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Heigl lands another big screen comedy

Plus: Bill Fishman doing ”Dolemite” remake, Carol Burnett sues Fox over ”Family Guy” episode, ”Transformers” crew reteams for new sci-fi drama, and more…

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Heigl starring in Spyglass comedy
Grey’s Anatomy‘s Katherine Heigl has been tapped to star in 27 Dresses, a romantic comedy directed by Anne Fletcher (Step Up). Scripted by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), the story is about a single woman (Heigl) who has been a bridesmaid 27 times. She is enlisted as bridesmaid again for her sister, who is is marrying the man she is madly in love with. Production is slated for May, after the actress finishes shooting Grey’s. Heigl chose the project after being courted for several films following the positive buzz on her upcoming movie Knocked Up, directed by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin). (Variety)

Bill Fishman reviving Dolemite
Bill Fishman’s (Desperate But Not Serious, Tapeheads) Fallout Entertainment purchased remake rights and will direct a new movie based on the 1975 blaxploitation film Dolemite. The creator and original portrayer of the title character, stand-up comedian Rudy Ray Moore, will executive produce and may also appear in the movie. In the 1975 version, Dolemite is an ex-con who joins forces with a number of colorful allies, such as a group of kung-fu fighting girls, to try and get back control of his nightclub. Fishman, who will direct, has reportedly begun the casting process and has spoken to number of comedy and hip-hop stars, including Snoop Dogg. He hopes to begin production by the fall. (Hollywood Reporter)

Carol Burnett sues Fox over Family Guy character
Burnett has filed a $2 million copyright infringement suit against 20th Century Fox claiming that an April 2006 episode of Family Guy included her cleaning woman character without permission. In the episode, a character says that ”Carol Burnett works part-time as a janitor” and then shows a woman dressed like Burnett’s Charwoman character with a mop and pail, according to the lawsuit. The suit claims that Fox refused to edit the episode and remove the scene. ”Family Guy, like The Carol Burnett Show, is famous for its pop culture parodies and satirical jabs at celebrities,” said 20th Century Fox Television spokesman Chris Alexander. ”We are surprised that Ms. Burnett, who has made a career of spoofing others on television, would go so far as to sue Family Guy for a simple bit of comedy.” (Variety)

Transformers team taking on new sci-fi project
Michael Bay, director of the upcoming Transformers movie, will reteam with Transformers writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for Warner Bros.’ 2012, a sci-fi drama based on Whitley Strieber’s upcoming book of the same name. The story is about an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe and makes contact with his double in order to stop an apocalypse foreseen by the ancient Mayans. Kurtzman and Orci are also the writers for J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek movie for Paramount. (Variety)

Thicke to score urban drama starring his wife
R&B artist Robin Thicke is working out a deal to write his first movie score for This Wednesday, which will star his wife Paula Patton (Deja Vu, Idlewild) as Wednesday, a female pimp struggling to survive on the streets of Philadelphia. Writer-director Christine Crokos based the story on the real-life story of a woman from Atlanta. Shooting is scheduled to begin later this year. (Hollywood Reporter)

Filmstreet doing movie on first Beatles’ Apple Music band
Peter Foldy’s Filmstreet Prods. is developing a movie about Focal Point, the first band to sign onto the Beatles Apple Music label. The story is based on the upcoming book written by band member Paul Tennant, All You Need Is Luck… or How I Got a Record Deal by Meeting Paul McCartney. The tome is about how Tennant and his bandmates chased McCartney into London’s Hyde Park and talked him into letting them record a demo, then got a deal after John Lennon and Brian Epstein heard the group play. Foldy wrote the script and hopes to begin shooting in September. He says he’d like Paul McCartney’s endorsement. (Variety)

YouTube launches first annual video awards
YouTube is launching its inaugural video awards this week honoring videos from 2006 in categories for most creative, most inspirational, best series, best comedy, musician of the year, best commentary, and most adorable. Approximately 10 nominees will be announced on Monday for each category. Winners will be determined by user votes with real-time tallies on display through Friday, when voting closes. (Variety)

MTV takes its series online
MTV has expanded its series to the Internet via its Daily Rage! website. The site features something of an online scavenger hunt that has users search for hidden icons on pages designed around various MTV shows that can win them cash or prizes. For example, the page inspired by Sweet 16, a program about extravagant parties, features graphics of a stretch Hummer limousine and private jet that users can explore to find gems that are worth points. (Hollywood Reporter)

Alex O’Loughlin, Columbus Short join Whiteout
O’Loughlin and Short will be featured alongside Kate Beckinsale in Dark Castle Entertainment’s Whiteout, directed by Dominic Sena. The story is based on Greg Rucka’s comic book miniseries about a U.S. marshal (Beckinsale) assigned to investigate a murder in Antarctica just three days before the continent is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer. O’Loughlin will play a cocky pilot who gets into trouble with the marshal and Short will play a newbie pilot who befriends her. (Hollywood Reporter)

Jaime Ray Newman, Kathy Baker tapped for pilots
Jaime Ray Newman (Veronica Mars) has been cast in the title role in the CW’s drama pilot I am Paige Armstrong as a 20-something congressional aide who becomes so aggravated by her boss’ politicking that she decides to run against him. Kathy Baker (All the King’s Men) will co-star in CBS’ comedic drama pilot Babylon Fields as a suburban housewife in a town where the dead are resurrected and resume their former lives. The housewife and her daughter (Amber Tamblyn) are forced to face her abusive husband, whom they murdered with an axe. (Hollywood Reporter)


Page Six: More details about Phil Spector’s alleged history of abuse toward women have emerged as the music producer prepares to go on trial Monday for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Cindy Adams: Lindsay Lohan’s father, Michael, has plans to become a minister and write his autobiography now that he has been released from jail.