By Kate Ward
January 04, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

  • It’s officially becoming a must-see: John Goodman will appear alongside Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks in the adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, EW has confirmed. (The Hollywood Reporter first had the news.) The actor is set to play a doorman for 10-year-old Oksar, who embarks on a journey around New York City after losing his father (Hanks) in the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • Universal has acquired Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, with Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants) in negotiations to helm the picture. The non-fiction book follows Olympic hero Louis Zamperini, who eventually becomes a POW in Japan during World War II. Sounds depressing, but I’ve heard he also punches sharks. [THR]
  • Damian Lewis (Band of Brothers) has been tapped for Showtime’s Homeland drama pilot, which also stars Claire Danes. He will play a U.S. Marine who’s recovered after going missing following the U.S.’s invasion of Baghdad. Sounds depressing. I hope he punches some sharks. [TV Guide]
  • Precious star and Academy Award winner Mo’Nique will announce this year’s Oscar nominees on Jan. 25 with AMPAS prez Tom Sherak. I feel I need to point out that you can rearrange his name to almost get “shark.” [The Wrap]
  • Hardcore Pawn will get a third season on TruTV. Nope, sorry, Charlie Sheen; you read that wrong. [Deadline]
  • MGM and Weigel Broadcasting will launch a network — set to compete with TVLand — that will air vintage sitcoms like Cheers, M*A*S*H, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Bob Newhart Show. Sigh. I was still expecting you, Mr. Bond. [The Wrap]
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