Lbs., from Paramount Network TV and writer-exec producer Peter Ocko, is a medical drama revolving around brain surgeons. »

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