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Tuesday Link-a-Mania

Italian Love Parnassus
Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus may not exactly be setting the box office alight in the rest of the world, but the Italians love it, according to Variety . In Italy it is now the third biggest box office hit of the year. Apparently this is partly down to the fact that Gilliam had become a bit of a hero with Italian teenagers, according to Moviemax distribution chief Roberto Proia: “We also found out that teenagers massively love Gilliam, and we did not expect this. He really has rock star status.”

Mall Director Gets Short Circuit
Paul Blart: Mall Cop director Steve Carr will direct Dimension Films' remake of ’80s sci-fi adventure Short Circuit, announces Variety . The film is about a robot built by the military which gains sentience.

Conan Cast List
Moviehole has published a detailed breakdown of the main characters (nearly 20 in all) in the upcoming Marcus Nispel-directed Conan movie, which reveal that Conan is “prepared to die in order to accomplish his goal; what Conan did not expect, was to find a reason to live,”; that his leading lady will be Tamara (“beautiful, studious, correct, a novitiate of a Greek influenced monastery; a master of martial arts, she has been trained to be the Queen's servant, bodyguard and best friend”); and that the baddie is Khalar Singh (“He is driven in his quest to find the Queen of Acheron and has been building an empire to do so. His goal is to find the Queen whose blood will bring life to the demonic minions of Acheron while making himself king of this hellish power”). Khalar also has a son, Fariq, who is rather mystifyingly described as having, “the mentality of a proto-goth rocker”. Hmmm.