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+ Jim Carrey will star in the dark comedy I Love You Phillip Morris. Based on true events, it’s a man-goes-to-prison, man-meets-cellmate, man-falls-in-love-with-cell-mate tale. Says producer Andrew Lazar, ”It’s Don Quixote-like: It has this sense of whimsy, but at the same time, it’s a genuine relationship.”

+ In an awesome comedy convergence, Jack Black and Michael Cera (Arrested Development) will star in Harold Ramis’ Year One — produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) and scripted by current Office writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. ”It’s 3000 B.C.,” explains Stupnitsky, ”and Black plays the lazy hunter-gatherer [who] becomes the first modern man.”

+ Songstress Ciara is ready to pull a Beyoncé and cross over into film. She’ll play an R&B artist in an adaptation of the musical Mama, I Want to Sing! ”Her mother [Lynn Whitfield] is an evangelist preacher,” says producer Jeff Clanagan. ”They drift apart [and] ultimately reconcile.”

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