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Ron Howard talks new Luciano Pavarotti documentary / Variety

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If one is an anomaly, two are a coincidence and three are a trend, then Ron Howard might strictly become a music documentarian after "Pavarotti" hits theaters. The documentary about the world-famous Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti comes on the heels of Howard's "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week" and "Made in America," a look at Jay-Z's music festival of the same name. "Look at the way music has become so important in the medium in general, whether it's scripted or documentary. I think it's something to rally an audience around. Technology is such that we can offer a kind of concert experience," Howard told Variety at a screening of the film on Wednesday at CAA in Los Angeles. "Our intention was to make this as much of an opera as it a human-interest story about Pavarotti."

The screening last night was hosted by Richard Lovett, Rob Light and Sir Lucian Grainge. A CBS Films Polygram Entertainment Brian Grazer presentation, "Pavarotti" is an Imagine Entertainment and White Horse Pictures production and will be in theaters on June 7.

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