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Producer mulls cutting swear words in ‘King’s’

With a dozen Oscar nominations under its belt, “The King’s Speech” is looking to broaden its audience.

Executive Producer Harvey Weinstein said he is talking with director Tom Hooper about trimming the profanity that earned the film an R rating in order to attain a PG-13 or even PG.

Weinstein is eyeing the success of the movie in Britain, where a 12-and-over rating has helped it to top the box office for the last three weekends, beating such bigger-budget pictures as “Gulliver’s Travels” and “The Green Hornet.”

Cutting swear words from “The King’s Speech” would be tricky, since they’re used extensively in a key scene in the movie.

Lil’ Orphan Willow?

Another child of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith is set to star in the remake of a Hollywood classic.

Ten-year-old Willow Smith is set to play the title role in “Annie” for Overbrook Entertainment, which the Smiths co-own along with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Sony Pictures.

Last year, 12-year-old Jaden Smith starred in a remake of “The Karate Kid.”

A remake is born

Clint Eastwood and Beyonce may be teaming up for a musical version of “A Star Is Born.”

Warner Bros. confirms that the two are in negotiations to remake the 1937 classic. Eastwood is in talks to direct, while Beyonce would star.

Springing a leak

An upcoming biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange isn’t even in stores yet, and it’s already been optioned into a feature film.

Plans are under way for Andrew Fowler’s book “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” to be turned into a movie. The Australian reporter’s investigative biography is due out later this year.

Family film

A new movie directed by Susanna Lo will focus on the female followers of cult leader Charles Manson.

Production on “Manson Girls” will begin this spring, Lo announced Monday at the Sundance Film Festival. She wrote the screenplay for the film, which will examine the lives of eight young women who were members of Manson’s “family.”

Manson and three women followers were convicted in Los Angeles in 1971 of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people, including actress Sharon Tate.


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