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    TV Watch: Imagination-Free Networks Are Bewitched, Frankensteined and Nannied

    In yet another example of today's brand-oriented, risk-averse thinking, CBS has hired Marc Lawrence, the mind behind Miss Congeniality, to revamp the popular Bewitched series that ran from 1964 to 1972 on ABC. Lawrence also produced 2005’s widely reviled big-screen version of the show, starring Nic...

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    Casting Watch: Witherspoon Goes Fluffy, Fishburne is Superman's Perry White, Foster Plays Gotti Jr.

    Reese Witherspoon's next project is a Disney fluff piece called Wish List, about a girl whose wishes do not come true because the coin she throws into the well never reaches its bottom. Twenty-five years later, Witherspoon enters as that girl's older self, a careerist who has lost the imagination ...

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    Dark Knight Rises Filming in Pittsburgh, Two New Biopics, Development Arrested

    The Dark Knights Rises moved locations this week to start filming in the latest Gotham City stand-in: Pittsburgh, PA. “When you're making a large-scale action film that has to showcase the vitality and size of a large American city," director Christopher Nolan told The Pittsburgh Business Times, "it...

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    Franco Back to General Hospital, Howard Won’t Direct Final Dan Brown Movie, Ferguson's Secret Show

    Ron Howard won't complete the Dan Brown trilogy, reports Deadline. Howard directed and produced the first two film versions of Dan Brown’s bestsellers, 2006's The Da Vinci Code and sequel Angels & Demons in 2009, which both starred Tom Hanks as symbologist/sleuth Robert Langdon. Since 2001's A Beaut...

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    Gosling on Clooney Pranks, Peter Jackson’s Vlog, Scientology’s Mega-Properties

    In an interview with Extra, Ryan Gosling exposes prankster George Clooney, who directed him in the political drama The Ides of March, which opens the Venice Fest: "He will come up to you and tell you something very serious ... and then he'll walk away and you realize your pants are wet. He's had lik...

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    Media Watch: True Confessions on News of the World, Vogue Picks 1000 for Influencer Network

    Rupert Murdoch's delicious News of the World scandal just keeps on giving. Needless to say the US media is all over it, from Janice Min's THR to Tina Brown's Newsbeast. Schadenfreude lives!

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Finale: Media Round-Up

    It all ends with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2--or maybe not. J.K. Rowling has hinted that she could bring it back; in the meantime she's releasing ebooks of the series at Pottermore. And fan fiction writers will continue to create their own alternative Potter universe, as detailed in ...

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    Disney and Time Warner Chase AMC, Soap’s Second Life on Internet, Google+ Brand Pages

    After AMC Network spun off from Cablevision last week, such buyers as Time Warner and Walt Disney Co. have made a run at purchasing the network, reports AdAge. One fund manager at GAMCO, who oversees some four million AMC shares, says that the network would benefit from a sale because of its current...

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    Captain America Changes Title Abroad, HBO to Skinny Dip, Spike Lee Might Remake Oldboy

    To bridge the translation gap, changing a movie's title abroad is standard studio practice. In the case of Captain America, the reasons are more diplomatic.

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    Spike Lee Can’t Get Funding, Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice in Social Media Brawl

    Spike Lee can’t get financing for his films, even with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster joining a follow-up to Lee’s most successful feature, Inside Man. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Lee griped about everything from Do the Right Thing’s Academy snub in 1989 and making a film with LeBron James to his hesitancy about acting and Obama’s reelection. Lee's difficulties acquiring backers are countless, but he's particularly peeved that due to his 2008 financial disaster, the World War II period piece Miracle at St. Anna, even though Inside Man was his most successful film, "we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is ...

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