Plus: Crowe joins DiCaprio in spy thriller, Ryan Gosling is cast in Peter Jackson's ''The Lovely Bones,'' ''Big Brother 8'' announces cast and twists,'' and more
Spice Girls announce reunion tour
It’s official: Victoria ”Posh” Beckham, Geri ”Ginger” Halliwell,” Emma ”Baby” Bunton, Melanie ”Sporty” Chisolm, and Melanie ”Scary” Brown have announced they will reunite for a world tour, kicking off in Los Angeles on Dec. 7. Other cities scheduled: Las Vegas, New York, London, Cologne, Madrid, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, Cape Town, and Buenos Aires. (Reuters)
Crowe joins DiCaprio in Body of Lies
Russell Crowe will play a CIA boss to Leonardo DiCaprio’s operative in Body of Lies, Ridley Scott’s big-screen adaptation of David Ignatius’ best-selling novel. Including the recently announced Nottingham (a Robin Hood retelling), this will be the fifth time Crowe and Scott have collaborated. Body of Lies will begin shooting this fall. (Variety)
Ryan Gosling cast in Jackson’s Lovely Bones
The Oscar-nominated actor (Half Nelson) has joined the cast of Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, playing the father of a murdered girl who looks over her family from heaven. Rachel Weisz had already been cast as the girl’s mother in the film, which adapts Alice Sebold’s best-seller of the same name. Jackson, who also wrote the adapted screenplay along with partners Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh, will begin filming in October. (Variety)
Big Brother 8 announces cast, twists
The new season of CBS’ summer reality hit (premiering July 5) will feature a new game element called ”America’s Player,” in which a chosen contestant is offered the chance to win extra money by carrying out the orders of the viewing audience (who will decide tasks through Internet and text-message voting). Another twist for this year’s 14 houseguests, 11 of whom are in their 20s: Several of them have past beefs. (Variety)
Bon Jovi top albums chart
The band has its first No. 1 album in 18 years with the country disc Lost Highway, which sold 292,000 copies last week, according to SoundScan. Other big debuts: The White Stripes’ major-label debut, Icky Thump (No. 2), and Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear (No. 3). (Variety)
MySpaceTV announces new features
Hoping to pose a threat to YouTube, social networking giant MySpace has announced new initiatives for its video-sharing site, MySpaceTV. Among its plans: courting networks and studios for original content. Also, as the company is owned by News Corp. — parent to Fox — it will be the main online home for popular shows like Family Guy, and clips from movies like Borat. (Variety)
Mos Def to exec-produce, star in Bobby Zero
The actor/rapper will play the romantic lead in the movie, about an unlucky guy who gives up his artistic dreams to take a job at an ad agency. Bobby Zero was written and will be directed by brothers Markus and Mason Canter; production begins in November. (Variety)
Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation moves forward
New Line has tapped screenwriter Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall) to adapt Dear John, a romance about a young soldier (Channing Tatum) and his lady love who are torn apart when he re-enlists following Sept. 11. Like the hugely popular The Notebook, it’s based on a novel by author Nicholas Sparks. (Hollywood Reporter)
McCartney plays Hollywood record store
Sir Paul made a stop at Amoeba Records on Wednesday, playing an 85-minute free concert for some 900 fans lined up behind display racks. In the audience: George Harrison’s widow Olivia and Jeff Lynne. (For Chris Willman’s first-person account, check out PopWatch later today.) (Reuters)
IN THE GOSSIPS
Rush & Molloy: Usher and his fiancée, Tameka Foster, have announced that they’re expecting a child — his first, her fourth — this fall.
People.com: John Stamos’ rep says fatigue led to the actor’s bizarre, ”out of character” behavior on an Australian talk show.
Page Six: Though Britney Spears’ choreographer has said the pop star would perform on stage at the L.A. stop of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors tour, a source tells Page Six it ain’t gonna happen.