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Up and coming actor Nicholas Hoult has landed another high-profile role. Hoult will star as a zombie in Summit's Warm Bodies. The film will be an adaptation of the recent Isaac Marion novel of the same name.  Jonathan Levine is attached to write and direct.

Nicholas Hoult was featured in 2009's A Single Man.  He will also star as Beast in this summer's X-Men: First Class; a role which will obviously heighten awareness of the young actor even further. Recently, Hoult landed the starring role in New Line's Jack the Giant Killer.

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Actor Jonah Hill is reportedly in talks to direct his first film, Sony's The Kitchen Sink. The project is being produced by Matt Tolmach and is based on a script written by Oren Uziel. The Kitchen Sink will be a high school themed movie that involves vampires, zombies and aliens.

Jonah Hill is already involved with two other upcoming releases from Sony. He will be featured in Moneyball, which opens on September 23 of this year, as well as in the big-screen version of 21 Jump Street (which he is also co-writing). 21 Jump Street is currently scheduled to be released on March 16, 2012. Last year Hill starred in Get Him to the Greek, which grossed $61.0 million domestically.

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Director Jose Padilha is reportedly in talks with MGM to direct the studio's upcoming Robocop remake. The re-launch of the popular 1987 sci-fi action film will represent MGM's first attempt at establishing a new franchise during the new Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum era.

Jose Padilha is a Brazilian director who is largely unknown in North America, but who is quite popular in Brazil. He is most famous for directing and writing Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2, a pair of recent Portuguese language crime dramas that were successful in Brazil. The original Robocop grossed $53.4 million in 1987, which adjusts to $108.6 million when taking into account ticket price inflation.

Director Darren Aronofsky had previously been attached to the re-launch of Robocop before deciding to direct the upcoming Wolverine sequel.

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WASHINGTON - The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced it has named former U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Senator Dodd, who completed five terms in the United States Senate in January, will assume his new role on March 17th (St. Patrick's Day).

"Senator Dodd is a battle-tested leader whose reputation as a strong leader on major issues facing this country has prepared him to serve as the Ambassador for the movie business. I, along with my colleagues, agree that he was worth the wait," said Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman Jim Gianopulos. He added, "We're also grateful to Bob Pisano, who has done an excellent job of leading the MPAA during this transition period."

Senator Dodd, a Democrat, represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 2011, where he was Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and the author of the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Dodd also served as Acting-Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee during the 2009 consideration of the Health Care Reform Act. He also was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has been widely respected as an effective lawmaker able to successfully reach across party lines.

"I am truly excited about representing the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America, not only in Washington but around the world," said Senator Dodd. "The major motion picture studios consistently produce and distribute the most sought after and enjoyable entertainment on earth. Protecting this great American export will be my highest priority."

"In several important ways, taking this step represents a continuation of my work in the Senate, from advancing the interests of children and families and creating and safeguarding American jobs to the protection of intellectual property and the expansion of international trade," said Senator Dodd.

"It is also an honor to follow in the footsteps of Jack Valenti and Dan Glickman, both of whom I worked with on many occasions over the years. I look forward to working with the studios, the Association staff and all who work in our industry on the major issues facing it during this time of economic and technological challenge and global growth."

"We conducted a thorough search to identify the very best individual to lead the MPAA," said Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Lynton. "We're convinced we have found that person in Chris Dodd. He is uniquely qualified to represent and protect our industry globally."

"Chris Dodd not only has the political instincts and experience, but he's the right person to lead the film industry through its toughest challenges regarding content protection and piracy on a domestic and global scale," said Barry Meyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros.

Alan Braverman, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Walt Disney Company and MPAA Search Committee Member added, "This is a critical time for the motion picture industry and we couldn't be more pleased that Chris Dodd is leading our team. His vast experience in consensus-building and innovative approaches to resolving complex issues make him the ideal choice to lead this organization."

Born in Willimantic, Connecticut, Senator Dodd attended Providence College, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and then received his law degree from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 1972. He served in the Connecticut National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves and practiced law in Connecticut before being elected to Congress in 1974. He also served as the General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the re-election campaign of President William J. Clinton in 1995-1996. Senator Dodd and his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, have two daughters, Grace and Christina.

 

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GLENDALE, Calif. -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) and IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) announced today that the studio's two upcoming releases, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots, will open in digital IMAX® theatres in IMAX® 3D. Kung Fu Panda 2 will be released to IMAX theatres in select international territories in conjunction with each of the territory's release dates. Puss in Boots will have a two-week IMAX release day-and-date with the domestic release. Both films are produced by DreamWorks Animation and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

"The IMAX Experience® remains among the premiere viewing experiences in the world and we are thrilled that our audiences overseas will have the opportunity to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 and that movie-goers here in the U.S. will get to see Puss in Boots in IMAX 3D later this year," said DreamWorks Animation's Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg.

"The addition of these two DreamWorks Animation films reinforce the strong offering of titles we have slated for the rest of the year," said IMAX Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Gelfond. "Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots are the next incarnation of blockbuster franchises and we are happy to make them available to our moviegoers around the world."

"Clearly these beloved DreamWorks Animation characters have resonated around the world with audiences young and old alike and we are excited to be able to once again showcase them and their new adventures to IMAX fans through our long-standing alliance with DreamWorks Animation," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride in Puss in Boots, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.

 

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