Cher Joins Christina Aguilera in Musical "Burlesque" 

As we told you last month, Christina Aguilera is set to star in the titillating musical "Burlesque."

Now, Cher is joining Aguilera! Cher hasn't headlined a film since 1999's "Tea with Mussolini."

The icon will play Tess, the manager of a burlesque club on Sunset Boulevard. She's a former dancer who gives Aguilera's small-town Iowa girl the chance of her life. And that chance is to take off her clothes and be happy? :happy

Wow, this is like "Showgirls" the musical!

The Oscar winner will sing on-screen, it's a musical after all, bringing joy to show tunes lovers across the world :happy

(To read original report on Aguilera working on "Burlesque," click here)

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Finally, a Big Screen Adaptation of John Grisham's "The Testament" 

Apparently, John Grisham waited for 10 years before saying yes to the big screen adaptation of his 1999 novel "The Testament."

Hunt Lowry, producer of the film "A Time to Kill," Grisham's first novel, is working with Mark Johnson and 821 Entertainment Group to option the book.

"The Testament" tells the tale of a billionaire who leaves his money to an illegitimate daughter. A down-and-out lawyer helps her fight the billionaire's money-hungry relatives.

Grisham will be able to give creative input, so this adaptation will be true to the author's vision. He was put-off by Hollywood before, that's why he created his self-imposed movie moratorium.

But all that is over. Grisham is ready to embrace Hollywood again.

Some of the author's works being turned into movies are:

"The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town" -- I love this book! I read this in one sitting! And it's a nonfiction account! But the film is on hold right now pending a lawsuit filed by one of the subjects in the book. I'm really looking forward to a film version of this book

"Playing for PIzza" -- currently, director Adam Shankman ("Hairspray," Bedtime Stories") is attached.

"The Associate" -- Shia LaBeouf is attached to star for Parmount Pictures.

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Who Will Voice Live Action Comedy "The Zookeeper?" 

Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone, and Judd Apatow will provide animal voices for the live-action comedy "The Zookeepers" starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson. Sandler will also produce, as well as voice a capuchin monkey.

Cher will voice a giraffe, Favreau will be a bear, Stallone will be a lion, and Apatow, an elephant. Nick Nolte is in talks to voice a gorilla.

Frank Coraci is set to direct from a script by Jay Scherick and David Ronn, James, Rock Reuben, and Nick Bakay.

The film will revolve around a zookeeper who learns how to win back the woman of his dreams from the zoo animals he's taking care of. Like "Babe" but set in zoo and with more romance!

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Universal Pictures to Make Still-Unfinished Larry Doyle Novel "Go Mutants!" 

Universal Pictures bought the rights to the unfinished Larry Doyle novel "Go Mutants!" Doyle will write the script.

The author recently adapted his book "I Love You, Beth Cooper" for FOX premiering in theaters July 10.

According to Variety:

"Go Mutants!" is a teen comedy/adventure set in a high school where all of the tropes from classic 1950s alien invasion movies came true. Years later, the children of those mutant creatures have assimilated among the other kids.

Doyle said the book and movie will feature cameos from 1950s sci-fi creature flicks such as Gort from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon." Hmmm, much like "Monsters vs. Aliens."

The author is finishing the novel this summer and is working on the script at the same time.

Check out Doyle's preview for the "Go Mutants!" book at his website,

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Secrets of "My Sister's Keeper!" Watch My Interviews with Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, and Sofia Vassilieva  

Yes, I cried a lot watching "My Sister's Keeper" but it was a joy to meet the talented ladies of the film including Cameron Diaz (Sara Fitzgerald), Abigail Breslin (Anna Fitzgerald), and Sofia Vassilieva (the dying Kate Fitzgerald).

We talked about:

*** The film's character-driven nature
*** Working with "The Notebook's" Nick Cassavetes
*** How each of them got involved with making "My Sister's Keeper"
*** Abigail's turtle named Manny :)

Have fun!

("My Sister's Keeper" from the novel by Jodi Picoult arrives in theaters Friday, June 26th. Don't Miss It!)

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