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Who's making deals in the week of February 10, 2006 -- The hottest upcoming projects in entertainment

By Dade Hayes
Updated February 03, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST
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SUNDANCE SPECIAL French director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), whose screwball fantasy The Science of Sleep sold for $6 million, is eyeing a mainstream comedy for his next project. While discussing the film with his agent, Gondry procured from his pocket a small head shot of an actor he wanted to cast. The guy in the photo? Terrence Howard… Sleep and Little Miss Sunshine were the fest’s big buys, while crossword doc Wordplay, terror thriller Right at Your Door, and addiction drama Half Nelson rang up modest deals. The Illusionist, a $17 million drama about a Viennese magician — with Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, and Paul Giamatti — generated buzz, but mostly back in Hollywood, where Universal is hammering out a deal… Robin Williams, star of the Miramax pickup The Night Listener, will play Teddy Roosevelt (!) opposite Ben Stiller in Night at the Museum… Amber Tamblyn is the next Sarah Michelle Gellar: She’ll take on the lead in The Grudge 2.

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