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Mark Wahlberg, teddy bear circling Seth MacFarlane's directorial debut

Having honed his buddy-comedy chops in The Other Guys, Mark Wahlberg is reportedly negotiating to star opposite a life-sized teddy bear in Ted, the R-rated directorial debut of Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Wahlberg will play a Boston everyman who made a wish as a child that his favorite stuffed animal could come to life. Now grown up, the bear, voiced by MacFarlane, is a foul-mouthed, lazy rabble-rouser and a drag on Wahlberg’s adult world.

Daniel Craig's 'Dragon Tattoo' schedule delays 'Dream House'

The release date of director Jim Sheridan’s thriller Dream House will be delayed because of conflicts with star Daniel Craig’s The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo shoot. Dream House–also starring Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts–was due to premiere on Feb. 18, but production company Morgan Creek needs additional reshoots. Craig, who’s starring in David Fincher’s English-language version of Dragon Tattoo, wouldn’t be available for them until the first two weeks in December when he got a break from Dragon–too late for Dream House to make the Feb. 18 date. Morgan Creek and studio Universal are now looking at new dates in 2011. [Variety]

'Inferno' director says movie will go forward after Lindsay Lohan's rehab stint

The L.A. Times talked to Matthew Wilder, the director of Inferno, the Linda Lovelace biopic that Lindsay Lohan is set to star in. Lohan was just ordered by an L.A. court to remain at the Betty Ford rehab center until Jan. 3. Wilder said the two had discussed casting of the film and that he still plans to start filming in Los Angeles after Lohan’s release in January. He hopes to have shooting completed before her next court date on Feb. 25. He said, “The corollary to all of this is that when you have stuff like this going on, it makes you want to dive into work more, rather than wallowing in the bad.”

Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, and Oprah join forces

Last season’s Oscar rivals, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep, are attached to the untitled Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City) project recently acquired by Universal. And if that weren’t enough star-power, Oprah Winfrey will also appear. In the comedy, set around a home-shopping TV channel, the three ladies “make their way through the maze of mania that surrounds marketing, marriages and the media,” according to a Universal statement.

Liam Neeson in talks for 'The Hangover 2'

Liam Neeson is in final talks to replace Mel Gibson as a Thai tattooist in The Hangover 2, sources close to the film tell EW. Variety had initially reported the casting, saying that the Irish actor flew to the film’s set on Thursday for a one-day shoot. Director Todd Phillips had hoped the controversial Gibson would play the role, but in a statement released yesterday, the director stated that not everyone in the cast and crew supported that decision. Neeson has some connection with the cast of The Hangover, as he and Bradley Cooper costarred in last summer’s The A-Team.

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Steven Spielberg to direct 'Robopocalypse'

Steven Spielberg will direct Robopocalypse, an adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s not-yet published novel about a robot rebellion. DreamWorks announced that shooting will begin in January 2012, with the hopes of a 2013 release. Wilson’s novel is due in 2011, and Drew Goddard (Lost) is working on the film script.

Tea Leoni joins Brett Ratner's 'Tower Heist'

Tea Leoni will reunite with her Family Man director Brett Ratner for his upcoming action-comedy Tower Heist, according to Deadline.com. Leoni will portray an FBI agent who falls in love with Ben Stiller’s manager character, who’s planning a heist. Eddie Murphy, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Pena, and Alan Alda are also set to appear in Heist.

James Cameron to reunite with 'Avatar' writer for 'Fantastic Voyage'

Director James Cameron is tapping his Avatar executive producer/writer Laeta Kalogridis for his next project, the remake of the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Specifically, Kalogridis, who wrote Shutter Island for Martin Scorsese, will work on rewrites for the script, which has already been worked on by various Hollywood writers. Voyage is the story of a group of scientists who, after being shrunk and put inside a tiny submarine, are sent into the body of another scientist to save his life.

Mel Gibson's 'Hangover 2' cameo axed

Hangover 2 helmer Todd Phillips has released a statement via Warner Bros., and Legendary Pictures that says Mel Gibson will not be appearing in the sequel to the 2009 hit comedy after all. “I thought Mel would have been great in the movie and I had the full backing of Jeff Robinov and his team,” Phillips says in the statement. “But I realize filmmaking is a collaborative effort, and this decision did not ultimately have the full support of my entire cast and crew.”

Just last week, sources confirmed with EW that the controversial Gibson would appear in the film as “an outlandish character, à la Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.” Gibson’s rep is not commenting on the actor being dropped from the film.

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Mel Gibson to cameo in ‘Hangover 2′
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Gibson’s domestic violence case goes to prosecutors
‘Hangover 2′ to get Bangkok dangerous
‘Hangover 2′ photos surface: One of these Zach Galifianakis shirts is… just like the others
‘Hangover 2′ without Heather Graham… Yeah, we’re okay with that

Tom Clancy's 'Without Remorse' lands 'Shield' scribe

The Shield creator Shawn Ryan is tackling Tom Clancy’s 1993 thriller, Without Remorse, for Paramount, according to New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog. The rare Clancy novel not starring Jack Ryan, Remorse tells the story of American operative John Kelly, who comes back from an operation overseas to seek vengeance against the drug ring that shattered his home life.

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