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Jessica Alba Loves Ice Hockey, Mike Myers

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Alba Joins Love Guru: Jessica Alba will play the female lead, a hockey-team owner, opposite Mike Myers in The Love Guru; Romany Malco (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) and Verne Troyer added to cast as well. Pic’s synopsis on Variety is a must-read — a truly weird mix of Eastern philosophy, romance, infidelity, and ice hockey. [Variety]

Gugino Watches Watchmen: Carla Gugino will play the first Silk Spectre in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. Gugino will be aged up for the role, in which she is supposedly Malin Akerman’s mom. [HR]

Schreiber, Bell Demonstrate Defiance: Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell join already-cast Daniel Craig in Edward Zwick’s World War II thriller Defiance. The three will play Jewish brothers living in Poland who escape into the forest to join the Resistance. Skilled makeup artists will work for hours to make the three look anything like each other. [HR]

Int’l Cast Named for Second Panther: Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Alfred Molina, Aishwarya Rai, Jean Reno, and Emily Mortimer join Steve Martin in wasting their talents on The Pink Panther 2. [Variety]

Walken, Nivola Snag Five Dollars: Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola will play father and son in Five Dollars, directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls). Film, about a conman proud of being able to live on $5 a day and his resentful son, will be released by ThinkFilm. But will they sing and dance? [Variety]

TNT, USA Renew Slate: Saving Grace and The Closer get 2008 renewals from TNT, while Burn Notice will return to USA next summer as well. That’s the great thing about cable: Get numbers slightly better than On the Lot’s, and you’re golden. [Variety]

Murakami Exhibit Sells Vuitton: L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art’s Takashi Murakami exhibit will include a fully functioning Louis Vuitton boutique, selling handbags designed for the show by Murakami. Museum’s curator declares that the boutique will allow viewers to “experience the commercial work of Murakami as profoundly as they will the most complex paintings.” Unless they are not rich, in which case their experience will be less profound. [NYT]

Jessica Alba Loves Ice Hockey, Mike Myers