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Josh Lucas Gets Mo’ Money, Poe Problems

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Lucas to Tell-Tale: Josh Lucas will star in Scott Free Productions’Tell-Tale, a contemporary thriller inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story The Tell-Tale Heart, about the recipient of a heart transplant who must find the donor’s killer. Maybe it’s been a while since we read it in high school, but how exactly is that “inspired by” the Poe short story? They both feature characters with hearts? [HR]

Idov Sells Book! New York’s own Michael Idov sold his novel Ground Up — about a young NYC couple’s catastrophic foray into private enterprise — to Farrar, Straus, & Giroux as a trade paperback to be published in 2009. The editor will be Courtney Hodell (The Yiddish Policeman’s Union). Ground Up is loosely based on Idov’s 2005 Slate piece “Bitter Brew.”

It’s High Noon Again: Producer Mark Headley, actor Christopher Mitchum, and their business partner Toni Covington have acquired the remake rights to the 1952 Western classic High Noon for their newly formed High Noon Productions. Prediction: The Gary Cooper hero from the original, now played by The Rock, tells the townspeople he doesn’t even want their help and then cleans house with the help of wacky sidekick D.J. Qualls! Are you saying you wouldn’t watch that? [HR]

Ripley and James Are Next to Normal: Michael Grief (Grey Gardens) will direct Broadway stars Alice Ripley and Brian D’Arcy James at Second Stage in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s new musical Next to Normal, about an average suburban family that must come to grips with a long-buried secret. What a ground-breaking plot concept! They could just call it Off Broadway Play: The Musical! [Playbill]

Europe to Go Loafless: Meat Loaf cancels his European tour after developing a cyst on his vocal chords. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mr. Aday, of course, but we can’t help but wonder: Exactly how many French Meat Loaf fans are there to be disappointed? [Billboard]

Whitaker Endorses “Dewmocracy”: Most Oscar-winning actors wait until their next bad movie to ruin their cred, but not Forest Whitaker, who will partner with Pepsi-Cola to create an online fantasy game called “Dewmocracy,” in which consumers will create a new flavor of Mountain Dew. [Variety]

Josh Lucas Gets Mo’ Money, Poe Problems