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USA buys rights to 11 Uni films

7 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

USA Network has snapped up cable rights to Universal Pictures' The Bourne Ultimatum and I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry as part of an 11-picture deal with NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

The deal also includes the theatrical titles The Hitcher, Alpha Dog, Smokin' Aces, Children of Men, The Good Shepherd, Breach, Ali G Indahouse, The Interpreter and Man of the Year.

Bourne, starring Matt Damon, was released Friday and made $69.3 million during the weekend. Chuck, which stars Adam Sandler and Kevin James, has made $91.8 million at the domestic boxoffice since its July 20 bow.

Sources said USA -- which, like the distributor and film studio, is owned by NBC Universal -- paid about $60 million for the package, with Bourne and Chuck accounting for $35 million-$40 million of that total. The network and distributor declined comment on the financial and other terms of the deal.

It's believed that the deals for Bourne and Chuck are 4 and 1/2-year agreements, with NBC Universal allowed to carve out broadcast windows for both titles. In addition, the distributor will be allowed to carve out second cable windows, though USA has exclusive rights to both titles for the first two years of the deals, according to sources. »

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Williams joins Travolta clan for Dis' 'Dogs'

25 April 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Robin Williams has signed on to star opposite John Travolta in Old Dogs, a Walt Disney Co. comedy being directed by Walt Becker. Also joining the cast is Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston, and daughter, Ella Travolta.

Dogs is a buddy comedy revolving around two best friends and business partners whose lives are turned upside down when they find themselves in the care of 7-year-old twins.

Disney bought the project in the summer from David Diamond and David Weissman as a pitch in a seven-figure deal. The duo also wrote the screenplay.

Tapestry's Andrew Panay, Peter Abrams and Robert L. Levy are producing.

Kristin Burr and Casey Wolfe are overseeing for the studio.

Williams next stars alongside John Krasinski and Mandy Moore in Warner Bros. Pictures' License to Wed. His recent credits include Man of the Year, RV, Night at the Museum and Happy Feet.

Williams is repped by CAA, MBST Entertainment and Manatt Phelps & Phillips. »

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'Lick' sticks for Levinson at Playtone

23 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Barry Levinson has signed on to direct Larry McMurtry's Western Boone's Lick for Playtone.

Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore are attached to star in the long-gestating project, which centers on a headstrong woman (Moore) who drags her family on a rickety wagon from Boone's Lick, Mo., to the Wyoming fort where her husband lives. Her brother-in-law (Hanks) escorts her on the dangerous journey and along the way falls in love with her.

Diana Ossana, who won an adapted screenplay Oscar with McMurtry last year for Brokeback Mountain, penned the Boone's Lick script with the author-screenwriter and frequent collaborator.

Hanks and Gary Goetzman are producing the film, which is aiming to start shooting in early fall.

Helmer Lasse Hallstrom originally was attached to bring the novel, which was published by Simon & Schuster in 2000, to the big screen.

Levinson, who most recently helmed Man of the Year for Universal Pictures, is in preproduction on 2929 Entertainment's What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro. He is repped by ICM. »

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