• Because Ocean's 12 was such a good idea – and so well received! Yes, it appears as though Brian Koppelman and David Levien have finished a script for Ocean's 13, and producer Jerry Weintraub is currently working on attatching the talent. Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney are still said to be involved at this point. Also on Weintraub's Warner Brothers-set slate: Nancy Drew, which goes into production on January 31.
  • It was an erratic year for indie arms. Despite the fact that its parent company ended the year on top of the studio heap, Fox Searchlight had not a single hit for the year. Even with late-2004 release Sideways adding to the coffers, by the end of the year the indie arm found itself $70 million down from the year before. This is in huge contrast to fellow studio/indies Warner Independent and Focus Features, who both had stunning years. with WIP grossing over $100 million more in 2005 than in the year before.
  • Cinema Libre will distribute feature-length ESPN documentary Through the Fire in advance of its television premiere. Fire tells the story of Brooklyn-bred high school basketball sensation Sebastian Telfair, and will open in select cities (starting with New York) on February 10. It's due to make its television debut in early March.