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The Wolverine sequel has a title

Darren Aronofsky is keeping his Wolverine movie simple — at least its title. The Black Swan director told that his X-men film is officially called The Wolverine, and that fans shouldn’t expect a traditional sequel, referring to it as a “one-off.”

Aaron Sorkin and Todd Phillips rip into the Writers Guild

At a roundtable interview for screenwriters held by The Hollywood Reporter, Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and Todd Phillips (Due Date) both spent considerable time candidly detailing their complaints with the Writers Guild of America. The topic first came up after Phillips explained that, “if the Writers Guild was not such an obnoxious organization,” Robert Downey Jr. would have received a writing credit for Due Date. When prodded further on the issue, Phillips said, “We, as writers, have agents who should be negotiating our deal. If we want three cents more on our DVDs…let my agent figure that part out.”

Then Sorkin jumped in. “I am a union guy,” he presaged. “My grandfather was one of the founders of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union … But a union makes sense when people have more power as a group than they do as individuals. I have considerably more power as an individual than I do as a member of that group.” Sorkin also criticized the WGA’s practice of giving the first writer on a film “an irreducible story credit” regardless of whether that writer’s work appears in the finished film. “The Writers Guild is very happy to give the impression that a movie was written by five different people,” said Sorkin. “Which ultimately gives the impression that the director was the author of the movie, because they see one name at the end.” Making things perhaps more awkward: WGA West president and The West Wing exec. producer John Wells (The Company Men) was seated across from Phillips, and right next to Sorkin.

Film producer Dino De Laurentiis dies at 91: Report

Iconic Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis died at age 91 in Beverly Hills, reports Bloomberg. After building a career in his native Italy (where he produced hits like Federico Fellini’s 1957 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner La Strada), De Laurentiis came to Hollywood and earned a reputation for packaging big-budget spectacles like Three Days of the Condor (1975), Conan the Barbarian (1982), and Dune (1984). Although he never took home a Best Picture Oscar, De Laurentiis did receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy in 2001. He is survived by relatives including his granddaughter, celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis.

Jon Favreau in talks to bring Disney's theme park to life in 'Magic Kingdom'

Iron Man director Jon Favreau is negotiating with Walt Disney Studios to helm Magic Kingdom, a Night-at-the-Museum-esque movie about the rides at Disney’s iconic theme park coming to life. Favreau will reportedly shelve a script penned by Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), and develop the project with a new, as-yet unnamed writer. [Variety]

Channing Tatum to join '21 Jump Street'?

Channing Tatum is circling Sony’s movie remake of 21 Jump Street, according to Deadline. Jonah Hill has already committed to star, based on a story he conceived with Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim vs the World), and Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who co-directed Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) are set to direct.

'The Zone' shut down

Roland Emmerich’s low-budget sci-fi movie The Zone has been shut down for unspecified reasons. The $5 million alien invasion movie was going to revolve around found-footage — similar to Cloverfield — and be cast with relative unknowns. It was to start shooting next week and cast members were in the midst of rehearsals. The Hollywood Reporter speculates that one of the causes might be a recent Weinstein Co. screenplay, the similarly-themed found-footage Apollo 18, which is set to be released in March, right before The Zone was due to debut. [HR]

Robert De Niro to receive DeMille lifetime achievement award at Golden Globes

Robert De Niro, two-time Oscar winner and the man who portrayed such indelible big-screen characters as the young Don Corleone, Travis Bickle, and Jake La Motta, will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at next year’s Golden Globes. The honor was announced today by Kevin Spacey. The award will be presented to De Niro at the 68th annual Golden Globes on Jan. 16. Previous winners include Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg, and last year’s recipient (and frequent De Niro collaborator) Martin Scorsese.

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Ashton Kutcher to ring in 'New Year's Eve'

Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank and Ashton Kutcher are reportedly circling lead roles in the ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, Garry Marshall’s planned follow-up to Valentine’s Day. Like its predecessor, New Year’s Eve will feature a patchwork of intertwining stories about New Yorkers navigating their romantic lives before the clock strikes twelve. Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin have already come aboard the production that is looking to start shooting this December in New York.

Steve Carell, Dan Fogelman team up for 'Imagine'

Deadline reports Tangled screenwriter Dan Fogelman will pocket $3 million to helm Imagine, starring Steve Carell as the long-lost son of a 60-something musician who decides to change his life after reading an old letter from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Fogelman also wrote the script for Imagine. This will be his second collaboration with Carell — the writer-director penned the script for Carell’s Crazy, Stupid, Love, which hits theaters in April 2011.

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