Ed WestwickEnglish literature contains thousands of classics, but it seems that only three of them are regularly dusted off for a big screen adaptation: Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights," Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," and Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." All three are among my favorites, so I can't complain, but it's hard to see them redone over and over again just for the sake of casting the hottest actor or actress of the moment. This new "Wuthering Heights" is no exception, as Variety reports that Gemma Arterton and Ed Westwick have been cast as the immortal couple, Catherine and Heathcliff.

This particular "Heights" has been in the trades quite often. It originally had Natalie Portman in the part of Cathy, but she dropped out and was replaced by Abbie Cornish. Michael Fassbender ("300") was attached to play Heathcliff; he moved on as well. The producers opted to go younger with the story, so now they've brought in Arterton and Westwick. "Heights" has also seen a man come and go from the director's chair, as Peter Webber ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") has replaced John Maybury. Read More...

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Lindsay LohanAs we all know, these days Lindsay Lohan is known for everything but her acting ability. Still, you have to admire the girl for her determination to try again... and try again she will in a fantasy comedy directed by David Michaels called "The Other Side." According to Variety, Lohan joins a diverse cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Dave Matthews, and Alanis Morissette.

Lohan will play the lead role of a grad student who is assigned to spend the summer working at a science research outpost on a remote island. Naturally, those who live there are a little offbeat, and the student discovers their eccentricities are hiding the sad secret of an accident that happened many years prior to her arrival. Read More...

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Curtis 50 Cent JacksonYou can never predict what concept will spark competition in Hollywood. At the turn of the century it was competing asteroids and volcanoes; this year it has been Jane Austen bloodbaths, the Roman Ninth Legion, and warring Greek gods. Now, Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has entered the competition. Last week, we told you Keanu Reeves was set to play the man of violent moods in "Jekyll." Now Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Forest Whitaker plan to give him a run for his money in "Jekyll and Hyde."

According to Variety, Abel Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant") is set to direct a contemporary version of Stevenson's story. Whitaker and Jackson will play the two sides of the same man ... and something tells us that Jackson will probably be embodying the nastier half. But given Whitaker's terrifying, Oscar winning performance in "The Last King of Scotland," we could be completely off. It would certainly be a refreshing change to see Jackson play something like a soft-spoken scientist, wouldn't it? Read More...

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Robert PattinsonFROM MTV.COM:

Actors Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson have all had their share of buzz this May, with Jackman and Weisz lining up multiple movie deals in the past two weeks, and Pattinson continuing to ride the "Twilight" wave. Now all three are lending their star power to the writing and directorial debut of actress Madeleine Stowe for her period drama, "Unbound Captives."

"Captives" is a tale set in 1865 America about a woman (played by Weisz) whose husband is killed by a Comanche war party and whose two children (one of whom will be played by Pattinson) are kidnapped. She is then rescued by a frontiersman (Jackman).

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Hedy LamarrEveryone loves tales of Old Hollywood, and the screen icons that were made legendary in the 1930s and 1940s. It's dangerous biopic territory to tread though, but if there is one actress who fits into the heady days of the '40s, it's Rachel Weisz, and she'll be playing one of the most intriguing ladies of the era: Hedy Lamarr. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weisz is attached to play the star in "Face Value," an indie drama directed by Amy Redford.

Many regard Lamarr as one of the most beautiful actresses of all time. After narrow escaping Vienna during World War II, she moved to America and took up acting. With her Austrian heritage she was often cast in "exotic" roles, and shot to fame in Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah." Her career faltered after playing the Biblical temptress and she only made a few films after that, the last being in 1958. Read More...

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Ryan GoslingEver since "The Notebook," Ryan Gosling has topped a lot of "dreamiest most perfect heartthrob" lists, an image he refuses to encourage with edgier roles such as "Half Nelson," "Lars and the Real Girl" and the upcoming "All Good Things." However, his female fans may have a reason to haul out the Kleenex once again thanks to "Blue Valentine."

According to Variety, Gosling has signed on to star in the indie drama with Michelle Williams. The plot as detailed on IMDB is a simple one: the two indie darlings play a couple who are coming up on their ten year wedding anniversary. Their marriage isn't what it once was however, and as their relationship crumbles they recall the better days of their love affair. Read More...

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Vin DieselWhen your name is Vin Diesel, you have two "Fast and Furious" installments under your belt, and a video game is designed around your heroic visage, the chances are good that you'll nab the leading part when it's turned into a movie. So, Variety's announcement that Vin Diesel will be starring in Paramount's game-to-film adaptation of "The Wheelman" should really come as a surprise to no one. However, it is news that John Singleton will direct, although given his past work on "2 Fast, 2 Furious" that might not be surprising either!

The game (and the movie) has Diesel playing an expert driver who comes out of retirement to protect a woman from his past. He ends up in Barcelona, caught in the middle of a gang war, which encourages a lot of guns, explosions, and Diesel grimness. Read More...

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Keanu ReevesEveryone knows Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Even if you've never read it, you know the story purely from the way the names have become shorthand for a split personality. So, when you think of actors who can embody a split between ferocious and mild, you probably think of Russell Crowe or Christian Bale, perhaps even Hugh Jackman or Brad Pitt. You would probably not think of the laconic Keanu Reeves. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, that's who is taking on the role of the man with two personalities.

Reeves will star in Universal's new adaptation "Jekyll," which is being directed by Nicolas Winding Refn ("Bronson") and boasts a script by Justin Haythe ("Revolutionary Road"). Read More...

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Katie HolmesKatie Holmes generally gets more press for being the wife of Tom Cruise than she does for her movie choices, but she may have finally landed on a role to regain her status as an actress. According to Variety, Holmes has signed on to star in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," a horror remake co-scripted, produced, and mentored by Guillermo del Toro. His protege (and former comic book artist) Troy Nixey will direct this as his feature film debut.

The film is based on a 1973 ABC made-for-television movie. The original centered Sally and her husband Alex, who inherit a mansion from her deceased grandmother. Creepy things begin to happen once she uncovers a bricked up fireplace. Hideous little creatures begin to torment her, and her husband becomes convinced that she's having a nervous breakdown. Read More...

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Ken Watanabe in 'Batman Begins'Christopher Nolan has recruited another familiar face from Gotham City. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Batman Begins" actor Ken Watanabe will reunite with Christopher Nolan (and fellow "Begins" actor Cillian Murphy) for "Inception," Nolan's mysterious follow-up to "The Dark Knight."

He's not the only new castmember. Tom Hardy ("RocknRolla") has also signed on, joining Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard. Not surprisingly, the plot still remains under wraps, but THR reveals that Watanabe will be playing the film's villain, a man who is attempting to blackmail DiCaprio. Hardy will be playing a member of DiCaprio's "team," which should put him together with grad student Page and Gordon-Levitt. Murphy's role is still unspecified. Read More...

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