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Excess Hollywood: Don Cheadle to star in 'House of Lies'

  • Showtime announced via press release that Iron Man 2 star Don Cheadle has signed on to topline the network’s House of Lies pilot. (When will someone greenlight Glass Case of Emotion?) The dramedy is about “a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm” who will “use any means (or anyone) necessary to get his clients the information they want.”
  • Neve Campbell is in talks to star in Roland Joffe’s Singularity. The story intertwines stories involving past lives; Campbell will play the wife of an archeologist (Josh Hartnett) whose past life is trying to warn him not to do Hollywood Homicide. [THR]
  • Lucky girl: Jessica Chastain (The Help) will join Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in the Prohibition period feature, The Wettest County. The actress will play a woman from a small town who found herself in the middle of gangster activity in the city. [THR]
  • Adam Carolla will rev his engine for a pilot about cars for the Speed Channel, which will be co-hosted by Wall Street Journal writer Dan Neil, former NBA star John Salley, and the Smoking Tire website’s Matt Farah. The show is being described as Top Gear-meets-The Best Damn Sports Show Period. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Sam Neill heading for 'Alcatraz'

  • Jorge Garcia isn’t the only star of J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz to go island hopping. Jurassic Park‘s Sam Neill will star alongside Sarah Jones in the pilot about the infamous prison for Fox. Prisoners are nuthin’ compared to these guys. And kids. [Deadline]
  • Casting we adore for Dumbledore: Michael Gambon, known to Harry Potter fanatics as Hogwarts’ headmaster, is set to appear with Dustin Hoffman in HBO’s Luck. In the series — about horse-racing — Gambon will play Hoffman’s nemesis. [TV Guide]
  • CBS has picked up Two Broke Girls, a new comedy from Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) about two financially struggling women in New York City. That’s what happens when you use Sex and the City as a life example. [Deadline]
  • DreamWorks plans to release Me and My Shadow in March 2013. The 3-D animated feature centers on a shadow who is stuck with “the world’s most boring human.” Oof, poor guy. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Russell Brand to 'RentaGhost'

  • Russell Brand is set to star in RentaGhost, a comedy based on the British series about a temp agency that rents out the dead to the living. Dibs on Paul Newman and Cary Grant. [Variety]
  • Larry Hagman will appear as Lynette’s mother’s love interest in an upcoming episode of Desperate Housewives. So when will Patrick Duffy show up to tell us that season 2 was just a dream? [TV Guide]
  • Ashley Williams and Gerald McRaney will star in Bird Dog, about a father-daughter cop team. Eliza Dushku was previously cast in the pilot before bowing out. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: James Cameron, Andrew Adamson pair for 3-D 'Cirque du Soleil' film

  • Get your glasses ready again: James Cameron and Andrew Adamson are pairing for a 3-D family-friendly film centered on Cirque du Soleil. [Deadline]
  • Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain, and Irrfan Khan will star in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi adaptation. Khan is set to play the adult version of the title character, while Hussain is on board to play Pi’s father and Depardieu to play chef. Not this one. [Variety]
  • Alan Cumming will appear in James Franco’s upcoming Maladies, about a young actor who retires after suffering from a mental illness. [THR]
  • For ’90s nostalgics: Michael Flatley will star in a 3-D film version of Lord of the Dance, which will be released on St. Patrick’s Day. Wake me up when we’ve got 3-D hammer pants. [Variety]
  • Warren Kole (24) is set to star in USA’s buddy cop dramedy Common Law opposite Michael Ealy. [Deadline]
  • The Jonas Brothers’ manager, Johnny Wright, is behind On the Spot: Johnny Wright’s Quest for the Next Pop Sensation, a new web series that searches for the next great pop star. Real Housewives cast members need not apply. [People]

Excess Hollywood: 'Idol' alum Brooke White to make acting debut in 'Change of Plans'

  • Former American Idol contestant Brooke White will star in Change of Plans, a TV movie about a singer who must care for her best friend’s children, due to an accident. Idol judge Randy Jackson will cameo. As will another Idol favorite, depending on the reviews. [Associated Press]
  • CSI creator Anthony Zuicker is developing three dramas with CBS — Detail, centered on a security expert; the lawman-centric Desperado; and Treadstone, about the CIA — and one drama with the CW: Spirits, a project described as “Paranormal Activity-meets-CSI.” [Deadline]
  • Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson has signed on to star alongside Mia Wasikowska and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in Glenn Close’s pet project Albert Nobbs. Close stars as a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to get work. The things you must do to get Damages back on the air. [The Playlist]
  • Lucy Punch, Bob Odenkirk, and Rich Sommer have joined Topher Grace, Jenna Fischer, Malin Akerman, and Chris Messina in rom-com The Giant Mechanical Man, about a zoo worker (Fischer) caught in a love triangle with a street performer (Messina) and a motivational speaker (Grace). [THR]
  • Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the co-writer-directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, are in negotiations to helm Bob the Musical, about a man who can suddenly hear the songs in the heads of passersby following an accident. Oh, man, I’d feel bad if he everĀ passed me. [THR]

Excess Hollywood: Cheech Marin join(t)s 'Outnumbered' pilot

  • Cheech Marin will co-star in Fox’s comedy pilot Outnumbered. The pilot, about parents (Ana Ortiz and Cliff Chamberlain) who cope with family life, would be Marin’s first series in nearly 10 years. Oh, looks like Afternoon Deelite slowed someone else down again. [Deadline]
  • NBC has ordered a script inspired by Esquire‘s “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Women.” My Boys creator Betsy Thomas is set to produce the project, which centers on three sisters at different stages of their lives. Currently, I’m in the still-missing-My-Boys stage. [Variety]
  • Starz has ordered 10 episodes of Magic City, which is set in Miami, a place that would be far more magical if it managed to make these guys disappear. [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: 'My Girl' star Anna Chlumsky elected to 'Veep'

  • My Girl star Anna Chlumsky will co-star with Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO’s Veep pilot. The actress is set to play Louis-Dreyfus’ insecure chief-of-staff. Insecure, because she remembers what happened the last time she thought she had someone’s back. (Sorry.) [Deadline]
  • Ryan Phillippe has joined the cast of Set Up, which centers on a group of friends that find themselves in the middle of a diamond heist. And cast in Set Up: Step Up star Jenna Dewan Tatum, who apparently uses an old Boggle sheet to choose her projects. [Variety]
  • The producers for The House of Blue Leaves confirm that Jennifer Jason Leigh is set to star alongside Ben Stiller and Edie Falco in the Broadway show. (Previews begin April 4; the show opens April 25.) She will play Stiller’s character’s mistress, named Bunny Flingus.
  • Disney XD had ordered Pack of Wolves, a comedy about three boys — Edison, Darwin, and Albert Oppenheimer — raised by their single dad, who happens to be a genius professor. Bazinga? [Deadline]

Excess Hollywood: Ricky Gervais and Emily Blunt to play along with Muppets

  • Ricky Gervais and Emily Blunt will cameo alongside Jack Black, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Crystal, Alan Arkin, and Jean-Claude Van Damme in Disney’s Muppets movie, which is written by Jason Segel. Can Elmo come too? [THR]
  • Good news for people with good taste: IFC has acquired rights to The Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and Action. [Deadline]
  • Lyle Lovett is joining the Shakespeare Center of L.A.’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, which also stars Helen Hunt, Grace Gummer, and Stephen Root. The singer will play Balthazar. Oh wait, sorry, Balthasar. [L.A. Times]

Excess Hollywood: Catherine Hardwicke dashes to 'Maze Runners'

  • Catherine Hardwicke is set to direct the adaptation of James Dashner’s Maze Runners, which centers on a boy with amnesia who finds himself in a mysterious place called the Glade, where children attempt to escape via labyrinth. Hopefully they don’t run into one of these. [The Wrap]
  • Going, going, going… sold to Spike TV! The network’s Auction Hunters has been renewed for second season. [Deadline]
  • Jez Butterworth, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon are ready to rock the casbah, teaming to develop a feature about The Clash called London Calling. [Variety]

Excess Hollywood: Sarah Jones locked into J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz'

  • Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy) is set to head to the island (no, not that one) with Jorge Garcia in J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz pilot, Fox confirms to EW. The actress will play an obsessive police officer.
  • Mimicking its own name, Gus Van Sant’s Restless has changed its release date from Jan. 28 to sometime in late 2011. The Sony film follows a girl (Mia Wasikowska) who romances a boy who enjoys attending funerals. Chaz? [Variety]
  • The lights go out on Broadway Dec. 12 for The Scottsboro Boys, which will perform its final show after 49 performances, the producers announced via press release.
  • Get yourselves in the Danger Zone: The second season of Archer is set to premiere on FX on Jan. 27, while the network’s Lights Out will debut on Jan. 11. [Deadline]
  • The Town screenwriter Peter Craig will adapt Fathers and Guns for Columbia. The French-Canadian hit film follows a father-son cop team who are “assigned to investigate an outdoor adventure group for fathers and sons.” Oh, I know, I know! Cheney did it. [Variety]
  • Lifetime mini-series Marry Me — starring Lucy Liu as a woman who must choose between three “Prince Charmings” — will premiere on Dec. 12, the network announced via press release. I know of a way she can keep all three.

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