Fox Walden puts four on calendar

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20th Century Fox has set the release dates for the first movies made under the new Fox Walden banner, which is a joint venture between Fox and Walden Media.

First out of the gate will be "The Dark Is Rising," which will be released for the Columbus Day weekend of Oct. 5. The movie, which centers on a young man who learns that he is the last of a group of mythical warriors, stars Ian McShane, Frances Conroy, Christopher Eccleston, Gregory Smith and Jonathan Jackson and is directed by David L. Cunningham. The film is wrapping shooting in Romania.

Walden and Mandate Pictures' co-production "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" is scheduled for Nov. 16. Zach Helm wrote the script and is making his directorial debut on the picture, which stars Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman and Jason Bateman.

"Nim's Island," which goes into production in the summer, has staked out a release date of April 25. Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin star in the movie, about a magical place ruled by a young girl's imagination, which is being directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.

Fox Walden is planting a flag on Columbus Day 2008 (Oct. 10) for the sci-fi adventure "City of Ember," which will be directed by Gil Kenan of "Monster House" fame. The movie is a Walden and Playtone co-production, with Playtone's Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks producing.
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