• harrypotter.jpgIn news that will surely shock only the coma-bound, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire made a lot of money in Europe this weekend. With $85.5 million overseas, that brings the film's worldwide weekend total to $187.8 million. It'll expand to new territories, including Brazil, Benelux and Japan, this weekend.
  • THINKfilm has picked up distribution rights to Loverboy, directed by Kevin Bacon and starring his wife, Kyra Sedgwick. The film premiered last year at Sundance and has been bopping around the circuit ever since. THINK will likely open it next Spring, to coincide with the season debut of Sedgwick's TNT show, The Closer.
  • Actor Justin Theroux will make his directorial debut with Dedicated, a film about a "misogynistic children's book writer" and the pretty young illustrator he's forced to collaborate with. Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, and Mia Farrow will star.
  • Pamela McClintock profiles Lone Star Film Group, the production shingle started by Fred Westheimer, funded on private equity and run by his daughter, Laura Linney's former personal assistant, Erica. "She said the pactshe and her father have made is simple: Everything begins and ends with what's on the page. That means that both must agree that a script is worth pursuing."