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Charlie Kaufman just might be too weird for Hollywood. The mind behind "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," plus "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation," was developing the musical satire "Frank or Francis," but "it fell apart at the last minute," according to cast member Elizabeth Banks. The film was to have featured an all-star lineup of Steve Carell, Kevin Kline, Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Nicolas Cage and Catherine Keener.The final reel
Casey Affleck will write and direct a biopic of baseball star Josh Hamilton. ... Tyler Perry gets serious as a detective in "Alex Cross," based on the bestseller by James Patterson and co-starring Matthew Fox. ... Angela Bassett, Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart star in Antoine Fuqua's presidential thriller "Olympus Has Fallen." ... Ryan Reynolds will kilt up to play Connor MacLeod in "Highlander." ... Justin Timberlake, buff up: You're being sought for a "Baywatch" movie alongside Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. ... Chris Pratt will voice the lead role in the animated "Lego: The Piece of Resistance," as a mild-mannered man mistaken for the Master Builder. Will Arnett will be the voice of Lego Batman.