Matthew McConaugheyOnce upon a time, Matthew McConaughey was known more for playing brainy Southern lawyers than living his life half-naked and happy-go-lucky. But he's returning to the world of legal briefs and thrillers, as he's signed on to star in Lakeshore Entertainment's "The Lincoln Lawyer."

According to Variety, the film is based on Michael Connolly's 2005 bestseller. The story centers on a low-level criminal defense lawyer named Mickey Haller, who finds himself representing a wealthy client named Louis Roulet against assault charges. Read More...

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Tobey MaguireWhile he waits for "Spider-Man 4” to get underway, Tobey Maguire has been anything but idle. His production company picked up the rights to "Good People" and a remake of "Robotech," both of which he may take roles in. Now he's getting behind the wheel for "The Limit," a true-life tale of rival Grand Prix drivers.

Maguire will star as Phil Hill, the only American driver to ever win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship, and who went up against his good friend and Ferrari teammate Wolfgang von Trips in the 1961 race. Read More...

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Emma StoneEmma Stone may have played second fiddle to Anna Faris in "The House Bunny," but she's becoming a comedic leading lady in her own right ... even if she has to brand herself to do it. According to Variety, she's nabbed the lead in Screen Gems' "Easy A", a high-school retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter."

Directed by Will Gluck ("Fired Up") and boasting a script from New York playwright Bert. V. Royal, "Easy A" centers on a high school student who decides being known as a slut is the way to go. She decides to feign being promiscuous, but her life begins to mimic that of Hester Prynne, Hawthorne's famous "scarlet woman." Read More...

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Queen LatifahDisney may have given up on a physical therapist Cinderella, but Fox Searchlight didn't, and now Queen Latifah will be putting on the nurse's scrubs and hoping for romance in "Just Wright."

According to Variety, the modern day fairytale centers on a physical therapist who is assigned to help a star basketball player recover from an injury. Naturally, with all that close contact, she falls in love with him. Hey, they don't call it physical therapy for nothing. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Read More...

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'The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero'While vampires are immortal, the "Twilight" books are not, and it won't be too long before Summit needs a replacement for Edward and Bella. It might be none other than legendary magician Harry Houdini. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Summit has optioned William Kalush and Larry Sloman's controversial biography "The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero" with an eye to adapting it not as a biopic, but an action movie.

The studio is planning to rewrite Houdini as a character who is part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes, and exciting enough to launch his own franchise, says the report. Read More...

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Uma ThurmanChris Columbus may have left the "Harry Potter" series far behind, but he's clearly still hungry for a sprawling fantasy franchise. He's set to start filming "Percy Jackson", a big screen adaptation of Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, and while he's lined up Logan Lerman to play the title role, he needs some Olympians.

The chance to play a god has attracted some appealing names, because Variety , reports that Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, and Sean Bean have joined the cast as Greek gods. Read More...

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'The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft'FROM SPLASH PAGE: When it comes to adapting anything associated with horror master H.P. Lovecraft, the first name to pop into your mind probably isn't Ron Howard. Nevertheless, that's who's interested in tackling Image Comics' graphic novel "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft," which is set to hit shelves this April.

According to Variety, Universal and Imagine Entertainment have bought the rights to the novel, and are planning it as a potential director's vehicle for Howard.

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Tom CruiseTom Cruise and Cameron Diaz just might save James Mangold's romantic comedy from expiring forever. According to Variety, the actors are in talks to join a Fox comedy that has changed titles and casts a few times over already.

Now untitled, but once known as "Trouble Man" and "Wichita", the story centers on that romantic comedy staple: a woman who has terrible luck with men. A blind date introduces her to a handsome and mysterious man, and their paths end up intertwined. From the old "Trouble Man" title, I'm guessing that "paths intertwined" isn't in the star crossed, Edward and Bella sense, but in something a little more dangerous or weird. Read More...

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Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom may have kept a lower profile after "Pirates of the Caribbean" than his costars, but he's making up for it this year. He's in the middle of filming Mark Ruffalo's "Sympathy for Delicious" which has him playing a hard rock singer, and he's playing a border guard in the sci-fi thriller "The Cross." Now he's looking to join the ensemble cast of "Main Street," adapted from one of Horton Foote's final screenplays.

Andrew McCarthy, Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson and Colin Firth are already signed to star in the indie drama, which will be directed by John Doyle. Read More...

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Tom HanksThe lure of the toys-into-movies trend is such that not even Tom Hanks is immune! According to Variety, Hanks is set to play 1970s action figure Major Matt Mason in a Universal live action movie. Graham Yost is writing the script, and Hanks will produce under his Playtone banner.

Unlike "Transformers" or "Stretch Armstrong," Matt Mason isn't a figure a lot of us played with, as he was originally developed in the 1960s to ride the NASA buzz. Read More...

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