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There's an old Hollywood rule that said that if a film sat on the shelf for a couple of years, it was destined for non-theatrical distribution. In the old days that meant TV; in the last decades of the 20th century, that meant cable. Today it means direct-to-DVD. But there are exceptions. And one of those might be the Renee Zellweger horror film 'Case 39,' which, according to Variety, has sat on the domestic shelf for two years but is finally getting released domestically by Paramount on Oct. 1. The story revolves around a social worker (Zellweger) who is assigned to investigate abuse allegations by the family of a 10-year-old girl. After the girl comes to live with her, the social worker discovers she might not be an innocent. According to Variety, Paramount's decision to open 'Case 39' came after the film struck a chord in territories including Mexico and Spain (it's grossed nearly $15 million at the international box office), and the marketing campaign will focus heavily on the Hispanic market, the fastest growing segment of the moviegoing public. The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane and Jodelle Ferland. There's an old Hollywood rule that said that if a film sat on the shelf for a couple of years, it was destined for non-theatrical distribution. In the old days that meant TV; in the last decades of the 20th century, that meant cable. Today it means direct-to-DVD. But there are exceptions. And one of those might be the Renee Zellweger horror film 'Case 39,' which, according to Variety, has sat on the domestic shelf for two years but is finally getting released domestically by Paramount on Oct. 1. The story revolves around a social worker (Zellweger) who is assigned to investigate abuse allegations by the family of a 10-year-old girl. After the girl comes to live with her, the social worker discovers she might not be an innocent. According to Variety, Paramount's decision to open 'Case 39' came after the film struck a chord in territories including Mexico and Spain (it's grossed nearly $15 million at the international box office), and the marketing campaign will focus heavily on the Hispanic market, the fastest growing segment of the moviegoing public. The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane and Jodelle Ferland.

We all know that Google owns the world, right? So it's about time that someone made a movie about the company. According to DeadlineHollywood, Michael London's Groundswell Productions has teamed with producer John Morris to acquire movie rights to the Ken Auletta book 'Googled: The End of the World As We Know It,' which they will use as the basis for a feature about Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and their juggernaut Web business. Google was founded on the principle that "You can make money without doing evil," but the two founders' idealism bumped up against corporate reality as the company grew into one of the biggest corporations in the world. And, according to London, that struggle will be the focus of the film.

Here's a couple more scoops from DeadlineHollywood: Tim Burton has reunited with his Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski on a pair of projects. They will write 'The Addams Family,' the stop-motion animated film that Burton and Chris Meledandri are producing for Universal Pictures; and Burton will produce 'Big Eyes,' the fact-based drama that the duo wrote about artist Margaret Keane's struggle to get credit for the line of paintings of big-eyed children that became popular in the '60s. Meanwhile, Paramount has hired scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway for close to $1 million to reimagine a new release of the live action feature 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes is producing with an eye to a new franchise. Paramount wants a first draft by October so it can take it out to directors for a 2012 release.

'Vampires Suck,' the spoof of such bloodsucker movies as the 'Twilight' series, opened Wednesday to better than expected numbers. The comedy by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the minds behind the 'Scary Movie' franchise as well as 'Date Movie' and 'Epic Movie, took in just over $4 million for the day and landed to the top of the box office chart, auguring well for the weekend.

Fire up the rumor mill on this one: The Hollywood Reporter by way of the New York Post says that "Zac Efron and Justin Timberlake both have their eye on the same role when the inevitable movie adaptation of the hit Tony-winning Broadway musical 'Memphis' makes it to the big screen ... Both actors have ventured to the Big Apple to check out the show." Though there has been no announcement about turning 'Memphis' into a movie, buzz has been generated over the fact that Oliver Stone took in the musical this summer and was talking to one of the show's writers about an adaptation.

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