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The Newsdesk 01.29.09 – Rourke Won’t Wrestle; Fox to Travel to Narnia

• Bad news for fans of public spectacles: Mickey Rourke won’t be fighting against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania.

Fox will develop the Narnia franchise with Walden Media, following Disney’s decision to pull out of the third installment of the kid-friendly saga.

• Director John Landis is suing Michael Jackson for royalties from the “Thriller” video. Jackson just sold “Thriller” rights to Broadway.

Angelina Jolie is not returning for the next Tomb Raider installment. Megan Fox is the rumored front-runner to fill her shoes.

• After a week of ups and downs, SAG announced it will return to the negotiating table next Tuesday.

• Controversy continues to bubble up around Slumdog Millionaire, this time over the salaries of the young stars. Protesters in India are also objecting to the film’s title.

Run-D.M.C. will be the next hip-hop act to get the biopic treatment, thanks to the screenwriter of Notorious. Sounds cool — but when’s the Wreckx-n-Effect biopic going to be made?

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