The Weinstein Company is moving forward on “Fraggle Rock,” a live-action musical feature based on the Jim Henson-produced TV series.

According to Variety, TWC has recruited Cory Edwards to write the script and direct.

Edwards previously directed the animated hit “Hoodwinked!” for TWC.

Originally attached to the project as a screenwriter in the fall of 2006, Ahmet Zappa will remain on board as executive producer along with Brian Inerfeld.

Lisa Henson and Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Co. will produce.

Fable Works, LLC, a movie production and animation company, announced today that it is producing the original 3D-animated Feature Film Cereal Heroes! for theatrical release in 2010. The movie will be produced at Sparx Animation Studios in Paris, France and Ho-chi-min, Vietnam.

The story follows the adventures of cartoon cereal-box-mascots who are mistakenly brought to life when a plan to replace the world’s fallen superheroes with characters from comic books goes awry. These unlikely “Cereal Heroes” with ridiculous powers soon find themselves alone and on the run in an unfamiliar world that only they can save from certain destruction.

It’s a long way from a goat farm near Burra Creek outside Queanbeyan outside Canberra in the Capital Territory of Australia, to San Francisco, California USA.

But, it’s an even bigger stretch to imagine that Ben Snow, a young movie fan growing up in this remote location, could wind up as visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for the blockbuster film Iron Man.

In grade 11, the aspiring moviemaker read an article in “American Cinematographer” by Dennis Muren about his work as the effects director of photography for “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.” “I decided, ‘OK, I want to be a miniatures DP,’” Snow said. “But, I couldn’t see how I could get from Canberra, Australia to ILM.”

VATICAN CITY – Believing that the universe may contain alien life does not contradict a faith in God, the Vatican’s chief astronomer said in an interview published Tuesday.

The Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, the Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, was quoted as saying the vastness of the universe means it is possible there could be other forms of life outside Earth, even intelligent ones.

“How can we rule out that life may have developed elsewhere?” Funes said. “Just as we consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’ and ’sister,’ why should we not talk about an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be part of creation.”

A man who dressed up as Darth Vader, wearing a garbage bag for a cape, and assaulted the founders of a group calling itself the Jedi church was given a suspended sentence Tuesday.

Arwel Wynne Hughes, 27, attacked Jedi church founder Barney Jones — aka Master Jonba Hehol — with a metal crutch, hitting him on the head, prosecutors told Holyhead Magistrates’ Court.

He also whacked Jones’ 18-year-old cousin, Michael Jones — known as Master Mormi Hehol — bruising his thigh in the March 25 incident, prosecutors said.

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