20th Century Fox has gone, well, ape, over 'Rise of the Apes': Studio execs were so pleased with the footage they've seen so far that they've moved up the release date from Thanksgiving to Aug. 5, taking advantage of the last month of the summer season. The competition that weekend will be stiff, though, with Universal's comedy 'The Change-Up,' Summit's sci-fi alien invasion film 'The Darkest Hour' and Sony's 'The Smurfs' all opening up. James Franco, Freida Pinto and Andy Serkis star in the ape "origins" story set in modern-day San Francisco. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Alan Rickman and Tom Courtenay have joined the cast of the remake of 1966's 'Gambit,' a caper film about a pair of criminals who team up to con the richest man in England. The film, directed by Michael Hoffman ('The Last Station') and scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen, stars Cameron Diaz and Colin Firth. The original starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. [TheWrap]
Add another rumor to all the craziness surrounding the casting for the Farrelly brothers' 'The Three Stooges': The Hollywood Reporter says that actor Will Sasso's name has resurfaced as a likely front-runner to play Moe, Larry or Curly in the modern take on the zany trio. THR reports that "Sasso's possible casting ... has been rumored for weeks, with some bloggers suggesting he's well suited to play the role of Curly." Well, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk; he does look a little like Curly.

Chris "Ludacris" Bridges has joined the cast of New Line's ensemble romantic comedy 'New Year's Eve', putting him in good company: Jessica Biel, Abigail Breslin, Ice Cube, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker and Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara are already in the film. The Garry Marshall-directed comedy, which opens Dec. 9, is centered on a group of couples and would-be lovers over the course of the holiday, and is the director's follow-up to 'Valentine's Day.' [TheWrap]

Dwayne Johnson continues his action ways with a starring role in 'Snitch,' about a working class guy who risks everything to save his falsely imprisoned son. The thriller will be directed by Ric Roman Waugh. [Deadline]
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