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Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

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Margot Robbie, who first drew attention in Wolf of Wall Street, is in talks to play Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, according to Collider.  The film will be directed by David Ayer and released on August 5, 2016.

Robbie could be lining up multiple roles with serious geek appeal; she was also reported to be in talks to star in the live action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell .

Meanwhile, Jared Leto is being eyed to play Joker in the film, according to The Wrap.  Like Robbie, Leto has also been reported as in the running for another role in a geek film, in his case Doctor Strange.

‘Night of the Living Dead: Origins’ finds its voices as director speaks

Jesse Corti, Danielle Harris, Bill Moseley, Joe Pilato, Alona Tal and Cornell Womack are lending their voices to “Night of the Living Dead: Origins.”

The 3D CGI re-imagining of the George A. Romero zombie classic is being directed by newcomer Zebediah de Soto. Simon West and Simon West Prods. president Jib Polhemus are producing.

The story again follows a group of humans trying to stay alive during a zombie attack.

Corti (“Heroes”) is voicing a news reporter, and Harris (“Halloween II”) plays a woman who held her family together forced to come to grips with its absence.

Moseley (“Carnivale”) is reprising the role he portrayed in a 1990 live-action remake of “Living Dead”: a Wall Street-type with an expense-account attitude.

Pilato, who appeared in 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead,” is voicing Harry Cooper, a blue-collar worker who lives for his injured daughter, and Tal (“Supernatural”) voices his wife, Helen, who blames her husband for all the ills of the world.

Womack (“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”) is a no-nonsense New York cop.

The movie is being animated, with the voice work in the early stages

De Soto said some of the casting is “a nod to Romero fans. Horror is a genre, and zombie movies are a subgenre that people have been following for years and years.”

De Soto, whose background is in the commercials world, said he grew up in a household where his mother forbade him to watch television, fearing it would lead to smoking and drinking. When he finally saw his first horror movie, Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead,” it made such an impression on him that it created an obsession.

“When you’re not allowed to watch TV and then you see this movie where this broadcaster speaks about this (zombie) disaster, it translated as so real to me,” he said.

De Soto also said nearly all zombie movies end up in an enclosed environment, be it a house or a mall, and he aims to change that. He’s counting on the CGI technology that he and his New Golden Digital effects company is developing.

“I wanted to make this look like a living Monet; it’s expressionism,” De Soto said. “It’s going to be the first zombie movie played on a epic scale. This is the ‘Empire of the Sun’ of zombie films. … I lived through the L.A. riots and saw the city on fire; I remember seeing people running, people getting pulled out of cars. And with 9/11, these images have been ingrained on people of my generation. I just thought that is the way it would really be, a lot of chaos.”

Analyst Expects StarCraft 2 to be Delayed into 2010

As recently as June, Blizzard insisted they still intend to release StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty this fall. But with the game’s open beta test recently delayed, it looks less and less likely that Blizzard will make the deadline, and now Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia is predicting we will indeed have to wait until 2010 to get our hands on it.

Bhatia made the prediction to the Wall Street Journal (via GamesIndustry.biz), following Activision Blizzard’s announcement that their upcoming first-person shooter Singularity was delayed into next year — a fate that, according to Bhatia, "increasingly appear[s]" to be in store for StarCraft 2 as well.

Blizzard themselves have even said that while a 2009 release is the goal, they wouldn’t hesitate to delay the game if they feel it’s necessary. "We’re not going to ship the game if it’s not ready," said lead producer Chris Sigaty. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that they do indeed make their desired date… but don’t be too shocked if StarCraft 2 turns out to be delayed after all.

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‘Iron Man’ DVD sales lift Marvel

Comic Book Biz: Company tops fourth-quarter profit forecasts — Marvel Entertainment Inc. topped Wall Street projections with its fourth-quarter results Tuesday, saying net income more than doubled on strong DVD sales of the film "Iron Man."

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Security Vendor McAfee Sees Profits Surpass Street Projections

McAfee reported a solid quarter, surpassing Wall Street forecasts. McAfee officials said they will still look to cut costs in the wake of last year’s purchase of Secure Computing, the company’s biggest-ever acquisition at $465 million.
– Security software maker McAfee Inc. reported slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit and forecast revenue for the current quarter above Wall Street’s expectations, as viruses and malicious programs increasingly flood the market.

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