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Disney Rides, Marvel Sequels, Sarah Palin, and More Trade News To Exacerbate that Wine Hangover

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 1, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 1, 2011 |

  • Chris Hemsworth will be back for Thor 2, which is now scheduled for 2013 (it would not make the list of the 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013, given Marvel’s now spotty track record of one awesome film and three slightly better than mediocre outings). The unfortunate news is that Kenneth Branaugh will not be returning to direct, a “mutual and amicable” decision. That’s too bad; I thought he handled Thor rather well, given what he had to work with. (Deadline)
  • Hey! Did you watch “Camelot” on Starz? No, of course you didn’t. You were too preoccupied with “Game of Thrones.” I never saw “Camelot” myself, but given the period elements, and the fact it was on Starz, I will take a wild guess that Eva Green often found herself without clothes (a Google search quickly confirms). Anyway, “Camelot” will not be coming back. Stars has declined to pick up the series for a second season. (THR)
  • Sarah Palin’s Undefeated will be released on VOD on July 15th (and you can bet your ass, we’ll review it). According to the director, Stephen Bannon, the VOD cut will be more explicit. “I took out all sorts of violence and masked the vulgarity for the theatrical release because I wanted families to be able to see the film,” he said, adding the new cut would feature things like “crucifixions, lynching and suicides.” Sounds like someone is trying to drum up business for a film plenty of people want to read about but few actually want to see. (LAT)
  • Here’s a kinda gross new image from Conan the Barbarian, due out in August. (Movieline)
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  • Drew Barrymore, who made her directorial debut with the seriously underappreciated and under-seen Whip It, looks to be returning to the director’s chair to helm Heist Society, a young-adult thriller about a young woman who hatches a plan to steal back a gangster’s missing art collection in order to save her father, a cat thief who became the prime suspect in the art theft. Shauna Cross, who wrote Whip It, will be adapting the Ally Carter novel. (THR)
  • Disney is prepping The Hill, based on their Matterhorn ride. Jason Dean Hall has been tapped to pen the film, about a group of young adventure-seekers who encounter yetis while on a mysterious mountain expedition. (THR)
  • Stanley Weiser (Wall Street) has been hired to write the biopic of Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone. The man accomplished a lot in life, including “Twilight Zone,” co-writer of Planet of the Apes, hosting a game show, military service, and holding a teaching position at Ithaca College late in life. I’m not sure where the dramatic peaks and lows will surface in the script, but this his Hollywood, so I’m sure they’ll manufacture a few low points for the man. (Deadline)
  • Finally, I leave you with another image of Brave, simply because it’s already jumped to the top of my list for the most anticipated films of 2012. (Collider)
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