The news that\’s new from the Hi-Rollers in Hollywood!! Casting, Writer and Director attachments! From Variety, Hollywood Reporter, AP/Reuters. Sylvester Stallone is rumored to be in talks to take on the role of the lead villain in MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE 3. He may also appear in two other Tom Cruise projects, DEATHRACE 3000, and NOLAN\’S CADDILAC, which Cruise is producing. John Cusack is in final negotiations to star in THE RUNAWAY JURY, based on the best-seller by John Grisham. Naomi Watts of MULLHOLLAND DRIVE, may costar. Maria Bello has been signed to star opposite William H.Macy, Alec Baldwin and Shawn Hatosy in THE COOLER. James Gandolfini is actively lobbying for the part of Ralph Kramden in the big screen remake of THE HONEYMOONERS. Beyonce Knowles may take the female lead in Paramount Pictures\’ THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS which will star Cuba Gooding Jr. Tim Blake Nelson will join Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, and Patricia Arquette in HOLES, an adaptation of the children\’s book by Louis Sachar. Jeremy Northam joins the cast of THE SINGING DETECTIVE, along with Robert Downey Jr., Mel Gibson, and Robin Wright Penn. Writer Marc Lawrence is in talks to pen the sequel to Castle Rock \’s MISS CONGENIALITY. The sequel would see the return of Sandra Bullocks FBI agent with issues. Stephen Herek is in negotiations to helm AIR TIGHT for Castle Rock. The story is an action adventure dealing with a smooth ex-con, a neat freak, a helicopter thief and a black transsexual who pull off a major heist. Mark S.Walters is in final negotiations to helm a remake of FREAKY FRIDAY for Disney Studios. Charles Shyer will direct a remake of the 1966 Michael Caine comedy ALFIE, for Paramount Pictures. Shyer will also co-write the script with Elaine Pope. 20th Century Fox is finalizing plans on SERIOUSLY DUDE, WHERE\’S MY CAR? A sequel to last years comedy sleeper. Ashton Kutcher and Sean William Scott will both reprise their roles. George Armitage is negotiating for Directing duties on THE BIG BOUNCE, a crime caper based on the novel by Elmore Leonard. Warner Bros. is producing the film which will film in August. David Fincher will direct MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE 3 for Paramount Pictures. Robert Towne will return as screenwriter and Tom Cruise will star. This is said to be the final installment. Robin Hardy and Peter Snell, Director and Producer of 1973\’s cult horror classic THE WICKER MAN, are reteaming with star Christopher Lee for RIDING THE LADDIE which will also star Vanessa Redgrave and Sean Astin. The story follows two American evangelists who find danger when they preach door to door in Glasgow. Jon Favreau will rewrite and Direct ELF for New Line Cinema. The film will star Will Ferrel, who plays a man raised by elves at the north pole who is sent back to New York to find his real father. Revolution Studios has finally announced a title for the next Paul Thomas Anderson film. PUNCH_DRUNK LOVE stars Adam Sandler, Emily Watson and Anderson regulars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Luis Guzman. The production has been infamously secretive and no details on story or script have been verified. 71-year old Robert Duvall, took a serious fall while rehearsing horse-riding for his part in the upcoming western OPEN RANGE. The actor fractured several ribs, but was treated immediately and should recover in time for shooting, which begins June 3.

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