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MGM plans 'Pink Panther' reboot with 'Simpsons' director

The Pink Panther is coming (back) to the big screen.

MGM announced Monday it planned to reboot the franchise in a live-action/animation hybrid, focusing on the rosy-colored cat who soft-shoed his way through the intros to most of the films, rather than on the aloof Inspector Clouseau. They’ve tapped The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman to helm the project.

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'The Fast and the Furious' helmer to direct 'Road House' remake

Rob Cohen, the man behind The Fast and the Furious, xXx and Alex Cross, has been tapped to direct a remake of Road House for MGM, EW confirmed Monday.

The 1989 original starred Patrick Swayze as a bouncer at a bar in Missouri. Rowdy Harrington directed the cult classic, which also featured Kelly Lynch, Ben Gazzara, and a particularly memorable Sam Elliott as the ever-quotable mentor Wade Garrett. Despite mixed reviews, Road House went on to gross more than $30 million domestically.
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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' passes $1 billion worldwide

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You did good, Bilbo.

It’s official. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has passed the $1 billion mark worldwide, and it has its recent opening in China to thank. The film grossed $37.3 million in China since it opened 10 days ago, becoming only the 15th film to cross this benchmark worldwide. The top three are Avatar, Titanic, and The Avengers. Skyfall is currently in the number seven position with $1.1 billion worldwide.

In a statement announcing the news on Sunday, Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution for Warner Bros. said “From Berlin to Beijing, it is so gratifying to see how the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been such an event with audiences around the world. We know that moviegoers everywhere are already excited about the next film, as are we.”

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the J.R.R Tolkien novel has grossed $301.4 million domestically — well below the domestic totals of the individual films in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and none of those films had 3-D or IMAX ticket prices to help. Only The Return of the King made more than $1 billion worldwide, and notably, only $10.4 million of that came from China.

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MGM snags rights to British writer Jojo Moyes' bestselling novel 'Me Before You'

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, continuing efforts to ramp up its slate, has grabbed the feature film rights to British writer Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel Me Before You, the studio announced Tuesday.

The book follows a small-town girl named Lou caught between dead-end jobs, according to an MGM press release, and a high-profile guy named Will who becomes wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will, despondent about his situation, is paired with Lou as his new caretaker, and they affect each other’s lives.
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