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The Deal Report: October 6, 2006

The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

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+ Angelina Jolie has hopped onto Lionsgate’s production of Ayn Rand‘s epic tome Atlas Shrugged. ”It’s not going to be your normal movie,” says producer Howard Baldwin (Ray), explaining that the perennial Hollywood what-if project will be ”two or three movies, or one fairly long movie.” Jolie will play the excellently named Dagny Taggart, an ambitious railroad exec searching for an enigmatic figure known as John Galt. There: 1,200 pages in about 20 words — take that, CliffsNotes!

+ Prefer witty pictures to dense prose? Cate Blanchett is on deck to play New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto in Cancer Vixen: A True Story. The graphic novel of the same name chronicles her high-fashion battle against breast cancer.