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Katherine McPhee McFlees Her Label

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McPhee Bids So Long to RCA: Katherine McPhee becomes the third former American Idol star (after Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks) to part company with RCA after a single album. Just so you know, Katherine, we have GarageBand and we’re home most nights. [Billboard]

Ferrell, McKay Introduce Us to Stewie: Will Ferrell and his Anchorman/Talladega Nights director Adam McKay will co-produce the indie comedy Stewie, about a nerdy guy whose overbearing best friend wants to film him losing his virginity. It’s not clear if Ferrell would play either character. So long as he doesn’t play both, we’re fine. [JoBlo]

Bettany’s In on Secret: Paul Bettany brings most of the pale and all of the male to Gina Prince-Bythewood’s adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Secret Life of Bees, which co-stars Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo, and Alicia Keys. [HR]

Foster to Kiss at Signature: Broadway star Hunter Foster steps into Brent Carver and William Hurt’s sizable shoes to play the rebellious gay prisoner Molina in Eric Schaeffer’s new production of John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Terence McNally’s musical adaptation of Kiss of the Spiderwoman, set to open in March at the Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia. [Playbill]

Winstone, Beesley Say Goodnight: Ray Winstone (way more badass without the CGI abs) and Max Beesley (still recovering from Glitter) team up for Mr. Goodnight, a crime drama about the Manchester Mafia in the mid-sixties. [Manchester Evening News]

Meloni to Pretend to Be Scared: They’re just making it worse! After casting the not-at-all scary Dylan Walsh as the must-be-scary lead in Screen Gems’ remake of The Stepfather, director Nelson McCormick casts the much-scarier Christopher Meloni in a non-scary supporting role. This movie’s just gonna be weird. [Bloody Disgusting]

Katherine McPhee McFlees Her Label