News briefs: Los Angeles release date; Magician's Elephant

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Jun 25, 2015

Columbia Pictures has set a Feb. 18, 2011, release date for director Jonathan Liebesman's sci-fi action-adventure Battle: Los Angeles, ComingSoon.net reported; the film revolves around a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon's battle against an alien invasion on the streets of Los Angeles.
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The official Avatar Web site crashed for several hours on Monday as moviegoers rushed to secure free seats to see the 16 minutes of 3-D preview footage that will be shown at 104 IMAX theaters around the country on Friday evening, Variety reported; ticket ordering was scheduled to begin online at noon PT, but at about 11:55 a.m., the site started experiencing difficulties. About 17,000 of the 68,000 available tickets were distributed before the heavy traffic forced the site down for several hours.
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20th Century Fox is adapting The Magician's Elephant, hiring Martin Hynes (The Go-Getter) to write a script based on Kate DiCamillo's soon-to-be-published children's book, Variety reported; the story centers on impossible things that may happen when a fortune teller tells an orphan boy that an elephant will lead him to his long-lost sister.
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Michael Douglas' Further Films is developing We Have Always Lived in the Castle, a film based on Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel about a reclusive, potentially murderous family, according to The Hollywood Reporter; it revolves around the Blackwood family—sisters Merricat and Connie and their uncle Julian—who have been forced into seclusion after the mysterious lethal poisoning of several of their family members six years earlier.