George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese have agreed to help celebrate the establishment of the Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film.

The university said Lucas, Spielberg and Scorsese are slated to attend a tribute Monday, the 99th anniversary of Kurosawa’s birth. The Japanese filmmaker died in 1998 at age 88. His films included “Rashomon,” “Seven Samurai,” “The Hidden Fortress,” “Dersu Uzala” and “Kagemusha.”

The tribute is part of the Cherry Blossom Gala, a “black-tie extravaganza of culture and the arts” to be presided over by television announcer/actor Shadoe Stevens at the Beverly Hills Hotel Crystal Ballroom in Beverly Hills, Calif., organizers said.

“The Stoneheart Trilogy,” a young-adult fantasy book series by Charlie Fletcher, is moving towards a big-screen adaptation, with Robert Zemeckis’ production company, ImageMovers, and Walt Disney Pictures in negotiations to pick up film rights to the material.

The books revolve around a 12-year-old London boy who enters a hidden alternate world where statues, imbued with the essence of their makers, come to life. The boy’s presence upsets a balance between good and evil, and while dealing with such creatures as sphinxes and gargoyles, he teams with an orphan girl and the statue of a World War I gunner to try to set things right.

How do Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, the two titans of pop culture, collaborate on the new 3-D motion-capture version of “Tintin”?

With lots of high-tech wizardry.

Spielberg, who’s directing the first installment, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” recently wrapped 32 days of performance-capture shooting in Los Angeles. Producer Jackson traveled from his New Zealand home base to L.A. for rehearsals and the first week of shooting, and then appeared via an elaborate video-conferencing setup for the rest of the shoot, using a specially designed iChat-type system in which the Kiwi filmmaker can see everything on the set in real time and simultaneously talk with Spielberg. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in 2011.

    
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