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    Universal Preps for Change, from Meyer's Upstairs Move to Courting DreamWorks' Snider and Spielberg

    Changes are under way at Universal Studios. And the LAT's revelation that studio president Ron Meyer will be heading into an advisory role at NBCUniversal prior to his retirement paves the way for new leadership. The longest- running studio chief in Hollywood has arranged his own graceful exit.

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    The Social Network Team to Produce Fifty Shades of Grey

    Universal Pictures and Focus Features have picked The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti to shepherd E.L. James’ huge bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey to the big screen.

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    Universal Wants Jake Kasdan's 'My Spy'

    “Bad Teacher” director Jake Kasdan is obviously doing something right because he’s a man who’s seemingly in high demand at the moment. He’s currently attached to direct the Shawn Levy-produced adaptation of “Man Made,” “Sex Tape” with Jason ...

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    Watch: Oliver Stone Interrogates Hayek, Del Toro, Lively in 'Meet the Savages'

    In the first of five cross-examination videos leading up to the July 6 release of Oliver Stone's "The Savages," an offscreen Stone "interrogates" his characters. Cartel queen Elena (Salma Hayek), enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro), ex-mercenary Chon (Taylor Kitsch), pot producer Ben (Aaron Johnson) an...

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Madagascar 3D' Bests 'Prometheus,' Solid Results For Both

    There’s always an audience out there. You just have to serve it. And so it goes with the past three days, the second straight strong weekend of this summer that suggests business is rebounding from a tepid 2011. “Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted” took the crown in a fashion similar to the first t...

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    'Act Of Valor' Helmer Scott Waugh Has 'Need For Speed'; Pete Segal Builds 'The Machine' With Vin Diesel & More

    Although still reeling from the failed domestic launch of “Battleship,” Universal still believes in the premise of toys-as-movies, and has entered negotiations to acquire the rights to Lego's robotic toy line Hero Factory. The writing duo behind 2010’s “Predators,” ...

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    Illumination Entertainment & Universal Pictures Bringing 'Clifford The Big Red Dog' To The Big Screen

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Illumination Entertainment, the company behind “Despicable Me” and, more recently, the fluffy eco-fable “The Lorax,” will once again partner with Universal Pictures, this time on a live action/animated version of “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” Woof.

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    'Kick-Ass 2' Actually Happening, Jeff Wadlow To Direct, Cast In Talks To Return

    Well, a stopped clock is right twice a day. After two years of pretty much bullshit from "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar, it looks like his talk that "Kick-Ass 2" would shoot this summer is actually becoming a reality.

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    Weekend Box Office: 'Think Like A Man' Back On Top, But No One Wants A 'Five-Year Engagement'

    Let this be a wakeup call. For the second straight weekend, “Think Like A Man,” cast with actors actresses usually stuck playing “ethnic sidekicks” to more marketable white stars, didn’t just lead the box office, it dominated. With the film in slightly over 2000 theaters, less than any other movie f...

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    Sony and Universal Hawk Summer and Holiday Slates, from 'Spider-Man' and 'Total Recall' to 'Battleship' and 'Bourne'

    Which of the six studio presentations at CinemaCon were represented by their chairmen? One could argue that the ones who most wanted to be identified with their slates, to OWN them if you will, were the ones who showed up.

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