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Cruise, Stiller doing Hardy Boys movie

Plus: Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Enron film, Grammys score decent ratings for CBS, Jennifer Garner tapped for Universal comedy, and more…

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Cruise, Stiller to star in Hardy Boys movie
Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller will play the leads in 20th Century Fox’s The Hardy Men, an action-comedy based on the Hardy Boys mystery novels. Shawn Levy will direct. The movie is about the Hardy Boys, after they’ve grown up and gone on to live separate lives, coming together one last time to solve a case. Stiller will produce with his Red Hour partner Stuart Cornfeld, along with Robert Kosberg, who owned the original Hardy Boys rights and first brought the project to Red Hour eight years ago. Production is scheduled to start some time next year. Stiller and Cruise are also discussing a potential team-up for Tropic Thunder, the movie Stiller is directing for DreamWorks. That movie is being distributed by Paramount, the studio that publicly cut ties with Cruise last year. (Variety)

DiCaprio tapped for Enron movie
Warner Bros. has signed Leonardo DiCaprio to star in its upcoming movie about the collapse of energy company Enron. DiCaprio also will produce. The movie will be an adaptation of New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald’s book Conspiracy of Fools. Warner is finalizing a deal to acquire rights. DiCaprio will play a new employee at Enron who slowly comes to see the corruption and greed within the Houston-based company, which went bankrupt in 2001. (Variety)

Grammys up in ratings this year
Ratings for the Grammys were up more than 15 percent this year compared to last year’s record low numbers, winning Sunday night for CBS. The 49th Annual Grammys averaged an 8.3 rating/20 share in adults 18-49 and 20.1 million viewers overall from 8 to 11:30 p.m. The 8.3 in 18-49 puts the Grammys ahead of other award shows this season: the Golden Globes on NBC (6.5), the Country Music Assn. Awards on ABC (5.4), and the American Music Awards (4.7), also on the ABC. (Variety)

Jennifer Garner signs onto Universal comedy
Garner has partnered with Stuber/Parent’s Scott Stuber and Mary Parent to produce and possibly star in Devil in the Junior League for Universal. The story, an adaptation of Linda Francis Lee’s book, is about a stuffy Southern socialite whose husband takes her money and disappears with another woman. She hires a lawyer who agrees to help her in exchange for helping his flashy, uncouth wife get into the Junior League. (Variety)

Silverman and Battlestar get renewals
Comedy Central has renewed The Sarah Silverman Program for a second season, and Sci Fi Channel has given a fourth season pickup to Battlestar Galactica. Silverman‘s premiere attracted 1.8 million viewers, the most in an original Comedy Central debut since the Drawn Together premiere got 2.2 million in 2004. Battlestar‘s midseason premiere on Jan. 21 scored well, but the show’s overall numbers are down slightly this season over last. (Hollywood Reporter)

Lionsgate acquires rights to new video game
Lionsgate has acquired rights to Eidos Interactive’s Kane & Lynch, which has not yet been released. The game’s story pairs characters Kane and Lynch after they meet on death row and are attacked and kidnapped by Kane’s former team, who force them to uncover a stolen fortune Kane has hidden. Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter will produce. Howard Sun will co-produce. Edios also partnered with the producers for the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Hitman, which stars Timothy Olyphant. (Variety)

Reese Witherspoon switches agencies
The actress has left Endeavor after one year and is now signed with CAA. It is her second move since the retirement of former agent Steve Dontanville, who discovered and hired the actress when she was 13. It is unclear why she decided to switch. (Variety)

The Police make it official
The Police have (finally) announced that they are officially reuniting for a summer tour to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their hit ”Roxanne.” The global tour will start on May 28 in Vancouver. Tickets will average about $100. (Hollywood Reporter)

Jimmy Smits tapped for CBS pilot
Smits will star in and executive produce a new, as-yet untitled drama pilot for CBS from Cynthia Cidre. The show is about three generations of a powerful Latin American family in South Florida who work in the rum business. Smits will play an outsider given control of the business by the family’s ailing patriarch. Smits has also set up two additional projects through a deal with ABC TV Studio: a drama from filmmaker Todd Robinson at FX and a miniseries from Gregory Nava at ABC. (Hollywood Reporter)

Tiki Barber lands deal at NBC Universal
Retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber is joining both NBC Sports as an analyst and NBC News as a contributor to Today. News Corp. and Walt Disney were also interested in signing the ex-football star, who just retired last month after his 10th season with the Giants. Barber had been a co-host of Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends once a week. (Hollywood Reporter)

Sony acquires Afterworld
Sony Pictures Television International has exclusively acquired all international TV, Internet, digital sell-through, gaming, and mobile rights to Afterworld, a futuristic animated drama. The story is about Russell Shoemaker, a man who wakes up in New York after an inexplicable global event renders technology useless and 99 percent of the population missing, and is compelled to walk to Seattle in the faint hope that his wife and child have survived. The series, created by Emmy-nominated producer Stan Rogow and writer Brent Friedman (Mortal Kombat 2), is also a centerpiece of Bud.TV, Anheuser-Busch’s new online network. (Hollywood Reporter)

Goldwyn brings Goya’s Ghosts Stateside
Samuel Goldwyn Films picked up Milos Forman’s Goya’s Ghosts, starring Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, and Stellan Skarsgard as Spanish artist Francisco Goya, for North American distribution. It’s set to release this summer. (Hollywood Reporter)

Lillard, Ramirez join Flipzide comedy
Matthew Lillard (The Groomsman) and Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite) will star in Flipzide Studios’ American Summer, a comedy about a pool boy and gardener who take over a Beverly Hills mansion and become pimps. J.B. Rogers (American Pie 2) will direct. (Hollywood Reporter)

Steve Harris, Michelle Ryan land pilots
Steve Harris (The Practice, Heist) will star in CBS’ drama pilot Protect and Serve. The series is about street cops in Los Angeles. Harris will play a seasoned cop who is imposing but not physically fit. Meanwhile, British actress Michelle Ryan (BBC’s East Enders) has landed the title role on NBC’s drama pilot The Bionic Woman. (Hollywood Reporter)

Robbie Williams enters rehab
The British pop musician has checked into a U.S. facility for treatment for addiction to prescription drugs, according to his publicist. The former member of hit boy band Take That has a history of addictions. (Reuters)

IN THE GOSSIPS

Page Six: Newspapers report that Ralph Fiennes attempted to join the mile-high club with a Qantas flight attendant.

Cindy Adams: Zsa Zsa Gabor was devastated by husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt’s claim that he fathered Anna Nicole Smith’s baby.

Liz Smith: When asked to fly coach for a tight-budget film shoot, Mariah Carey bought out the entire economy section and flew alone.

Ben Widdicombe: P. Diddy was seen screaming obscenities at Naomi Campbell at a Grammys after-party.

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