- Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman have been attached to star in a Paramount romantic comedy based on the newly released book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry. Paramount acquired the rights to the novel Tuesday night. Pitt and Portman are set to produce the film through their own banners. (Variety)
- Audrina Patridge has become the latest star to announce she’s leaving The Hills. She’s inked a deal with Mark Burnett to do her own spinoff, which will soon be pitched to networks. Meanwhile, since MTV says they “don’t see an end in sight” for The Hills, does this mean the next season will be all about Heidi and Spencer? Someone save us… (THR)
- Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to play Mother Nature in Walden Media’s untitled comedy being written by Sex and the City scribe Jenny Bicks. Walden is fast-tracking it for a summer shoot in L.A. while Ellen’s show is on hiatus. (THR)
- Lionsgate has acquired North American distribution rights to the action-thriller From Paris With Love, starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The film was written and directed by the men behind Taken: Pierre Morel and Luc Besson.
- Alfre Woodard has joined Fox’s Maggie Hill drama pilot about a surgeon with schizophrenia. Woodard will play the head of cardiothoracic surgery and Maggie’s mentor. (THR)
- Sony has acquired an untitled romantic comedy penned by The Break-Up writer Jeremy Garelick, who’s also set to direct the film. Neal Moritz will produce the movie about best friends whose kids fall in love. (Variety)
- Scott Eastwood has joined the star-studded cast of the Nelson Mandela drama being directed by his dad, Clint, for Warner Bros. The film already features Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon and explores the real-life story of how Mandela worked with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team to unite the country after apartheid. The younger Eastwood will play a member of the rugby team. (THR)
- Dan Harris, who co-wrote X-Men 2 and Superman Returns, is set to pen Universal’s live-action movie Dante’s Inferno, based on the Electronic Arts video game. (Variety)
- Step Brothers’ Adam Scott is set to star opposite Amy Adams in Spyglass’ romantic comedy Leap Year about a woman who travels to Ireland to propose to her boyfriend on February 29. Filming is set to begin this month. (Variety)
- Lionsgate has acquired worldwide rights to the film version of the futuristic young-adult novel The Hunger Games, a favourite of Twilight author Stephanie Meyer. The author Suzanne Collins is expected to pen the screenplay and Nina Jacobson is set to produce the film.
- Spike Lee’s Kobe Doin’ Work documentary about the Los Angeles Lakers star will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. (THR)
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