Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond. Plus: Third ''Narnia'' movie gets a director, Jack Black to star in Todd Phillips comedy, Keri Russell delivers, and more

By Dawnie Walton
Updated June 20, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Marc Forster commits to 22nd Bond film
The director of Stranger Than Fiction and Finding Neverland has signed on to the as-yet-untitled Bond 22 production, which follows last November’s Casino Royale, the Bond franchise’s highest-grossing film to date. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond. Currently directing The Kite Runner, adapted from Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel, Forster will collaborate with screenwriter Paul Haggis.

Michael Apted will direct third Narnia movie
Apted, whose recent credits include Amazing Grace, will helm The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader for Disney Pictures and Walden Media. The second movie in the franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, is being directed by Andrew Adamson and will hit theaters in 2008.

Jack Black teams with Todd Phillips
The funnyman and the director (Old School, Starsky & Hutch) are developing the Warner Bros. comedy Man-Witch, about a teacher (Black) who, after discovering he has powers, is sent to an all-girls school for witches. Though Phillips is best known for directing many members of the ”frat pack” — Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell in Old School, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in Starsky & HutchMan-Witch marks the first time he will direct Black. (Variety)

Yahoo CEO steps down
Under pressure from shareholders over his healthy pay packages and the company’s plummeting stock, Terry Semel resigned as CEO of Yahoo on Monday. Back in charge: Jerry Yang, cofounder of the search engine. Though Semel had some early successes when he took the CEO title in 2001, since that time rival Google has taken the competitive lead, and last year, Yahoo stock fell 35 percent. (Hollywood Reporter)

Weinstein Co. responds to Sicko leak
A lawyer from Weinstein, the studio behind Michael Moore’s health-care documentary, tells Reuters the company is ”actively investigating” who illegally posted the movie on YouTube two weeks before its release. An 124-minute version of Moore’s film, split into 14 chunks, appeared on the Google-owned video-sharing site over the weekend, and most segments were viewed by hundreds of users before being removed. Weinstein declined comment as to whether it would seek legal action against YouTube. As for Moore himself, the director told Brandweek magazine, ”For me, it’s about getting people to see the movie and that’s what I want, so they will talk about it… I would never want to prosecute anybody who would download [my film].” (Reuters)
UPDATE: Execs at Weinstein on Tuesday have decided to open Sicko one week early, on a single screen in New York City. New York Times

Big castings in Cruise/Singer flick
Carice Van Houten, who starred in Paul Verhoeven’s Black Book, has been cast as Tom Cruise’s love interest in the Bryan Singer-directed Valkyrie. Also newly cast in the WWII-set movie, about the real-life attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler: Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, and Eddie Izzard. (Hollywood Reporter and Variety)

New HBO gig for Gandolfini
The erstwhile Tony Soprano will interview veterans of the Iraq war for the documentary Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq. In the film, airing on HBO Sept. 9, Gandolfini interviews 10 American soldiers about their harrowing experiences on the battlefield. Gandolfini also exec-produced the documentary, which is the first project from his Attaboy Films production company. (Reuters)

Redskins owner buys Dick Clark Productions
Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins football team and chairman of the board of Six Flags amusement parks, is expected to announce today that his investment team has bought Dick Clark Productions for $175 million. Among DCP’s annual productions: the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards, and Clark’s staple, the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast. The company is also a producer on the summer TV hit So You Think You Can Dance. (Variety)

Applegate sitcom gets a new name
Christina Applegate’s ABC comedy, set to debut this fall, is no longer Sam I Am. After failing to receive clearance to use the title from the estate of Dr. Seuss — whose children’s classic Green Eggs and Ham uses ”Sam I am” in its first lines — ABC is now calling the sitcom Samantha Be Good. (Variety)

Academy announces 115 new members
For the fourth year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the group that awards the Oscars — has released the names of the people it has invited to join. Among the actors invited this year: Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Gosling, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Daniel Craig, Aaron Eckhart, Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Fichtner, and Eddie Murphy. (For the full list, see Variety)

Grimm Sisters coming to big screen
Michael Buckley’s series of children’s books will be adapted for the big screen by Josephson Entertainment and New Regency Productions. The film will cover the first three books of Buckley’s nine-volume adventure series, about sisters (descendants of the Brothers Grimm) on a search for their parents. (Variety)

Ice Road Truckers makes history for History
The new reality show debuted Sunday to 3.4 million viewers — the 12-year-old History Channel’s biggest audience ever for a series episode. The cable net has commissioned nine more episodes of the show, about truckers driving big rigs through freezing temperatures and over dangerous routes. (Variety)

Prison Break gets new cast members
Robert Wisdom (The Wire) and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe have signed on as regulars for the upcoming third season of Fox’s Prison Break, set in the Panama prison where main character Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and his crew were locked up at the end of season 2. Wisdom will play an incarcerated Panamanian drug kingpin, while O’Keefe will play an operative for the mysterious government agency the Company. (Hollywood Reporter)

Britney wants unflattering billboard down
Lawyers for Britney Spears have sent a letter to Clear Channel Communications, owner of Florida radio station WFLZ, demanding that billboard advertisements featuring images of their client’s shaved head be removed. In the ads, for WFLZ’s morning show, the phrases ”Total nut jobs,” ”Shock therapy,” and ”Certifiable” appear above the photos of Spears, who, her lawyers argue, did not authorize the use of her image. (Reuters)

Baby news: Keri Russell, Kevin James
Russell (Waitress) and her husband Shane Deary welcomed their first child, a boy they named River Russell Deary, on June 9. James (The King of Queens) and his wife Steffiana De La Cruz welcomed their second daughter, Shea Joelle, on June 14. (People)


Page Six: Surprisingly, a gay and lesbian activist has started a petition to get Isaiah Washington re-hired on Grey’s Anatomy.

Rush & Molloy: Paris Hilton’s weary neighbors are gearing up for another media circus when the heiress returns home next week.