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- Leonardo DiCaprio wants to star in For Whom the Bell Tolls, but he's waiting for Warner Brothers to hire a director before officially signing up.
- Robert Koehler says Lords of Dogtown's skateboarding scenes rule, but the film is a "wipeout once the pic skids into melodrama and an overly schematic sense of how success tore the group apart."
- Miramax distribution chief Mike Ruditsky will follow Bob n' Harvey to their new company on September 30. The three will over see the release of a handful of Miramax films before they go, including Proof and Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm.
- Oscar winning documentarian Murray Lerner will direct a Roger Daltrey/Pete Townsend sanctioned Who doc; the surviving band members are asking fans to contribute any and all archival footage at www.thewhomovie.com
- Denzel Washington and Billy Crystal are using their star power to drive up ticket prices on Broadway; unsurprisingly, theatergoers don't mind paying.
- FX paid NBC Universal $20 million for four-year exclusive rights on Ray and three other titles.