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    Aaron Sorkin Writing, Danny Elfman Scoring 'Houdini' Broadway Musical For Hugh Jackman

    You wouldn't necessarily know it from his frequently gruff screen persona, but Hugh Jackman has a long background in stage musicals -- he was plucked from his role in "Oklahoma" at the National Theatre in London to play Wolverine a decade ago, and has generally leaned towards the action end of the spectrum on the big-screen, despite the development of the likes of a musical based around P.T. Barnum, an adaptation of "Carousel," and his attachment to the sadly dead Steven Soderbergh-directed 3D "Cleo," in which Jackman would have starred alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ray Winstone, to a score by Guided By Voices -- a project we'd sit through another half-dozen lacklustre Wolverine pictures to see resurrected.

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    Imogen Poots & Felicity Jones To Star In Iain Softley's 'Trap For Cinderella'

    Ed Westwick, Brooke Shields, Tamsin Egerton & Bill Nighy Also On Board The American Film Market is underway, and we're expecting a tidal wave of project announcements and casting news in the next few days, as fledgling independent projects try to raise their budgets through pre-sales. We've already seen the likes of "Henry5" and Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade' announced via the market, and now we've got some casting news on another project.

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    George Takei's "It Gets Better" Video

    Save for the original video care of Dan Savage his husband Terry, George Takei's recently released, Clint McCance inspired "It Gets Better" gets my vote for the series' best-in-show:

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    'Zombieland' Producer Gavin Polone To Direct 'Psycho Killer' By 'Se7en' Scribe Andrew Kevin Walker

    Well, here's a project we're going to keep an eye on. Eli Roth, producer Eric Newman ("Children Of Men," "Dawn Of The Dead") and StudioCanal have teamed on an intriguing serial killer film, the appropriately titled, "Psycho Killer." So why are we interested?

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    "Harry Potter" 3-D Conversion: Cameron's Logic Says "Sorcerer's Stone" OK, But Not "Deathly Hallows"

    James Cameron was in Beverly Hills offering his seemingly hypocritical opinion on Hollywood's 3-D retro-fitting practices again yesterday. Speaking at the Blu-ray industry event Blu-Con, he re-stated how the studios are wrong to think they can convert a movie into 3-D during the normal post-production time frame and so they end up with disappointing visuals a la "Clash of the Titans." This time around, though, he could (as he did to the NY Times a few weeks ago) bring up the recent situation with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" (like "Clash," a Warner Bros. title), which appears to support his case in a different way:

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    Looking Ahead

    indieWIRE is in good hands.

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    Are Andrew Dominik & Casey Affleck Teaming For An Adaptation Of George V. Higgins 'Cogan's Trade'?

    Last month, Casey Affleck threw a spanner in the works revealing he was set to reteam early next year with his "Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" director Andrew Dominik on an adaptation of a unspecified Boston-set crime novel.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    James MacArthur: The Disney Connection

    When James MacArthur passed away last week at the age of 72, the obituaries I read emphasized his role as “Danno” on the long-running TV hit Hawaii Five-O, and understandably so…but at the same time they glossed over his career-building years at the Walt Disney studio. I was too young to see teenaged MacArthur in the live TV drama The Young Stranger and the feature film it spawned was over my head as a young moviegoer, but I vividly remember being introduced to the actor when Disney released The Light in the Forest, Third Man on the Mountain, Kidnaped, and Swiss Family Robinson. I wrote about all those films, and their significance, in my book The Disney Films, and still think Third Man on the Mountain is an—

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    Our Daily ISA (International Sales Agent): Bleiberg Entertainment and its genre label Compound B

    I asked Roman Kopelevich, chief of sales for Ehud Bleiberg's company to send me information on the company which stands out as a U.S. based company which produces and sells quality films both in U.S. and in Israel. Producer Ehud Bleiberg launched Beverly Hills-based production and international sales company Bleiberg Entertainment in September 2005 after 12 years as Chairman & CEO of another international production, distribution and sales company he co-founded in 1993. At that time when he and his partner arrived in L.A. from Israel, the film community was curious to know how the "new Israelis" would fit in. Others had come and gone, leaving their distinctive marks (scars?) and it was a new generation. Bleiberg had managed advertising agencies, foreign news entities, and was a business developer before devoting his career to the entertainment industry. Before arriving in the U.S., he also produced feature films in Israel. His film "Himmo: King of Jerusalem" (1988) was highly acclaimed abroad and was an official selection in the Toronto, Chicago, and Edinburgh Film Festivals. His next film, "The Appointed" (1990), enjoyed even more success as an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. This was followed by the hit film "Tel Aviv Stories" (1992) which was one of the year's most successful films in Israel and throughout Europe. The company operates on a proven business plan with respect to the production, acquisition, financing and distribution of filmed entertainment to the worldwide marketplace with a slate of projects geared toward the theatrical, DVD and TV markets and mixing specialty fare such as Precious Life (premiered Toronto and sold to HBO) or his production, multi award winning The Band's Visit with more commercial genre fare. Precious Life was the subject of a fascinating article by L.A. Times' Patrick Goldstein entitled Middle East Politics Seen Through A Personal Lens.The company develops, funds and produces a diverse array of feature films and is currently in various stages of production on a number of high-profile projects including Danny Lerner's sophomore project, the action thriller Kirot starring Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Hitman), which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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    "It's Going To Be A Bloodbath:" Who Will Survive The Summer Of 2011, And What Will Be Left Of Them?

    The knock-on effects of the 2007 writers' strike have been felt heavily in the last few years. Last summer saw the obviously rushed likes of "Wolverine," "Terminator Salvation," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra;" all of which were patently harmed by the disruption caused by months of inaction by screenwriters, while the films were in or gearing up for production. Hell, even "Star Trek," easily the strongest of the tentpoles that year, had script issues.

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