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Studio chief Dick Cook's departure from Disney curbs Johnny Depp's enthusiasm for 'Pirates 4,' 'Precious' wins the top prize at the Toronto Film Festival, the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby sues for copyright ownership, and more of today's top movie headlines. The repercussions of Dick Cook's abrupt (and unexplained) departure as Disney studio chief on Friday are already starting to manifest: Johnny Depp has said that while he does have a deal in place to make 'Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides' (provided the script meets his approval), the absence of Cook, whom he credits with convincing him to join the franchise, has severely dampened his interest in reprising his role as Captain Jack. "There's a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment," he said. Hopefully he can plug that crack before 'Pirates 4' sinks for good. [The L.A. Times]

'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' -- an Oprah Winfrey-produced indie drama about a pregnant, illiterate Harlem teen who transcends her lot in life -- boosted its Oscar hopes over the weekend by taking home the top prize, the People's Choice award, at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. 'Slumdog Millionaire,' which eventually won the Oscar for Best Picture, scored the same prize in Toronto last year. [PopEater] | [The Hollywood Reporter]

The estate of late comic-book author Jack Kirby -- aka the man responsible for creating characters such as the X-Men, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four -- is suing Marvel, Disney, Sony, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and various others to regain copyright ownership over any characters Kirby created or co-created. While it's unlikely that the lawsuit will delay or nix plans for the many upcoming movies featuring the aforementioned characters, it could mean that a decent chunk of those superheroic profits ultimately go to Kirby's estate. [/Film]

Moviegoers sured did have a taste for 'Meatballs' this weekend. Audiences gobbled up tickets to the 3-D animated children's book adaptation 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' to the tune of $30 million. Matt Damon's 'The Informant!' finished second with $10.5 million, Jennifer Aniston's 'Love Happens' and Megan Fox's 'Jennifer's Body' had disappointing openings, earning just $8.5 million and $6.8 million, respectively. [PopEater]


A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that the soundtrack to the upcoming concert documentary 'Michael Jackson's This Is It' can be released at the same time that the movie hits theaters worldwide on Oct. 28. [The L.A. Times]