News briefs: New Jeannie writer hired; Nimoy honored

The Los Angeles Times' 24 Frames blog reports a rumor that Sheila Callaghan, a writer on Showtime's The United States of Tara, has been hired to write a script for a long-gestating film based on the 1960s fantasy comedy series I Dream of Jeannie.
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Yesterday, we reported that original Star Wars star Mark Hamill was thinking about directing a movie based on his comic series; now comes news that Hamill has become a founding board member of Berkeley Square Films, a new British film company, according to Deadline Hollywood; the company plans to make movies budgeted up to $7 million.
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Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy will be on hand for the unveiling of a commissioned bronze bust portraying the iconic character of Mr. Spock and to leave behind his iconic "live long and prosper" handprint at a ceremony commemorating Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, as the official Trek capital of Canada on Friday.
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The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films will honor Avatar director James Cameron, Terminator producer Lauren Shuler-Donner and Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci with special awards at this year's 36th Annual Saturn Awards on June 24.

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