Oscar-winning composer-conductor Marvin Hamlisch has been selected as musical director of the 61st Academy Awards presentation in Los Angeles next March 19.

It is the first time Hamlisch has served in the job. A three-time Oscar-winning composer, he also will contribute original music to the ceremonies.Hamlisch won two Oscars for his work on "The Way We Were" and received his third Academy Award for the best musiscal adaptation score for "The Sting." He was also nominated for "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Same Time New Year" and "A Chorus Line."

-HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - Charlie Sheen and Leslie Caron will head the cast of "Courage Mountain," the first of a three-picture deal between Michael Douglas' and Rick Bieber's newly formed Stonebridge Entertainment and Epic Pictures.

"Courage Mountain" - a tentative title - will be filmed on locations in the Austrian Alps.

The other two films scheduled for production are "Scam," an action-adventure story set in Europe, and "Aisha," a thriller set in Morocco.