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Eva Mendes joins ''Spirit'' cast

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Eva Mendes cast in Frank Miller’s The Spirit
The actress joins Scarlett Johansson, Gabriel Macht, and Samuel L. Jackson in the anticipated movie, based on a classic Will Eisner comic and directed by Frank Miller. Mendes will play femme fatale Sand Sareef, who dated the crime-fighting hero as a teenager but broke from him after his uncle accidentally killed her father. In other Spirit-related news, Bill Pope (the Matrix trilogy) has been signed as cinematographer. (Hollywood Reporter)

Foxy Brown is sent to jail
The rapper (real name Inga Marchand) was remanded to state custody by a Manhattan judge for violating probation following two recent, separate incidents. Over the past few days, Brown has been charged with assaulting a neighbor (with a BlackBerry) and with several traffic violations (police in New Jersey pulled Brown over for allegedly running a stop sign, talking on a cell phone while driving, driving with a suspended license, etc.). Brown has been ordered to remain in jail until a hearing date on Sept. 5. (AP via People.com)

Michael Bay retracts position on HD TV, Transformers 2
The director, initially angry over Paramount’s decision to release its high-def DVDs strictly in the HD DVD format (as opposed to Blu-ray), expressed his displeasure on his personal website on Tuesday, saying, ”No Transformers 2 for me!” But by Tuesday night, the director had removed that post and filed another backing off from that statement: ”Last night at dinner I was having dinner with three Blu-Ray owners, they were pissed about no Transformers Blu-Ray and I drank the kool aid hook line and sinker,” Bay wrote. ”So at 1:30 in the morning I posted — nothing good ever comes out of early am posts mind you — I over reacted…. So I think I might be back on to do Transformers 2!” (Variety and MichaelBay.com)

Amy Winehouse postpones North American tour
After scrapping dates in Europe due to ”health issues,” the ”Rehab” singer has now postponed her North American tour, which had been scheduled to begin Sept. 8 in Toronto. ”Amy has been ordered to rest and is working with medical professionals to address her health,” her American label, Universal, said in a statement. The shows are expected to be rescheduled for early ’08, but ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase. (Billboard)

Get ready for revisionist take on Wizard of Oz
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures are teaming to re-tell L. Frank Baum’s classic story, based on an idea from Todd MacFarlane that was fleshed out by screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence). The new Oz is expected to be darker in tone, though likely not as dark as what MacFarlane — the creator of Spawn and a line of Oz toys that had Dorothy looking like ”some bondage queen,” according to Olson — had in mind. ”I want this to be Harry Potter dark, not Seven dark,” Olson said. (Variety)

New Mexico attorney general’s office warned CBS about Kid Nation
Documents obtained by the New York Times show that CBS, a lawyer for whom has denied receiving any notice that the reality show might be in violation of child labor laws, did indeed receive a written warning from a New Mexico assistant attorney general. Kid Nation, scheduled to debut Sept. 19, filmed what happens when 40 children are left to their own devices in a ”ghost town” they must transform into a new society. The show has been under much scrutiny; after production ended in mid-May, one parent complained to state officials that the children were treated poorly (four kids were treated after accidentally drinking bleach, another was burned by hot grease, and many are said to have worked 14 hours a day or longer). (The New York Times)

Disney picks up Tim Allen movie
The actor, who recently starred in the wildly successful Wild Hogs for Disney, will star in the comedy Brothers, about a racially mixed pair of adopted siblings who are framed for a crime. (Variety)

Joey Fatone tapped for red-carpet coverage
The former ‘N Sync member and current host of NBC’s The Singing Bee has been hired by the TV Guide Channel to cohost its red-carpet awards-show coverage, starting with Sept. 16’s Emmys. He joins another former cast member of Dancing With the Stars: Lisa Rinna. (Variety)

Dylan, Costello team up for fall tour
Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello will play 13 dates together, beginning Sept. 22 in Duluth, Ga., and traveling up and down the East Coast. Presale tickets for some of those shows are available now on Dylan’s website. (Billboard)

FX greenlights Ryan Murphy pilot
A new show from the creator of Nip/Tuck, 4 oz. (co-created by writer Brad Falchuk) is imagined as a four-season drama following a married father who becomes a transsexual. The show marks Brad Pitt’s first foray into television — he’ll exec-produce, along with Dede Gardner. (Variety)

Digital music wars heat up
More competition for iTunes: Shortly after Wal-Mart announced it would begin selling downloads on its website sans copy-protection software, three companies have joined forces to form a new digital music service. MTV Networks, RealNetworks, and Verizon Wireless have integrated their current services into a single company called Rhapsody America. An exact launch date has yet to be announced, but MTV plans to get behind it with a big marketing push, beginning with Sept. 9’s VMAs. (Hollywood Reporter)

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