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Sorkin signs with DreamWorks

Plus: Rosie O'Donnell returning for ''several episodes'' to a revamped ''Nip/Tuck,'' Naomi Watts joins Clive Owen in ''International,'' Tim Robbins, Martin Landau tapped for ''City of Ember,'' and more...

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Sorkin writing Chicago 7 for DreamWorks
Aaron Sorkin has signed a three-picture deal with DreamWorks and is already set to pen The Trial of the Chicago 7, which may be directed by DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg. The movie tells the story of the trials of protesters at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, a seminal moment in 1960s counterculture where police reacted violently to anti-Vietnam War demonstrators. The other two projects in the deal have not been revealed. Sorkin is the creator of TV’s The West Wing, Sports Night, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also wrote screenplays for 1993’s Malice and 1995’s The American President. His most recent screenplay is for Charlie Wilson’s War, the Mike Nichols-directed feature due out in December, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. He also wrote the play The Farnsworth Invention, about the advent of TV, which will open on Broadway this fall. (Hollywood Reporter)

O’Donnell returning to revamped Nip/Tuck
Rosie O’Donnell will return to FX’s Nip Tuck next season for ”several episodes,” according to show creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy, who made the announcement on Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer tour. O’Donnell’s first appearance will be in the season’s fourth episode. Murphy also acknowledged that there is an ”ongoing discussion” of a spin-off featuring O’Donnell’s popular character, the wealthy, obnoxious Dawn Budge. The 22-episode fifth season of Nip/Tuck, which starts in October, moves the show’s setting from Miami to Los Angeles. Characters Sean (Dylan Walsh) and Christian (Julian McMahon) will be hired as consultants on a TV series about cosmetic surgery, quite similar to Nip/Tuck. The show will also revamp the relationship between the two main characters, with Christian, who used to be the dominant one, heading to L.A. after Sean and struggling to start over in his new environment. (Hollywood Reporter)

Watts joins Owen in International
Naomi Watts will star opposite Clive Owen in Columbia Pictures’ action thriller The International, which is being directed by Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). The story, penned by Eric Singer, is about an obsessive Interpol agent (Owen) investigating a high-profile banking institution in an attempt to expose them for arms brokering, corruption, and murder. Watts will play a Manhattan assistant district attorney who partners with the agent to take down the bank. Watts most recently starred in The Painted Veil and next appears starring opposite Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. (Hollywood Reporter)

Robbins, Landau tapped for City of Ember
Tim Robbins and Martin Landau have joined the ensemble cast of City of Ember, which also features Bill Murray, Toby Jones, Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace), and Saoirse Ronan. Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing for Walden Media and Playtone. Playtone’s Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks are producers, with John D. Schofield exec producing. The story is about an insular place where the only light comes from street lamps. As the power source begins to fail, two teens search for clues that will unlock ancient mysteries about the city. The movie is set to open in October 2008 and will be distributed by through Fox and marketed by the Fox Walden joint venture. (Variety)

Potter has historic Wednesday opening
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tallied the biggest Wednesday opening in history, and the fifth largest opening on any day, taking in an estimated $44.2 million from 4,181 locations. That easily beat previous Wednesday record holder Spider-Man 2, which took in $40.4 million. Phoenix marks Warner Bros.’ largest opening ever, beating The Matrix Reloaded, whose opening day take was $42.5 million. The last Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, made $103 million during its opening weekend in November 2005. Phoenix is expected to do significantly better than that this weekend. (Variety)

Cheryl Hines joins Henry Poole
Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will appear alongside Luke Wilson in the romantic comedy Henry Poole Was Here for director Mark Pellington and Lakeshore Entertainment. The story is about a man who retreats into a life of excessive liquor and fast food after learning he has only six weeks to live, but sees his plans go awry thanks to his oddball neighbors. Curb Your Enthusiasm star Hines is currently in theaters for Waitress and will next appear in the comedy The Grand, written and directed by Zak Penn. (Variety)

New Grey’s star says cast is upbeat
New Grey’s Anatomy regular Chyler Leigh says that morale is high on the set of the show following the Isaiah Washington controversy. ”Everyone is super gung-ho about the season,” she said after two days of shooting. ”Shonda [Rhimes] said in her blog this is going to be a different season. Last season was so dramatic, and everything came crashing down. This season will be the redemption from all that mayhem.” Leigh joined the show as intern Lexi Grey, Meredith’s half-sister, for the third season’s final two episodes. She was made a series regular two weeks ago. (People)

Criminal Minds may lose Patinkin
Mandy Patinkin, star of CBS’ Criminal Minds, did not show up for a table read this week, causing speculation that he will not return for the show’s third season. Sources say the show is writing episodes without Patinkin. Rumors of friction between the actor and the show’s producers first surfaced last summer. (Hollywood Reporter)

Fox, Miner starring in Street
Vivica A. Fox, Rachel Miner (The Black Dahlia, Bully), Laura Ramsey (The Covenant), and Toby Hemingway (The Covenant) will star in York Shackleton’s Street, the true story of a 16-year-old runaway, for producer Insomnia Media Group. Fox will portray a woman who helps and mentors Lexi (Ramsey), a girl from a troubled home. Miner plays Lexi’s sister. After running away, Lexi finds shelter with a drug-addicted street kid (Hemingway) who teaches her how to survive in a tough Portland, OR neighborhood. (Hollywood Reporter)

Peyton Reed directing Yes Man
Peyton Reed (The Break-Up, Bring It On) is directing the Warner Bros. comedy Yes Man, about a man who decides to change his life by saying yes to everything that comes his way. It’s based on a memoir by British author Danny Wallace. Reed also directed the pilot for ABC’s new series Cashmere Mafia. (Hollywood Reporter)

CELEBRITY NEWS

Page Six: Eva Longoria’s wedding to Tony Parker was swag-heavy even for a celeb event: Guests got $700 bracelets from Van Cleef & Arpels, and Bebe bags filled Vitamin Water, L’Oreal products for women, and a Cole Haan kit for men. Even the tracksuit Longoria wore before hopping on her honeymoon plane was a gift from Bebe.

Cindy Adams: Shia La Beouf (which, for the record, is pronounced ”Shy-uh Luh-Buff”), whose name means ”beef” in French, says his family spells his name wrong. ”It should be La Boeuf. My grandmother was a beatnik lesbian in the ’50s who hated her family and decided to change the spelling, and it’s been that way ever since. So you go to France and people are like, ‘La Beouf? You have an illiterate last name.’ ”