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Avatar Gets Prime Disney Parks Real Estate; Pandora Lands in Harmony with Nature

Avatar is getting some prime real estate at Disney theme parks thanks to a long-term agreement between Fox, filmmaker/environmentalist James Cameron and studio that will surely result in prime paychecks for all.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 7:08 AM
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Exec Watch: Jashni Legendary President, Stratton MGM Financial Officer, Universal's Fogelson Renews

Six-year Legendary Entertainment veteran production exec Jon Jashni is moving up: he's now the company's new president. He will continue as Legendary’s chief creative officer, reporting to Legendary Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull. Jashni has long had a creative role in Legendary Pictures film development and production, including The Hangover series, Ben Affleck's The Town, Zack Snyder's 300, The Watchmen and Sucker Punch, 3-D Clash of the Titans and the upcoming Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro), Paradise Lost (Alex Proyas) and Seventh Son (Sergei Bodrov).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2011 6:21 AM
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Trailer Watch: J. Edgar Trailer Lands, "When Morals Decline and Good Men Do Nothing Evil Flourishes"

Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar will open the AFI Fest on November 3 followed by a limited release November 9. Here are more details on the star cast. Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover, ages considerably (he spent hours in makeup) over the course of the trailer and alludes to man-love with co-star Armie Hammer (Clyde Tolson). The trailer begins with a warning; "When morals decline and good men do nothing evil flourishes."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 5:45 AM
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That's a Wrap! Lee Daniels' The Paperboy with McConaughey, Efron, Kidman, Cusack

That's a Wrap! Lee Daniels' The Paperboy with McConaughey, Efron, Kidman, Cusack
Director Lee Daniels has wrapped his follow-up to Precious, 60s erotic thriller The Paperboy. Shot around New Orleans, Lousiana, with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray and Scott Glenn, the film is based on Pete Dexter's novel and subsequent screen adaptation. Set in Florida, the synopsis is below. Release dates are pending as Toronto-generated pre-sales continue. As Daniels heads into post-production, he praises his cast for bringing "these offbeat characters to life. Everyone has knocked it out of the ballpark with their performances."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 5:40 AM
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Emmerich's Happy Birthday, Mr. President; Spielberg's Lincoln Not "Political Fodder"

Roland Emmerich, whose Shakespeare-subverting drama Anonymous will hit theaters October 28, is planning another trip down history lane, but this time not as far back and not any time soon. The director is planning to make Happy Birthday Mr. President - "The title will tell you everything" - but says digital technology is not yet where it needs to be for him to make it the way he wants, i.e. with digitally manipulated and aged actors. Does this mean Marilyn Monroe will actually be the one singing the famous song to John F. Kennedy on his birthday? We'll have to wait and see; "I think we have to wait another five years," says Emmerich. For now, we can watch the real deal (1962 video) below, or enjoy Michelle Williams channeling Monroe. The Anonymous trailer is below. [MTV]
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 5:15 AM
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Video: Congratulations, George Clooney, You Married a Norwegian

Sorry, everyone; it's only an ad for a Norwegian bank.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 5:13 AM
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Vote for New People's Choice Award Categories; 2012 Show is January 11

The People’s Choice Awards will take place at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater L.A. Live on January 11. This is the only show where fans call the shots on who wins the music, film and television awards. Starting today, fans can vote on new categories to be added to the mix. Vote here. President of People's Choice, Fred Nelson, says, like the culture, categories evolve each year (sequels and superheroes have their own categories!); "We're letting the fans help us choose new categories for 2012; after all, their passion for entertainment is the heart and soul of the People's Choice Awards." Categories up for voting are listed below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2011 4:52 AM
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63rd Emmy Awards: Video & Photo Highlights, Movie Stars as TV Stars

63rd Emmy Awards: Video & Photo Highlights, Movie Stars as TV Stars
Movie stars were TV stars last night, from Kate Winslet (Outstanding Leading Actress in a Mini-series or Movie, Mildred Pierce), Guy Pearce (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Movie, Mildred Pierce), Maggie Smith (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini-series or Movie, Downton Abbey), Julian Fellowes (Outstanding Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special, Downton Abbey) and Martin Scorsese (Outstanding Directing In For A Drama Series, Boardwalk Empire) to Peter Dinklage (Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series, Game of Thrones), Melissa McCarthy (Outstanding Actress in a Comedy, Mike & Molly) and Barry Pepper (Outstanding Leading Actor in an Mini-Series or Movie, The Kennedys). Here's the rest of the big winners. Our favorite part of the show? Jane Lynch telling Don Draper that in the future people can fast forward commercials (see her intro below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 19, 2011 7:50 AM
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Fincher's Dragon Tattoo Gets Creative Poster, Salander Profile Covers Blomkvist

Check out the latest image (poster?) for David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It's not as shocking as the one with Rooney Mara's (as Lizbeth Salander) nipples causing trouble in the blogosphere ("The Pornification of Lisbeth Salander") but intriguing all the same.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 19, 2011 7:37 AM
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Rising Indie Music Box Buys U.S. Rights to Deep Blue Sea, Will Campaign for Weisz, Arentz Talks

Rising Indie Music Box Buys U.S. Rights to Deep Blue Sea, Will Campaign for Weisz, Arentz Talks
Rising indie Music Box snapped up U.S. rights out of Toronto to Terence Davies' The Deep Blue Sea, starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston as mismatched lovers in post World War II London. The foreign language distrib, says managing director Edward Arentz, was ready to make the move to its first English-language pick-up. "Theaters and audiences are still out there," says Arentz. The film will play San Sebastian and close the London Film Festival before its UK opening on November 25.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2011 5:41 AM
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