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The Newsdesk 04.20.09 – Moviegoers Are 17 Again; SAG/AMPTP Reach Agreement

• The first image of Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s untitled Robin Hood movie has surfaced.

Zac Efron topped the box office this past weekend with 17 Again. The film scored an estimated $24.1 million, and opened the floodgates for a Vice Versa sequel. Hey, Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage could use the work.

• A tentative agreement has been reached between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers. The SAG National Board approved the two-year contract after months of contentious back-and-forth between the two factions.

• New images from Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones have been released. Jackson and director Guillermo del Toro also confirmed that The Hobbit will span two movies and won’t feature a bridge to The Lord of the Rings. Instead, they plan to stretch a short adventure tale into two overstuffed movies.

Fox Atomic is shutting down, closing the book on the studio that brought you teen-centric gems like The Comebacks and Turistas. Rumor has it that zombie three-quel 28 Months Later could move to the 20th Century Fox mothership.

• The first on-set image from Spielberg and Jackson’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn has been released. Don’t get too excited — it’s just Andy Serkis and Jamie Bell hanging out in motion-capture suits.

Author J.G. Ballard passed away at the age of 78 after a battle with prostate cancer. Ballard’s novels Empire of the Sun and Crash were adapted by filmmakers Steven Spielberg and David Cronenberg, respectively.

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