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Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reunite to produce 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov reunite to produce 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'
There is no more perfect a pairing than the visually stimulating duo Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) to take on the bizarre combination of Abraham Lincoln and vampires. The two filmmakers, who previously came together to produce the animated feature 9, will re-team to make the big-screen adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the newly released novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. Grahame-Smith, who also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will adapt the screenplay. Jim Lemley will also produce. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter turns history on its head, telling the story of the 16th president's secret battle with the
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PGA announces movie noms

PGA announces movie noms
Taking its cue from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America revealed ten films, instead of the traditional five, when it announced its nominees for its top movie award on Tuesday.

"Avatar" led the pack, listed alphabetically, followed by, "District 9," "An Education," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Invictus," "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire," "Star Trek," "Up," and "Up in the Air."

Pixar/Disney's "Up" also scored a nomination for the PGA's animated film award, a category first introduced in 2005. Its competition in that race consists of "9," "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "The Princess and the Frog."

For documentary film, the nominees are "Burma VJ," "The Cove," "Sergio" and "Soundtrack for a Revolution."

Shifting its attention to long-form television, the PGA nominated "Georgia O'Keefe," "Grey Gardens," "Little Dorrit," "Prayers for Bobby," "The Prisoner" and "Taking Chance."

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Focus Features sets release dates

Focus Features on Monday locked down domestic release dates for pics by Jim Jarmusch and the Coen brothers, as well as one of two 2009 releases titled "9."

Focus' "9" is a Tim Burton-produced animated fantasy with a voice cast topped by Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly. It is newly slotted for Sept. 9, the ninth day of the ninth month.

Separately, the Weinstein Co. has set its Rob Marshall-helmed adaptation of the stage musical "Nine" to bow wide Nov. 25, on the cusp of next awards season. Weinstein also has slotted its John Cusack starrer "Shanghai" for wide release Sept. 4 after originally shooting for a late-2008 slot.

Also among Focus' slate announcements, Jarmusch's atmospheric drama "The Limits of Control" will get a platform release beginning with exclusive engagements May 22. And the Coens' "A Serious Man," a Working Title dramedy about a 1960s Midwest physics professor, has been scheduled for limited release Oct.
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'Monopoly' has electric company

'Monopoly' has electric company
The Hasbro-Universal collaboration "Monopoly" is jumping a large number of spaces up the board.

The feature project has brought on Pamela Pettler to write the screenplay; She penned Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride," Gil Kenan's "Monster House" and the upcoming animated adventure "9," produced by Burton and Timur Bekmambetov.

And Ridley Scott, who has been attached as a producer on "Monopoly" and has been mentioned as a possible director, is now officially attached to helm the project, with an eye toward giving it a futuristic sheen along the lines of his iconic "Blade Runner."

In addition to Scott, Giannina Facio and Hasbro's Brian Goldner are also producing the movie, which will shape a narrative out of the iconic real-estate game. Lawrence Grey will oversee for Universal and Bennett Schneir will oversee for Hasbro.

"Monopoly" marks the latest Hasbro property to look to pass go and head to the big screen.
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Number's up for six actors in Focus' '9'

NEW YORK -- Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, John C. Reilly and Elijah Wood will voice the roles of rag dolls from a parallel universe in Focus Features' animated sci-fi feature 9.

The story is set in a postapocalyptic world where the dolls band together to survive. Wood leads the ragtag bunch as the film's title character. Each has a number for a name, including a warrior (Connelly), an artist (Glover), a war vet (Plummer), an inventor (Landau) and a mechanic (Reilly).

Director Shane Acker is expanding his Oscar-nominated 2005 short film with producers Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov and Jim Lemley.

"This exciting and thought-provoking story has already drawn a strong filmmaking team together to work with Shane in bringing his visionary fantasy world to life," Focus CEO James Schamus said. "These splendid actors will provide compelling characterizations to go with the visual brilliance."

Focus executive David Gerson is overseeing "9" for production president John Lyons. Focus is financing the feature and has worldwide rights.

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