Deals: Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Steve Carell
-Following her turn as Harper Lee in Infamous (the forthcoming second Truman Capote biopic), Sandra Bullock (pictured) will play another real-life writer. She’s starring in a biopic of Peyton Place author Grace Metalious, whose dirt-dishing novel scandalized her suburban neighbors and ruined her life. Writing the screenplay is Running on Empty screenwriter Naomi Foner (a.k.a. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mom).
-Tom Hanks and son Colin are attached to costar in magician comedy The Great Buck Howard. Kevin Kline, who appeared in Orange County with Colin Hanks, may climb aboard as well.
-Juliette Binoche will play a woman loved by sibling rivals Steve Carell and Dane Cook in romantic comedy Dan in Real Life.
–Crouching Tiger: The Musical? The Weinsteins have purchased the stage rights to the martial-arts tale, as well as the movie rights to the other four novels in the Crane — Iron series (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the fourth of the five books) by Chinese author Wang Du Lu.
-Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) will star in Clint Eastwood’s Red Sun, Black Sand, the director’s companion piece to his forthcoming Iwo Jima drama Flags of Our Fathers, telling the story of the same battle from the Japanese point of view. Both films were co-written by Crash Oscar winner (and Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby scribe) Paul Haggis.
-Another Oscar nominee, Catalina Sandino Moreno, (Maria Full of Grace) will star in Spanish period drama The Heart of the Earth, a tragedy about a 19th-century strike that was the first ecological protest.
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