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Daily Scan for 01.27.10 – Jackson Cast in Thor, Gremlins 3D to Hit IMAX

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• Rumors had this pegged, but now it’s official: Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all time.

io9 lists some of scifi’s worst recastings in the face of Don Cheadle’s appearance as Rhodey in Iron Man 2.

• Samuel L. Jackson is in the cast list for Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, but says his appearance is news to him.

Star Trek 2 screenwriter Roberto Orci says the sequel is more challenging to write because there are fewer limitations on what they can do, but we should expect a strong focus on a villain. Khan?

Marketsaw claims that Gremlins 3D is coming to IMAX theaters in the next few years, but I’m not interested unless Joe Dante directs.

Blade Runner novelist Philip K. Dick’s time spent in Orange County is surprisingly trippy.

• Will Self writes an eloquent and gorgeous appreciation of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.

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