Warners Bros. Benelux hasacquired all distributions rights of four new titles of New Line Cinema. It isthe first time both parties have closed a distribution deal for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The three titles will be distributed during 2007.

The deal covers Chris Weitz'sThe Golden Compass, starring NicoleKidman, Daniel Craig and Sam Elliott. The story, based on the first book in thebestselling His Dark Materialstrilogy by Philip Pullman, tells about a girls searching for her lost friend ina fairytale world. Hairspray is AdamShankman's remake of the 1988 John Waters comedy about regulars on the CornyCollins Dance Show, starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeifferand Christopher Walken.

JulesVerne-based Journey 3-D stars BrendanFraser as a scientist on expedition to the centre of the Earth. Fraser also appears in Inkheart, based on the novel by Cornelia Funke. Other members of castinclude Helen Mirren, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis.