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'Dune' Remake Dead, 'World War Z' Probably Also Dead, and More


- While Kung Fu Panda and Cars 2 fight lawsuits about stolen characters, another, nerdier lawsuit has been brought against the BBC, with 51-year-old Steven Clark claiming he invented the Doctor Who villain Davros as part of a 1972 contest. This lawsuit is best because the above drawing will seriously be the prosecution's key evidence.

- Will Arnett and Ricky Gervais will join Will Ferrell and others guest starring on the season finale of The Office. Sounds like an episode with the potential to set a new record for Most Guys Acting Like Comedically Arrogant, Oblivious Jackasses in One Place.

- Alan Rickman and Sir Tom Courtenay have joined Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz in Michael Hoffman's Coen-scripted remake of Gambit. What an all-star British cast, and Cameron Diaz!

- Ian McShane has signed to play the king in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer, which will hopefully make up for no one watching him on NBC's Kings.

- Marc Forster's Brad Pitt-starring/produced zombie movie, World War Z, is pretty much dead unless Paramount can find someone or someway to cover some more of the $125 million budget. Car wash!!!

- Similarly, Paramount's option to adapt Dune has ended after four years without a film, and the only way rights holder Richard P. Rubinstein can get one started is if he can get the $100 million or so production budget. Too bad World War Z is already doing the car wash. I have no other ideas.

  • June 14, 2011
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    You may have been content to let the memory of 2005's box office flop Sahara fade (you've probably even forgotten Dwight Schrute was in it), but not everyone can so easily erase the Matthew McConaughey adventure from their mind. Namely, our judicial system: Clive Cussler, autho... / Continue →
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