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Robert Downey Jr.: Elementary!

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WB Sets Rival Homie: Warner Bros. has struck back against Columbia in the battle for Sherlock Holmes, as Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in their Guy Ritchie–helmed version. No word yet if Holmes will be black. For future reference, though, we will refer to this Sherlock Holmes as Less-Funny Sherlock Holmes, and the other one — with Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell — as More-Funny Sherlock Holmes. [HR]

Han Solo in 2012: The Dark Knight’s Chin Han has joined the ensemble cast braving the end of the world in Roland Emmerich’s 2012. Singaporean actor Han has “always enjoyed Roland Emmerich’s epic take on sci-fi and disaster movies.” Really, Han? Even The Day After Tomorrow? (Han hangs his head in shame.) [Variety]

Cox Slips Into Scrubs: Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Courteney Cox will join Scrubs for a mini-arc as the new chief of medicine. Unfortunately, Vulture can reveal to EW that no one cares about Scrubs anymore. [EW]

Burgess Tells His Tale: Bloodline’s Bruce Burgess will direct Tales of Mulberry Street, a documentary about the unofficial mayor of Little Italy, John “Cha Cha” Ciarcia (also an actor in Goodfellas and The Sopranos), and his 30-year quest to preserve his neighborhood as other enclaves threaten to ruin it. We’re referring here to both Chinatown and the Olive Garden. [Variety]

Heaven Finds Its Angels: Angels, based on Paradise Lost, has found a cast for its Shreveport, Louisiana, run before it heads to Broadway in 2009. Jekyll and Hyde’s Robert Cuccioli, Sunday in the Park With George’s Jessica Grové, and Tarzan’s Nicholas Rodriguez are among the cast who will apparently be flying with “spectacular aerial choreography,” according to producers who take the concept of angels very literally. [Playbill]

Robert Downey Jr.: Elementary!