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John Krasinski-Drew Barrymore starring in 'Whales,' The Rock snags 'Protection' (Excess Hollywood)

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  • Universal Pictures has greenlit Whales, a film about the 1988 rescue of three whales in California starring John Krasinski and Drew Barrymore. Drew Barrymore? John Krasinski? Whales?! They are about one surprised kitty away from turning this into the most precious movie ever. [Deadline]
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been tapped to star in action thriller Protection, about a security operative who must smuggle a judge’s daughter to the border. That’s Mexico, not Taco Bell. [THR]
  • Summit Entertainment has nabbed distribution rights to Fair Game, which is based on outed CIA agent Valerie Plame’s memoir of the same name. Naomi Watts stars as Plame, which means she’ll be able to shed light on who’s tougher to deal with: Scooter Libby or Samara. [Variety]
  • According to a press release from EPIX, Oliver Stone and Bruce Wagner will develop a one-hour series, Still Holding, which will follow three characters’ lives in L.A., and explore love and the consequences “of holding on and letting go.” That’s what she said?