Tony Award-winning dance musical Contact is getting ready to hit the big screen, according to Variety. USA Films tapped acclaimed Broadway director Susan Stroman to helm the project... New Line Cinema, high on the success of their first installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, purchased the rights to another mystical trio of books entitled His Dark Materials, reports Variety. The series of children's books were penned by British author Philip Pullman.... Nathan Lane has RSVP'd to CBS to become the Life of the Party, a sitcom about a one-time TV star who lands on a much bigger stage in Washington when he wins a seat in Congress, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. — Angel Cohn with Stephen Miller, Daniel Coleridge and Tanya Edwards