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Hudson joins Cook in ''Bachelor''

Plus: Man claims to have stolen final ''Potter'' novel text, Drew Carey rumored a candidate for ''Price is Right'' host, Uma Thurman tapped for HBO Films' adaptation of ''My Zinc Bed,'' and more...

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Hudson gets female lead in Bachelor No. 2
Kate Hudson will star opposite Dane Cook in Lionsgate’s Bachelor No. 2. Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful) will direct. The story is about a guy (Cook) who is hired to take girls out on terrible dates so that they will return to boyfriends they left. He gets into trouble when he offers his services to his best friend and falls for the girl. Hudson will play the love interest, Alexis. Shooting is scheduled to start in August for a third-quarter 2008 release. Hudson was nominated for a best supporting actress Academy Award for her role in Almost Famous. She recently appeared in You, Me and Dupree, and will next appear opposite Matthew McConaughey in Warner Bros.’ Fool’s Gold, which will release in February. (Variety)

Man claims he’s stolen new Potter
A man calling himself Gabriel claims to have hacked into the network of the British publisher of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, not due out until next month, grabbed the final text of the finished novel, and posted the spoilers. The publishers have thus far refused to discredit Gabriel’s claims as a hoax. (New York Times: The Lede)

Carey rumored a candidate for Price host
Drew Carey is being considered as Bob Barker’s replacement as the host of The Price Is Right, according to Variety, which reports that CBS and producer FremantleMedia North America have talked to the comedian about the position. Other names being tossed about are Rosie O’Donnell and George Hamilton. If Carey does get the job, he’d have to fit it around his gig as host of CBS’ new primetime gameshow Power of 10. CBS has until the fall to decide on a new host, as Price will be in reruns until then. (Variety)

Uma Thurman starring in HBO’s Zinc Bed
Uma Thurman is starring in a movie adaptation of the British play My Zinc Bed, which David Hare, who wrote the stage production, will adapt for HBO Films. Thurman will join co-stars Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz) and stage actor Jonathan Pryce in the movie, which is about a young idealist alcoholic, his wealthy boss, and the boss’ wife, with whom the idealist has an affair. Hare previously wrote the screenplay for The Hours and is attached to write Paramount’s adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, which Scott Rudin is producing. Stage and television director Anthony Page (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) will direct HBO’s Zinc, which will air in 2008. (Variety)

DreamWorks, Universal doing live-action Cowboys & Aliens
DreamWorks and Universal Pictures are turning the graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens into a live-action feature. Imagine partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will produce with Platinum Studios chairman-CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic will co-produce. The story is a mix of Western and science fiction genres: A space ship crashes in 1800s Arizona, and the alien commander plans to enslave everyone, but feuding cowboys and Native Americans team to ward off the alien invaders. (Hollywood Reporter)

Meet the Parents’ Polo tapped for Two: Thirteen
Teri Polo, best known for her role as Pam, the fiancee/wife of Ben Stiller’s character in the two Meet the Parents movies, will join Dwight Yoakam (Crank, Wedding Crashers), Mark Pellegrino (The Number 23, Capote), L.A. radio show host Mark Thompson (Mother Ghost), and Kevin Pollak (The Santa Clause 3) in the indie thriller Two: Thirteen. Polo will star as a detective investigating a serial killer with a love of Shakespeare. Thompson plays a police profiler who returns from psychiatric leave and gets drawn into the case. Pellegrino plays a target of the killer, and Yoakam plays a club owner who becomes a source during the investigation. Pollak has a supporting role as the psychiatrist who treats Thompson’s character. Thompson wrote the screenplay, and Charles Adelman (The Zodiac Killer) is directing. Polo also recently appeared in Full of It Beyond Borders, NBC’s The West Wing, Lifetime Movie Network’s For the Love of a Child, and Hallmark Channel’s Love Is a Four Letter Word. (Hollywood Reporter)

Broadbent tapped for Indy 4
Jim Broadbent (Hot Fuzz) will star in Indiana Jones 4 as a Yale Professor. Steven Spielberg started shooting the movie on June 18 from a script by David Koepp. Shooting will take place throughout the summer at several locations around the globe, including New Haven, Conn., where Yale is located. Paramount and Lucasfilm plan to release the picture in May. The plot is still being kept under tight wraps. (Variety)

Universal, Imagine developing Coma Boy
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will team to develop the comedy Comedy Boy from a pitch from CAA assistant Brian Dey. Brian Grazer is producing, and Kim Barker (License to Wed) is in negotiations to write the screenplay. The plot is being kept under wraps. (Hollywood Reporter)

Style Network launching new series: Pantry Raid
Style Network is launching a new one-hour series, Pantry Raid, in which chef and television personality Michael Schulson will make surprise visits to people’s homes and be challenged to make a meal using only the items he finds in their pantry, cabinets, and refrigerator. The weekly show is set to debut at 9 p.m. on Aug. 29. Schulson is the executive chef of Buddakan New York. (Hollywood Reporter)


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Page Six: William Shatner is peeved that the producers of Star Trek XI asked Leonard Nimoy to do a cameo but left him out.