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* Somewhere between a rumor an an actual story, the ‘net geek movie item of today has to have been the flurry of speculation around the notion of Harry Potter director David Yates taking on the two-film directing gig on “The Hobbit” recently vacated by Guillermo del Toro. The Playlist claims to know that Yates has actually been offered the position though, even if true, in Hollywood there are a millions slips twixt cup and lip, so to speak, and the fun debates over who would be available and appropriate for the job continue. My first response was that Yates, a highly competent craftsman, wasn’t really enough of a visionary for the gig but, considering that del Toro and Peter Jackson remain pretty deeply involved, perhaps they’ve got visionaries enough on that project.

* On a somewhat similar note, Robert Rodriguez has possibly been offered a shot at directing a Deadpool movie. Since I missed the Wolverine movie and haven’t read Marvel Comics in a very long time, I have no idea what this actually means. I’ll learn.

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I’ve just had one of those moments where one’s ‘net surfing all ties in together in way similar to that described below by the great Tracey Walter in 1984’s “Repo Man.”

So, today, I’m trying to decide what to write for this post, and I happen across Roger Ebert’s tweet noting that today is the 103rd birthday of John Wayne. Now, I’m tempted to start looking for a good YouTube clip to run as one my “movie moments” posts, but this is hardly the first time I’ve noted the birthday of the Duke, and it’s not like it’s a birthday ending with a zero. Still, I look at some clips, but nothing really seems to work.

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