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Crowe tapped for Robin Hood revision

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Crowe tapped for Robin Hood revision
Universal won a bidding war for a revisionist version of Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe as a good-guy Sherriff of Nottingham investigating a series of murders in which Robin Hood is the suspect. The script was penned by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, creators of Showtime’s Sleeper Cell. The writers’ share of the deal is reportedly well into seven figures, and sources say Crowe is getting $20 million against a 20 percent backend. Imagine Entertainment is producing. Ridley Scott, Bryan Singer, and Sam Raimi are being considered as director. The studio wants to start production by the end of 2007. (Hollywood Reporter)

Movie promotion stunt causes terrorism scare
An advertising stunt for Cartoon Network’s forthcoming Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie created a terrorism scare in Boston on Wednesday. Police and bomb squads were called when black circuit boards covered in LED lights were spotted near roads, bridges, and subway stops. A third-party street-marketing firm, Interference Inc., planted the devices — covered in flashing lights arranged to depict an image of an ATHF character — to get commuters’ attention. But people were concerned by the presence of mysterious flashing boxes with wires coming out of them and called the police, who shut down major arteries and bridges in and out of the city. The bomb squad even detonated one of the boxes. Police arrested and charged Peter Berdvosky, 27, and Sean Stevens, 28, on one felony charge of placing a hoax device and one charge of disorderly conduct. It is being reported that the same boxes have been planted in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, and Philadelphia for the past few weeks without incident. The ATHF movie is due out on March 23. (CBS)

Final Harry Potter book coming this July
The seventh and final installment of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will hit stores on July 21, just one week after the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth movie based on the books. It will be published as a children’s hardback, an adult hardback, a special gift edition, and an audio book on the same day. Since the first Potter book was published 10 years ago, the series has gone on to sell 325 million copies worldwide and been translated into 64 languages. (Reuters)

Molly Ivins dies at 62
Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins died on Wednesday after a battle with breast cancer. She was 62. The Texas-based writer, known for her liberal views and anti-Bush opinions, was published in more than 400 newspapers across the country. Her best-selling books included Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush and BUSHWHACKED: Life in George W. Bush’s America. (Variety)

Garrison was drunk and high during fatal crash
Police say that Prison Break star Lane Garrison should be charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI for Dec. 2 car crash that killed a 17-year-old and injured two 15-year-olds when the actor’s Land Rover jumped a curb. Cops said Garrison’s blood alcohol was 0.15%. California’s legal limit is 0.08%. A blood test also revealed he had cocaine in his system. No decision has been made as to what he will be charged with, but if convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter, Garrison faces up to 10 years of prison. (Hollywood Reporter)

Warner Bros. eyes Wonder Woman scrpit
Warner Bros. Pictures and Silver Pictures are reportedly interested in buying a Wonder Woman spec script from newcomers Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland. Warner and producer Joel Silver have been working on a Wonder Woman movie with Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, and it’s thought that they will buy the spec script to get it off the market and protect against similarities that could lead to future legal action. (Hollywood Reporter)

Gere, Lane re-team for romance novel adaptation
Unfaithful stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane will reunite for Nights in Rodanthe, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks romance novel. Gere will play a doctor who has a life-changing romance with a woman (Lane) who’s trying to decide whether to stay in her unhappy marriage. Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan will produce. Ken Hixon and Anne Peacock wrote the adapted script. Shooting is scheduled to start in May. (Variety)

Jordana Brewster to star in ABC’s Smith pilot
ABC tapped the actress (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Annapolis) to play the female lead in the pilot for the TV adaptation of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Brewster will play tough, smart, and beautiful Jane, the character portrayed by Angelina Jolie in the movie. (Hollywood Reporter)

House scores ratings on Idol coattails
Tuesday’s Fox telecast of House captured 7 million viewers and an 11.2 rating/27 share in adults 18-49. It followed American Idol, which won the night with 33.3 million viewers and a 13.3/33 in 18-49. House‘s season average was just 15.8 million for original episodes that did not run after Idol. (Hollywood Reporter)

Garner tapped for Christmas in Connecticut
Jennifer Garner will star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ remake of the 1945 holiday comedy. The original, directed by Peter Godfrey and starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, and Sydney Greenstreet, was about a cooking writer everyone thought was living on a farm in Connecticut with her family, when in reality she was a single woman living in New York. She was discovered when a holiday meal was planned at the farm. No writer has been assigned to the project. (Variety)

CBS greenlights eighth season of Big Brother
CBS will move ahead this summer with another season of the reality show. Arnold Shapiro has stepped down as executive producer and will now serve as an executive consultant, and Allison Grodner will take over as EP alongside Rich Meehan. (Variety)

Warner Bros. picks up Invaders script
The studio has acquired Invaders, a spec script from Jayson Rothwell about a thief forced by a rogue government agent to retrieve a video of the U.S. president having sex with the wife of an Arab sheik. Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road will produce with Mark Williams and Michael Pierce of Pierce/Williams Entertainment. (Hollywood Reporter)

Helms promoted on The Office
Ed Helms, who plays Andy on The Office, has been promoted to series regular. He had been recurring. (Hollywood Reporter)

IN THE GOSSIPS

Page Six: CNN is upset about a Fox News Channel ad that compares Anderson Cooper to Paris Hilton.

Rush & Molloy: Hillary Clinton was in rare comedic form at Sen. Chuck Schumers book party in Washington.

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