CASTING COUCH

  • Jennifer Aniston is tuning up a period musical at DreamWorks titled "Goree Girls," which she will produce as a potential starring vehicle. The project is about a group of female prisoners who formed a country and western act in the 1940s.

  • Rachel Weisz has signed on to star in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones" for DreamWorks. Weisz will play the mother of the dead girl, a role that Jackson and his writing team of Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh are expanding in their adaptation.

  • Greg Kinnear and Maura Tierney have joined the cast of Universal Pictures' "Baby Mama." The duo join Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sigourney Weaver and Dax Shepard in the comedy.

  • Sam Neill, Guy Pearce and Miranda Otto will star in new Australian crime drama "How to Change in 9 Weeks," which begins shooting in Queensland this week, distributor Icon Film Distribution said Wednesday.

  • Andy Samberg, Jeff Daniels, Kenan Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Patrick Warburton will voice characters in the CG-animated comedy "Space Chimps," a Vanguard Animation and Starz Media production for 20th Century Fox.

  • Collin Chou is joining Jackie Chan and Jet Li in "The Forbidden Kingdom." Lionsgate is the lead distributor on the co-release with the Weinstein Co. Principle photography has started, with Rob Minkoff directing from a John Fusco original screenplay based on the Chinese legend of the Monkey King.

  • Gael Garcia Bernal, Danny Glover and Alice Braga are set to join Fernando Meirelles' apocalyptic drama "Blindness" for Focus Features International.


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