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    Morgan Freeman Circling 'Akira,' Zac Efron Offered Lead Role

    Steam is beginning to build around Warner Bros. remake of the classic anime "Akira" with some interesting names being thrown around. But first a quick history recap: In February of this year, directing duo Allen and Albert Hughes were brought on to direct the film and this summer, Albert Torres ("Henry Poole Is Here") was hired to pen a new draft of the script with a due date of September. The project will be a two-film, PG-13 adaptation of the manga with the Hughes Brothers currently only on board for the first section which will bring books 1-3 of the series to the big screen. And it now looks like all systems are go as casting is tentatively beginning on the film.

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    Were the 1990s the Worst Time for Comic Book Movies?

    I won't bore anyone with my gushing appreciation for "Dick Tracy," and not just because it's been such a long time since I saw the film and I'm admittedly running on the fumes of a twenty year memory, and I don't need to go into how the list really needs mention of "The Rocketeer," the Roger Corman "Fantastic Four" adaptation and the TV movie "Archie: To Riverdale and Back," but I must take minor issue with Den of Geek's piece from last Friday recognizing the low quality of 1990s comic book movies. From the intro:

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    New Images From 'Paul' & 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn'

    New images have landed for two of our most anticipated films of next year, Greg Mottola's "Paul" and Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn." So let's start with the one hitting theaters first.

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    Watch Todd Haynes' "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" In Its Entirety, Online, For Free...

    Who knows how long this will stay up, or how long it's been there, but you can watch all of Todd Haynes' nototious, difficult to find directorial debut classic "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" on Google Video. An incomparable, strangely magical 43 minute film about the life of Karen Carpenter that was shot with Barbie dolls, take this as a serious opportunity if you haven't seen the film. Originally released in 1987, it was withdrawn from circulation in 1990 after Haynes lost a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Karen's brother and musical collaborator, Richard Carpenter.

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    A Look Inside The Brit List, The Best Unproduced Screenplays From The U.K.

    In some ways, it's been a pretty good year for the British film industry, with the likes of "Another Year," "The King's Speech," "Down Terrace," "Skeletons," "The Scouting Book For Boys" and "The Arbor" all providing some of the great movie-going pleasures of the year, and with some good prospects for next year, most notably Paddy Considine's "Tyrannosaur," Joe Cornish's "Attack the Block" and Richard Ayoade's "Submarine." In most other ways, though, things are fairly grim, thanks to the scrapping of the U.K. Film Council, responsible for substantial funding in the industry, by the new government.

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    Review: 'Unstoppable' Is One Of Tony Scott's Most Enjoyable Films In Years

    "Unstoppable" is about a runaway train on a collision course to wipe out a mid-sized Pennsylvania town and that streamlined premise might be the best thing to happen to director Tony Scott in years. The schizophrenic director, given to rapid edits, multiple filters, and cameras stuck in a wide array of angles has never done well with scripts with any degree of complexity or multiple narrative threads (please see the disaster that is "Domino") so it's no surprise that the narrowly focused "Unstoppable" is one of the Scott's most enjoyable pictures in a long time.

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: FilmDistrict

    Bob Berney and Peter Schlessel are key players in Graham King and Tim Headington’s new distribution company FilmDistrict. The company's brief is to acquire or generate films with strong casts that can play on between 1500 and 2000 screens. xxxx Bob Berney xxxxxxxx Peter SchlesselIn the first major deal of the American Film Market, FilmDistrict prebought North American rights to Drive from Affinity. Based on the James Sallis novel and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, budgeted for less than $30 million, the film stars Ryan Gosling who plays a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver and is targeted for death after a heist goes wrong, it also stars Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks and Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. FilmDistrict plans to release in late summer or early fall. On Sunday FD acquired Europacorp's Lockout. Prior to AFM, the company acquired Soul Surfer.

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    The Weinstein Company Lawyer Up To Fight The NC-17 Rating For 'Blue Valentine'

    “I just can’t wait to stand over your shoulder while you change the rating.”Ever since "Blue Valentine" got nailed with a baffling NC-17 rating, things have been uncharacteristically quiet from the Weinstein camp. And now we know why. Harvey Weinstein has been busy hiring lawyers (in what we hope inspires the best "Law & Order: Los Angeles" episode ever).

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    'Kung Fu Panda 2' Teaser Trailer Released

    Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting... AgainGeeks flipping for any kind of morsel of news were all jazzed up this weekend when the synopsis and new logo (wow!) for "Kung Fu Panda 2: Kaboom Of Doom" appeared online on the film's official site. Now something a little more concrete, though barely, has arrived in the film's teaser trailer, which like most teaser trailers doesn't show a lot. All of the original characters (and their celebrity voices) will be reprising their respective roles; Jack Black (Po), Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper), David Cross (Crane) and Dustin Hoffman (Master Shifu). New additions include Gary Oldman as the new villain, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh and Victor Garber.

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    Steven Spielberg Would Have Animated and Condensed "Harry Potter"

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Okay, maybe not shoulda in this case. As any production history comes to light there is potential for many "what if...?" situations with regards to casting alternatives and disposed of ideas. But especially now that seemingly every step of a film's development is reported on throughout the blogosphere, it's neat to hear about little tidbits of trivia that haven't surfaced before. In anticipation of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," today's revelation comes via the L.A. Times' look at how the "Harry Potter" film franchise came together as it did. Of particular interest is what Steven Spielberg wanted to do with the adaptations when he was expected to direct. Warner Bros. studio head Alan Horn is quoted:

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