McFarlane Toys will be debuting The Walking Dead action figure lines at TOY FAIR 2011. [figures]

Summit Entertainment is nearing a deal to acquire the Veronica Roth novel Divergent, which is being compared to The Hunger Games. [deadline]

A Tanzanian boy named Alex re-enacts the story of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Commando. [boingboing]

DC Comics will be releasing a series of character-focused Green Lantern prequel comic books. [CBM] and Junk Food Clothing is selling a Heavy Metal Star Wars droids t-shirt. [awesomer]

Jesse Metcalfe has been cast as Bobby and Pam Ewing’s adopted son Christopher on TNT’s Dallas, with Veronica Mars star Julie Gonzalo has also been cast in the pilot. [deadline]

The new music video for The Black Keys “Howlin’ for You” is like a cinematic grindhouse trailer starring Battlestar Galacatica‘s Tricia Helfer, and also featuring: Diora Baird, Todd Bridges, Sean Patrick Flannery and Sean White. [joblo]

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Fred Cavaye‘s French thriller Point Blank. [riskybiz]

Scott C‘s latest entry into the “The Great Showdowns” series is a Say Anything tribute.

Disney director and animator Bill Justice passed away today, just one day after his 97th birthday.

Bill served as an animator on such classics as Fantasia, Saludos Amigos, Victory Through Air Power, The Three Caballeros, Make Mine Music, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Among the memorable characters he animated are the precocious Thumper for Bambi and those mischievous characters, Chip and Dale. Along with fellow Disney Legend Xavier (“X”) Atencio and artist T. Hee, Bill also used the painstaking technique of stop-motion animation in live-action Disney features, including The Parent Trap and Mary Poppins. In all, Bill contributed to 57 shorts and 19 features. Bill also directed the Mickey Mouse March heard and seen on Disney’s popular television series, Mickey Mouse Club. Recognizing Bill’s immense talent, Walt Disney tapped Bill to join Walt Disney Imagineering in 1965, where he programmed Audio-Animatronics figures for such Disneyland attractions as Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Mission to Mars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Country Bear Jamboree and America Sings. Bill once said, “One of the most enjoyable Disneyland projects was the Pirates of the Caribbean. Manipulating the figures in each vignette was a multiple challenge.”

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