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Wednesday, January 27, 1999 3:30:18 PM EST

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"Happy, Texas"
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'Lucky,' 'Trick' among big-studio Sundance deals

PARK CITY, Utah (CNN) -- The deals are coming through for yet more of the many films lined up at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The most spectacular thus far, if a Hollywood Reporter story can be confirmed, would be a Miramax deal for more than $10 million for world distribution rights to "Lucky, Texas," by writer-director Mark Illsley. The previous Sundance record was $10 million for Castle Rock's 1996 acquisition of "The Spitfire Grill."

Meanwhile, Variety reports that Fine Line Features has bought, for a mid-six figures price, North American rights to Jim Fall's "Trick," a dramatic competition entry at Sundance. The gay-themed comedy stars Christian Campbell as a 20-something musical theater composer waiting for his big break, Tori Spelling as his best friend, and John Paul Pitoc as a stranger who may or may not turn out to be his true love. Fine Line is contemplating a summer 1999 release.

And Fox Searchlight Pictures has snapped up worldwide rights to Killer Films' partially completed feature film "Take It Like a Man" for about $5 million, according to a Variety report. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, "Man" is based on the true story of Teena Marie Brandon, a Nebraska teenager who passed herself off as a boy. It stars Hilary Swank ("Karate Kid III") as Brandon, along with Peter Sarsgaard, Brendon Sexton III and Chloe Sevigny. The script, written by Peirce and Andy Bienan, was developed at a Sundance writers workshop.

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The Rolling Stones

Stones, front row: $250

MINNEAPOLIS (CNN) -- Ticket prices to see the Rolling Stones just keep going up. Front row seats at next month's Twin Cities concert are $250, the highest ticket price ever for a rock concert in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Stones were charging as much as $151.25 for the best seats for the February 15 concert at Target Center. Those tickets quickly sold out. So concert promoter Jam Productions released a new block of tickets Tuesday for seats even closer to the stage -- for a top price of $251.25, before service charges. The promoter said the seats can be made available because the stage the Stones are using on their "No Security" Tour will allow for 360-degree views.

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Ferguson

Man arrested in break-in at Duchess of York's office

LONDON (CNN) -- A 26-year-old man has been charged after an alleged break-in at the private office of the Duchess of York. Scotland Yard said John Casey of north London has been charged with two counts of burglary at offices in Wyndham Place, a central London office suite where the former Sarah Ferguson maintains an office.

The duchess wasn't there at the time, but rather at a fund-raising luncheon in Columbus, Ohio for the Ohio State University Medical Center's Spirit of Women Park. Nothing was reported missing in the break-in Saturday night, police said. The duchess is divorced from Prince Andrew, second son of Queen Elizabeth II.

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"The Prince of Egypt"

Malaysia opposition says 'Prince' ban will hurt country

KUALA LUMPUR (CNN) -- Malaysia's opposition leader says a government move to ban Hollywood's latest animated musical "The Prince of Egypt" will hurt the country's image. Lim Kit Siang said the ban by the Film Censorship Board was a "black eye" to the government's plan to turn Malaysia into a information technology superpower in the next century.

"The ban ... will be sending out the worst possible message to the world that Malaysia does not have the mind set yet to become a IT nation, despite the globe-trotting efforts of the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to sell the futuristic Multimedia Super Corridor," said Lim. The MSC is a zone to the south of Kuala Lumpur that is being developed as Asia's answer to Silicon Valley. Officials on the censorship board said they have banned DreamWorks Studio's "The Prince of Egypt," but declined to say why. The film was banned last week in the Maldives on grounds that its portrayal of Moses was offensive to Islam.

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McPherson

McPherson baby boy baptized by church, paparazzi

ROME (CNN) -- Supermodel Elle McPherson's 11-month-old baby boy was baptized on Wednesday at the church of Sant' Agostino in Rome -- an event that attracted a pack of paparazzi. Arpad Flynn Alexander Busson was born on Valentine's Day in New York. His father is French financier Arpad "Arki" Busson. Scores of paparazzi gathered outside the church, madly clicking away as the 34-year-old model-turned-mom entered. The baptism was followed by a luncheon hosted by the baby's godfather, Italian supermagnate Gianni Agnelli, whose family controls Fiat, Italy's largest private company.

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Reuters Limited contributed to this report.

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