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Justice League Recasts Supe and Bat, More Movie News

Happy Feet helmer George Miller's big-screen adaptation of the Justice League of America comic books will feature Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter, as well as two familiar yet "new" faces. With Christian Bale and Brandon Routh engaged in new entries in the Batman and Superman franchises, JLA is expected to cast other actors, likely unknowns, in the key roles.... Also per the Reporter, Brad Pitt is in talks to play the brother/trainer of Mark Wahlberg's "Irish" Mickey Ward in The Fighter. Pitt would replace Matt Damon, who had to bow out due to scheduling.... Giovanni Ribisi is joining Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez for James Cameron's 3-D Avatar.... Katherine Heigl has optioned rights to the best-selling novel Lost & Found, which she will produce with her mom, says Variety. read more

Jesse James, Inspector Clouseau and More Movie Questions

Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James... courtesy Warner Bros.

Question Theres a new movie with Brad Pitt as Jesse James can you tell me who else has played him and who was the best in the part SeanFlickChick The role of the legendary bad man most recently undertaken by Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford has traditionally been a favorite of handsome leading men including Colin Farrell in American Outlaws 2001 Rob Lowe in the made-for-cable Frank and Jesse 1994 Tyrone Power in 1939s Jesse James he appears briefly in 1940s highly historically inaccurate sequel The Return of Frank James but Jesses older brother Frank was played by Henry Fonda future TV Superman George Reeves in The Kansan 1943 and Robert Wagner in The True Story of Jesse James 1957 Even James Dean gave it a whirl in the second episode of popular historical reenactment series You Are There 1953-56 hosted by Walter Cronkite But pretty boys dont have a lock on the role Witness Kris Kristofferson in th read more

Russell Crowe's Rumored Star Trek, More Film News

Russell Crowe courtesy Lionsgate

Will J.J. Abrams' Star Trek feature take its villainy to the Maximus? With the Enterprise's fledgling crew gradually getting cast — Zachary Quinto (as Spock) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov), to name two — there is a story in the New York Post that Russell Crowe is being courted to play the central baddie.... Per Variety, Fight Club members Brad Pitt and Edward Norton will reunite for an adaptation of State of Play.... Director Roman Polanski has pulled out of the $100-million Pompeii, and preparations on the big-budget epic have been halted due to fear of a looming actors' strike. read more

In the Works: Brad Pitt Is Feeling Trans-sexy, and More

Brad Pitt by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com

FX has greenlit the pilot for 4 Oz., a drama cocreated by Nip/Tuck's Ryan Murphy and featuring Brad Pitt as an executive producer, and concerning a family man who realizes he is a transsexual and embraces it. Since the original pitch, the as-yet-uncast lead character has been changed (as it were) from a sportswriter to a gynecologist.... Also says Variety, A&E has signed off on a pair of pilots: The Beast, about an FBI vet mentoring a young partner, and The Cleaner, based on the true story of a former addict turned interventionist.... Lifetime is adapting Kim Edwards' The Memory Keeper's Daughter as a TV-movie. read more

Bargain Bourne: Damon Delivers Biggest Bang for Buck

Matt Damon in The Bourne Ultimatum courtesy Universal Pictures

The inaugural edition of Forbes.com's "payback" list declares the Bourne films' Matt Damon to be Hollywood's biggest bargain, delivering $29 in box-office revenue for every dollar poured into his paycheck. (Damon was paid $26 million for the trilogy, which to date has drawn $850 mil in gross income.) Ocean's mate Brad Pitt places second with a $24-to-$1 ROI, followed by Vince Vaughn and Johnny Depp, each at $21.Coming in at No. 5 and the top investment actress-wise is Jennifer Aniston, who gives her bosses $17 on the dollar. Hot on Jen's heels is one Angelina Jolie ($15).I'm no statistician, but what I think this all means is that Aniston will either date Matt or Johnny next. read more

The "Definitive" Blade Runner, More Movie News

Blade Runner courtesy Warner Home Video

Ridley Scott is at work on Blade Runner: The Final Cut, a "definitive" version of his 25-year-old sci-fier remastered from original elements and containing never-seen and extended scenes. Per the Reporter, the film hits select theaters Oct. 5, then DVDs Dec. 18.... Tim Blake Nelson has joined The Incredible Hulk in the role of scientist Samuel Sterns aka The Leader aka he of the oversized brain.... Per Variety, DreamWorks has grabbed film rights to the comic-book series The Damned and Courtney Crumrin.... Guy Ritchie plans to direct a film version of his Gatekeeper Virgin Comics series.... Brad Pitt may reunite with Gwyneth Paltrow for the Watergate-themed Dirty Tricks, says the New York Post. read more

Jessica Alba Deems Beau Less Than Fantastic

Jessica Alba and Cash Warren by Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

The 28-year-old dude recently named Luckiest Bastard of 2007 by Spike TV is now the unluckiest lunk alive. Jessica Alba last week called it quits with her beau of two and a half years, Cash Warren — and over the phone, no less, says Us. "It happened... almost out of nowhere. [Cash] thinks it's [because of] another guy, but doesn't know," a source tells the glossy. "He's totally devastated." As he should be.In other love notes, a spokesperson for Brad Pitt tells Us that a Brangelina breakup story being spun by two of the more fantastical tabs is bogus: "They are on vacation, and all is well." And thus, so are we. read more

Angelina Jolie: Don't Remember Me as an Actress

Angelina Jolie by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com

Gia is officially Mother Theresa — or so thespian-cum-humanitarian Angelina Jolie hints in an interview for the July Esquire. "I have no animosity toward Hollywood or the demands of the red carpet, all that silliness. That's my job, and I'm happy to have it," she says. "But when I die, do I want to be remembered as an actress? No." Citing an op-ed piece she recently penned, Jolie says, "At the end, it didn't say I was an actress; it said that I was a U.N. goodwill ambassador. And I was really proud."Jolie also shares that she, Brad and their brood bond in bed on Sundays — "Everybody sleeps together," she says, turning what at one time for her male fans would have been a provocative three-word phrase into terribly G-rated fare. "Some people have their lives together and then they have their children. Brad and I are starting with the children and are planning to have our time together in our later years." OK, I'll go first: Awwwww! read more

Brangelina's Son Gets a New Name

What's in a name? Apparently a lot in the eyes of happily unmarried lovebirds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Today a Santa Monica court legally changed the couple's newishly adopted son Pax Thien's moniker to Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, says People.com. The 3-year-old now shares the same surname as his siblings, Maddox, Zahara and Shiloh. When does the hyphenating end? — Reporting by Raven Snook read more

Short Cuts: Meryl Goes from Devil to Nunsense

Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman have been cast as the leads in Doubt, the Miramax adaptation of the John Patrick Shanley play about a priest accused of pedophilia by a nun.... Ocean's Umpteen BFFs George Clooney and Brad Pitt will reteam in the Coen brother's hush-hush comedy Burn After Reading, about a CIA agent who misplaces the disc of the book he's been writing.... Did Louis Gossett Jr. accept nearly $40,000 in Lakers tickets without ponying up the dough? Not on your life, he tells TMZ.com, maintaining that someone forged his signature.... Erik Estrada has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Which means the only people left who don't have one are Jan Smithers and that dog from Frasier. read more

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