• You're Charlize Theron. You have an Oscar. You also starred in one of 2005's most notorious flops. What do you do next? you find yourself a prestige project to produce, get the man who got you an Oscar on board, and get the hell on with that "serious acting career". Ms. Theron is joining forces with Bob Berney, producer of Monster and current head of Picturehouse, to produce The Ice at the Bottom of the World. Through an unusual deal, Theron, who has owned the property for several years, will not only produce and star in the picture – she'll own the final negative. The film follows the relationship between a grizzled Navy captain and his daughter, played by Theron, "a heroin addict and the single mother of a mixed-race child."
  • Meanwhile, Lionsgate is putting all its Oscar money on Crash. They're sending out an astounding 130,000 screeners of Paul Hagis' film – about 10 times the usual screener push. The mailout will include all members of the Writers and Screen Actors Guilds, and unusual move that will put the ensemble drama directly in the hands of those professionals most likely to appreciate its strengths and overlook its weaknesses.
  • In vaguely related news, former Lionsgate marketing man John Hedgeman has been tapped as COO of Fox's new youth division. This is interesting: Hedgeman says that the division, which is designed to produce content for an audience aged 12-24, is open to producing R-rated fare. "Whether it's a comedy or horror or drama or action, as long as it's speaking to a segment and it's a great piece of material, we'll make it," Hegeman said.