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Jackson to earn '$20m' for Kong
The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is to earn one of the biggest ever fees for a movie when he remakes King Kong, say reports.

He will land $20m (12.5m) for the new version of the classic, although some of fee will be shared with writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, according to Variety magazine.

Jackson joins directors such as Steven Spielberg and M Night Shyamalan who can command such large fees for their work.

The epic Lord of the Rings films have become among the most successful movies of all time, earning more than $1.7bn so far.

The third and final film in the series, The Return of the King, will be released later this year.


Third Asterix film 'vetoed'

The co-creator of comic strip favourite Asterix has reportedly vetoed plans for a third live-action movie based on the character.

French newspaper Le Parisien said Alberto Uderzo was unhappy with the treatment of the second movie in the hit franchise - Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra - which sold 14.5 million tickets in France.

The third movie, Asterix and Obelix in Spain, had been due to begin shooting next spring in Spain featuring Christian Clavier and Gerard Depardieu.

Uderzo co-created Asterix with the late Rene Goscinny.


My Family set for US success

US executives are reportedly planning a version of BBC One sitcom My Family - the first British sitcom written in the American "committee" style.

A New York-based company is in talks with US networks to make the show, which regularly attracts nine million viewers in the UK, the Media Guardian website said.

My Family, starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker as the parents of three teenagers, was written by a team in the same way as US series such as Friends and Frasier.

British TV comedies are traditionally written in six-episode chunks by a single writer or pair.


Hit gay TV show comes to UK

The UK is to follow the US in broadcasting a new breed of so-called "gay-TV" by buying one of its most successful reality shows.

Programmer Flextech is to air US show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, in which a group of gay men carry out a makeover on a straight man.

The show has provided record ratings for the NBC-owned Bravo network.

Under the deal 20 episodes of Queer Eye will be shown on the Living TV cable network.


Cat creams back web rights

The Cat in the Hat, the children's favourite created by the late Dr Seuss, has won the right to use its name on the internet.

The name has been handed back to the estate of Dr Seuss by a United Nations copyright agency after a 'copycat' site appeared using the name thecatinthehat.com.

The site's creator, Chris Saunders, who lives in St Kitts and Nevis, had earlier agreed to return the name but the handover stalled when the site's registrar declined to de-register it.

An arbitrator for WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, said the site had been set up in bad faith and the name should be returned immediately.





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