Originally created 03/04/03

Entertainment briefs

Producers Guild names 'Chicago' best picture of 2002

LOS ANGELES -- The Producers Guild of America gave the maker of "Chicago" the top award at the 14th annual Producers Guild Awards.

Martin Richards produced the jazz musical, which has been nominated for 13 Oscars, including best picture. The Academy Awards will be presented March 23.

Other winners announced Sunday night at the Century Plaza Hotel included TV drama, "24," Fox; TV comedy, "Curb Your Enthusiasm," HBO; TV movie, miniseries or other long-form television, "Live From Baghdad," HBO; and reality series, "Biography," A&E.

On the Net:

Producers Guild of America Web site: http://www.producersguild.org/

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Detroit techno party gets a new name

DETROIT -- The three-day techno festival at Hart Plaza on Memorial Day weekend has a new name.

The Detroit Electronic Music Festival will be called "Movement 2003 - Detroit's Electronic Music Festival," said producer Derrick May.

May said he hopes the new name will put his imprint on the event.

"We need to concentrate on moving in our own direction, with our own perspective," he told the Detroit Free Press recently. "The idea is to give this thing a fresh mentality."

May was selected by the city for this year's event over previous producer Pop Culture Media. Launched in 2000, the festival brings hundreds of thousands of techno fans to Detroit.

Pop Culture Media claims ownership of both the Detroit Electronic Music Festival and DEMF names. "Derrick got the plaza for Memorial Day weekend," said company President Carol Marvin, "but it's a different festival."

Marvin has joined with boxer Thomas Hearns to form DEMF Inc., which plans to open a nightclub and stage a techno festival. Details will be announced soon, she said.

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Japanese comic book hero headed for Hollywood

TOKYO -- Master thief Lupin the Third, a comic book hero in Japan for more than 30 years, will soon make his Hollywood debut.

Gerald R. Molen, producer of the Oscar-winning "Schindler's List," has acquired the movie rights to the work.

"As far as whether or not we know it will be a success, no one ever knows," Molen said while in Japan recently to meet the comic's artist, Kazuhiko Kato.

Kato said he'd leave artistic control to the film professionals and insist on little else other than keeping the five main characters.

"I'm so thrilled I could fly," he said. "I want the film to continue as long as the 007 series."

Molen declined to disclose monetary terms or the names of possible cast members for the movie, slated for theaters in a few years.

"We'll go home from here with a lot of wonderful ideas and a lot of enthusiasm and go to work," he said.

Molen also produced the "Jurassic Park" films and "Minority Report."

"Lupin the Third," which began as a comic book in 1967, has inspired a TV cartoon show, which recently began airing in the United States on the Cartoon Network, and five animation films.

On the Net:

Lupin the Third Web site: http://www.lupinthethird.com/

Cartoon Network Web site: http://www.adultswim.com/shows/lupin/index.html

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Auburn museum to house television memorabilia

AUBURN, Ind. -- A collector of television memorabilia plans to donate more than 2,000 TV Guide magazines and other items to the American Heritage Museum in northern Indiana.

The collection grew out of Stephen Hofer's lifelong interest in television. Hofer, an associate professor of public speaking and broadcasting at Chicago State University, said his family was one of the first in Fort Wayne to own a TV set.

The collection will become part of the museum's library and will also be woven into World War II and transportation exhibits. "I couldn't have wished for anything better," Hofer said recently.


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