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Fox's heroic life makes it to film

A movie about Terry Fox, the Canadian amputee whose 1980s cross-country marathon was interrupted by a return bout of cancer and eventual death, is coming to the big screen. It is to be a non-profit biopic from Los Angeles-based producer Kelly Slattery of Therapy Content and has the support of Fox's family.

Castro's girl gets her own movie

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Lady Sybil stars in a horror show

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Big-name cast for US thriller

Jim Broadbent, Ray Stevenson and Mehmet Kurtulus have signed up to star alongside Samuel L Jackson in Big Game. Written and directed by Finland's Jalmari Helander, it stars Jackson as a US President, alongside Onni Tommila as his unexpected 13-year-old sidekick, who team up to escape a terrorist plot.

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