Beloved Hollywood columnist Army Archerd dies at 87, Halle Berry gets ready to battle sharks in 'Dark Tide,' Nicolas Cage drops out of 'Green Hornet' and more of today's top movie headlines. img hspace="8" border="0" align="left" vspace="8" alt="" src="" />Legendary Hollywood columnist Army Archerd died on Tuesday at the age of 87, after losing his battle with a rare form of cancer. Archerd was a columnist at trade publication Variety for half a century, but was best known for acting as the Academy Awards' official greeter and interviewer for 47 years. [Variety]

Halle Berry wants to swim with the sharks. The actress is in advanced negotiations to star in 'Dark Tide,' an action-thriller for 'S.W.A.T.' director Clark Johnson, in which she'd play a diving instructor who dives back in (literally) after a near fatal encounter with a Great White shark. [Variety]

It looks as though Seth Rogen is going to need a new bad guy to battle with his fists/hilarious banter in his upcoming superhero comedy 'Green Hornet' -- Nicolas Cage has reportedly dropped out of the film after failing to reach a suitable deal with Columbia Pictures. But don't feel too bad for Nic -- he's plugged that hole in his schedule with the thriller 'Hungry Rabbit Jumps,' in which he'll play a man who joins an underground vigilante organization after his wife falls victim to a brutal crime. [Heat Vision Blog]

Former Ultimate Fighting Champion, um, champion Quenton "Rampage" Jackson has been called up to 'The A-Team,' joining Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in director Joe Carnahan's big-screen adaptation of the popular '80s TV serial. Jackson will play the moody, mohawked, gold-chain wearing badass mechanic, B.A. Baracus, a role first made famous by the incomparable Mr. T. [SlashFilm] | [Heat Vision Blog]

Rejoice, J.R.R. Tolkien fans! New Line Cinema, the Tolkien estate and publisher Harper Collins have finally settled a lawsuit over profits from director Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, clearing the way for New Line to move forward with its two planned 'Hobbit' films. The Tolkien Trust had sued for $150 million, alleging that they never received their share of profits from the $6 billion-grossing films, but the amount of the settlement has not been revealed. [The Hollywood Reporter]

R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo has joined Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and Michael Pena in 'Battle: Los Angeles,' a sci-fi war flick in which L.A. is invaded by aliens. Ramon Rodriguez, Taylor Handley, Cory Hardrict, Jadin Gould, Bryce Cass and Joey King have also come aboard. [The Hollywood Reporter]

An adaptation of 'The English Patient' author Michael Ondaatje's 'Coming Through Slaughter' is headed for the big screen, 13 years after 'Patient' won critical acclaim (and a ton of Oscars). Set in early 1900s New Orleans, the novel chronicles the story of Buddy Bolden, a legendary cornettist who was instrumental in the birth of jazz. [Variety]
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