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Steven Spielberg has reportedly found his female lead forReady Player One. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel) is in negotiations to star in film. This would appear to take her out of the running for a rumored lead role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Cooke was among three actresses rumored for the role of Art3mis, Samantha Cooke’s avatar in the virtual reality universe known as the Oasis.

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King Kong On Move To Warner Bros, Presaging Godzilla Monster Matchup

In a movie move that portends a clash of giant monsters, Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull is moving his untitled Skull Island King Kong film to Warner Bros. This is being done to unite the property with Legendary’s other giant franchise, Godzilla. In what would be a pretty epic pairing, the Godzilla sequel that is in the works will be followed by a movie that pits the giant ape versus the giant fire breathing reptile. I’m told this is happening very quickly with moves going all the way to Japan, where Godzilla rights holder Toho is based. Legendary, which moved from Warner Bros to Universal, had developed the Skull Island film at the latter studio. It is unclear at the moment what Universal’s position will be, but I heard the studio move is being done because it is just easier to have all the pieces under one roof, something that Marvel Studios has done with superheroes like The Hulk. King Kong is in the public domain, while Legendary got the Godzilla rights from Toho.

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‘Jeepers Creepers 3’ in the Works From Producer Francis Ford Coppola

The “Jeepers Creepers” horror franchise, backed by Francis Ford Coppola, is back for a third time. “Jeepers Creepers 3” is in development with production expected to launch in Vancouver early next year. Myriad Pictures announced Friday that it will finance the pic, which it’s launching international sales for at the Toronto Film Festival. The original “Jeepers Creepers” was released in 2001, followed by “Jeepers Creepers 2” in 2003. The two movies centered on an ancient creature, known as “the Creeper,” which hunts for 23 days every 23rd spring for human body parts and organs.

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Calling All Trekkies: The Smithsonian Needs Your Help!

The Smithsonian is restoring the original studio model of the Enterprise used on the “Star Trek” TV series — and the institution is calling on fans of the show for help.

The National Air and Space Museum said the model of the starship has had eight major renovations since it was built in 1964, and is looking for images that can help them restore it to how it appeared in 1967, during and after the famous “Trouble With Tribbles” episode.

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