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Filmism.net Dispatch February 1, 2010

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Sam Worthington will be in the best position his career's ever likely to see right now as Avatar bears down on Titanic's 10-year long box office record. While he's still comparatively cheap he'll have his pick of roles, and it looks like his next one will be in a project called Dracula Year Zero for countryman Alex Proyas.

Proyas must be pinching himself to make sure he's not dreaming. If I was a studio executive I'd never let him near a film set again after the pool of fetid, methane-belching swampwater that was Knowing, and here he is working with arguably the world's most successful film star.

George Lucas is taking another step away from the Star Wars universe (after telling everyone who'd listen that he wanted to finish Revenge of the Sith and get back to the small arthouse films he 'always wanted to make'). His long-gestating film about the Tuskugee airmen is still in the works, and now he's said he's interested in doing a musical. See the Force that binds us all, the Jedi master ain't so tall, anyone?

If studios were in any doubt about the economic promise of 3D, the Cameron juggernaut has opened the floodgates. Everything that possibly can be filmed and shown in 3D, including the next (and last) two Harry Potter films.

After a less-than-stellar box office performance (Death Proof and Planet Terror, Capitalism: A Love Story, Diary of the Dead) since they left Miramax to set up on their own, the mythic Weinstein brothers want to buy back the Miramax name, perhaps hoping for a brush of Midas' touch.

We also farewelled Zelda Rubenstein last week, the distinctive actress most famous for her portrayal as eccentric psychic Tangina Barrons in the Poltergeist films.

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