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Deals: Tom Cruise, Drew Barrymore, Hugh Grant, Jodie Foster

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142940__tc_l-Which of these developing A-List movie romances sounds more promising? One, called Music and Lyrics By, would star Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore as songwriters who make beautiful music together; the other, yet untitled, is a contemporary love story that would star Tom Cruise and an unnamed partner. On the one hand, we have Barrymore paired (for the first time, I believe) with someone really out of her age range; on the other, we have the guy whose fiancee is 16 years his junior. Your call, PopWatchers.

-Newly minted Best Actor Oscar nominees Terrence Howard and David Strathairn aren’t resting on their laurels. Howard is joining Jodie Foster in the revenge thriller The Brave One; Neil Jordan may direct. Strathairn is joining Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins in the courtroom thriller Fracture.

-Director Roland Emmerich’s Day After Tomorrow follow-up: The day before yesterday, a.k.a. prehistoric adventure 10,000 B.C.

-Indie distributor Lionsgate is moving into the action-pic business, with Lucy Liu’s heist movie Devil to Pay and a thriller called Rogue, which reunites The One stars Jet Li and Jason Statham.

Originally posted January 31 2006 — 9:08 PM EST

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