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Philip Seymour Hoffman Performs an Overture

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Hoffman Inks Deal: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s company has signed a two-year first-look deal with Overture Films, with Brett C. Leonard’s Unconditional as the first project on their slate. Unfortunately, “Hoffman likely will not act in most of [his company’s] pictures,” so, uh, way to read the fine print, Overture. [HR]

What Are Goldblum’s Intentions?: We have news for you, if you’d stop watching Law & Order reruns long enough to read this: Jeff Goldblum will be replacing Chris Noth next season on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. [Variety]

Clash of the Greek Epics: The Incredible Hulk’s Louis Leterrier is onboard to direct the Lawrence Kasdan–scripted remake of Clash of the Titans for Warner Bros. It’s a race against time though, as Relativity Media preps War of Gods with Tarsem Singh (The Cell) at the helm. Scorecard: They both have gods, warriors, and sprawling battles, so the deciding factor may very well be which one has more homoeroticism. [Variety]

Brandt and Haas Want Creatures: Wanted writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas will next curve their pens toward Neal Moritz’s All Creatures Great and Small, the story of animals who quickly evolve to fight mankind. Why? “Because of people’s inability to quench their thirst for oil and consumption of resources, we basically ruin the planet, and the planet fights back.” Well, we guess shots of menacing animals will be scarier than shots of menacing trees. [HR]

Lenox Gets Ruined: Tony winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt) will star in Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere production of Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, first in Chicago and then at the New York City Center Stage I in January 2009. She’ll play a shrewd businesswoman who’s kind of like the Oskar Schindler of the Congo during their civil war. Early prediction: There will be exactly zero jokes in the play. [Playbill]

Philip Seymour Hoffman Performs an Overture