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    ''Clones'' hitches new trailer to "Potter'' print

    HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - As if audiences needed any more enticement to line up for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,'' George Lucas' production company said Tuesday it would ship theaters a new trailer for "Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones'' to show before "Harry'' on Nov. 16.

    The move follows last Friday's bow of the first 60-second "Clones'' teaser, titled "Breathing,'' which preceded the Disney/Pixar toon "Monsters, Inc.'' before launching on the Internet.

    Six months before its opening next spring, "Clones'' has aligned itself with two of the biggest 2001 titles -- a more high-profile approach than that taken in 1998, when trailers for "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace'' played before the likes of domestic dud "Meet Joe Black.''

    The second teaser wave also gives Lucasfilm another chance to win over audiences who were left confused or unimpressed with the first teaser. Picking up where "Breathing'' left off, the new trailer is more than 2 minutes long and features new footage and dialogue, Lucasfilm said.

    Warners is plotting a record-setting launch for "Harry Potter'' on well beyond 3,500 engagements, which would represent at least 7,000 screens. A top distribution executive dismissed widespread industry talk of 8,000 screens, but said the number made final next week "will definitely set records for engagements.''

    The broadest picture bow to date is Paramount's "Mission: Impossible 2'' at 3,653 engagements; DreamWorks' "Shrek'' reached 3,715 during its run last summer. (Both of those films played on at least 6,000 screens, though numbers for screens and prints are less commonly tracked than engagements for wide releases.)

    Separately, Lucasfilm also announced it will attempt to boost sales of its already successful "Phantom Menace'' DVD by making the sequel's first trailer available for viewing at http://dvd.starwars.com this Friday. Only owners of the DVD will be able to access the trailer, which can be unlocked by the computer with an encoded key. It features footage that doesn't appear in the first teaser now in theaters.

    The "Phantom Menace'' DVD sold 2.2 million units in its first week of release, making it one of the biggest sellers on the DVD format, second only to Nov. 2 release "Shrek,'' which sold 2.5 million units in its first three days.

    Reuters/Variety REUTERS

    By Marc Graser

    Friday, November 9, 2001

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