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The Newsdesk 02.17.09 – Slumdog‘s Box Office Bump; Jane Austen Meets Alien

Slumdog Millionaire looks to be getting the best Oscar-box office bump since Million Dollar Baby. The movie is headed towards a $100 million domestic take. Jai Ho, indeed.

Elton John’s production company is making Pride and Predator, which finds an alien terrorizing Jane Austen’s famous period characters. Best concept ever? Well, it’s certainly better than Becoming Jane.

• Break out the Tab cola: Leonardo DiCaprio wants to produce a remake of the hacker classic WarGames

SAG and the AMPTP will meet for talks today, the first time the two sides have sat down for labor talks since November. Is an end in sight?

Friday the 13th has officially scored the second best President’s Day weekend opening of all time. Not bad for a nearly 30-year-old franchise.

• Many of the films and documentaries at this Berlin Film Festival cast a harsh eye on the economic and banking crisis.

Famed action figure Stretch Armstrong is coming to the big screen courtesy of Bruce Almighty scribe Steve Oedekerk. I’m betting we’ll see Stretch’s dog Fetch Armstrong as an animated sidekick.

• The official trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is now online.

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