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9 Director Shane Acker to Helm Live-Action Thomas The Tank Engine

Director Shane Acker (9) has been tapped to direct a live-action film based on the long-running preschool toy Thomas the Tank Engine.  The film will be set in Sodor, the island of talking trains.  Thomas, created 65 years ago, has been the top preschool toy in the UK for eleven years and in the Us for ten years.  Acker tells Deadline that the story "will revolve around a child slightly older than preschool, who has drifted apart from his father. The son is introduced into this world of Sodor, a place his father visited as a child but can't remember. There is a bonding experience." Josh Klausner (Shrek the Third) and Chris Viscardi & Will McRobb wrote the script.  Hit the jump for my thoughts on the project. At first, Acker seems like an odd choice for a movie based on a property designed for preschoolers.  Not only is Acker's background in animation
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Begins!

We travel to Orlando, Florida for the grand opening of the new theme park based on the popular film franchise

All eyes are on Orlando, Florida this week for the long awaited grand opening of "The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter," a new theme park based on the phenomenally successful series of children's books and beloved films, which include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and the upcoming final chapters of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. The attraction is located at Universal Orland Resort's Islands Of Adventure, which is their literary themed park that also features Dr. Seuss and Marvel Comics inspired rides and stores.
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