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July 17, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Murphy starring in fantasy comedy
Brittany Murphy has been tapped to star in Myriad Pictures’ fantasy comedy The Other Side. She will play a young grad student working at a scientific institute on a remote island who tries to uncover a bizarre mystery involving a community of people hiding a secret about a tragedy that took place years before. The movie also features Jason Lee, Tim Roth, Jim Broadbent, Giovanni Ribisi, and Lilli Taylor, and will be directed by producer David Michaels, who also wrote the script with Phil Reeves. Shooting is scheduled to begin in November. (Variety)

Leto, Polley tapped for Mr. Nobody
Jared Leto (Lord of War, Chapter 27) and Sarah Polley (The Secret Life of Words) will star in Mr. Nobody, a romantic drama from writer-director Jaco Van Dormael. The story, said to be inspired by the so-called ”butterfly effect,” is about Nemo Nobody (Leto) who, at 120 years old, is the last mortal surrounded by happy immortals as he relives real and imaginary years of marriage. The film will be the Belgian Dormael’s first English-language feature project. His last movie, 1996’s Le huitieme jour (The Eighth Day) was a Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm nominee. Shooting is scheduled to begin next week. (Hollywood Reporter)

Three join cast of Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner (28 Weeks Later), Anthony Mackie (We Are Marshall), and Brian Geraghty (We Are Marshall, Jarhead) will star in Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, which will be directed by Kathryn Bigelow (The Weight of Water). Ralph Fiennes and Guy Pearce will make cameos in the movie. Inspired by true events, the story is about an elite Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal team that fights the onslaught of bombs and snipers in present-day Baghdad. Renner will play the team leader, with Mackie and Geraghty as team members. Fiennes is a mercenary; Pearce is another team member. The movie was written by journalist Mark Boal, previously a writer-at-large at Playboy who was embedded with a bomb squad several years ago. He has extrapolated his experiences into a fictional story grounded in real events. Production will start next week. (Hollywood Reporter)

Paris Hilton re-teaming with Storch for new album
Paris Hilton has started working with producer Scott Storch on a new album. Storch, who has produced hits for Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera, R. Kelly, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre, produced Hilton’s first, self-titled album, which sold 600,000 copies and spawned the hit single ”Stars Are Blind,” which topped out at No. 20 on the charts. (E! Online)

TiVo says DVR viewers don’t skip movie ads
TiVo revealed that the StopWatch commercial ratings service, which launched six months ago, found that viewers watching recorded shows on their DVR are not regularly skipping through the ads for movies. Four of the top 10 commercials in late March through late April viewed by TiVo watchers were for movies: Disturbia (No. 1), Georgia Rule (No. 8), Perfect Stranger (No. 9), and Spider-Man 3 (No. 10). (Hollywood Reporter)

Carney directing Town House
Fox 2000 has tapped John Carney (Once) to direct Town House, a comedy about the son of a dead rock legend who slowly sells off his father’s memorabilia until he has nothing left except the townhouse he lives in. The movie, which will be Carney’s first studio project, is based on a novel by Tish Cohen. Production is slated to begin in January. (Variety)

Flitter to star in Ace Ventura 3
Josh Flitter (License to Wed, Nancy Drew) will star in Morgan Creek’s Ace Ventura 3, which will be directed by David M. Evans (The Sandlot). The third installment focuses on Ace Ventura’s 7th-grade son (Flitter) who follows in his father’s footsteps by becoming a pet detective and tracking a stolen baby panda after his mother is wrongly arrested for the crime. Production is set to begin in September. (Variety)

Shatner hosting interview show for Biography
William Shatner will host Biography Channel’s Shatner’s Raw Nerve, a 30-minute celebrity interview show set to debut some time next year. The show will feature Shatner interviewing actors and politicians with an attempt to book guests separate from their publicity junket tours. Biography has ordered 13 episodes. Shatner can currently be seen on ABC’s Boston Legal. (Variety)


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