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Deal Report: April 8, 2011

This week’s movers and shakers: Ben Silverman, J.K. Rowling, and more

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Flight of the Conchords‘ Bret McKenzie has been cast as an elf in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. The New Zealand native appeared briefly (also as an elf) in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) will play Larry in the Farrelly brothers’ film version of The Three Stooges.

Wanda Sykes will guest-star as an eccentric judge on a season 3 episode of the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva.

Ex — NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman’s production company is teaming up with NBC for the reality competition Fashion Star.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is reportedly ”actively looking” at options for first-ever ebook versions of the series.

Mexican actor-singer Diego Boneta will star as aspiring rocker Drew Boley in the big-screen adaptation of Rock of Ages.