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Let the Christmas Carol musical wars begin! Earlier this month, word broke that Apple was dishing out a ton of cash for a new A Christmas Carol musical starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. Not to be outdone, Disney has decided to develop their own A Christmas Carol musical, which is called Marley, and will retell the Charles Dickens classic through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghostly former business partner, Jacob Marley.

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Drew Goddard‘s long delayed deconstructive horror film, The Cabin in the Woods, is so good it deserves a massive coming out party. That’s exactly what it’s going to get this March.

The Cabin in the Woods was just announced as the opening night film of the 2012 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival which will take place in Austin, Texas from March 9-17. Co-writer and producer Joss Whedon will be on hand for a conversation panel the day after the upcoming HBO TV show Girls, produced by Judd Apatow and starring Lena Dunham, will also debut, screening several episodes along with Q&As featuring much of the creative team. Read more about the film, the show and the festival itself after the jump. Read More »

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The first director attached to Marley, a documentary about the reggae icon Bob, was none other than Marty Scorsese. Back in May, however, reports surfaced that he was leaving the film due to a schedule clash and, hurrah for me, Jonathan Demme came aboard. Aside from the (brilliant) digression that was Rachel Getting Married, Demme has been focusing very much on documentaries recently, and has an unparalleled track record in concert and music films. He’s just about the perfect director for this job.

Bad news then, that The New York Post’s Page Six are today reporting Demme is off the project. What’s more, they claim that he was already into production and it was the screening of some rough cut that lead to him leaving.

Demme’s exit occurred after the movie’s producer, Bill Clinton pal Steve Bing, saw the director’s first round of editing and was less than impressed.

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