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Julia Roberts Gets the "Girl"

American GirlIf you have (or know) a girl age eight and up, then you're sure to be at least aware of the American Girl dolls. Well, according to Variety, young girls everywhere can look forward to seeing the dolls come to life on the big screen thanks to Walden Media, Goldsmith-Thomas Productions and Julia Roberts' production company, Red Om Films.

The American Girl Collection includes eight 18-inch dolls based on characters from American history and two that are "best friend" dolls, with a third planned for Fall 2006. American Girl, founded in 1985, is a subsidiary of Mattel.

The film production team plans multiple live-action features based on the dolls, the first of which will revolve around Kit Kittredge, the American Girl character who endures hardships growing up during the Great Depression. According to American Girl's website, Kit "learns what 'waste not, want not' really means, gets into big trouble, and meets people whose lives are far worse than her own." Um... yay?

The team has also previously produced several American Girl television movies, including "Samantha: An American Girl Holiday" in 2004, "Felicity: An American Girl Adventure" and "Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front," which will air on the Disney Channel this Fall.

No distribution deal has been set for the new films. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on July 25, 2006 10:26 PM
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It sounds like the first film is going to be a remake of "Grapes of Wrath" ... with dolls.

I'm pretty sure John Steinbeck just vomited.

-- Posted by: mac at July 25, 2006 11:25 PM

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