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The Newsdesk 12.24.08 – Brought to You in 3D; The Yule Log Director’s Cut

• If you thought The Wrestler had a high per screen average when it opened at four locations last week, wait until you hear what happened when Saudi Arabia showed Mennahi, the first movie to screen in a theater in the conservative country in more than 30 years.

Tina Fey is the Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year. Did voters pick her based on her Sara Palin impression? You betcha. Last year the honor went to Stephen Colbert.

• We’re going back to the future: Tron 2 will be in 3D, Avatar is being made using a special 3D camera created by James Cameron, and of course there’s the soon-to-be-released My Bloody Valentine 3D.

• The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is sending a special present to members this Friday — their Oscar ballots. Nominations will be unveiled January 22.

• There is some fierce competition at the Christmas box office this year. “You have a slightly better calendar when Christmas is on a Wednesday, but that’s being picky,” Fox distribution president Bruce Snyder said. “Christmas on a Thursday is still pretty ideal.”

• Good thing The Dark Knight made so much money here because Warner Bros. has decided not to release it here.

• Disney is leaving the Narnia franchise but Walden Media still plans to make The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

• A look at the Christmas Yule Log via DVD. Is it cheating? Will it offend WPIX loyalists?

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