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HBO, Variety forge 'Pix' pact.

A documentary relating the inside stories behind Hollywood's biggest blockbusters will be produced by HBO and directed by Oscar winner Bill Couturie.

Titled "Crix Nix Hix Pix," the doe will be based on the book of the same name by Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart and published by Miramax Books in conjunction with Variety's 100th anniversary.

Title stems from one of Variety's most famous headlines ("Sticks Nix Hick Pix").

Couturie, responsible for such works as HBO's "Last Letters Home, Voices of American Troops From the Battlefields of Iraq," is a five-time Emmy winner and won an Oscar for HBO's doc "Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt."

The feature-length film will spotlight history's biggest movie blockbusters, describing their development and production and the efforts to emulate their recipes for success.

Exec producers will be Charles C. Koones, president and publisher of Variety, and Bart. It will be broadcast next March.

Among the success recipes to be examined are zeitgeist films such as "American Graffiti," epics such as "Birth of a Nation" and films built around a bestseller such as "The Godfather."

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Title Annotation:Smoke & Mirrors: BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BIZ'S DEALS, DECISIONS AND DIVERSIONS
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 9, 2005
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