Jim Carrey: not just that dude who makes creepy web videos! The comedy titan is reportedly in talks to join fellow comedy titan Steve Carell in 'Burt Wonderstone' for New Line Cinema. The film follows the titular Wonderstone (Carell), a Las Vegas magician who breaks up with his stage partner and gets simultaneously upstaged by a "rival street magician." No word yet on whether Carrey will play the longtime partner or street magician. Carrey previously worked with Carell on the animated film 'Horton Hears a Who.' [Deadline]
Might the mostly retired Gene Hackman make another film? Probably not, but let's keep our fingers crossed! Hackman, Robert Duvall, Jack Nicholson and Robert Forster are reportedly on Paramount's short list to lead the next Alexander Payne film, 'Nebraska.' The film -- which, after much discussion between the director and studio, will be shot in black and white -- has a budget of around $10 million and focuses an "old gin-hound of a dad" who takes his son on a pilgrimage to the Publisher's Clearinghouse headquarters to claim a prize. Hackman was last seen on film in 'Welcome to Mooseport' in 2004. He told GQ earlier this year that if he were to make another film, it would be a small one. [Vulture]

Take this with a slightish grain of salt: Twitch reports that 'Crazy Heart' director Scott Cooper has replaced Noah Baumbach on the long gestating adaptation of Claire Messud's 'The Emperor's Children.' Baumbach wrote the script, and Richard Gere and Keira Knightley were attached to star when he was going to direct; now it appears Emma Thompson and Rachel McAdams are potentially going to join the cast, but whether Gere and Knightley are still involved remains to be seen. 'Children' is about three privileged friends trying to make it in New York. [Twitch]

A group of independent theater chains have sided with Cinemark in their quest to get Universal to stop the on-demand test-run of 'Tower Heist.' "We just feel it's a time to draw a line in the sand,'' Galaxy Theatres president Rafe Cohen told the L.A. Times. "This is virtually a simultaneous release that we don't think will be helpful to anyone. We're standing on principle that it's best to preserve the theatrical window." [LAT/Company Town]

Curious as to why the Disney logo didn't appear in the new trailer for 'The Avengers,' even though Disney purchased Marvel Studios from Paramount? It's because the deal the studios negotiated allows Paramount to earn 8 percent of the expected revenue from 'The Avengers,' while also keeping the studio logo on marketing materials. Paramount will also earn 9 percent from the expected revenues of 'Iron Man 3,' and take home a cool $115 million if the films fail to hit the established income goals. Not bad. [Variety]

Quentin Tarantino has cast Don Johnson in 'Django Unchained' as a wealthy Southern plantation owner. No truth to the rumor that Johnson and Gerald McRaney will arm wrestle to see who gets the coveted title of QT's Comeback Star. [Variety]

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