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Mr. Magorium and Other News

Thanks Fox Walden, for giving us a fun new family film for the holidays. Congratulations Zach Mills for a great job playing Eric Applebaum, the Hat Collector. In this film, Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, the 243 year-old eccentric who owns the store (Dustin Hoffman), bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium. This morning, a visitor to the KIDS FIRST! website wrote: “My family absolutely loved the film-Mr Magoriums Wonder Emporium. It is filled with imagination. It is filled with a rich vocabulary. It is inspiring. I was dissapointed some critics gave it a low rating. It is a wonderful film and would somehow like to pass my comments on to the talents that created it. “
In other news, Reuters/Hollywood Reporter wrote that Universal Media Studios on Thursday began notifying the regulars on NBC’s “Bionic Woman,” “The Office” and “30 Rock” that the studio is suspending them on half-pay for five weeks, citing the force majeure provisions in their Screen Actors Guild (SAG) contracts.
As of today, studios could start terminating their overall pacts with writers. Since the beginning of the strike on November 5, TV studios have been debating how to deal with series regulars — whether to invoke the force majeure clause that allows them to terminate actors for unanticipated or uncontrollable reasons put them on hiatus or do something else.
On Friday, Sony Pictures TV took a different tack, notifying the regulars on two of the sitcoms it produces– Fox’s “‘Til Death” and CBS’ “Rules of Engagement” — that they are being put on unpaid hiatus, remaining exclusive to the studio.
To be continued….

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