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'Hangover 2' adds Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung has been cast as Ed Helms’ fiance in The Hangover 2, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Chung, who got her start on The Real World: San Diego, was most recently seen in Grown Ups. In the first film, Helms’ character Stu married Heather Graham’s character Jade during the pals’ wild night in Las Vegas, but Graham isn’t returning for the sequel. The Hangover 2 is currently filming in L.A. and will shoot in Bangkok in the coming weeks.

Joel Edgerton joins Jennifer Garner in 'The Odd Life of Timothy Green'

Joel Edgerton has been cast as the husband in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He’ll star opposite Jennifer Garner in the fantasy fable about a childless couple, desperate to conceive, who plants all of their wishes for a baby in a box in their backyard. The child who springs from their wishes is not what they may have expected. Peter Hedges (Dan in Real Life) will direct. Edgerton starred in the Australian movie Animal Kingdom.

Alan Ball to direct dark comedy feature

True Blood creator Alan Ball is returning to the big screen. Ball developed an idea for a dark comedy with screenwriter Elan Mastai, who’s sold the pitch to Paramount. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ball will produce as well as direct the untitled film. The plot of the movie is under wraps. Deadline, which first reported the news, says to expect a big twist.

Carl Icahn's Lions Gate bid dismissed

Carl Icahn’s attempted takeover of Lions Gate Entertainment hit a roadblock today, as a British Columbia court dismissed the financier’s lawsuit over a stock transaction involving a company board member that diminished his stake in the Canadian-based company. According to the Los Angeles Times, had Icahn’s suit been successful, he would have owned 38 percent of Lions Gate’s stock; as a result of today’s ruling, his stake remains at 33.5 percent. Last week Lions Gate sued Icahn for “secretly plotting” to merge the company with MGM.

Robert Rodriguez launches production company

Director Robert Rodriquez has formed his own independent film company, Variety is reporting. Quick Draw films will finance and produce action-oriented projects; Rodriguez will direct or produce each one. Rodriguez’s latest directorial effort, Machete, has grossed $26.6 million in two months of release; his next project, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, is set for release next year.

Nicole Scherzinger to play a villain in 'Men in Black 3'

Nicole Scherzinger has been cast in a small villainous role in Men in Black 3, a rep for Sony confirms to EW. Scherzinger told E! Online, “I’m so excited because I get to die. I make an appearance. I say a couple of lines and then I die.” While Scherzinger also said Betty White has joined the cast, Sony says that deal is not set. The studio announced in May that MIB3 will be released in 3-D on May 25, 2012.

Sony Pictures rewards co-prez Doug Belgrad

Doug Belgrad, who shared responsibilities with Matt Tolmach as copresidents, has been promoted and will assume primary control of Columbia Pictures, according to a Sony Pictures press release. Tolmach will launch his own production company and produce Sony’s new Spider-Man reboot. Hannah Minghella, who had been president of production for Sony Pictures Animation since 2008, was also promoted to president of production of Columbia.

'The Bourne Legacy' coming in August 2012

The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment in the action thriller series, will open in theaters on Aug. 3, 2012, Universal announced today. That’s a mere 644 days from now, so mark your calendars accordingly.

The Bourne Identity was released in the middle of June 2002, The Bourne Supremacy at the end of July 2004, and The Bourne Ultimatum the first weekend in August 2007. Each film grossed more money at the box-office than its predecessor, but that feat will be tested by the fact that Matt Damon will not star in Legacy.

Lions Gate sues billionaire Carl Icahn

Lions Gate has sued billionaire Carl Icahn for “secretly plotting” to merge the film studio with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, according to Bloomberg. The lawsuit alleges that Icahn, Lions Gate’s largest shareholder, became aware that the studio was in negotiations in June with two other studios. Concerned that any deal would minimize his own control, Icahn is accused of making false public statements to stall any deal until he could position himself for a greater profit. “He wanted to postpone [a merger with MGM] until he could buy as much of both companies as he could and thus extract for himself as much of the value stemming from the merger as possible,” Lions Gate stated in its complaint. Icahn, who currently owns about 33 percent of Lions Gate, had sued the company in July.

New Zealand parliament officially passes 'Hobbit law'

New Zealand’s parliament passed a law on Friday that will ensure one of Hollywood’s most anticipated film projects, The Hobbit, will indeed be shot in their country, according to Variety. By a 66-50 vote, the country’s legislative body amended an existing labor law — now being dubbed the “Hobbit law,” in reference to the film project — clarifying that film workers employed as independent contractors cannot also claim to be employees. The move stems from a 2005 case where a modelmaker at Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson’s workshop successfully sued for the right to be considered an employee rather than a contractor. This vote effectively ends the protracted battle over where Jackson would film his two upcoming Hobbit films.

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