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Excess Hollywood: John Woo tackles 3-D, John Cusack will play Poe

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  • John Cusack has been cast as Edgar Allen Poe in the fictional thriller The Raven, which will be directed by Ninja Assassin‘s James McTeigue. The story will follow the finale five days of the writer’s life, when he goes in search of a Poe-inspired serial killer, and a way to get the raven to just stop quothing Say Anything… already. [THR]
  • Face/Off director John Woo will make his IMAX debut with his next film, the WWII-set Flying Tigers (hooray for evolution!), IMAX Corporation announced in a press release.
  • In scrumtrulescent news: Recent Emmy winner Betty White is set to appear on Inside the Actor’s Studio this fall. [Access Hollywood]
  • Frank Langella has been tapped to lead the jury for this year’s Zurich Film Festival, while Isabella Rossellini will head the jury for the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival. [Variety, Variety]
  • Michael Rapaport, Mary McCormack, Kelly Osbourne, B.J. Britt, Ed Asner, and Carol Cane have joined the cast of Should’ve Been Romeo, an indie comedy that follows a potato chip pitchman who is faced with sudden unemployment and a visit from his grandfather. Hey, there’s always money in Chipotlaway. [Variety]