• Universal and Paramount are each backing out of United International Partners, the overseas marketing and distribution partnership the two studios have been involved with for 24 years. Each side will "go it alone in 15 countries" as of 2007.
  • Steven Soderbergh's Bubble is going to play a major guinea pig role in the test of simultaneous theatrical/DVD release. But is this the right film - shot on digital, featuring amateur actors -  on which to hang a major distribution revolution?
  • Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, producers of the new Hairspray, have signed a two-year, first-look deal with New Line. "We feel like we've been dating New Line on 'Hairspray' and we are ready to get married," Zadan said. "We want to make a very diverse slate of films for them."
  • "Few films," writes Robert Koehler, since Michael Mann's The Insiderhave tackled a burning, complex contemporary topic with the ferocity and filmic energy that Lord of War applies, and [director Andrew] Niccol should earn considerable plaudits for his daring approach."
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