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The film industry has enjoyed some great tax breaks in Georgia since the increase in 2008, which spurred a lot of Hollywood related economic development in the state, including the construction of Pinewood Studios in Fayette County. There are numerous television shows (The Walking Dead), movies (Guardians of the Galaxy 2), and other film projects being produced in Georgia because of those tax credits. Those productions generate economic revenues and growth that many other states would love to have. All that progress, which really means JOBS for the state, are now being put into jeopardy by the recent Religious Liberties Bill passed by the Georgia House of Representatives.

The bill now sits on Governor Deal‘s desk, awaiting his decision to sign it into law or not. A heavy hitting Hollywood studio combo, Disney and Marvel Studios have publicly announced their opposition to the bill. (more…)

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Well, that was a fun 24 hours there. There were reports yesterday that got fans excited about the possibility of Spider-Man coming home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of 2018, and an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, but rumors of Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler joining Earth’s Mightiest Heroes seems to have been somewhat exaggerated. According to Sony, anyway. In the back and forth of will-they or won’t-they, a Latino Review column made it sound like a solid “they-will” after a firm “they-won’t” back in December. There’s been a lot of talk about the idea of getting Spider-Man in a Marvel movie since the disappointing critical and audience reaction to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and while the movie gods answer all prayers, at this moment the answer, it seems, is “no.” (more…)

Harrison-Ford

He’s in. He’s not in. He’s in. He’s not in. So is he in? Sources say that after a bit of negotiation Harrison Ford is now a “100 per cent lock” to reprise the role of Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. So what was Ford’s deal? It seems as though he wanted more info about Solo’s character arc beyond Episode VII and a promise that he’ll get to don the hat and bullwhip of Indiana Jones once more. (more…)

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Poor Johnny Depp. The recent two-for-two big budget failures of Dark Shadows and The Lone Ranger seems to have forced him into doing something drastic: signing up for Alice in Wonderland 2. According to Deadline, Depp is in final negotiations to reprise his role as the Mad Hatter in the sequel to the surprise 2010 hit Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton, which made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Muppets director James Bobin is directing the sequel.

Deadline is of the opinion that Depp wants to prove his box office clout following two costly bombs, so between Alice 2 and the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie to be directed  by Kon-Tiki filmmakers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, Depp should buttress his box office slide affably.

In other Depp news, it was announced that he has a “new” multi-year first look deal at Disney through his production company Infinitum Nihil to develop film projects he can produce there. The word new is in quote marks because the deal was sealed back in March, but it just wasn’t announced till now.

So there is life after Tonto for Depp. Too bad his revisiting past successes rather than blowing us away with something new.

Source: Deadline