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The Newsdesk 11.09.09 – Precious Off to Strong Box Office Start; Gyllenhaal to Find the Source

• While Disney’s A Christmas Carol took the top spot at the box office over the weekend with $31 million, the indie drama Precious Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire is already breaking records with $1.8 million on only 18 screens.

• Sony is developing the board game Risk for the big screen. So instead of a movie about conquering the world, it’ll be a movie about watching people play a game about conquering the world.

Moon director Duncan Jones has scored Jake Gyllenhaal as the lead for Source Code, his next science fiction thriller. Can you find the source…of the code??

• Actor Dennis Hopper spoke out for the first time about his recent cancer treatment.

• In quite possibly the most insane news of the year, Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx could unite for Sheneneh and Wanda, a movie that would combine their popular cross-dressing characters from In Living Color and Martin. And that, ladies and gentlemen, marks the end of modern cinema and quite possibly the universe as we know it.  

• Nick Counter, the former president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, has passed away at the age of 69. Counter, a controversial figure in the industry, was a major player during the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike.

Clueless director Amy Heckerling is tossing her hat into the vampire movie ring with a romantic comedy, entitled Vamps. To be fair, Heckerling understands teens far better than Stephenie Meyer.

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