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    Jon Favreau In Talks To Direct 'Magic Kingdom' For Disney

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if the rides at Disney World all came to life? Well, you're about to find out.

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    Ruben Fleischer, Jose Padilha & Scott Cooper Latest Linked To 'Tales From The Gangster Squad'

    One of the most hotly sought-after directorial jobs going at the moment -- or at least the one that's leaked the widest-ranging wishlist-- is Warner Bros' period action-drama "Tales From The Gangster Squad." Based on a seven-part series of articles in the LA Times, the film's been in the works for a couple of years now, with a script from former cop and current writer on "Castle," Will Beall, and focuses on a special division of the LAPD formed in 1946 to keep east coast mobsters, led by Mickey Cohen, out of the city. (A rather darker take on the material can be seen in "L.A. Confidential")

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    Tracklisting of Daft Punk Soundtrack For 'Tron: Legacy' Revealed

    You've seen the trailers, posters, TV spots already, but perhaps nothing has gotten us more excited for "Tron: Legacy" than the score by Daft Punk.

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    AFM News: Wall Street Thriller Margin Call, Starring Quinto and Spacey, Sells Multiple Territories

    Rookie feature director J.C. Chandor's Wall Street thriller Margin Call, starring an ensemble including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Mary McDonnell, Simon Baker and in the lead as a risk analyst, Zachary Quinto (who also produced), closed multiple deals at the recent American Film Market. Film sales company Myriad showed a new promo of the film, which follows a group of high-flying players at an investment bank during the 24 hours leading up to the 2008 market crash. It is in post-production.

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    About

    Born and raised in New York, Anne Thompson has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, The Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety, and deputy editor of Variety.com, where her daily blog, “Thompson on Hollywood,” launched in March 2007.  Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the West Coast Editor of Premiere, a Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment.  She wrote the film industry column “Risky Business” for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times syndicate.  A graduate of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, she has taught film criticism at USC and hosts the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.

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    Peter Douglas Is Going To Produce Remakes Of A Bunch Of John Frankenheimer & Kirk Douglas Films

    "Seven Days In May," "Seconds," "Grand Prix," "The Vikings" & "The Final Countdown" Will Get RemadePeter Douglas, son of Kirk Douglas and half-brother of Michael Douglas, has produced a handful of movies over the years like "Whip It!" most recently, and a handful of titles through the '80s and '90s including "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and both "Fletch" films. But he may have stumbled across his most lucrative (and worst) idea yet: remaking the movies his dad starred in and/or produced.

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    Hollywood Goes Bollywood: L.A. and Indian Producers Form Film Council

    As India continues to make inroads in Hollywood by investing in such companies as DreamWorks and IM Global, it remains to be seen what the practical results will be of a signed cooperation pact between the city of Los Angeles and the Indian film industry. The city of L.A., the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and the Film Federation of India have agreed to:develop and strengthen motion picture production, distribution, technology, content protection and commercial cooperation between the two filmmaking communities.  The two parties also support the creation of the Los Angeles-India Film Council to increase Indian film production in Los Angeles.

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    Women in Film Picks Finishing Fund Recipients

    For the 25th year, the Women in Film Foundation has selected grant recipients for its Film Finishing Fund.

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    Jim Carrey Thinks 'Three Stooges' Project Is Dead; Says He's Officially Out

    You know what was a super exciting prospect back in March of 2009? The Farrelly brothers making a “The Three Stooges,” film with Sean Penn as Larry, Jim Carrey as Curly and Benicio del Toro as Moe. Cut to more than a year later -- and a lot of back and forth -- and let's face it: that film, at least with that cast, is likely never getting made.

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    A Tale of Two "Blue Valentine" Posters

    A week after showing us "The King's Speech"'s embarrassingly bad one sheet, The Weinstein Company has attempted to redeem itself with the official theatrical poster for Derek Cianfrance's Ryan Gosling-Michelle Williams drama "Blue Valentine," which is out on December 31st:

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