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The Deal Report: October 20, 2006

The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

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MOVIES
+ Wolverine’s steamin’ it up! Hugh Jackman will produce and star in The Tourist, a thriller about a meek accountant (Ewan McGregor) introduced to a sex club by a magnetic lawyer (Jackman). Michelle Williams will costar as an object of McGregor’s desire. ”Her name is never revealed — she’s ‘S,’ as in sexy,” laughs Jackman. ”I sound like a really cheesy producer, don’t I?” Never.

+ Storm’s stumpin’ for votes! Halle Berry will tackle Class Act, a true story about a (white) sixth-grade teacher whose students help her run for Congress. Notes producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas: ”[The teacher’s] skin color was irrelevant, so who was I to make it relevant?”