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By Devin D. O'Leary

July 21, 1997:  Animator Jay Ward is having himself a real renaissance these days. The man who gave us "Rocky and Bullwinkle" and "Fractured Fairy Tales" is suddenly en vogue. George of the Jungle, based on Ward's late '60s toon of the same name, swings into theaters this very week courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures. A couple weeks ago, as the film began its television ad campaign, Universal Pictures announced that they were starting script work on a live-action Dudley Do-Right movie. The film will be based on the bumbling but pure-hearted mountie character from the old "Rocky and Bullwinkle" show. Filmmaker Hugh Wilson, who recently hit it big with The First Wives Club, will write and direct. Can a live-action Roger Ramjet starring Tom Cruise be far behind? ... And finally, from the "Please, God no!" file comes word that Sean Penn and Julia Roberts will be starring in a remake of the Humphrey Bogart classic Casablanca. I can only hope that this is one of those spurious rumors that turns out to be completely and utterly false.

--Devin D. O'Leary

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