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Idris Elba and Cuba Gooding Jr. Join the Juice Crew

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Gooding, Elba Get The Vapors: Blackfilm reports that Idris Elba (The Wire) and Cuba Gooding Jr. will topline the cast of The Vapors, Furquaan Clover’s biopic of the Juice Crew, the pioneering late-eighties hip-hop collective that included Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, and Roxanne Shante. Gooding will play Juice Crew founder Marley Marl, and Elba will play rapper Fly Ty. A warts-and-all take is unlikely, as Marl, Shante, and Kane are all executive producers. [Blackfilm]

The Serkis Comes to Tintin: Andy Serkis, the actor barely known for playing — who was it again? — oh right, Gollum and King Kong, will deliver another dose of his CG thespian magic for DreamWorks’ Tintin trilogy, for which Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have already signed on as directors. [Variety]

For a Good Time Call Alan Jackson: Alan Jackson will once again wildly outsell your favorite band when he releases his fifteenth studio album, Good Time, this coming March. [Billboard]

Rossum Plays Dragonball: Emmy Rossum signs on to 20th Century Fox’s live-action adaptation of the Japanese comic Dragonball, produced by Kung Fu Hustle’s Stephen Chow and starring Buffy’s James Marsters and Eriko Tamura from Heroes. So this should be interesting, right? Or at least better than “Slow Me Down.” [HR]

Nichols Turns Felon: Marisol Nichols joins the cast of the Screen Gems feature Felon opposite Val Kilmer. The 24 vet plans to approach the role by being insanely beautiful. [Variety]

We All Know How It Ends, Anyway: Warner Bros. releases a not-at-all helpful publicity photo from the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. [Dark Horizons]