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    Disney's Aviv Exits as Ross Relies on DreamWorks

    It's deja vu all over again. A studio in management upheaval. A new studio head recruited from TV being directed to reinvent the wheel by a boss who is a film biz outsider.

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    Finke Poaches Variety Scoop-King Fleming

    As Variety hides behind a pay wall in a misguided attempt to salvage its outdated print model, Jay Penske-owned Deadline/Hollywood has poached Variety's biggest breaking news hound, Mike Fleming, to run the new Deadline/New York.

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    Polanski Asks To Be Sentenced in Absentia

    The LAT is reporting that director Roman Polanski has asked an L.A. judge to be sentenced in absentia in his 1977 sex case. This is according to a notarized letter submitted to a Superior Court judge during a hearing Wednesday afternoon:

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    Bond 23 Update: Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct

    When your career needs a boost and there are few available top-dollar jobs: take a franchise.

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    Leipzig Out at National Geographic; Battsek in Talks

    After six years as president of National Geographic Films, Adam Leipzig is moving into an executive producer role on two films he was shepherding at the company, says David Beal, President, National Geographic Entertainment. The first is HBO's planned ten-hour Lewis & Clark mini-series Undaunted Courage, adapted by Michelle Ashford from the 1996 biography of Meriwether Lewis by Band of Brothers writer Stephen F. Ambrose. The film, set in the early 1800s, is also executive produced by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. The second is writer-director Peter Weir's return to the screen, the World War II drama The Way Back, based on the memoir by Slavom...

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    Bond Producers Put Number 23 On Hold

    Writer Peter Morgan (The Queen) worked on a first draft of Bond 23 that he described as a "shocking story" from July until October last year, followed by regular writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. But EON Productions has put pre-production work on the film on hold pending the resolution of distrib...

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    Flixster Acquires Rotten Tomatoes, Creating Movie Site Combine

    Well, somebody is betting on the future of movie criticism.

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    Polanski Posts Holiday Greetings

    Roman Polanski is under house arrest, spending the holidays with his family at his ski chalet while waiting to hear about his fate. He posted at the website of French philosopher pal Bernard Henri-Levy this public response to the cards and letters he's received:

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    Kennedy and the Naked Babes: A Playboy Shoot!

    TMZ said it tested this creased 1950s snapshot showing a man who looks a lot like John F. Kennedy hanging on a yacht with naked babes, and found no evidence of tampering.

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    Dreamworks Acquires WW I novel War Horse to Produce with Kennedy/Marshall

    DreamWorks Studios has acquired the rights to the World War I adventure novel War Horse for Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest to produce. Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) is writing the script. Written by children's author Michael Morpurgo and first published in 1982, War Ho...

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