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Ruffalo, Hawke, Peet in ''Real Men''

Plus: Greg Berlanti directing DC’s ”Green Lantern” movie, Grand Ole Opry star Porter Wagoner dead at 80, Cheryl Hines making directorial debut with Adrienne Shelly script, and more…

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Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo
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Trio team for crime drama
Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, and Amanda Peet will star together in the Brian Goodman-directed autobiographical crime drama Real Men Cry for Yari Film Group. The story is about childhood friends Paulie (Hawke) and Brian (Ruffalo) who are forced to survive on the streets of South Boston through a life of petty thievery. They join a local gang of criminals, but Brian struggles to cope with his work while maintaining a relationship with Paulie, his wife (Peet), and his son. The project marks Goodman’s feature directorial debut. He previously acted in a number of films, including Munich and The Last Castle. Ruffalo’s character is based on a friend of Goodman’s who is currently serving 100 years in prison for armed robbery. Goodman himself also served time in prison and has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. ”I sat down with Mark and Ethan and told them, ‘You are two on a very short list of men who could’ve been in films 35 years ago, when men were men,”’ Goodman said. Ruffalo next appears in Blindness, Margaret, and The Brothers Bloom. Hawke appears in Tonight at Noon and Daybreakers. Peet next appears in Martian Child. (Hollywood Reporter)

Berlanti directing Green Lantern
Writer/director Greg Berlanti has been tapped to helm Warner Bros.’ live-action adaptation of DC Comics’ Green Lantern. Berlanti will also write the script with Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green. The story is about second-generation test pilot Hal Jordan, an ordinary man who has been charged with defending a sector of the universe. Berlanti has served as writer and executive producer on the TV series Dirty Sexy Money, Brothers & Sisters, Everwood, Jack & Bobby, and Dawson’s Creek. He previously directed the 2000 feature The Broken Hearts Club. Guggenheim works with Berlanti as a writer-producer on Brothers & Sisters and previously wrote the Marvel comicbooks Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Blade. Green is a co-executive producer on Heroes and worked with Berlanti on Everwood and Jack & Bobby. He also wrote Marvel Comics’ Superman/Batman and was a writer-producer on Smallville. (Variety)

Porter Wagoner dead at 80
Porter Wagoner, the rhinestoned, pompadoured Grand Ole Opry country star credited with helping to launch the career of Dolly Parton, died on Sunday (Oct. 28) at a Nashville hospice. He was 80. Wagoner survived an abdominal aneurysm in 2006, but was hospitalized again this month when his publicist said that he had lung cancer. Wagoner was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002, and he celebrated his 50th year in the Opry in May of this year. After years without a recording contract, he had just signed with ANTI- records, an eclectic Los Angeles label known for rock acts like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and Neko Case. Wagoner was perhaps best known for hiring a 21-year-old Parton as his duet partner in 1967. They were the Country Music Association’s duo of the year in 1970 and 1971, recording hit duets including ”The Last Thing on My Mind.” The two stopped dueting in 1974. Wagoner later sued Parton over $3 million in assets. They settled out of court in 1980 and Wagoner claimed they remained friendly throughout the dispute. Parton was present at the ceremony in May 2007 honoring Wagoner on his anniversary with the Opry. At the time, he called Parton ”one of my best friends today.” She also visited him in the hospital as he battled cancer. (Variety)

Hines making feature directorial debut on Shelly script
Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will make her feature directorial debut on the indie movie Serious Moonlight, based on a screenplay written by Adrienne Shelly. Shelly was murdered last year in New York. Moonlight is a dark comedy about a high-powered female attorney who learns that her husband is about to leave her for another woman. She prevents him from walking out by binding him to the toilet with duct tape, but her plan goes awry when her house is invaded by burglars. Shooting is scheduled to start in December. Shelly wrote Serious Moonlight after writing Waitress, in which she also starred alongside Keri Russell and Hines. The low-budget film has grossed more than $19 million. (Variety)

Gooding Jr. in Carter’s Way of War
Cuba Gooding Jr. will star as a paramilitary operative in The Way of War, a political action thriller directed by John Carter. Richie Salvatore of Two Sticks Prods., Dave Pomier, and Scott Schafer will produce from Schafer’s script. Schafer previously wrote Carter’s last directorial project, 2006’s Fatwa. Principal photography on War begins this week in Baton Rouge, La. (Hollywood Reporter)

Sci Fi premiering special Galactica episode in theaters
The Sci Fi Channel has teamed with Microsoft for a special two-hour episode of Battlestar Galactica that it will premiere in movie theaters in eight major cities two weeks before airing on the network. The episode, ”Razor,” kicks off the final 22-hour season of the series. The theater showings, which are free, will take place on Nov. 12 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, and Seattle. (Variety)

Seinfeld doing one-night hosting Spike Fereston
Jerry Seinfeld will host Saturday’s (Nov. 3) Talkshow With Spike Feresten, which airs at midnight following Mad TV, as part his promotion for the upcoming Bee Movie. Fereston, who wrote on Seinfeld and co-wrote on Bee, will serve as a ”guest” on his own show. (Variety)

Regent releasing Hilton romantic comedy in time for Valentine’s Day
Regent Releasing has picked up North American rights to the Paris Hilton vehicle The Hottie and the Nottie and is set to release the movie on Feb. 8, 2008, the week before Valentine’s Day. Hilton plays Cristabel Abbott in the Tom Putnam-directed movie, a girl obsessed over by Nate Cooper (Joel David Moore). To finally win her affections, Nate has to find a boyfriend for her less-than-beautiful friend June Phigg (Christine Lakin). (Hollywood Reporter)

Animal Planet greenlights Petfinder
Animal Planet is doing a weekly primetime series based on the pet adoption website Petfinder.com that will aim to connect families with pets at local shelters. Animal Planet acquired the Petfinder site last year. The 13-part series will be co-hosted by wildlife expert Jarod Miller and celebrity dog trainer Dina Zaphiris, who will attempt to match people with pets that best suit their personal lifestyles. The show will contain comedic and dramatic elements as it delves into the stories of the families looking for pets and the animals themselves. It is set to debut first-quarter 2008. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV Guide Network airing day-after Kimmel repeats
TV Guide Network has signed a deal with ABC that will have the channel air episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live the day after their initial late-night broadcast. TV Guide has quietly been airing the reruns at 7 p.m. since Oct. 21. (Hollywood Reporter)

Williams starring in Moodysson’s Mammoth
Michelle Williams will star alongside Gael Garcia Bernal as one-half of a New York couple facing a crisis in Lukas Moodysson’s (Container) drama Mammoth. The movie is Moodysson’s first English-language film. It starts shooting in Thailand on Nov. 5 before moving on to the Philippines, Sweden and New York. (Variety)

Van Peebles directing his sci fi screenplay
Mario Van Peebles will direct his sci-fi screenplay The Uniter, about the journey of a political fugitive who escapes from the future to teach a 13-year-old how to use his powers to unite the warring factions of the world. Van Peebles has been developing the story for the past several years based on inspiration from his travels in India and the mythology of the Aztec calendar terminating in 2012. Don Kushner and Brad Wyman (Monster) are producing. Shooting is scheduled to start in January. (Variety)


NY Daily News: A tearful Oprah Winfrey begged for forgiveness Sunday (Oct. 28) as she met the parents of students at her all-girls academy, which has been accused of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.

Rush & Molloy: A lawyer claims that Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne and her sisters Kathleen, Cindy, and Tara have not received millions of dollars due to them for the song ”Ring of Fire,” which has been covered by groups as diverse as Blondie and Social Distortion.