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By United Press International  |  Jan. 1, 2002 at 4:45 AM
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ROBERT ZEMECKIS, STEVEN SPIELBERG

If the split fully comes to fruition, it could be one of Hollywood's least-anticipated divorces of 2001 -- the ending of the business partnership between Oscar-winning moviemakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis.

Variety reports the production company owned by Zemeckis, but based at Spielberg's Dreamworks for four years, may be moved to Warner Bros. The two first met in the mid-1970s when Zemeckis was a film student at UCLA.

It has been evident that Warner Bros. has wanted Zemeckis under its tents since as far back as 1997.

(Thanks to UPI Feature Reporter Dennis Daily)


MARLENE DIETRICH

Berlin -- once again the capital of a unified Germany -- has honored cultural icon Marlene Dietrich on the 100th anniversary of her birth.

Last Thursday, German President Johannes Rau lauded the actress's commitment to "democracy and freedom in Germany" during the Nazi era, while city officials asked forgiveness for how the actress had been treated by the place where she was born.

A staunch anti-Nazi, Dietrich shunned the city for years. In 1960, she was given an angry reception in Berlin in reaction to her support of the Allies during World War II and her failure to return home after the war. Newspaper editorials called her a "traitor" during the visit.

(From UPI's Capital Comment)

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