News briefs: Weaving in Hobbit; Marshall directs Predators

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Dec 14, 2012

Guillermo del Toro has confirmed in a chat with BBC Radio 5's Simon Mayo (at the 02:10:55 mark) that Hugo Weaving will reunite with Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen in The Hobbit; Weaving played Elrond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, ComingSoon.net reported.
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Bloody-Disgusting reported a rumor that Neil Marshall (Doomsday) is close to signing on to direct the Predators movie for 20th Century Fox. Fox has this on fast track for release on July 9, 2010.
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IGN reports that Reaper creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have joined the writing staff of Fox's Dollhouse; writer Maurissa Tancharoen announced the hiring in a tweet, IGN reported: "Fazekas and Butters are in D-house and they're awesome."
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Sony has opened an official Web site for District 9, the sci-fi alien movie from director Neill Blomkamp and producer Peter Jackson.
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Enchanted director Kevin Lima is attached to direct Warner Brothers' update of The Incredible Mr. Limpet, a story about a man who turns into a talking fish, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Don Knotts starred in the studio's 1964 original.
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Fox announced that it will feature Dollhouse at this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, featuring creator Joss Whedon and star/producer Eliza Dushku, July 24, and a screening of the previously unaired episode "Epitaph One."

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A sneak peek at Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be included on the Blu-ray and DVD release of the first Transformers movie, starting June 16; the bonus content will be made available on a secure micro-site through an access code from the back of the exclusive sneak-peek sticker on the DVD package or via BD-Live.
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