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Industry Roundup: Damian Lewis Cast in New Showtime Pilot Homeland

Damian Lewis to Star in Homeland: Damian Lewis has been cast as the lead in the Showtime pilot Homeland. The show focuses on a Marine who returns home after eight years as a prisoner of war in Baghdad. Claire Danes also stars, as a C.I.A. officer who suspects Lewis's character of plotting an attack against the U.S. [Deadline]

Blue Valentine Release Moved Up: The release date of Blue Valentine has been moved up two days to December 29. The announcement comes nearly two weeks after the MPAA lowered the film's rating from NC-17 to R. [Deadline]

Disney's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Appeal Denied: A judge has denied Disney's appeal of a $319 million verdict against the company. The verdict, which came down in July, alleges that Disney cheated Celador Intl. out of money when it arranged sweetheart deals to bring Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to the U.S. [Esq./HR]

Pam Levine Leaves Fox: Pam Levine, the co-president of domestic marketing for 20th Century Fox, has left the company. The move will give the studio the opportunity to centralize its marketing out of Los Angeles, as Levin had been working out of New York for the past four years. [HR]

Lucasfilm Settles Civil Charges: Lucasfilm has settled civil charges brought against it by the U.S. Justice Department. Along with Pixar, the companies had an agreement not to compete with each other for digital animators in an attempt to keep salaries low. Pixar settled in September. [Deadline]

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