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New projects for Jennifer Aniston and Hugh Jackman

Get the scoop on new projects for Jennifer Aniston, Hugh Jackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and others

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Jennifer Aniston will produce and possibly star in Counter Clockwise, a film about real-life Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, known for a study in which she reversed the signs of aging in a group of volunteers by leading them to believe they were, in fact, younger. Sounds like an actor’s dream! (Hollywood Reporter, 10/18)

Atlas Shrugged has found its screenwriter: Lionsgate has hired Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace to take on adapting the massive Ayn Rand novel for the big-screen Angelina Jolie project. (Hollywood Reporter, 10/18)

— Those of you who laughed out loud at the recently released trailer for Norbit (you know who you are) rejoice, for Eddie Murphy is set to reteam with Norbit‘s director, Brian Robbins, for Starship Dave, about a team of tiny human-like aliens whose captain and starship both happen to resemble Eddie Murphy. Filming is scheduled to begin on the 20th Century Fox project in March. (Variety, 10/17)

Diane Lane will take on Untraceable, a thriller about an FBI agent who specializes in Internet predators. Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear, Hart’s War) will direct the project for Sony’s Screen Gems arm and Lakeshore Entertainment. (Hollywood Reporter, 10/17)


— CBS just snagged the rights to a pilot for Viva Blackpool, a drama Hugh Jackman will produce with Huff creator Bob Lowry based on a hit BBC miniseries. The show would follow an el-cheapo casino owner who dreams of becoming the next Steve Wynn and opening his own Vegas Strip super-deluxe resort — and expressing that desire through spontaneous song-and-dance numbers. Looks like someone’s still got that Broadway bug! (Hollywood Reporter, 10/18)

— Celebrity environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is developing E-Topia, a reality television series about a U.S. town that gets completely made over into an environmentally friendly municipality. The project, which DiCaprio is producing through his company Appian Way, has yet to land a network. (Hollywood Reporter, 10/17)