-- Philip Seymour Hoffman can play any role. Priest ('Doubt'), wacked-out artist ('Synecdoche, New York'), villain ('Mission: Impossible III'), a real-life literary giant ('Capote') and even a rock critic ('Almost Famous'). But his biggest challenge may be forthcoming: Internet rumors have Hoffman being considered for the role of Venom in Sony's reboot of 'Spider-Man.' The rumors were started by a scant one sentence in a report at Deadline: Hollywood about casting for the female roles in the film. But you know the Net: today's rumor is ... well tomorrow's rumor. Anyhow, most buzz has put this casting in a negative light; not so much for Hoffman but because, apparently, a lot of people just don't care for Venom. As one pundit put it: "We've had enough of him in live action form to last us a lifetime."

-- Paramount, Fox and James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment are in the planning stages to release the 3-D version of 'Titanic' in April 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship sinking in the Atlantic (Paramount marks its own centennial the same month). That could put the film in theaters just a couple weeks after the 3-D reissue 'Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace' from Fox and Lucasfilm.
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