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Universal Pictures has signed John Dahl to direct and co-write the upcoming It Takes A Thief film.

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Ken Kaufman and Howard Klausner's script for Space Cowboys, about the Space Shuttle, has been bought by Warner Bros.

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A new live-action version of the Thunderbirds is set to start production. The original Gerry Anderson television series was made in the 1960s using marionettes.

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Laurence Fishburne is in talks to co-star in the science fiction thriller Matrix with Keanu Reeves. The film is scheduled to go into production in January 1998 in Australia.

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Danny DeVito is in talks with Universal Pictures about starring and directing the upcoming Mystery Men film. The movie will be a comedy about a group of second-rate superheroes.

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Saban and Harvey Entertainment have teamed up to make a live-action Casper film called Casper Meets Wendy. The film will feature the character of Wendy The Witch from the Harvey Comics and is scheduled to be released fall 1998.

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Comic writer J.M. DeMatteis has been brought in to help write the upcoming Daredevil movie.

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HBO has ordered 12 new episodes of the animated Spawn series according to Catherine Winder of HBO Animation.

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The video release of Batman: Sub-Zero, which was originally supposed to be released to coincide with this summer's release of Batman And Robin and then delayed until October, may end up being released in theaters first before going to video.

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From now through December the Hollywood Entertainment Museum will be featuring The X-File exhibit. The exhibit will have props, wardrobe, and documents from teh series.

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The release date of Hercules & Xena: The Animated Move: The Battle For Olympus has been pushed back to January 6, 1998.

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NBC will be airing a four hour original movie about Merlin the magician next spring during sweeps week.

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Debra Messing has joined the cast of ABC's science fiction mid-season replacement show Hungry For Survival. the show will be about aliens who take on human form hee on Earth.

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Universal has ordered epsiodes of both Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys through the 1999-2000 season. Both Lucy Lawless and Kevin Sorbo have signed contracts through the year 2000.

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Fox has decided not to extend its option on the television series Roar. Thirteen episodes have been made, eight of which have already been shown. The remaining five episodes will be shown as mid-season replacements for Fox.

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The series Babylon 5 won its second Hugo Award in two years. Babylon 5 won a Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation for the episode "Severed Dreams" at the World Science Fiction Convention.

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There will be a new syndicated Zorro cartoon this fall. It will premiere the week of September 20th.

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Fox Television will be showing a new weekly live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show called Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation this September. The series picks up with the turtles being 17 years old and adding a new female member to their crew.

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The character of John Sheridan (played by Bruce Boxleitner) on Babylon 5 will be replaced as the commander of the space station next season. A new character, Captain Elizabeth Lochley (to be played by Tracy Scoggins), will be added to the series to take over for Sheridan. Bruce Boxleitner is not leaving the show and will continue on in the role of Sheriden.

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A new cartoon series will debut this fall on WB called The Legend Of Calamity Jane. The show will feature Jennifer Jason Leigh as the voice of Calamity Jane and will be based in the past in Western America.

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Fox Television will premier a new Jungle Book cartoon called Mowgli: The New Adventures Of The Jungle Book this fall.

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UPN has ordered 36 new science fiction films from various production companies to show during its new Thursday movie slot in its fall lineup.

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Net Force, Tom Clancy's novel about internet terrorism, is being made into a miniseries for ABC. The network plans to air it in 1998.

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Nightman, based on the Malibu Comic, will be a new syndicated television series this fall. Earl Holliman and Matt McColm will star in the show.

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Amen Ra, the production company of Wesley Snipes, is suing in order to release Snipes from having to act in Futuresport, the upcoming television movie. According to the company, Snipes signed on to only executive produce the film and planned to act in it if he liked the script.

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Jonathan Lemkin has signed on to write the script for a sequel to the blockbuster film Twister for Warner Brothers.

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Andrew Flemingwill write and direct Microserfs for Universal Pictures. The film will be based on a book by writer Douglas Coupland about a group of misfit computer programmers at Microsoft.

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Jesse Dylan, son of singer Dylan, will direct a movie based on Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere.

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Composer Jerry Goldsmith will write the score for the upcoming Lost In Space film. Goldsmith, who has won both the Oscar and the Emmy awards will also score U.S. Marshals, the sequel to the 1993 film The Fugitive.

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Stephen Sommers will write and direct a new version of the horror film classic The Mummy for Universal Pictures. This modernized version will be based on the 1932 Universal film of the same name starring Boris Karloff.

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Armin Mueller-Stahl has signed on to play in the upcoming X-Files film, which is already in production. Mueller-Stahl garnered an Academy Award nomination for his role in last year's Shine.

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Alan Rickman, Linda Fiorentino, Chris Rock, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Jason Mewes will star in writer-director Kevin Smith's next film, Dogma. The movie is about a a group of people who have to battle two outcast angels.

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Alan Silvestri, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Forrest Gump, will write the score for Disney's next full-length animated film Tarzan. Phil Collins will be writing the songs for the movie.

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Aly Dunne will star with Ralf Moeller the new syndicated Conan The Adventurer series this fall. The new Conan series will be done in the same vein as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.

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Warner Borthers will be releasing Batman & Robin on video on October 21, Universal Home Video will be releasing The Lost World on video on November 4th, and Columbia Tristar will be releasing Men In Black on video in November.

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The New Adventures Of Voltron will debut in syndication the week of September 13th. It will feature new episodes, complete with CGI animation.

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Jennifer Lien, the actress who played Kes in Star Trek: Voyager and will leave that show after this season's second episode, will be joining the voice cast of the new Men In Black cartoon this fall.

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This fall on Buffy, The Vampire Slayer the character of Angel, played by David Boreanaz, will become a regular character in the series.

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Warner Brothers is set to make Iron Giant, a full-length animated film. The movie is about a lonely boy who makes friends with a giant from the sea who eats metal.

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A new syndicated cartoon called Mummies Alive! will debut the week of September 15. Ivan Reitman will be producing the series.

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Screenwriter Jonathan Hensleigh will make his debut as a director on Hulk for Universal Pictures. Hensleigh wrote the screenplay, based on the Marvel Comic series The Incredible Hulk. The film is due to be released in 1998.

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Val Kilmer has signed on to star in the sci-fi thriller Matrix. He joins Keanu Reeves in the film.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Threshold Entertainment has acquired the rights to Ben Bova's book Mars. The company is planning on producing a television series based upon the book, which is about the first manned space mission to Mars.

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CBS has added The Magnificent Seven to its lineup as a mid-season replacement for next year. It has ordered a pilot and six episodes of the series so far. The show is based upon the classic western film of the same name and stars Michael Biehn and Ron Perlman.

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Walt Disney Pictures is in negotiations with Phil Tippett to direct their upcoming computer-generated adventure film Expedition. Tippett has done special effects for such films as The Empire Strikes Back and Jurassic Park.

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MGM has acquired the rights to Witch Hunt, a supernatural comedy about alien witches who come to take over the world, disguised as supermodels.

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Superman and Batman will team up in a 90-minute special episode that is scheduled to air on October 4 on the WB Network. The story will be broken into three 30-minute episodes when it is shown as part of the regular series later in the season.

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Saturday, August 9 the Syfy will premiere its original film Bombshell. The movie stars Henry Thomas and Madchen Amick.

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Hercules: The Legendary Journeys will begin its fourth season this fall with a Xena: Warrior Princess crossover episode.

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Charlize Theronhas signed on to star in New Line Cinema's sci-fi thriller The Astronaut's Wife with Johnny Depp.

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Word has it that Matt Groenig has a new animated series in the works. It is supposed to be a sci-fi series.

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Keep an ear out for even more guest vocal appearances on The Simpsons this fall. Among the celebrities who will be lending their voices to the show are Helen Hunt, Janeane Garofalo, Steven Wright, and cat Goldthwait.

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According to Variety, Walt Disney Television is developing a Hercules animated series. The show's initial run will have 65 episodes, 13 for ABC Saturday mornings and 52 to run in syndication on weekday mornings. The series is a prequel to this summer's Hercules film and will use most of the same voices as the film. New characters will be added to the series.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) will have a ninth season next year, showing on the Syfy. This will be the show's second season on the channel.

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The space disaster film Deep Impact has added Maximilian Schell to a cast that already includes Robert Duvall, Vanessa Redgrave, Morgan Freeman, Tea Leoni and Elijah Wood. The film is set to be released in summer 1998.

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Virgin Interactive has acquired the rights to create computer games based upon Star Trek: Voyager. The games will be 3D and will be released starting in 1999.

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Fox has ordered thirteen episodes of Roar and is calling its summer tryout a success. Not all thirteen of the episodes will be played by the end of the summer.

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Nickelodeon will show the first new Rugrats episodes in four years, starting August 23. This season will have thirteen new epsiodes, with a total of twenty-six new episodes to be shown over the next two years.

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Johnny Depp is close to signing with New Line Cinema to star in its upcoming sci-fi film, The Astronaut's Wife.

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Don Rickles and Eric Idle are set top provide the voices for the two-headed dragon in the Warner Brothers animated film Quest For Camelot.

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Permut Presentations and Citadel Entertainment have acquired the film rights to Hollywood Kryptonite. The book, by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, is about the circumstances surrounding the death of George Reeves, Superman in the television series The Adventures Of Superman. Although the death was ruled a suicide, there were supposedly mysterious circumstances and questions that the book brings up and attempts to answer.

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Jane Seymour and husband James Keach are set to star as the parents in The New Swiss Family Robinson. The film will be directed by Stewart Raffill and is scheduled for a Christmas 1997 release. The film also stars David Carradine as the villain.

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Martin Mull will join the cast of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch this fall as the school's vice principal. Alimi Ballard will join the series as the Quizmaster.

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Ben Affleck will co-star with Bruce Willis in Armageddon. This film is yet another comet heading to destroy the Earth film and is due to be released summer 1998.

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The X-Files received 12 Emmy nominations. It was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Dama Series (David Duchovny), Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (Gillian Anderson), Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series, Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series, Outstanding Art Direction For A Series, Outstanding Music Composition For A Series, Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Drama Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Series (2 different episodes nominated), and Outstanding Makeup For A Series.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine received 4 Emmy nominations. It was nominated for Outstanding Art Direction For A Series, Outstanding Cinematography For A Series, Outstanding Hairstyling For A Series, and Outstanding Makeup For A Series.

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Star Trek: Voyager received 3 Emmy nominations. It was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design For A Series, Outstanding Hairstyling For A Series, and Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Drama Series.

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The recently cancelled Dark Skies received 2 emmy nominations. It was nominated for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Main Title Design.

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Babylon 5 and Xena: Warrior Princess each received 1 Emmy nomination. Babylon 5 was nominated for Outstanding Makeup For A Series and Xena: Warrior Princess was nominated for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series.

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Martin Landau will play Mr. Farber in the upcoming X-Files movie, which stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Asst. Director Skinner, Lone Gunman Dean Haglund, Tom Braidwood, and Bruce Harwood are also confirmed to be in the film.

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The cancelled Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman will air in on TNT starting this fall. These are not new episodes, but rather the syndication of the episodes done during the four seasons of the show's run.

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A new Extreme Ghostbusters series will premiere this fall. The series will feature Janine Melnitz (the secretary from the original Ghostbusters films and Real Ghostbusters cartoons) and Slimer the ghost as the only returning members. It will include a cast of new characters, as well as a new friendly monster named Gnat. The new show will be shown in syndication as part of the Amazin' Adventures.

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In a move to keep their scipts from being spread around before the film's release, the scripts for the new X-Files movie are being printed on red paper to make it next to impossible to photocopy.

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The new Men In Black cartoon will premiere on the WB Network on October 11, 1997.

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Claudia Christian, the actress who plays Commander Susan Ivanova, will not be in the fifth and final season of Babylon 5. Producers of the show say Christian wanted more money. Claudia Christian says she only wanted to do less episodes. The fifth season of the series will play on TNT.

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Kevin Zegers will star as Jim Hawkins in the latest version of Treasure Island from Disney Pictures. Jack Palance is set to play Long John Silver and Peter Rowe will direct.

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The Walt Disney Company is distributing the Japanese animated film The Princess Mononoke. The film made $52.6 million in its opening weekend in Japan. Disney's deal with Japanese publisher Tokuma gives them distribution rights for other films by Tokuma's animated-film division, Studio Ghibli.

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Television star Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) will star in the action film Black Dog. This will be his second film starring role. He also stars in this summer's release of Kull The Conquerer. Kevin Hooks, director of Passenger 57, will direct the film.

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Darryl Hannah has signed to play a part in the upcoming film version of My Favorite Martian. She will play a friend of Tim O'Hara's (to be played by Jeff Daniels).

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Elizabeth Hurley has signed to star in the film version of My Favorite Martian. She will star in the movie with Christopher Lloyd and Jeff Daniels and plays an on-air news personality. As we reported earlier, Christopher Lloyd will play Uncle Martin (the martian) and Jeff Daniels will play Tim O'Hara, the reporter who finds the martian.

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Rumors are flying everywhere that a new Star Trek cartoon, to be called Next Generation: The Animated Series, is about ready to cast and go into production.

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Chris Carter, the writer/producer of The X-Files has handed his other show, Millennium, over to James Wong and Glen Morgan to be redone. The series finished 94th for the season last year. Glen Morgan told USA Today that he expected the series to go into the metaphysical world next season.

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Starting October 16, 1997 the Syfy will show a marathon of Lost In Space episodes. Fans of the 1965 show may remember that this was the fictional date on which the Robinsons began their mission. They will also offer short clips from the original cast members about the series. The Syfy, in cooperation with New Line Cinema (the company producing the film version of Lost In Space due out in April 1998), will offer limited edition merchandising items to commemorate the October 16, 1997 date.

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The USA Channel has cancelled Duckman, Lost On Earth, and Weird Science. Fans of Duckman hope to get it picked up by another network. The series will continue to run new episodes through August.

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Ron Howard is reportedly discussing the possibility of directing the remake of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty for New Line Cinema. The film is set to star Jim Carrey and is expected to go in production next spring for a Christmas 1998 release.

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According to Variety, Universal Pictures film production on The Incredible Hulk is going through some major changes. Joe Johnston, who was set to direct the film, is said to be considering moving on to direct another film. A new script for The Incredible Hulk is being written by Jonathan Henseigh.

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Blackwood, the upcoming X-Files movie, has added martin Landau to its cast. You may remeber Landau from his years on the Mission: Impossible series.

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Universal Pictures is planning to release its own animated Hercules film on October 14, in direct competition with Disney's film. The made-for-video film called Hercules & Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus will feature the voices of Kevin Sorbo, star Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Lucy Lawless, star of Xena: Warrior Princess.

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Daily Variety reports that Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Starship Troopers) is near signing to direct Houdini for Columbia Pictures. The studio hopes to sign Tom Cruise to the starring role.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme is almost ready to sign to play the part of Wolverine in the upcoming film The X-Men, based on the comic book series. Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects) is directing the $80 million film, which is scheduled for release in Fall 1998 release. Magneto will be the main villain, but no casting has been announced for him. Personally, I think Van Damme would have made a PERFECT Gambit. He has the look and the accent already and his martial arts training would have allowed him to use the stick well.

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Shooting began on the DreamWorks SKG/Paramount production of Deep Impact on June 16. The film, which stars Robert Duvall, Vaness Redgrave, Tea Leoni, Morgan Freeman, and Elijah Wood, is about the approach of a deadly comet. Mimi Ledger will direct the film.

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According to Variety Christopher Lambert will star in the science fiction action film Beowulf. Graham Baker will direct and production begins in Europe in late September.

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Award-Winning stage producer Michael Ockrent will serve as the creative consultant on Quest For Camelot, an animated production by Warner Brothers. The film is due out next summer.

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Rysher Entertainment, producers of the Highlander television series, closed down its film making department. The company stated it plans to return to television production and distribution. The company lost nearly $200 million in film production.

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According to Variety, Jim Henson Pictures has gotten the film rights to Susan Cooper's science fiction novel The Dark Is Rising. Duncan Kenworthy will produce and Andrew Klaven is writing the screenplay.

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According to Variety Omar Sharif, Antonio Banderas, and Diane Verona will star in Eaters Of The Dead. The film will be based on a Michael Crichton novel of the same name.

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NBC has begun selling the season finale of 3rd Rock From The Sun on video. The 3-D special effects extravaganza sells for $17.95 and includes fours pair of 3-D glasses, as well as an alternate ending and some bloopers from the show.

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The production of the remake of King King has been delayed at least until 1998. Universal Pictures and Miramax have decided the film is too expensive, especially for release in a summer already filled with the same sort of big-budget films.

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Academy Award cinematographer Don Peterman (Men In Black, Star Trek 4) is reported to be in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit of Columbia Los Robles hospital. Peterman was injured in an accident Wednesday on the set of Walt Disney's Mighty Joe Young. The Los Angeles Times reports that Peterman was standing under a camera crane when it broke, causing the platform holding the camera and operator Ray De la Motte to fall on Peterman. Peterman is reported to have a broken leg and minor head injuries, while De la Motte has minor chest and back injuries.

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The Star Wars comic book rights, currently owned by Dark Horse Comics through December 31, 1998, are up for grabs once again. The next licensing period will be 1999 through 2004. Four major comic book companies submitted proposals to Lusasfilm - Dark Horse, DC, Marvel, and WildStorm. No decision has been announced yet.

 
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