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The Deal Report: December 15, 2006

The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

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+ Glenn Close had such a good time bossing around Michael Chiklis on FX’s The Shield (we’re sure that Emmy nod didn’t hurt either) that she’s signed on with the network for her first TV pilot. In the yet-to-be-titled legal drama, Close stars as a charismatic civil litigator. ”We developed a part specifically for her,” says FX president John Landgraf, who says of Close’s long-term deal: ”Glenn’s never in her career signed a contract for six years.”

+ Crush-worthy Office star — and ubiquitous cameo maker (see: The Holiday, Dreamgirls, For Your Consideration) — John Krasinski will star as a football recruit in Universal’s Leatherheads, a 1920s romantic comedy. George Clooney, who’s also directing, costars as a coach who falls for his player’s fiancée (Renée Zellweger). ”He’s going to play Carter, the Blond Bullet,” says Clooney. ”Everything he does makes me laugh.” That George. Charming even while stealing your woman.