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33269230.jpgA Mickey-Mouse Operation: The eminently linkable Richard Verrier reports today that Disneyland’s redheaded stepsister, California Adventure, is scheduled for a $1.1-billion overhaul designed to make it not suck. Good luck.

33260863.jpgMay The Force Be With Them: Work has begun on a possible live-action TV series based on minor characters and droids from Star Wars. No Luke. No Leia. No Vader. George Lucas is banking on nerd fervor (not to be confused with Nerf Herder) to popularize a show that, in his words, is about “the life of robots.” We think we’ve seen that show.

barry.jpgWe Wonder Who Wrote His Lines: Director-producer Barry Sonnenfeld stuck up for writers while moderating the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences annual Network Chiefs Summit, asking the group:”It seems to me that the whole residual question, getting residual should be transparent to the writer no matter what form it’s on, whether it’s iPods, DVD or cable. That should be your problem, but not the writers. First of all, is that a brilliant statement?”

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