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The Deal Report: April 13, 2007

The biggest upcoming projects in entertainment

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MOVIES
+ The Departed‘s Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon can’t seem to shake the Irish, Massachusetts, or each other. They’re in talks to star as real-life Lowell, Mass., boxer ”Irish” Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his trainer brother (Damon) in The Fighter. Notes Damon: Director Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain) ”is saying everything I, or any actor, would want to hear. [Now] we’re waiting for a script.”

+ Tim Burton’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a go again, after getting derailed last June amid budget concerns and a script rewrite at the behest of lead Jim Carrey. ”This has been a long road,” says producer Ken Atchity, ”and we’re thrilled it’s on track.”

TELEVISION
+ FX has finally given Shield alum Glenn Close a show of her own — this summer’s legal thriller Damages. Close will play a high-stakes litigator who targets a billionaire CEO (Ted Danson). ”She’s extremely powerful,” says creator Todd A. Kessler, ”and very complicated.”