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Garner May Tell Truth: Jennifer Garner is in talks to co-star with Ricky Gervais, who penned the script, in This Side of Truth, about a parallel world in which dishonesty doesn’t exist until an ordinary guy (Gervais) starts using it to win over a woman who is out of his league. Presumably this same world has served as the setting for Woody Allen’s last 25 films. [HR]
Willis Steps In for Surrogates: Bruce Willis will topline the Disney sci-fi thriller Surrogates, about a cop — in a future world where human beings live in isolation and only interact through more attractive robot surrogates — who is forced to investigate a crime using his own body. Let’s hope the villain will be an Alan Rickman surrogate played by Timothy Olyphant. [Variety]
Pharrell, West Guest for Legend: Multiplatinum Grammy winner John Legend taps Pharrell Williams and Kanye West to contribute to his forthcoming third album, probably making it as close to a sure thing as the music business gets. [Billboard]
Janney Works 9 to 5: Dolly Parton’s forthcoming stage-musical version of the movie 9 to 5, set to open in September 2008 at the Centre Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, is looking a whole lot more appealing now that Allison Janney has joined the cast. Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty fill out the triumvirate of beleaguered employees who turn the tables on their sexist boss. [Playbill]
Penn, Van Sant Milk It: Gus Van Sant’s Milk, one of two rival in-development biopics of slain gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk, is set to start shooting in January with Sean Penn in the lead. Competing Milk project The Mayor of Castro Street may as well go ahead and cast Toby Stephens now. [HR]Both of These Actors Will Star in a Romantic Comedy—But Which One Wrote the Script?