We always knew that Vin Diesel was one mean machine -- from Riddick to Dominic Toretto -- and now the actor gets a chance to play one in the appropriately titled 'The Machine.' Diesel will play a human-like machine created in secrecy by the Pentagon to be the world's first ultimate weapon. Some 20 years after it was decommissioned and buried, the machine is discovered, reactivated and befriended by a kid. When the government learns that the machine is back in operation, the ultimate weapon's mission becomes to protect the family that is harboring him. Production on the MGM film, which Diesel will also produce through his One Race Films, is scheduled to start in the fall. [Variety]

Holly Hunter was on our mind recently after two of her best outings, 'Raising Arizona' and 'Broadcast News,' aired on cable. Since 'Saving Grace' left the airwaves, however, we've heard little about her plans. According to Deadline, however, Hunter appears to have been busy lining up projects. Two to be exact. She's signed a deal to star in 'Still I Rise,' joining Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in a drama about the campaign by a teacher and mother to transform the quality of education in a Pittsburgh inner-city public school (Hunter will play a school union rep). And she's in negotiations to star alongside Hailee Steinfeld in 'Romeo and Juliet,' a Julian Fellowes-scripted version of the Shakespearean tragedy directed by Carlo Carlei.
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