Composer Marvin Hamlisch Passes at 68; Dreamworks' Kung Fu Panda 3 Heads to China: Biz Break

Marvin HamlischAlso in Tuesday morning's round-up of news briefs, actress Jennifer Lawrence is in negotiations for a hefty paycheck for the second installment of The Hunger Games. Kevin Costner is headed to join a new project. Wayne Wang will direct a basketball tale and big changes at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Marvin Hamlisch Dies at 68
He composed the scores for over 40 movies, winning three Oscars, four Emmys, a Tony for A Chorus Line and three Golden Globes. Films included The Sting, Sophie's Choice, Ordinary People and Take the Money and Run, USA Today reports.

Jennifer Lawrence Eyes $10 Million for The Hunger Games Sequel
She reportedly received $500K plus bonuses for the first installment which has grossed $683.8 million worldwide, but she's in final negotiations to return for Catching Fire in a package that could total around $10M range, THR reports.

Dreamworks to Make Kung Fu Panda 3 in China
DreamWorks Animation and Chinese partners announced plans Tuesday to co-produce the next Kung Fu Panda movie and develop an entertainment district in Shanghai, expanding Hollywood's fast-growing ties to China, A.P. reports.

Kevin Costner Eyes Kenneth Branaugh's Three Days to Kill
Costner has been offered the co-lead in the film that will star Chris Pine. He'll play Ethan Renner, a government assassin who is dying. Before he goes, he is determined to reconcile with his daughter, while taking on one final mission, Deadline reports.

Wayne Wang to Direct Basketball Story Brave Dragons
The story is based on Jim Yardley's new book about an NBA coach who moves with his wife to a Chinese industrial city to coach one of the worst teams in Chinese basketball, Deadline reports.

Peter Scarlet Departs from Abu Dhabi Film Festival
He will be replaced by Ali al Jabri as Festival Director. He has served as director of the Emirates competition for five years. Scarlet served as head for three years previously topped the Tribeca Film Festival and the San Francisco Film Society. This year's festival will take place October 11 - 20, Screen Daily reports.



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