Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway is a brave woman. Not only is she tackling the daunting task of portraying the legendary Judy Garland, she's doing it on two fronts. According to Variety, Hathaway has signed to portray Garland onstage and onscreen in an adaptation of Gerald Clark's biography "Get Happy" for The Weinstein Company. It's not clear which will go into production first, but they are toying with the idea of starting with a film, and using the same director for both projects.

The combination of Clark's book and Hathaway's involvement is already attracting directors, screenwriters, and songwriters eagerly lining up to help Hathaway (in the words of studio VP Ben Famiglietti) "put her own stamp" on Garland's story. Read More...

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'Twilight'If you follow Stephenie Meyer's official website, you might have already heard this news, but we're bringing it to you anyway. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Weitz has cast the Wolf Pack for "New Moon", all of whom will make their big screen debut in the "Twilight" sequel.

Joining the humans of Forks, Washington (and fellow werewolf Taylor Lautner) in their fight against the vampires will be: Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman. All the actors are of Native American descent, with Sioux, Purepecha and Hualapai being the tribes represented among the new cast members. That's a good thing for fans of the series and the Native American community, and it's been one of the major perks of the "Twilight" name. The series is a big enough draw that Summit can focus on casting the characters appropriately rather than landing big star power. Read More...

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Mary J. BligeTyler Perry wastes no time counting his box office earnings, or contemplating deals. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's already begun shooting "I Can Do Bad All By Myself", mere weeks after Perry and Lionsgate decided it would be his next film.

Obviously, Madea alone does not a film make, so Perry has brought Mary J. Blige on board to keep the already cast Taraji P. Henson company. (It takes Grammy wins and Oscar nominations to share the screen with Madea these days!) Blige will be playing a nightclub manager and singer, which means she'll probably land some of the musical numbers featured in Perry's original play. Read More...

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Sarah SilvermanConsidering the past year has already seen news of a "Monopoly" movie and a franchise based on the once popular "Stretch Armstrong" toy, you can probably understand why I thought this indie drama would actually be about Just Born's Peeps candy.

It's not (and I don't know whether to be disappointed or relieved) but what it does have is a pretty cool comedic line-up. Sarah Silverman, Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), and Ben Schwartz ("I Hate Valentine's Day")are all attached to "Peep World," a indie comedy directed by Barry Blaustein ("The Ringer") and produced by Occupant Films. Read More...

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'If I Stay'Any perceived bad blood between Summit Entertainment and Catherine Hardwicke is officially a thing of the past, because according to Variety, she has officially signed to direct "If I Stay" for the studio. Hardwicke's name has been attached to the film since February, but rumors have swirled that her relationship with Summit was too contentious to make the deal final.

But according to Summit's president Erik Feig, all those reports were unfounded: "When we were thinking of the perfect director to capture the emotion, grace and passion of this beautiful book, one filmmaker became the clear and only choice: Catherine Hardwicke," he said. Read More...

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Ben AffleckWe may be able to prop up our failing economy purely by the amount of films being made about it. The latest is John Wells' independent drama "The Company Men," which has just attracted Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones. They're joining Ben Affleck, who has been attached since last fall and can say he was doing economy-themed films before anyone else.

According to Variety, the film's theme is something we can all relate to -- the effect corporate downsizing has on those who are fired, and those left behind to keep it all running.

Affleck will play a corporate hotshot who loses everything (his Porsche, his enormous six figure salary, probably his friends and penthouse apartment too) after he's fired. Costner will play his brother-in-law, an ordinary guy who installs drywall, and gives his brother a construction job. Read More...

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Salma HayekAdam Sandler movies generally have big casts, but he's throwing caution to the wind on his latest project. Not only will it feature all the Happy Madison regulars (David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin James, and Chris Rock) together in one film for the first time, but he's snagged Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, and Colin Quinn just to keep things classy and sexy.

According to Variety, the untitled comedy centers on five best friends from high school who reunite after 30 years for a Fourth of July party. With these five guys, I think you can expect someone to be seriously injured by fireworks, and at least one of men to get naked (our money is on Schneider). Hayek and Rudolph will play the spouses of Sandler and Rock, respectively, while Quinn's role is unspecified. Read More...

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Jesse EisenbergChris Evans ("Fantastic Four") and Jesse Eisenberg ("Adventureland") are both generating a lot of buzz these days, and now the duio are teaming up for a dramatic project that might bump both to the next level. According to Variety, they've signed to star in "Kill Your Darlings", a drama about the violent beginning of the Beat Generation. Evans will play Beat poet Jack Kerouac, and Eisenberg will play Allen Ginsburg, alongside Ben Whishaw ("The International") who will play Lucien Carr.

The beginning of the Beat Generation is a bizarre and gruesome one. The group was brought together in New York by Carr, who was being dogged by a man named David Kammerer. Kammerer and Carr had known each other as children and teenagers, and Kammerer had become obsessed with Carr, stalking him throughout his university career. Descending more and more into madness by Carr's rejection, Kammerer eventually attacked Carr, and Carr stabbed him to death. Read More...

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J.J. AbramsJ.J. Abrams' trademark is...well, not to have one. From mysterious islands, to fringe science, to what he's done to "Star Trek," the man always keeps us guessing. So we shouldn't really be surprised when he decides to go a little mainstream and tackle an ordinary story of high stakes robbery in "The World's Biggest Diamond Heist."

Right now, Abrams is only set to produce the film for Paramount, but according to The Hollywood Reporterhe's reportedly interested in taking on the director's chair. He hasn't picked a post "Star Trek" project yet, though he's producing numerous projects through his Bad Robot shingle. A diamond heist seems a nice way to relax after exploring the final frontier, doesn't it? Read More...

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Catherine HardwickeWe know Catherine Hardwicke favors stories about teenagers, but her "Twilight" experience must have left a lasting love of the supernatural, because she's set to tackle another spooky series -- and it even has werewolves! According to The Hollywood Reporter, she is in talks to direct "Maximum Ride", a film based on James Patterson's five volume fantasy series. Don Payne ("Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer") is currently penning the screenplay and Patterson is on board as one of the producers.

The series centers around five teens (Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel) known as the Flock, who are normal in most respects except that they're genetically altered to be 2% bird. (Think wings, not beaks.) They grew up in a sinister lab called The Institute, learn to fly, and escape thanks to a kindly scientist. Read More...

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